Everyone seems to love their upgrade to High Sierra, but you may be experiencing something different. You may find that you’re Mac has slowed down and there is a decrease in the overall performance.
Speed up your High Sierra Mac
Usually, after an OS upgrade, slow or sluggish behavior, a decrease in system performance are some of the common problems users encounter, but there’s no need to worry. It is important to understand that this is only temporary and can usually be fixed using some simple techniques and this guide will help you through it. We’ll explain the most common reasons for a slow Mac and provide solutions to help speed it up. The solutions provided here are pretty simple, so you should have no trouble following them.
Solution 1: Clear up your Mac desktop
Do you tend to store files on your desktop? If so, it’s important to understand that these icons use up a lot of system resources to load. In order to avoid using up precious resources and optimize performance, go through the desktop icons one by one. Delete the ones that are unnecessary and organize the files you need in folders. This will certainly help improve system performance and speed up your Mac.
Solution 2: Improve storage
Unless you obsessively clean your Mac, there is always a chance that there might be unnecessary and old files lying around. These files use up a ton of space and come in the way of a fast and optimized Mac. In order to solve this problem, you can use a built-in feature called ‘Optimized Storage’ that will remove files like old movies. You can also select to download only recent attachments or to manually choose what is downloaded on your Mac.
To use the Improve Storage feature available in your Mac, follow the steps below.
- Click on About This Mac
- Select Storage > Manage > Optimize
- Check ‘Automatically remove iTunes movies’
- Check either ‘Download only recent attachments’ or ‘Don’t download attachments automatically’ depending on your preference.
These settings will help remove unnecessary and large movie files and download only select attachments. This will certainly help you optimize storage and improve your Mac’s performance.
Solution 3: Close background apps
There are chances that background apps may be eating up your Mac’s memory and resources. In order to identify such apps, go to Utilities and select Activity Monitor. Then click on the Memory tab to check the apps that are using maximum memory.
If you find an app that you are not using but it occupies a large memory, then select and click Close on the left top corner to close the app.
Solution 4: Clean up your Mac
If your hard disk does not have much free space, chances are that High Sierra will run slow. In order to solve the space problem, you can use the app called CleanMyMac. It is a simple and reliable app to clean your hard drive in only a few clicks. All your logs, cache files, and system junk are deleted and you will have a clean Mac after CleanMyMac is run.
Once your drive is cleaned using CleanMyMac, the system performance should be improved.
Solution 5: Reset SMC and PRAM/NVRAM
SMC stands for System Management Controller and resetting this can help you resolve battery problems, issues with the fan etc that help ensure that your system runs optimally. To reset SMC,
- Power OFF your Mac
- Turn it back ON while pressing ‘Shift + Control + Option’ keys
- Release the keys and wait for your Mac to boot normally
Similarly, resetting PRAM/NVRAM can resolve issues with screen resolution, battery charging etc.
- Restart your Mac and when the startup sound appears, press the ‘Command + Option + P + R’ keys
- Hold these keys till you hear a chime or for 20 seconds
- Release the keys and wait for your Mac to boot
These tips should help you speed up your Mac and improve its performance. Try these measures and let us know how it worked.
Data recovery using Yodot hard drive recovery software
Upgrade to a new OS generally does not delete any user files, but if the upgrade doesn’t go as expected or the upgrade process fails, you may experience data loss in some cases. In such situations, you can use a tool called Yodot data recovery software to recover data from Mac hard drives. All the data will be recovered in its original form along with filenames and folder structure.
Using this tool, you can recover data from Mac laptops and desktops including Mac Book Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini, etc. There is also a Windows version available that can be used to recover data from Windows machines.