132 Step-by-Step Tips to Speed Up Your Laptop (Mostly under 5 Minutes)

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Add An SSD Upgrade Your RAM Uninstall Unused Apps Clean It Physically Update Your Drivers Defrag Hard Disk Switch To The Linux OS Instal A Fresh OS Uninstall Bloatware Clean Up Hard Disk Restart It Regularly Repair System Files "Cloudify" Data Replace "On- Warranty" Parts Use Microsoft Fix It Clean Up Registry Use Performance Troubleshooter Disable Superfetch Disable Prefetch Disable Cortana Go Opaque Turn Off Windows 10 Tips Change Chrome Settings Try Guest Mode Install Speed Up Apps Add An SD Card Turn Off Visual Effects Change Privacy Settings Stop Startup Programs Start It In Safe Mode Delay Startup Services Change Timeout Values Remove Unnecessary Fonts Turn On Fast Startup Change Virtual Memory Change Power Plan Close System Tray Apps Install Latest DirectX Employ Game Mode Repair System Files "Couldify" Data For Mac Empty the Trash Reset SMC & PRAM Delete Big & Unused Files Manage Syncing to iCloud Repair Disk Premissions Close Down Apps Check if Spotlight is Re-Indexing Remove Duplicated Files Close Background Apps Tweak AMD / ATI Control Center Adjust Texture Settings Upgrade Graphics Drivers Tweak NVIDIA Control Panel Manage Automatic Updates Check Network Speed Issues Change WaitToKillService Modify ClearPageFileAShutdown Check Shut Down Events Create Shut Down Shortcut Run Power Troubleshooter Overclock GPU Check Page Prefetching Organize Desktop Close Widgets on Dashboard Reduce Apps in Your Dock Get Rid of Screen Saver Remove Custom Items Disable Disk Encryption Disable Reopen Windows Kill Animations Disable Dashboard Feature Optimize Hard Drive Storage Rebuild Mail App Disable Notifications Change Folder Setting Disconnect Unused Peripherals Check System Health Use Sleep Mode Fix Corrupted Files Fix Corrupted Apps Remove Animated Wallpaper Try Guest Mode On Mac Change Your Browser Remove Unused Extensions Clear Out Cache & Cookies Uninstall & Reinstall Browser Limit Your Tabs Install Speed Managment Plugins Change Channels For Internet Use a VPN Use Google For HTML Documents Use Automatic Download Manager Bump Up Browser's Cache Size Use RSS feeds Replace The Battery Cool It Down Physically Install the NeverWare OS Use a Patented Method Tweak Your BIOS Settings Run Regular Malware Scans Use Lighter Alternate Programs Run Less Apps Simultaneously Block Flash Or Javascript Increase Raster Thread Count Enable Simple Cache For HTTP Install Data Saver Extension Save Some Content For Later Manage Flash Permission Settings Making It "Click To Load" Run With The Default Theme Overclock Your CPU Cool Mac Physically Replace MacBook Battery Check Hardware For Replacement Microsoft Fix It for Office on Mac Cleaning Mac Cache Check Activity Monitor Disk Utility First Aid Scan Run OnyX to Diagnose Slow Mac Fix Conflicts in Spotlight Replace SATA Cable Turn Off Visual Effects Rebuild Kernel Caches Set OS X Partition as Default Set User Directory Ownership Set Disk Permission Run Regular Malware Scans Speed up Your Downloads Folder Disable Search Indexing Change Your Browser Remove Unused Safari Extensions

Add An SSD For Faster Boot Up

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • $50 - $250
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

Adding a secondary SSD – or replacing the hard disk drive – is a sure fire way to get faster boot time and quicker data access. Most laptops have an M.2 or SATA slot.

Check which kind you have before buying an SSD, as the two are not directly compatible. The steps for installing an SSD vary by model. With some laptops you remove a single screw to access an M.2 slot. In others, you remove up to 10 screws and fully pop off the bottom half of the chassis. 

A run down on specific procedures can be found here.

Check the warranty information first! You may void the warranty when opening the case and replacing factory parts – even if there is an open slot available for upgrades.

Upgrade Your RAM For Better Performance

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • $50 - $300
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Upgrading the physical memory is one of the most cost efficient ways to improve overall laptop performance. More RAM means better speed when running multiple tabs or programs.

RAM access points vary by model, and may require removing a single screw or completely disassembling the laptop. Check out a full video run down on the process  

Before buying new RAM, verify the maximum amount your laptop’s motherboard can handle.

Be sure to also check the manual to find out the current RAM configuration. If you have a single 8GB stick for instance, you can double your RAM to 16GB by adding a secondary 8GB module.

Uninstall Unused Apps

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Removing old, unused apps frees up disk drive space to make room for new programs. If any of those apps run in the background or automatically start during the Windows boot up process, you will notice a speed bump after they are deleted.

To remove old programs you don’t need, type “add or remove” in the Windows search bar and click the “Add Or Remove Programs System Settings” icon. Click the name of any program you no longer use and then select “Uninstall.” From there, just follow the prompts to remove that program from your laptop.

Clean Your Laptop And Keep It Dust Free

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • $5
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

You wouldn’t think something as simple as dust might slow down your computer, but dust impedes airflow and keeps your laptop from cooling properly. Overheating can then directly impact overall laptop performance.

Particularly in gaming rigs where heat management becomes an issue, keeping your laptop dust free is critical to maintaining acceptable overall speeds. Using canned air is a simple and cheap way to clean dust from all the ports and openings on your laptop. Check out a full video guide on how to clean your notebook.

Update Your Drivers

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Drivers act as a buffer between your laptop’s hardware and the operating system. If your drivers are out of date, you may experiencing major slow downs. This is particularly true for gaming, but can also affect standard home or office tasks as well.

Team Windows
To update drives, type “Device Manager” into the Windows search box and click the top icon. Click the arrow next to any category, such as Display Adapters, and then right-click an individual piece of hardware and choose “Update Driver” to start the process. Note that some peripherals may have their own software specifically for upgrading drivers. Check your taskbar to find programs like the GeForce Experience or Logitech Gaming Mouse panels for updating drivers.

Team Chromebook
Unlike with Windows, drivers are built directly into the Chrome OS and automatically download with each operating system update. You don’t need to update drivers individually for each hardware device.

To update drivers in Chrome OS, click your account photo, and then navigate to Settings (the gear icon). Click the menu button and then select About Chrome OS. From there, scroll down to the Google Chrome OS heading and click Check For Updates. If any new version is available, it will automatically install.

Team Macbook
MacBook computers and laptops don’t get system updates frequently, but when they do, make sure you install them. Following this tip, you’ll benefit from the speed improvement and better app compatibility after updating your drivers & software.

Outdated Mac OS X can slow down your computer, mess with your drivers, and even unable you to install some of the important apps.

Make sure your apps are up to date too since they’re the ones who are connecting you and the device. Apple has made updates very simple on Mac OS X, unlike Microsoft with Windows operating system. Simply go to the AppStore, click the last tab named “Updates” and you’ll have a list of updates for both Mac OS X and your apps.

Update Your Drivers

Defrag Your Hard Disk Drive

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

Team Windows
If your laptop uses an HDD, data can become fragmented across the drive and take longer to be accessed by the operating system. To keep your data speeds up, you should periodically defragment your hard disk drive.

You can start the process by typing “Defrag” into the Windows search bar and clicking the “Defragment And Optimize Drives” icon. Click your hard drive and choose “Optimize” to manually start a defragment procedure. You can also schedule more frequent automatic defrags in this same screen by clicking “Change Settings” and selecting a shorter time period. Note that defragmenting typically isn’t necessary for solid state drives, which arrange data different than traditional hard disk drives.

Team Macbook
Defragging the disk drive is a very common technique Windows users do, however, it’s not quite common with Mac. Even Apple hasn’t given basic software to do it, because, well you can guess it – it’s not necessary. But using this tip to help yourself to optimize your disk is going to create more space and boost its speed.

However, what you can on MacBook computers instead is use basic software that Apple named “Optimize Disk”. This feature will help MacBook users to clean out the disk drive and remove old data that might be slowing down the computer. For a full process, here’s a quick video you can follow:

MacBook computers don’t need to be defragged, however, disk drive optimization helps remove old and removeable data that’s clogging the drive and therefore it’s slowing down the computer.

Defrag Your Hard Disk Drive

Switch To The Linux OS

  • Windows Macbook
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • Few hours or more
  • Noticable

Team Windows
Windows 10 may be the most prevalent operating system in the world, but it isn’t the fastest. Free operating systems like Linux are better optimized and feature less bloatware. Completely changing from Windows to Linux is a drastic move, but if you aren’t a gamer and only use word processing tools or watch Netflix, there isn’t much downside. Not only will you get faster speeds, but your laptop will be exposed to far less malware and virus activity.

Mint Cinnamon and Ubuntu are two of the most popular Linux versions available right now. A full guide on creating a Linux boot drive to install the operating system can be found here.

Team Macbook
Even though the Mac OS X is one of the smoothest and fastest operating systems, if you really require to use Linux OS for any other reason, it’s very possible to do. Switching to Linux OS will bring a different, yet maybe slightly faster interface with less apps you can use for your own advantages.

You might use any software such as Virtual Box to boot Linux OS through your Mac OS X. Here’s a video on how to do it:

However, if you permanently want to install the Linux OS, you can either remove the Mac OS X and use Linux OS as a primary operating system, or there’s a possibility to create dual bootable disk drive where you can choose between two operating systems on a start-up.

Perfrom A Fresh OS Install

  • Windows Macbook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • Few hours or more
  • Noticable

Team Windows
More drastic than simply uninstalling old unused apps, performing a clean install of Windows is a last resort scenario. Unfortunately, it is a necessary process to perform periodically, especially when a laptop gets bogged down with malware or has extensive registry changes.

A clean install virtually guarantees faster boot up and better overall speeds while using any programs, but it has a major downside. You lose all your data and start over from scratch! The Windows 10 reinstall tool, and a full breakdown on how to complete the clean installation process, can be found at Microsoft’s website here.

Team Macbook
Fresh Mac OS X installation can make a big change, especially if you loaded up your MacBook with a lot of files and now you want to start fresh.

The clean Mac OS X is always going to perform faster since it doesn’t require a lot of storage, and yet it’s a clean version where you haven’t clogged your disk drive with any other files yet.

The process is very simple to do. The easiest way is to boot into recovery mode by holding Control + R on start-up. Instead of booting into your Mac OS X, it will open a menu where you have to choose “Reinstall OS X”. See screenshot:

It might take a few hours, so make sure you have plenty of time and aren’t in a hurry.

Uninstall Bloatware From Your Laptop's Hard Drive

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

Team Windows

To keep profit margins up, laptop manufacturers allow companies to install unnecessary programs – known as bloatware – on budget computers. Bloatware eats up memory while running in the background, and these programs are frequently set to automatically load on startup.

To manually uninstall bloatware, open the Control Panel in the Start menu and click “Uninstall a Program.” From there, any app can be easily uninstalled. If you want to get rid of large amounts of bloatware in a single go, programs like PC Decrapifier and Revo Uninstaller can make the process simpler. Want a laptop that starts fresh with absolutely no bloatware? Look for any modeled labeled a “signature edition.” They cost more, but have no bloatware out of the box.

Team Macbook

Bloatware is basically everything that comes with your MacBook and yet doesn’t have a purpose in your use of your laptop. A great example of bloatware is a languages pack on your MacBook. You are only going to use one or maybe two languages, so why not remove the rest of the languages (bloatware).

Removing such bloatware can dramatically increase the speed of your laptop since it’s not clogging your RAM anymore.

To remove bloatware from your MacBook, you’ll need a software such as CleanMyMac X that will guide you easily through the process of removing all the bloatware you might not need on your laptop.

The software will let you remove bloatware such as browser extensions, unnecessary apps, and language packs. You have nothing to worry because you won’t be able to delete something important by a mistake.

Clean Up Your Laptop's Hard Disk

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Team Windows

Over time, your laptop’s hard drive becomes cluttered with unused files and apps. In particular, temporary files created by various programs can clog the hard drive and result in significant speed loss.

Manually uninstalling old programs or bloatware won’t remove these temporary files. To clean them all out in one swoop, type “Disk Cleanup” in the Windows search box and click the icon at the top of the results. For maximum cleaning, click the check box next to each entry and then select “OK” to automatically clear out temporary files, downloaded web pages, unused thumbnails, and so on.

Team Macbook
Cleaning up your hard disk can help your MacBook run easier and more efficient, but also you’ll create some extra space you can use later. Once you clean up your hard disk with the help of this tip, you can expect to experience a lot more space and better hard disk speed since.

If you’re getting annoyed by that message saying “Your disk is almost full”, simply get a software such as Gemini 2. It’s a single app that can find and remove duplicated files, empty trash cans, uninstall applications you don’t use, and even clean up huge iTunes backups that might be taking a pretty good amount of your hard disk drive.

Here’s a how-to post on using the Gemini 2 software and the benefits you can expect

Clean Up Your Laptop's Hard Disk

Restart Your Laptop Regularly

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

It doesn’t take long for an operating system like Windows 10 to get clogged with dozens of processes running simultaneously. The more programs are running in the background, the more memory is used, until eventually you will notice serious reductions in overall speed.

There’s a quick fix for this problem – just simply restart your laptop on a regular basis! Microsoft recommends once a week, but once a day is more helpful. Regularly restarting the OS shuts down any processes running in the background. Make sure to see our tip on stopping programs from running on startup to get even faster speeds.

Repair Your Laptop's System Files

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Windows requires a host of different files and settings to work together in harmony to work correctly. If you notice programs frequently crashing or major bouts of lag while performing everyday tasks, then corrupted system files may be the culprit.

To fix these files automatically, type “Powershell” in the search box and then right-click the top result and choose “Run As Administrator.” From there, click “Yes” to open a dialog box. Type the phrase “sfc /scannow” (without the quotation marks) and hit Enter to automatically scan for corrupted files. Follow the prompts to replace any damaged files causing slow downs.

Transfer Your Data To The Cloud

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

Whether you are using an HDD or an SSD, filling your drive to the point of reaching capacity will result in significantly reduced performance. When a drive is nearly full, it takes longer to write data, which means slower speeds accessing your files or saving new files.

To counteract this problem, we recommend transferring data to a cloud-based backup service. Windows 10 automatically includes Microsoft’s OneDrive, program which lets you store 5GB of data for free.

If that isn’t enough space, other free online storage tools like Google Drive or DropBox can offer additional storage capacity, or you can buy much larger cloud backup through services such as iDrive 8.

Transfer Your Data To The Cloud

Check For Replacement Parts Covered By The Warranty

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

When you are consistently experiencing crashes and slow downs, there may be faulty hardware to blame.

Laptop warranties can vary widely, however. Some will be as short as 90 days, while others will go out to 3 years! While repairing a laptop is often so expensive it isn’t worth the effort, your machine may still be under warranty and have replacement parts up for grabs.

To check on your warranty (or see if any part have been recalled), head to the website for your laptop’s manufacturer. Navigate to the “Warranty & Services” section of the site to enter your serial number and find out if you are covered for replacement parts.

Use Microsoft Fix It To To Troubleshoot Problems

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

Previously, Microsoft offered the Fix It tool (later renamed to Easy Fix) for finding and quickly resolving specific problems.Unfortunately, both the Microsoft Fix It and Microsoft Easy Fix tools are no longer supported or offered for download.

There is another option that replaces these programs however, and its built right into Windows 10. Open the Start menu and click the gear icon to access the Settings menu, then select the Update & Security option.

Type “Troubleshoot” in the “Find A Setting” search box, and from there just click any option to troubleshoot performance problems, such as Windows Update or Hardware & Devices.

Clean Up The Windows Registry

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

One area of the Windows operating system that isn’t well understood by users is the registry, which stores information and settings on various programs and drivers. The registry can become cluttered or corrupted over time, which is where a host of registry cleanup programs come into play.

Note that speed gains are typically minimal after running a registry cleaner, unless you have a particularly bloated and messy registry due to frequently installing / uninstalling freeware or moving around files.

If you want to give a registry cleaner a shot, plenty of options are available such as RegSeeker or Registry First Aid. Be sure to to back up your registry before using any registry cleaning software, however!

Use The Performance Troubleshooter

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

Previous versions of Windows included a tool called the Performance Troubleshooter that sought out problems affecting speed or causing crashes. That tool has been split into two areas with Windows 10.

To troubleshoot specific problems with printers, keyboards, or power settings, just type “Troubleshoot” into the search bar and click the icon. From there, follow the prompts.

To run the Windows 10 version of the Performance Troubleshooter, instead access the Control Panel and then click System & Security. Click the Security & Maintenance link at the top and then click Start Maintenance underneath the Maintenance tab.

Use The Performance Troubleshooter

Disable Superfetch

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Superfetch is a Windows process that is meant to help you load your most frequently used programs slightly faster. Unfortunately, it can bog down overall speeds since it loads so much data into memory.

Superfetch in particular should be turned off if you are using an SSD, as it can wear down your drive much faster with constant data writing processes.

To turn off Superfetch, type “services.msc” into the Search box and click the icon. Scroll through the alphabetical list and double-click Superfetch. Click the Stop button to turn the service off, then change the startup type drop-down box to Disabled to prevent it from turning back on.

Disable Prefetch

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Prefetch is a companion process to Superfetch, and is also meant to help programs load faster if you use the same apps constantly. As with Superfetch, it can actually slow down speeds over time as too much data is stored.

To turn off Prefetch, you will need to change a registry value. Type “regedit” into the Search box and click the icon, then choose Yes. Open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder and then navigate to the file path “SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters.”

Double-click the Enable Prefetcher option and change the Value Data field to “0,” then hit OK. Do the same thing for the Enable Superfetch option, and then restart your computer.

Disable Prefetch

Disable Cortana

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Cortana monitors your habits and saves search settings to offer more relevant results. An unfortunate side effect (besides privacy concerns) is that Cortana can cause serious slow downs in overall speed.

Turning off Cortana completely requires changing the registry. We recommend backing up your registry before turning off Cortana.

To get started, type “regedit” in the Search box and click the Icon, then choose Yes. Navigate to the registry file path “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.”

Right-click the Windows entry and select New and then DWORD (32Bit Value). Type the phrase “AllowCortana” and hit Enter to make the new value. Double-click the new AllowCortana entry then enter “0” in the ValueData field and click OK. Restart your laptop to complete the process.

Disable Cortana

Go Opaque

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

The transparency effects that come standard with Windows 10 sure look cool, but they also hog resources. If you have a slower processor or less RAM, its worth going opaque and turning transparency off for a slight speed boost.

To switch from transparent to opaque, open the Start menu and click the gear icon. Click Rationalization and then select the Colors tab at the left side of the menu. From there, scroll down to the More Option heading and toggle off the option labeled Transparency Effect. You may need to restart your laptop for the change to fully take effect.

Go Opaque

Turn Off Windows 10 Tips

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Since its aimed at the largest possible user base, Windows 10 wants to be helpful to new users who don’t understand basic tasks. That’s why it often pops up tips with information you probably already know.

To offer tips that are helpful, Windows scans your hard drive for past behavior, which does take up memory and CPU cycles. Turning off this feature can give you a slight speed bump and is commonly referred to as “no tipping”

If you want to turn off tips, open the Start menu and click the gear icon. Click System and navigate to the Notifications & Actions tab at the left side. Toggle off the blue button labeled Get Tips, Tricks And Suggestions.

Change Chrome Settings On Your Chromebook

  • Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

The Chrome OS is meant to run lean and fast, but it can still get bogged down with certain kinds of websites. This is particularly true when on a slower network or using a Chromebook without much RAM.

Two settings can easily be changed to get a noticeable bump in speed while browsing the web. From the Menu, navigate to Settings and then Show Advanced Settings. Open the Privacy section and deselect these two options:

  • Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
  • Use a web service to help resolve spelling errors

Try Guest Mode On Your Chromebook

  • Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

One simple way to troubleshoot and identify problems causing Chromebook slow downs is to switch to guest mode. Running your Chromebook as a guest returns all settings to normal and disables any extensions you are using.

To use guest mode, simply sign out of your profile and then click the Browse As Guest option. If you notice a major speed boost, that’s a good indicator you need to power wash your Chromebook or disable some of your extensions.

Install Speed Up Apps For Chrome

  • Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

One of the biggest draws to Chrome is the huge number of extensions and add-ons available to radically change your browsing experience. While having a ton of extensions active at once can slow down your Chromebook, a few are actually aimed at improving speed.

Three apps in particular are worth checking out to get a speed boost. The first is simply called Speed-Up Browsing, and enhances the re-use of previously downloaded images and script to improve page load times.

The second is The Great Suspender, which reduces the amount of memory used by suspending tabs that you haven’t used after a set amount of time. Finally, Click & Clean quickly cleans out temporary files for a speed boost.

Add An SD Card For More Storage

  • Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • $15 - $50
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

When a storage drive reaches capacity, it starts to slow down considerably from when its mostly empty. That’s true of Windows machines as well as Chromebooks, so a quick fix to slow downs can be to simply add more storage space with an SD card.

If you don’t want to store all your data in the cloud, adding in an SD card is a very simple way to bump up your physical storage space. Best of all, SD cards are available very cheap in a variety of sizes, with 64GB cards available at Amazon for well under $20.

Turn Off Visual Effects

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Much like the Start menu transparency option, Windows 10 offers a host of interesting visual effects that look cool, but can be a drain on system resources. If you prefer performance over all other considerations, it isn’t hard to turn off all the Windows visual effects at once.

To get started, type “advanced” in the Search box and click the View Advanced System Settings icon. Navigate to the Advanced tab and click the Setting button beneath the Performance heading. Click the radio button labeled Adjust For Best Performance (or de-select the check marks manually next to each visual effect you want to turn off) and click OK.

Turn Off Visual Effects

Change Windows 10 Privacy Settings

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

By default, Windows collects an absurd amount of data to provide targeted advertising and suggest content in your searches. Not only are there serious privacy concerns with that policy, but these data collection processes take up memory since they are constantly running in the background.

Ideally you would de-select all the relevant privacy options when setting up Windows for the first time. Since you probably don’t want to perform a clean install, you can turn off some of these settings anytime.

Open the Start menu and click the Gear icon, then click Privacy. Under the General heading, deselect all four blue buttons to enhance your privacy and stop data collection.

Stop Programs From Running On Startup

  • Windows Macbook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Dramatically

Team Windows
When Windows gets cluttered with dozens of programs launching at startup, you will notice major reductions in overall speed and performance. Many times, you may not even be aware a program decided to turn on the auto-startup feature.

To see what programs are clogging up your boot sequence, open the Start menu and click the gear icon. Click the Apps option and then select the Startup tab at the bottom-left side. Scroll through the list and toggle any program to Off that you don’t want to automatically launch on startup. Turning off several programs listed as High Impact will give you a noticeable speed boost.

Team Macbook
If you haven’t deleted unused apps on your Mac, it’s most likely that your Mac is starting up a bunch of apps when power it on. Therefore, your boot time into the system might be slowed down drastically, and if you turn off the apps you’re not using from starting up – you’ll save yourself a lot of time.

To disable apps from starting up right after the boot, head to the System Preferences and click on the Users & Groups. In a new window, you will have to click on your account name in the left sidebar and then choose the “Login Items” tab.

In the “Login Items” tab, simply untick the apps you don’t want to start at the booting. If you’re not using some of the apps constantly, it’s better to disable them and open them manually when you need them.

Start Your Laptop In Safe Mode

  • Windows Macbook
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Team Windows
When you experience long boot times and major lag running basic applications, starting in Safe Mode is an excellent way to troubleshoot problems. Safe Mode boots your laptop in a very basic state with an extremely limited number of programs and drivers.

If Safe Mode runs faster than normal operation, that’s an indicator you need to uninstall programs, update drivers, or run an anti-malware tool.

To boot in Safe Mode, open the Start menu and click the gear icon. Select Update & Security and then click the Recovery tab on the left side. Click the Restart Now button underneath the Advanced Startup heading.

On the Choose An Option screen, navigate to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. After the restart process begins, tap F4 to boot in Safe Mode.

Team Macbook
If Safe Mode sounds scary for you and you have never used it, you have nothing to worry about. Using Safe Mode on your Mac can help you troubleshoot some of the problems including apps, stalled start-up, or a slow running system.

Starting your Mac in a Safe Mode will clear the memory cache and therefore it could speed up the things.

To boot your Mac into Safe Mode, turn off your Mac. Turn it on again, and as soon as you see the white screen, press and hold the Shift key.

When you see the Apple logo, you can release the Shift key and your Mac will take you into Safe Mode.

Start Your Laptop In Safe Mode

Delay Windows Services That Run At Startup

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Besides the actual apps you’ve installed that may load at boot up, Windows features several services that automatically load and run in the background. Delaying these services from loading immediately can give you a speed boost, especially if you have a slower processor or a small amount of RAM.

To get started, type “Services” in the Search box and click the top icon. Double-click any service that is listed as Automatic (rather than Manual or Disabled). Open the Startup Type drop down box and choose the option labeled Automatic (Delayed Start). Repeat the process for any other services you want, then click OK and restart your laptop.

Delay Windows Services That Run At Startup

Change Your Boot Menu's Timeout Values

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

By default, your laptop is set to wait to see if you plan to boot an alternate operating system. This is really only helpful if you use a dual boot system and frequently switch between two different operating systems.

If you almost exclusively use one OS, you may want to reduce the wait time to get faster boot speeds. To change the boot menu timeout setting, type “systempropertiesadvanced” (all as one word) in the Search box and click the icon.

On the Advanced tab, click the Settings button beneath the Startut And Recovery Heading. Change the Time To Display List Of Operating systems setting to however many seconds you want, then click OK.

Change Your Boot Menu's Timeout Values

Remove Unnecessary Fonts

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Besides the dozens of fonts Windows comes with on every new laptop, there are thousands of fonts available to download on the web.

While having a huge font collection can be helpful, it can also cause speed reductions when first booting up or when loading image editing or word processing programs that have to access all those fonts.

To cull down unnecessary fonts you never use, simply type “fonts” in the Search box and click the Font Preview And Settings icon. Click the name of any font you want to remove, then choose Uninstall. Repeat the process as necessary for any other fonts you no longer need.

Remove Unnecessary Fonts

Turn On The Fast Startup Feature

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Power Options > Choose What The Power Buttons Do (located on the left hand side).\r\n\r\nUnder the Shutdown Settings heading, check the box labeled Turn On Fast Startup. From that point forward, Windows will save a kernel of your current session so it can boot back up faster when you turn the laptop back on.”}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:8448,”11″:3,”16″:8}” data-sheets-ischild=””>You might be surprised to learn Windows actually has a setting specifically for increasing boot up speed. All you have to do is find it and toggle it on!

To turn on fast startup, open the Control Panel, and then navigate to Hardware And Sound > Power Options > Choose What The Power Buttons Do (located on the left hand side).

Under the Shutdown Settings heading, check the box labeled Turn On Fast Startup. From that point forward, Windows will save a kernel of your current session so it can boot back up faster when you turn the laptop back on.

Change The Size Of Virtual Memory

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Installing additional RAM is generally your best speed solution, as physical memory such as RAM works much more efficiently than virtual memory. If you frequently run into lag when running certain programs however, you can try increasing the default amount of virtual memory Windows uses.

Type “System” in the Search box and click the View Advanced System Settings icon. On the Advanced tab, click Settings beneath the Performance heading. On the new window, navigate to Advanced
and then click Change beneath the Virtual Memory heading.

Remove the check box from the Automatically Manage setting, and you can know change the virtual memory size to anything you want.

Change The Size Of Virtual Memory

Change Your Laptop's Current Power Plan

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Your laptop has probably defaulted to a balanced power plan, which exchanges some performance in order to get a longer battery life. If you prefer speed over battery life and don’t mind plugging in more often, you can switch the power plan so your laptop performs better.

To change this setting type “Sleep” in the Search box and click the Power & Sleep Settings icon. Scroll down to Related Settings and click the Additional Power Settings link. Click the Show Additional Plans arrow, then toggle on the High Performance power plan. Restart your laptop and you should notice immediate speed improvements!

Change Your Laptop's Current Power Plan

Close System Tray Programs

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Not all programs that are running will show up directly on the Start bar. Some are instead hidden in the System Tray area, and they may be eating up memory without you even knowing!

To see what programs are on the System Tray notification area, just click the Up Arrow icon at the far right side of the Start bar.

If you don’t want programs to be hidden here by default, right-click the Start bar and click Taskbar Settings. Scroll down to the Notification Area heading and click and click Select Which Icons Appear On The Taskbar. From there, toggle off any of the apps that you don’t want to be hidden in the System Tray.

Close System Tray Programs

Install The Latest DirectX Version

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

DirectX consists of a series of interfaces that work between hardware and software to render graphics, stream video, or produce audio. If you are using an outdated version of DirectX, you may notice performance problems when trying to play games or stream YouTube clips.

To see if you are using an older version of DirectX, simply type “dxdiag” in the Search box and click the icon. The bottom of the System tab will list your current version.

If you have a version older than DirectX 12, type “update” in the Search box and click the Check For Updates icon. Click the Check Updates button at the top and a new version of DirectX will automatically download.

Employ Game Mode

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

If you struggle with frame rates while gaming due to low RAM or an older processor, the Windows 10 Game Mode feature can provide a faster, smoother experience.

This mode must be activated for each individual game that you play. When you have a game open, tap the Windows icon and the G key to bring up the Game Mode bar. Click Yes and then tap the gear icon on the bottom of the bar.

Make sure the box labeled Remember This Is A Game is checked, and from that point on Windows will give you enhanced performance with that program.

Employ Game Mode

Repair MacBook System Files

  • Macbook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

Even though Mac OS is one of the smoothest operating systems out there, it can happen to fail. And when things fail, you will be able to use this tip to repair Mac system files and get your operating system and MacBook computer to its potential.

If you ever happen to have trouble with your Mac OS x, the best way to repair it would be to enter the recovery mode by holding the CMD + R at the start-up. In the recovery mode, you can repair your Mac system by restoring the older version from Time Machine.

We would also suggest you check your hard disk by using the disk utility, just to make sure the issue isn’t hardware-related.

Transfer Your Data to the iCloud

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Transferring your data to the iCloud won’t only free up some space, but it’ll also most likely speed up your Mac if the hard disk isn’t overcrowded.

Apple has made it really simple to move your data around. When you’re logged in your MacBook, click the Apple menu icon, go to System Preferences, and find iCloud.

Then, next to the iCloud, click Options and simply turn on the “Optimize Mac Storage”. This will let Mac keep the most recent files on your computer while the older data will be stored in the iCloud in order to create more space on your hard disk.

Empty the Trash on Mac OS

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Emptying the trash is one of the simplest tasks to do on a Mac, however, if you forget to do it frequently, your Mac might get crowded with data. But with this tip, you’ll be able to empty the trash bin quickly and save some storage effortlessly.

The trash bin is always located on the desktop. If you double-click it, a new window with all your trash inside will pop up. Now, to empty the trash bit, simply click the “Empty” button at the right top corner.

You’ll get to double confirm it and then, all the trash will be gone. The trash bin is also located at the bottom right corner on the dock.

Reset SMC & PRAM

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Dramatically

Resetting the SMC & PRAM is something anyone can do, and it’s something that can’t screw up your Mac, yet fix some software or hardware issues you’re facing.

RAM stores a lot of data and information, and when it sometimes gets glitchy, restarting the parameters is the simplest way to fix things.

To reset SMC, do the following – press and hold at the same time shift+option+control and press and hold the power button. Then let go of the buttons, and your SMC is successfully restarted.

To reset PRAM, do the following – press the power button, and then press and hold command+option+p+r buttons at the same time. Hold the keys until the MacBook reboots again and it starts up again. Let off the keys, and the MacBook will reboot normally.

That’s how you successfully reset SMC & PRAM under 5 minutes.

Delete Big & Unused Files on MacBook

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Deleting big files and unused apps is one of the common practices of users who are looking to get some more space. However, with these tips, you won’t only free up some space, yet you’ll increase the overall performance of your Mac.

To find and remove large and unused files, open Finder and in search box type *, click on the + to expand the filters settings. In the filter settings, change #1 filter to Size, and change #2 filter to “Greater than”.

You can then add wanted size you want to search for, and you’ll get only the biggest files on your Mac. Carefully check the dates of your last use of any folder and you may delete the ones you don’t need anymore.

Manage Syncing Photos to iCloud

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Syncing your photos to iCloud is one of the smartest ideas you could do on your MacBook. It will save space, make sure your disk drive isn’t full constantly, store your photos in a safe cloud space, and even improve the overall speed of your Mac.

To sync your photos to iCloud you’ll have to launch the Photos app on your Mac. Then, in the top left corner, press Photos, choose Preferences, and you’ll find iCloud.

Click on the iCloud and make sure you check the iCloud Photo Library. Once you check that box, your photos will get synced and stored to your iCloud without you having to do anything else.

Repair Disk Premissions on Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

In order to keep your data and files secured, disk permissions play a huge role for your Mac. It’s a protection against various software to have an access to your information and data without your permission.

To secure your Mac and repair the disk permissions, do the following. Open Disk Utility, and select Macintosh HD from the list on the left side.

Then, once you’ve selected your hard disk, press First Aid tab. In that tab, you’ll have to press “Verify Disk Permissions”. Once you do that, the disk utility will work its way through your hard disk and find & remove misbehaving or broken permissions.

After that, you’ll have to click on “Repair Disk Permissions” and wait until the Disk Utility has repaired them for you.

Use Activity Monitor to Close Down Resource Hungry Apps

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Dramatically

If your battery life isn’t satisfying enough, there’s a possibility that some activities are using a lot of resources which drains and even slows down your Mac. With these tips, you can find out the apps which use the most resources, close them and immediately improve the overall performance of your Mac.

First, open the Activity Monitor. You’ll then see a new tab pop up with a few different tabs. When you press on any of these tabs, the apps will get sorted in a different way.

You’ll easily identify the problem processes that are either hogging your CPU or memory. To kill a problematic process, simply select it and then click the “X” button in the top left corner.

Check to See if Spotlight is Re-Indexing Your Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

When Spotlight isn’t working correctly, you won’t be getting the wanted results. However, by checking whether Spotlight is re-indexing your Mac, you can get it to work perfectly, showing all your wanted results.

To check whether Spotlight is re-indexing your Mac, go to System Preferences, click Spotlight and go to the Privacy tab.
In the Privacy tab, you will have to click the “+”. When the pop-up window comes up asking if you’re sure, just press Yes.

Now, to re-index your Spotlight search, click “-” to remove the disk rom Privacy tab. By doing this, your Mac will be forced to reindex the disk.

This will make sure that your Spotlight is indexing your searches properly without showing nonsense results.

Remove Duplicated Files on Your Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Duplicated files happen from time to time, and your Mac can’t do anything about it without your help. By removing duplicated files, you will free more space on your storage, yet improve the overall speed of your Mac.

To find and remove duplicated files, open Finder and in the top taskbar press File, and from the bottom menu, choose “New Smart Folder”.

In the smart folder, search the files by sorting them by a name. This way, you’ll easily spot if there are two identical files on the list. As soon as you find the duplicated file, simply remove it by adding it to the trash.

It might be a long process, however, if you would like to speed up your time, look into software such as “DrCleaner” that does the search and removal work automatically.

Close Background Apps

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

When gaming, especially with games that are always online, Windows background apps can be a big drain on system resources. By default, Windows 10 allows certain apps to always be online and always download updates – even if you haven’t turned them on lately!

To disable these apps, open the Start menu and click the gear icon, then choose Privacy. Scroll down the list of options on the left side and click Background Apps. Toggle off the option labeled Let Apps Run In The Background to turn them all off at once, or instead toggle individual programs in the list of apps.

Close Background Apps

Tweak the AMD / ATI Control Center

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 5 minutes
  • Dramatically

If you have a dedicated graphics card, there’s always ways to achieve slightly more performance by changing settings. This is true whether you go with NVIDIA or AMD.

For the AMD crowd, right-click the desktop, click Radeon Settings, and then navigate to the Gaming tab. In the Global Settings area, you can tweak individual options to either get improved graphics or better performance.

If you want speed over high graphics settings, turn off features like Anisotropic Filtering and Morphological Filtering, or turn the Anti-Aliasing option down to a lower setting.

Adjust Texture And Shader Settings

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Running high quality textures and using advanced shader settings for cool effects will bog down your graphics card quickly. Unless you are running a very high end machine, you may want to turn down these settings to get better frame rates and more speed while gaming.

For AMD users, you can change these settings by right-clicking the desktop, clicking Radeon Settings, and navigating to the Gaming tab. Either select a specific game you want to modify, or choose Global Settings.

Click Texture Filtering Quality and choose Performance, then click Shader Cache and select AMD optimized to get the best speed.

Upgrade your Graphics Drivers for an immediate FPS boost

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Having a high end graphics card doesn’t mean much if you don’t also have the latest driver. Each manufacturer releases new drivers periodically to improve performance on the latest games and fix compatibility issues with different kinds of hardware.

If you notice sluggish frame rates, always check to see if there’s a new driver for your card. While you can typically do this through your card’s software suite, you can also just simply download the latest drivers immediately.

The most up-to-date drivers for each type of graphics chip are available at the GeForceAMD, and Intel websites.

Tweak The NVIDIA Control Panel

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

If you have an NVIDIA video card, you can tweak the card’s settings to get better perfromance. If you notice frame rate drops frequently, turning down some of the 3D effect settings will give you a big speed boost.

To get started, open the arrow icon at the far right side of the start bar, and then right-click the green NVIDIA icon. Choose NVIDIA Control Panel and then click the Manage 3D Settings link on the left side

From there, select the Performance setting (instead of Quality) on any options you want, and be sure to set any of the high graphics settings to Off. Click Apply to get more speed while gaming.

Tweak The NVIDIA Control Panel

Manage Automatic Updates For More Bandwidth

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

If you play games online frequently, you may notice major lag due to automatic updates running in the background eating up your bandwidth.

To pause these updates and save them for later in the Home version of Windows 10, you have to tell the operating system you use a metered connection so it won’t automatically download every update.

Open the Start bar and click the gear icon, then click Network & Internet. Choose either Wi-Fi or Ethernet on the left depending your connection type, and then click your network’s name. Scroll down to the Metered Connection setting and toggle the switch to On.

Check For Network Speed Issues

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

When you’ve updated your drivers and turned down graphics settings but still get poor frame rates while playing games online, the culprit may be your service provider.

Checking your network speeds is incredibly easy, thanks to a host of free tools available. You can either download the official Microsoft Network Speed Test app or instead using an online tool like speedtest.net.

These apps work by uploading and then downloading a small amount of data to see how quickly the transfer takes place. If your speed is slow, you may have an issue with your modem or router, or you may need to upgrade your service packing through your Internet provider.

Change the WaitToKillService Timeout Value For Faster Shut Down

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster shutdown
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

By default, Windows 10 waits for programs to shut down on their own before automatically killing them during the shut down process. If you want them to close faster, you need to change a registry entry.

Type “regedit” into the Search box and click the icon, then navigate to the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. Right-click the Desktop folder and select New and then String. Set the name of the new String as “WaitToKillAppTimeout.”

Double-click the new string entry and set the value data to however many milliseconds you want Windows to wait before closing programs on shutdown, such as 5000 for 5 seconds or 2000 for 2 seconds.

Change the WaitToKillService Timeout Value For Faster Shut Down

Modify the ClearPageFileAShutdown Regisry Value

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster shutdown
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Windows utilizes a feature called a page file that stores data in virtual memory when the computer is turned off. Some laptops are set by default to clear out this page file at shutdown, which makes the process much slower.

If you want faster shut downs, you should turn this feature off so the page file isn’t purged every time you turn off your laptop. To make the change, type “regedit” in the Search box and click the icon.

Navigate to the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management and double-click the entry on the right side labeled ClearPageFileAtShutdown. Change the ValueData field to 0, then click OK and restart your laptop.

Check Shut Down Events In Event Viewer

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster shutdown
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

If you experience constant sluggish performance and frequent crashes, there may be specific hardware or software issues to blame. To see what’s happening, advanced users can look through the list of shut down events in the Event Viewer.

Type “event” in the Search box and click the Event Viewer icon. In the panel on the left side, open Windows Logs and then click System. In the panel on the far right side, click Filter Current Log.

Underneath the Includes/Excludes Events heading, type the phrase “1074, 6006, 6008” and click OK to filter only the shut down events. In the middle panel, scroll through the list of events and look for anything marked as Error to find info on unexpected shutdown causes.

Check Shut Down Events In Event Viewer

Create A Windows Shut Down Shortcut

  • Windows
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster shutdown
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

If your laptop’s power button is in an odd position, or you don’t like have to go through three separate clicks to close Windows, you can create a shortcut to speed up the shutdown process.

Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select New, and then click Shortcut. Type the phrase “%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0” in the text box and click Next. Type a name for your shortcut and then click Finish. Now you can easily shut down straight from the desktop.

You can also drag the icon to the taskbar and pin it there for 1 click shut down (just be careful not to accidentally click it when you want something else on the taskbar).

Run Your Laptop's Power Troubleshooter

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Laptops function differently from desktops in that their power settings have a direct impact on performance. If you are running on battery (rather than plugged into an outlet) your settings may purposefully throttle memory and CPU cycles to save battery life.

If you experience slow performance on battery power, running the Power Troubleshooter can find specific problems to fix. To get started, open the Start menu and click the gear icon. Click Update & Security and then select Troubleshoot in the left panel.

Scroll down to Find & Fix Other Problems, choose the Power heading, and then click the Run The Troubleshooter button.

Overclock Your Laptop's GPU

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster gaming
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

Overclocking provides even more power out of your graphics card, but the specific steps vary between manufacturers. AMD for instance has built-in overclocking available by downloading AMD’s Overdrive tool.

After installing the tool, click the option to enable Overdrive and then increase the power control settings and GPU frequency with the slider. Make sure to test games and tweak as necessary so you don’t get any crashes.

The new RTX line of NVIDIA cards will come standard with a Scanner program to automatically overclock with 1 click. For now though, its quite an involved process for NVIDIA cards. Check out a full rundown on the tools you’ll need and list of settings to tweak over here.

Make Sure Page Prefetching Is Enabled

  • Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Google Chrome uses a process called prefetch to cache pages you haven’t click yet. In theory, this results in faster speeds anytime you click a link. You can actually end up with better overall performance either by turning prefetch on or off, depending on your web surfing habits.

If you go to pages loaded with links and don’t click any of them, you’ll actually get slower speeds. If you often switch pages frequently by clicking links, then prefetching will speed things up.

To change this setting, click the Menu icon in Chrome, then choose Settings. Click the Advanced link at the bottom and then toggle the Use A Prediction Service To Load Pages Quickly button underneath the Privacy & Security heading.

Make Sure Page Prefetching Is Enabled

Organize Your Mac Desktop

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

We believe that everyone who uses their Mac with a purpose doesn’t have a lot of time to organize their desktop, no matter how messy it is. It might be hard to believe, but organizing your desktop can actually give your Mac a little performance boost.

Each desktop icon is treated as own memory footprint on Mac, and once you reduce the number of icons you have on your desktop, you will breathe a little bit of life into your Mac.

To organize your Mac desktop, simply delete unused icons or group commonly used icons together into folders. This will lower the amount of footprint memory and it will have a great impact on your Mac device.

Close Widgets on Dashboard You Don't Use

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Not a lot of people use widget dashboard on Mac, however, there is a possibility that you have widgets available on your dashboard running in the background you don’t even know about! Removing and closing down the gadgets you aren’t using can free up some memory and therefore, increase the overall performance of your Mac.

To close the widgets, head to the widget dashboard by either using three-finger gesture on your touchpad or using Spotlight or Finder to open the Dashboard.

Once you’re in your dashboard, simply click the minus icon in the left bottom corner which will active “X” for each widget. Simply click “X” for the widget you’d like to remove, confirm it, and that’s how you successfully remove a widget.

If you remove any by an accident, don’t worry, because you can always add it again into your dashboard.

Reduce the Number of Apps in Your Dock

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Once you install a fresh copy of Mac OS on your favorite Mac, you’ll get a load of icons down in your dock. However, by removing some of the icons you don’t use often, you will be able to get your MacBook load faster after a boot and increase its overall performance.

Apple is one of the most known brands that specialize in simplicity and therefore, removing icons from your dock is way simpler than people think it is.

To remove icons from your dock, simply press and hold on the icon and drag it to the trash bin at the end of the dock (right bottom corner). Whenever you feel like you need the icon back, you can add it by dragging the icon of the app into the dock again.

Also, it would be useful to uncheck “Animate opening applications” and “Automatically hide and show the dock” from Settings – Dock menu. It increases the performance and overall speed.

Get Rid of Your Screen Saver

  • MacBook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

A screensaver is something most users don’t even use nowadays. People either shut down their Mac or put it on sleep by simply closing the screen lid down. Therefore, removing the screensaver feature will remove excess resources which are allocated to perform the actions related to the screensaver. By doing so, you will free up more working memory for other tasks.

To do so, go to the Settings and in the second row, find and press “Desktop & Screensaver”. In the Desktop tab make sure you uncheck the “Change Picture” option, and in second tab “Screensaver” make sure to open the drop-down menu which is located right next to the “Start After” and choose “Never”.

Remove Custom Items from System Prefrences

  • MacBook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Every Mac comes with a default number of icons in the System Preferences. However, as you install apps, especially from third-parties, they might sometime add custom icons in the System Preferences. Removing unwanted and unused icons can improve the overall speed of Mac and simply make things easier for you as well.

To remove custom icons in System Preferences, simply click on the System Preferences icon to open the menu, find the custom app icons (look at the bottom row for custom icons). Once you locate unwanted apps in your System Preferences menu, move your cursor on the icon and double-click it.

This will open a menu with only one option which is “Remove – the name of the app”.

Remove Custom Items from System Prefrences

Disable FileVault Disk Encryption

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

FileVault is something which is still popular for older Mac users which still use the Hard Disk Drive. It’s a security feature which encrypts and decrypts all your data on the disk drive. By disabling it, you will save a lot of time when you write or read something from your drive, but also shorten the wait time too.

To disable FileVault, head to the Settings Preferences menu, choose Security and Privacy from the first row, and then choose the FileVault tab.

In there, all you have to do is press “Turn off FileVault” feature, which will most likely ask you for your password if you have one.

Use Automatic Login and Disable Reopen Windows

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Letting your Mac log in automatically to your account and disabling reopening windows is the easiest way to boost the booting time of your Mac. It’ll boost the performance and speed of your Mac simply by removing unnecessary options.

To let your Mac automatically log in, go to the System Preferences, head to the Users & Groups, choose your account, and on the right side under “Automatic Login” choose your name.

To disable reopening windows when you boot or restart your Mac, simply click Apple menu icon in the top left corner. Press turn off, and when a new menu pops up, uncheck “Reopen windows when logging back in.”

Kill Animations

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Killing dock animations can lead to an increase in overall speed and performance, and it’s definitely something that’s not very necessary. Yet it can help Mac users who run older devices and still use Hard Disk Drive.

To kill the dock animations, head to the System Preferences, and click on a Dock icon from the first row. In the menu, make sure to uncheck “Animate opening applications” to turn off the animation.

Along with the dock animation, we’d highly recommend you to also disable open/close animation, quick look animations, and even disable window size adjustment. To disable these three settings, head to the System Preferences and go through the app icons and make sure you disable every animation you come across.

Disable the Dashboard Feature

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Mac’s dashboard can be a pretty useful thing, but if you’re never using it, you might even benefit from disabling it. Disabling the widgets dashboard on your Mac can help your device require and use fewer resources. The benefits are a better overall speed experience and performance.

To disable the widget dashboard, open the System Preferences, and in the first row, click on Mission Control. In Mission Control menu, find “Dashboard”, click to open the drop-down menu and choose “Turn off”.

But if your aim is to disable the dashboard system-wide, you’ll have to use a terminal and past the following: “defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES && killall Dock”.

Optimize Your Mac's Hard Drive Storage

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

If you’ve been using your Mac for a while now, optimizing your hard disk drive can free up and optimize the memory, speed up the read/write speed, and even help with booting time.

To optimize your hard disk storage on Mac OS Sierra and higher, click on the Apple menu icon in the top left corner. When a drop menu opens, choose “About this Mac”.

In a new window, choose the third tab which says “Memory”. The first drive listed will be your primary disk drive, and next to it, you’ll find a “Manage” button.
When you press that button, you’ll get a new window with recommended tasks and optimizations you can do. The second given option will be “Optimize your memory” which you can do by clicking “Optimize” button next to it.

Rebuild Mail App for Faster Load

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

If your Mac mail is slowing you down, the best solution might be to rebuild it. Rebuilding your mail is a very simple task anyone can do, yet you will definitely see the improvement in the faster load and less resource usage.

To rebuild your mail, open your mail and select your mailbox in the mail sidebar. Then from the taskbar at the top of your screen, choose “Mailbox” and at the bottom of the new drop-down menu, you’ll see the “Rebuild” button.

Press Rebuild and the Mac will guide you through the rebuilding process that will improve the loading time and speed of your Mail app.

Have You Disabled Unneeded Notifications?

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Unneeded notifications might not only slow your Mac down but also slow you down and make you lose focus easily. Disabling unneeded notifications will make a system to spend fewer resources to display the notifications.

You can disable unneeded notifications one by one, or all at once.
To disable all notifications at once, go to the System Preferences, and click on the “Notifications” icon in the first row. In the new menu, you can set the “Do Not Disturb” settings and choose the wanted time when you don’t want to receive any notifications.

However, if you want to disable notifications one by one, choose the applications from the left side menu and choose the notifications settings individually.

Change "New Finder window" setting from "All my Files" to Specific File

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Finder is one of the most convenient ways to search your Mac and find any file you’re looking for. However, whenever you’re opening a new Finder tab, instead of being directed to all your files, narrowing down the new tab to specific folder might save you some time, and even increase the overall performance.

To change the default folder of your new Finder tab, open the Finder and go to the Finder Preferences. In a new pop-up window, stay in the “General” tab and look for a “New Finder window shows”.

You’ll see a drop menu where you can choose which folder you’d like to have open whenever the new Finder window is clicked.

Disconnect Unused Peripherals

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Having everything ready for use when you need it the most is a way most people have it. However, leaving your peripherals connected even when you aren’t using them might slow your Mac down, especially at the startup. By unplugging peripherals such as a printer will increase a boot speed time.

Simply disable third-party devices that aren’t connected to your Mac yet haven’t been used in a while. Whenever you need the device, simply connect it then.

We would recommend you to also disable network volume automounts. It’s a feature that automatically tries to recognize network discs which might slow down your booting time. The easiest way to disable it without having to operate the launch terminal is to use a software called Disk Arbitrator. It has a simple-to-use interface which will make sure your hard disk disables the automatical recognition tries.

Disconnect Unused Peripherals

Periodically Check System Health

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Checking the health of your Mac device is a good idea, just to make sure everything is alright. Sometimes, health checks can indicate you whether you are having any problem with a hardware or software and therefore, it can save you from troubles.

To check the health of your Mac, click on the Apple menu and choose “About this Mac”. At the bottom, you’ll find the “System Report” button which you should click.

In a new window that popped up, there will be all hardware listed on the left side and when you click on any hardware, you’ll get to see their possible status. Any areas that might be of a concern will be highlighted for you to spot easily.

Periodically Check System Health 2

Use Sleep Mode Rather than Reboot

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

A lot of Windows users who are recently switching on the Mac OS on any Mac device rather shut down the laptop instead of putting it to sleep. Unlike Windows, Mac devices are very smooth when it comes to the sleep mode. And putting your Mac into sleeping mode rather than shutting it down and turning it on soon might help save your battery life.

To put your Mac into a sleep mode, either press the ON/OFF button once or simply close the lid if you own MacBook as it will automatically put your laptop into the sleep mode.

Or you can simply click on the Apple menu icon in the top left corner and choose the sleep option to put your Mac to sleep.

Have you Fixed Corrupted Preferences Files

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

If you’ve ever experienced a problem with any of the apps on your Mac, it’s most likely that fixing corrupted preference files might sort out the problem. Fixing corrupted preference files can help your apps work properly again and therefore improve the best overall performance of your apps.

To fix corrupted preference files, make sure you shut down the application that’s not working properly. Head to the Finder, click your user account folder, and then click Go. From the drop list menu choose “Go to Folder…”.

There, you’ll have to type “~/Library/Preferences” and then click Go. Find the application that was causing the problem, and drag its file and drop it in the trash. When you have done that, run the application again and then you’ll get to set up your new preferences.

That will create a new preferences file and your problems will be solved.

An app's Preferences Files are Corrupt

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Most of the Mac apps offer a decent customization ability. However, when there is a lot of customization inside one app, there may be some software glitches. If the app’s preferences files are corrupt, the apps might not work properly. However, by fixing the preferences files will get your apps working smoothly and correctly.

Once you notice the app is not working properly, close it. Then head to the Finder and click your user account name. Then, from the top taskbar click on the “Go” to open a drop menu and then click the last option which is “Go to Folder…”.

In there, you have to paste the following “~/Library/Preferences” a click Go. Then, in the new folder, search for the app and remove its preferences file by dragging it to trash. When you’ve done that, open the app again and you’ll be able to customize it again from the default as that will create a new preferences file.

Remove Animated Wallpaper

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Mac devices running the latest Mac OS have the ability to use animated wallpapers as the background. However, that might not be the best thing if you’re looking for a better speed and performance. Removing animated wallpaper and using a static wallpaper instead can make a huge difference in booting time but also desktop speed and usage.

To remove the animated wallpaper, simply double-click anywhere on your desktop, and press “Change desktop background”. A new window will pop up where you can choose any of the default photos that come with Mac OS or even use any of your photos by finding the file in the right menu folder.

Try Guest Mode On Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

If you have a Mac with a fresh copy of the latest Mac OS, you’ll most likely have two profiles at the log in page. One is yours and another one is a Guest profile. Using a guest profile has a lot of benefits, as it can protect your privacy, help you save on disk space, and even improve security.

To access Guest profile on your Mac, simply press Apple button at the top left corner and choose Log Out “Your Username”. Then, simply choose the Guest profile, and as soon as you get logged in, you’ll be ready to use it to your advantage. Guest account allows the users improved speed because of the less data and preferences are saved in the RAM for the specific account.

Change Your Browser

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Each browser uses differing system resources, especially when you get bogged down with add-ons and extensions. While Chrome is an efficient browser, it is quite system-hungry and go be slower than the competetition.

If you don’t have the RAM or processor required to get the best Chrome experience, you may want to simply switch to a different browser to increase your speed.

Depending what kinds of sites you most frequently visit and what your system specs look like, you can get better speeds by using Microsoft Edge, Opera, or Mozilla Firefox.

Remove Unused Extensions

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Extensions offer increased functionality to your browser, but they also eat up more memory and CPU resources. When you have multiple extensions running at the same time on websites with tons of graphics and video files, you will notice major lag.

To get your browser back up to speed, be sure to remove old extensions you don’t use. In Chrome, click the Menu icon then choose More Tools and click Extensions. Simply click Remove beneath the name of any extension you want gone.

In Firefox, instead click Menu and then Add-Ons and select Remove next to the name of any extensino you don’t need.

Remove Unused Extensions

Clear Out The Cache And Cookies

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Team Windows
Your browser stores small amounts of data for each website you visit, known as cookies and cache. While these can speed up re-loading a page on subsequent visits, eventually having a large amount of data saved will result in overall slower speeds.

To clear out the cache and cookies in Chrome, press CTRL+H to open the History tab and then click Clear Browsing Data on the left side. Make sure both Cookies and Cached Images are selected and then choose Clear Data.

Specific instructions can also be found for Mozilla Firefox here and Microsoft Edge here.

Team Macbook
Cache and cookies are two necessary things that any browsers consist of. However, if you haven’t cleared out the caches and cookies in a long time, they might end up overcrowding your browser and eventually slowing it down.

To clear out cache and cookies on Safari browser, open the Safari. Click on the Safari tab in the top taskbar and choose Preferences.

In the new window that just opened, head to the Privacy tab. Then, find and press “”Remove All Website Data…””. This will clear all cache and cookies, yet will keep all your browsing history and information intact.

Clear Out The Cache And Cookies

Uninstall And Reinstall Your Browser

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

In some cases, simply clearing out the cache or disabling extensions may not be enough to solve slow web browser issues. As a last ditch effort, you may want to totally uninstall and then re-install the browser.

Make sure to download the installation file first so you have it handy after completing the uninstall process. You can find the installation files here: Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge.

To uninstall, open the Start menu and click the gear icon, then choose Apps. Click the name of your browser and choose Uninstall. When the process finishes, double-click the installation file to re-install.

Team Macbook
When clearing cache and cookies can’t help you improve the speed and reliability of your browser, reinstalling your browser will bring all settings and information to default. Therefore, uninstalling and reinstalling the same browser you’re using will most likely fix any issues you might be facing.

When you’re ready to uninstall your browser, head to Finder, and choose Applications from the left side menu. On the right side, you’ll see a list of apps you have installed. Find your browser, and simply drag it to trash to uninstall it.

Once you want to install the browser back, you’ll need to have an installation package ready to start the installation process. Therefore, make sure to download the installation package from the official site before uninstalling your browser, if it’s the only one browser you have on your Mac.

After following the instructions, you’ll quickly install the browser back and have it ready as a default browser.

Uninstall And Reinstall Your Browser

Limit Your Browsing Tabs

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Dramatically

No matter which browser you’re using, if you have too many tabs open at the same time, your browser might not be working at its full speed. The more tabs you have, the slower it will run. However, limiting your tabs will allow your laptop to process the open tabs easily without any complications and slow issues.

To limit your tabs, simply pay attention to the number of tabs you have open when you’re using your browser. If you find yourself with too many tabs open, make sure to clear some out by closing tabs you aren’t using or you don’t need open at all.

It’s something you should do constantly to keep your browser and laptop optimized so it can reach the potential speed you will benefit from.

Install Speed Managment Plugins

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

While browsers like Chrome and Firefox come loaded with a variety of features for speeding up web browsing, there are always additional tweaks to be made to get slightly better performance.

Depending on your hardware setup and the types of sites you visit, a handful of speed management plugins may give you a boost while surfing the web.

In particular, you may want to try Speed Tweaks, which disables inactive tabs and loads the mobile versions of pages for better performance. Clean Chrome is another solid option that clears out history, cache, cookies, and other saved data for you at regular intervals.

Change Channels To Speed Up Your Internet Connection

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

Team Windows
Whether you are currently using a 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz router, your network can operate on multiple channels. If other devices and networks in the area operate on the same channel, you may experience interference that will slow down your connection.

Changing the wireless channel requires logging into your router and modifying settings, which is a rather involved process that varies drastically depending on your router’s manufacturer.

You can find specific instructions for your router via the Netgear, D-Link, or Linksys websites.

Team Macbook
If you experience slow-downs during your browsing sessions, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your Mac or browser. The real problem might be your connection. However, luckily, you can do a few things to speed up your internet connection and still browse without any slow-downs.

To have the chance to speed up your internet connection, the first step would be to check your internet preferences. Go to System Preferences and click Network icon.

In the Network window, click on “Assist me” and choose Diagnostics. Then, choose the type of connection you use and click on continue to start the test.

If there’s any problem with your internet connection, Apple will suggest you advice how to repair it.

Use a VPN

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Anyone browsing the web in the 21st century knows that public wi-fi networks can be dicey. If you want to browse securely while avoiding malware and tracking programs that can reduce your speed, we recommend using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Make sure to pick a VPN server close to your actual location, as latency will increase the further away your device is from the VPN. This may not always be possible however, especially if you are using a VPN to access region-locked content.

There are a multitude of free and paid VPN options available out there. Check out this rundown to get started using a private network.

Use Google For Reading HTML Documents

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Opening giant PDF files can very quickly eat up your web browser’s memory. If you frequently read large documents online, keep in mind that you can preview PDFs as an HTML file through Gmail for quicker loading!

In the older version of Gmail you had to actually right-click and select the View option to load a file as HTML. That is no longer the case, as Gmail now automatically renders previews as HTML.

Simply click anywhere on the PDF attachment in your email (so long as you don’t click the Download or Organize In Drive buttons) and an HTML preview version will appear that loads much faster.

Use Google For Reading HTML Documents

Use An Automatic Download Manager

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

If you need to save multiple files from a single web page – such as a bunch of different images or a large number of MP3 files – you may not want to spend all that time right-clicking and choosing Save As repeatedly. Instead, you can use a browser extension to automatically download everything from a page all at once.

In Firefox you can grab an add-on like the aptly named Download All Images or in Chrome you can grab the Fruumo Download Manager.

Bump Up Your Browser's Cache Size

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

As we’ve discussed in other types, your web browser caches certain web page components so they load faster when you return to a page. If you constantly go to the same pages, or frequently hit the back and forward buttons, having a large cache size can mean increased load times.

To change your cache size in Firefox, type “about:config” in the URL bar and hit Enter, then click I Accept The Risk. Scroll down the alphabetical list until you see the option labeled “browser.cache.disk.capacity.”

Double-click the entry, and then change the cache size to whatever you size you want (in bytes, so you’ll have to do the math to convert from bytes to megabytes).

Bump Up Your Browser's Cache Size

Skip image heavy sites and use RSS feeds instead

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

When you frequently check one particular site over and over, you may not want to load that site’s various graphics and scripts repeatedly. If you want the fastest, leanest way to browse new content, we recommend using an RSS feed instead.

RSS feeds essentially give you a text rundown of new articles, rather than seeing the entire graphics-heavy web page, and they let you quickly check overviews of new content on sites you love. You can collect feeds with an RSS reader, such as the web-based Feedly or the browser add-on Feedbro.

Replace The Battery

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • $20 - $200
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

All hardware components wear down over time and stop functioning at 100% efficiency. Your laptop’s battery is no exception, and eventually it won’t hold a full charge.

What does that have to do with speed? Depending on your settings and what kind of programs you use, some laptops throttle performance when the battery is fully charged or the laptop isn’t plugged into an outlet.

To get better battery life and boost your speeds, it may be time to simply buy a new battery and swap out the old one. Replacement batteries are readily available at outlets such as Amazon.

Cool Down Your Laptop Physically

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • $12 - $35
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Computer components generate heat while they operate, which is why your laptop has a heat sink, cooling fan, and exhaust ports. Some notebook computers are better designed than others however, and many of them are prone to overheating.

This tends to be more of an issue for gaming rigs, but any laptop is susceptible to overheating. If your computer isn’t properly ventilating heat, you will suffer on the performance front and notice slow speeds and frequent crashes.

If your laptop gets very hot frequently, try buying a cooling pad with extra fans to keep the temperature down to an acceptable level.

Install the NeverWare OS

  • Windows Macbook
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • Few hours or more
  • Dramatically

Team Windows
For some aging laptops, there isn’t much that can be done to increase speeds without drastically upgrading the hardware. If you aren’t willing to go that route and just want better performance while browsing the web, you may want to try switching from Windows to the NeverWare CloudReady OS.

Essentially, CloudReady strips out Windows and gives you a sleeker operating system much like Chrome OS. Best of all? It’s free for personal use.

If your old laptop no longer runs Windows well and you don’t need all the extra bloat of a full operating system, you can download NeverWare and find the install instructions over here.

Team Mac
If you’re running an old Mac that isn’t supported by the latest Mac OS X and is slowing down day by day, installing NeverWare OS and turning your Mac into Chromebook will make it efficient and fast again. Just like it was when it was brand new!

To install NeverWare OS (CloudReady operating system) on your Mac, you’ll have to visit their official site https://www.neverware.com/#introtext-3, create the USB installer from the files you’ve downloaded, and then restart your Mac, boot into the USB and proceed with the installation. Just make sure to take care of your most important files before proceeding with the installation.

If you’re looking for a step-by-step process – here’s a useful official tutorial https://guide.neverware.com/build-installer/working-mac-os on the complete process and the way it’s done.

Use a Patented Method Such As Sleep Mode To Speed Up Your Laptop

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

While you can manually find and turn off services that open at startup or run secretly n the background with our other tips, you may want to make things easy on yourself and get a program that does all that for you.

Tools such as AVG’s PC TuneUp provide an option to turn on Sleep Mode, which lets you quickly disable programs eating up resources in the background. By using a method such as Sleep Mode, you don’t need to actually uninstall anything, and those programs will remain available if you want them back on later.

Use a Patented Method Such As Sleep Mode To Speed Up Your Laptop

Tweak Your BIOS Settings

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Your laptop uses a tool known as the BIOS to issue commands while the operating system is first booting up. The BIOS is often used for overclocking components, but it can also be utilized to speed up the entire boot process.

By default, your laptop checks a variety of different components to find the OS in case you’ve inserted a re-install disc or are trying to boot from a USB drive. If you don’t ever do those things, you can get faster boot speeds by setting your hard drive as the first boot device and then deactivating all other devices.

The specific steps for accessing and modifying the BIOS vary radically between laptop models. Check out a rundown on the process over here.

Run Regular Malware Scans

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • Few hours or more
  • Noticable

Just simply browsing the web these days can lead to reduced performance as your laptop gets bogged down with tracking software, viruses, and other kinds of malware.

Running a regular malware or anti-virus scan is critical to keeping your laptop running at peak efficiency. These scans locate and remove known sources of malicious software that tweak your operating system’s settings.

For Windows users, free programs are readily available such as Spybot Search And Destroy or Malware Bytes.

Use Lighter Alternate Programs That Run Faster

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

No matter what kind of hardware your laptop sports, you may still notice sluggish performance if you are using software that eats up all the resources. Rather than upgrading RAM or tweaking settings, you can just simply try using alternate programs that achieve the same results but use less memory.

Team Windows

For Windows users, a variety of free programs are available that are less resource-hungry than their standard counterparts. For instance, you could use GIMP or Pixlr rather than Photoshop for image editing. If Adobe Acrobat always runs slowly, you could open PDFs with Sumatra instead. Web-based programs like Google Docs or Word Online can also offer a smoother experience for making word documents.

Team MacBook
We are all used to the most known programs and apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office package, and many others. But we don’t even realize how many other opportunities are out there which might be a better fit for our needs. Running such alternative apps and programs can be a better fit for your Mac, resulting in a faster launching speed & less RAM usage.

If your Mac is really slow with certain apps, we’d highly recommend you to replace them with some of the alternatives.

Here are some of the most known alternatives we highly recommend.

– GIMP instead of Adobe Photoshop
– FreeOffice instead of Microsoft Office

Run Fewer Programs At The Same Time

  • Windows Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Team Windows
This may seem obvious, but the more programs you have running, the less physical memory and CPU cycles are available for each of those programs to use.

If you want better performance, shut down some of your apps so that fewer are loaded into memory at the same time. While of course you can simply close down most programs from the Start bar, others are more stubborn.

If you notice slow speed, hit CTRL+ALT+DEL and click Task Manager. Click the name of any program that is using the most CPU or memory percentage, then click End Task to force that app to close.

Team Macbook
If your Mac gets really slow once you open a few apps at the same time, it’s most likely that your Mac lacks a bit of RAM and that it can’t handle many different apps at the same time. However, using only the apps you need at the given moment will make sure your Mac keeps running smoothly without any slow-downs.

To run fewer programs at the same time, you’ll have to close every other program you’re not using either by clicking at the program and quitting it using “CMD + Q” shortcut, or by clicking at the program and then clicking at its name at the top taskbar, and choosing “Quit -name of the app” from the drop-down menu.

The same rule applies for the browsing tabs. The more browser tabs you have open at the same time – the more memory your Mac will have to use, and it could slow it down. Therefore, make sure to close unused tabs as well and only run a few of them at the same time for the best efficiency.

Run Fewer Programs At The Same Time

Block Flash Or Javascript

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

As the web becomes more advanced, websites can bog down your laptop with tons of scripts and videos running at the same time. While you lose functionality for many websites, if you are using an older laptop with less RAM, you may want to simply turn off Flash and Javascript.

In Chrome, this is achieved by opening the menu and clicking Settings, then scrolling down to the bottom of the page and choosing Advanced. Near the bottom of the Privacy & Security section, click Content Settings and then click Javascript and choose Block. Go back to the Content Settings and choose Flash and then Block again.

Increase Raster Thread Count

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Google Chrome has a series of experimental features that can be changed by end users to tweak their overall browsing experience. One of those features is the number of raster threads, which controls how quickly images are loaded.

If graphics load slowly while you surf the web, type the phrase “chrome://flags/#num-raster-threads” into the URL bar and hit Enter. Scroll down to the entry labeled Number Of Raster Threads and change the setting from Default to 4.

Note that if you don’t have a quad core processor (or higher), this won’t give you much of a noticeable change in speed.

Enable Simple Cache For HTTP

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Like with the raster thread count feature, Google Chrome includes other experimental features that can give better speeds with certain types of hardware. If you’re willing to try a feature that isn’t fully supported yet, you can change to the Simple Cache setting, which will offer slightly better speeds when reloading pages.

To turn on this feature, type the phrase “chrome://flags/#enable-simple-cache-backend” into the URL bar and hit Enter. Scroll down to the entry labeled Simple Cache For HTTP and change Default to Enabled. Restart your browser to enable the change.

Enable Simple Cache For HTTP

Install Chrome's Data Saver Extension

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

A wide variety of extensions and add-ons are available for any given browser to modify your web surfing experience. Some of those extensions come straight from the browser developers themselves, and can offer significant speed boosts.

One of those useful tools is Google’s Data Saver extension, which uses Google servers to compress a page before any data is downloaded. This means that pages that normally use tons of system resources will instead load in stripped-down, more streamlined versions much faster than normal.

Save Some Content For Later

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

With the sheer amount of content available across the web, sometimes the best way to conserve data usage and prevent slowdowns due to huge data downloads is just to save pages to browse later.

If you don’t want dozens of tabs open at once and prefer to parcel out your browsing into smaller chunks, there are a multitude of tools available to save content and remind you to view it down the line.

On the free side, you can try out web-based tools like Instapaper or Evernote’s WebClipper. There are even extensions and programs to add to your browser for saving content, like Google Keep or Pocket Chrome.

Be Selective With Your Flash Permission Settings

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Flash can be a very useful feature, especially if you like to stream videos regularly on websites, but many users don’t need it to be constantly active. Culling down the amount of Flash content that sites can use will give you faster browsing speeds.

You don’t have to fully disable Flash, either. In Chrome, you can choose to force Flash to ask for permission before being utilized on any tab. To change this setting, type the phrase “chrome://settings/content/flash” into the URL bar and hit Enter. Click the Flash entry, and then toggle on the option labeled Ask First (Recommended).

Be Selective With Your Flash Permission Settings

Making Plugins Click To Load

  • Windows Macbook Chromebook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Extensions offer a variety of excellent features, but they also tend to slow down your browsing. If you don’t want to delete extensions and add-ons, there are ways to make them less intrusive.

The previous tip explains how to force Flash to ask permission to load, but you can set websites to ask your permission to utilize any plugin before accessing your computer.

Open the Chrome menu and select Settings, then scroll to the bottom and click Advanced. In the Privacy & Security section, click Content Settings, then select UnsandbonxedPluginAccess. Toggle on the button labeled Ask When A Site Wants To Use A Plugin.

Making Plugins Click To Load

Run With The Default Theme

  • Windows
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

While the various apps you use generally take up the majority of your laptop’s memory, simple elements such as your operating system’s background theme can also use up resources. To get the best performance on older machines, you should go back to the default theme and turn off any extra bells and whistles.

In Windows 10, right-click your desktop and select Personalize, then click Themes. From there, you can turn off background slideshows and disable extra features like start bar or file folder transparency effects.

Run With The Default Theme

Overclock Your CPU

  • Windows
  • Guru
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

Overclocking is a method of manually tweaking hardware settings to get increased performance, but usually at the cost of extra heat or reduced stability. While overclocking used to be a very complicated task, now processor manufacturers actually release their own tools for helping user overclock very easily.

You can download the Extreme Tuning Utility and find instructions on overclocking Intel processors over here, or grab the OverDrive tool and find info on overlcocking AMD processors at this location.

Cool Down Mac Physically

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • $20-$50
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Most Mac computers can handle the most demanding tasks virtually through hardware, but still, sometimes Mac laptops and computers need a little bit of help cooling them down. By cooling your Mac physically, you will prevent any hardware from getting damaged from high temperatures and benefit from a smooth performance.

The best way to cool down your MacBook laptop is to invest a little bit of money in a cooling pad. You would simply plug in the pad to your MacBook via USB cable and put the laptop on the cooling pad. The cooling pad fans will physically cool down your MacBook from below through the case.

Replace MacBook Battery

  • Macbook
  • Novice
  • $130-$200
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

If your MacBook has done a lot of cycles (battery recharging) in the past, it might not be as good as it was when it was brand new. By replacing the battery, your battery recharging cycles will be on zero again, and you’ll have a battery that will last longer and take less time to recharge.

On MacBooks before 2013, you would simply have to unscrew the back panel, disconnect the battery cord and pull it out using the little sticky plastic that’s attached to the battery for easier removal. Place in the new battery, connect it with the cord and turn on your MacBook again.

However, on 2014 and newer MacBooks, you’ll have to visit a repair center and let them do it instead of you since it’s not as easy to get to the battery as it was in earlier models.

Check for Free Hardware Replacements covered by Apple Guarantee

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

If your Mac is still under the warranty and it has started acting weird, it’s a great idea to have Apple specialists check out your laptop as you might even be eligible for free hardware replacement in case of failure. They’re free if your Mac still has a warranty and yet you faced the faulty hardware after a short time of use. You will benefit by having your Mac repaired with a new hardware that will last longer than the last one.

The first step is to check whether your Mac is still covered by Apple warranty. To do so, visit Apple “Check Warranty“, where you will have to enter a serial number of your Mac.

The search will come up with your Mac details, but also the warranty information. If your warranty is still active, it will be green. Then you can give Apple a call and discuss the matter and ask about the free parts replacement.

Use Microsoft Fix it to Repair Microsoft Office Problems

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Microsoft is not related to your Mac unless you’re using Microsoft Office package. If your Microsoft Office suite is acting weird, not working properly, taking too long to open, not saving files – by using “Microsoft Fix It”, your Office suite will be diagnosed and possibly repaired.

To run Microsoft Fix It support, you’ll have to log in into official Microsoft site and download Support and Recovery Assistant . After the download is done, you’ll have to run the installation program.

In the Support and Recovery Assistant, you’ll have to follow the steps suggested by Microsoft and let it diagnose your Microsoft Office Suite. Prepare yourself for a bit of waiting, but also for a possible solution to your problems.

Cleaning up the Mac Registry

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

When your older Mac is getting a bit slower day by day, it’s most likely that cleaning up the registry can help to improve the overall speed, boot speed, and use of applications.

Unlike Windows’ “Windows Registry Cleaner”, MacBook doesn’t have an official registry or an app you could use. However, what you should use is an app called “Cache Cleaner” which will clear the cache of your Mac and drastically improve the speed of your Mac in case you haven’t periodically cleaned the cache anytime earlier.

To download the Cache Cleaner, head to their official website , download the installation program and follow the instructions. Along cleaning your cache, resetting PRAM and SMC can help too.

Should this be your choice?

Use The Performance Troubleshooter

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Mac computers and laptops can get slow over time for many different reasons. Not knowing what is the exact reason won’t leave you with a clue on how to fix it. Therefore, troubleshooting your Mac will give you a clear clue if everything is performing as it should, and what might be slowing down your Mac.

The simplest and best way to troubleshoot your Mac is using the Activity Monitor. To open Activity Monitor, turn on Spotlight and type in “Activity Monitor.app”.

When Activity Monitor pops up, you have to go through the following tabs “CPU, Memory, Energy, Disk, and Network”. The best way to acquire some information is to leave Activity Monitor running in the background as you use the Mac. Then, go back to the Activity Monitor and have a look at the graphs, apps that use the most CPU, how is RAM spread and used, and whether your network is working smoothly.

Use The Performance Troubleshooter

Run a Disk Utility First Aid Scan on Your Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 30 minutes
  • Sightly

When your Mac starts acting weird, crashing constantly, not working properly, boot time is slower than usual, or simply your Mac takes too long to launch apps – there’s a high possibility your hard disk isn’t working up to its potential. Running a first aid scan through disk utility on your Mac will help you troubleshoot and solve the problems, resulting in a faster overall performance.

First, open Disk Utility by opening Spotlight and typing in “Disk Utility.app”. Then, in a new pop up window, click on your hard drive, and in the top menu, the first icon is First Aid. After confirming to run First Aid, you’ll be guided through the procedure.
However, keep in mind that you’ll have to have a bit of time for the First Aid process.

Run OnyX if Your Mac is Slow

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

If your Mac is slow and you aren’t sure what’s exactly causing the problem, but you suspect it might be hard disk – OnyX might be a perfect solution for you. OnyX is an app available for Mac which verifies the startup disk and the whole system file structure. By running the utility, it will check your hard disk and find any possible problems.

First thing you should do is visit the official OnyX site and download the Mac version of the app. Run the installer and follow the guidance which is provided by the OnyX.

For visual learners, here’s a video that will guide you through the app with some additional help. 

Fix Permission Conflicts in Spotlight

  • Macbook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

The spotlight is one of the best shortcuts to open an app or find something you’re looking for on your Mac. However, when there’s a search conflict, search results might not be exactly what you’re looking for. Fixing permission conflicts in the spotlight will bring better efficiency and results of your every search.

To fix permission conflicts, head to the System Preferences and click Spotlight. In the Spotlight window, find and press on Privacy button. In there, you will see a box where it says “Prevent Spotlight from searching these locations”. You’ll have to drag your hard disk from a Finder menu right to that box.

Then, turn the indexing on but keep in mind to remove the hard drive from the list. This will restart the indexing of your hard disk drive and it will fix the conflicts issues.

Fix Permission Conflicts in Spotlight

Replace SATA Cable on 13" MacBook Pro

  • Macbook
  • Novice
  • $10-$15
  • Faster boot time
  • 30 minutes
  • Dramatically

If you’re experiencing system crashes, weird situations when you save or load the data, the inapproper launch of the apps or anything that might make you think your hard disk is at the fault might actually be that your SATA cable need replacement. Replacing the SATA cable will improve the connection and remove any possible errors that might be causing some of the problems.

You’ll have to purchase a new 2.5 HDD SATA cable from your local store or online retail store. When you have that, you’ll have to turn off your MacBook, remove the back cover and unplug the battery cable.

Then, you’ll have to locate your hard disk. There will be two screws you will have to unscrew to lift up the hard disk. When you lift up the hard disk, make sure to unplug the SATA cable. Find where the SATA cable ends, and gently remove it. Video on how-to do it step by step is here:

Plug in your new SATA cable, attach it to the hard disk, make sure you screw in everything back, plug in the battery cable, put the back cover properly, and only then you can turn on your Mac.
If your Mac boots up successfully, a new cable was successfully installed. Then, use your MacBook and give it some time to see whether it solved the problems you were experiencing earlier.

Turn off Visual Effects on Mac OS

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Mac OS is full of beautiful visual effects, however, sometimes they can be the reason your apps might be opening slower and the reason why your Mac is running slower than usual. Turning off visual effects might be a bit of a sacrifice, but it will definitely bring more speed and smoothness in the overall performance.

To turn off visual effects, go to System Preferences, and click on the Dock icon. In there, you will have to untick the following boxes – “Animate opening applications” & “Automatically hide and show dock”.

Also, we would recommend clicking on “Minimize windows using:” and change it from “Genie effect” to “Scale effect” for best performance.

Rebuild Kernel Extensions Caches

  • Macbook
  • Novice
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

If you’re experiencing problems with your Mac after recent new hardware replacement or add-ons, rebuilding kernel extensions cache can make sure to run the hardware correctly with your OS, resulting in the smoother experience without any crashes or system problems.

Even before rebuilding kernel extensions, you’ll have to boot in Safe Mode by turning on your Mac while holding the Shift key.

Then, once you’re in Safe Mode, you’ll have to launch a terminal by opening Spotlight search and typing in “Terminal”. In the Terminal window that just opened, you’ll just need to run a few lines.

The first line you’ll have to run is “sudo chown root:admin /” to ensure the system root is owned by “root”.

Then, the second line you’ll have to run is “sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel” that will grab any new extensions which have recently been added to your Mac.

The final line you’ll have to run is “sudo kextcache -system-caches” in order to rebuild kernel extensions. After that, you can restart your Mac and boot into your system as usual.

Set OS X Partition as Default

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster boot time
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

When you’re running more than one disk drive on your Mac, you’ll have at least two or more partitions available. In some cases, when you have more than one partition on your Mac, you’ll have to set which partition you want to be a default, in order to ensure faster booting time.

Otherwise, Mac would try each partition one by one on every startup until it gets it right and successfully boots into the system. Therefore, you’ll save yourself some time and some hard work for your drive.

To set your default partition on Mac, head to the System Preferences and click on Startup Disks. In the new window, you’ll get a message saying “Select the system you want to use to start up your computer”.

Then, simply choose the partition which contains your OS X system and close the window. Next time you boot your Mac, it will automatically know which partition to boot into, resulting in faster booting time and easier process.

Set OS X Partition as Default

Set User Directory Ownership on Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Mac computers and laptops that haven’t recently installed a fresh copy of operating system might face some root directory ownership problems which would lead to confusion in the system. Making sure to check and set user directory ownership right will help Mac run smoothly and never experience any system problems or slow-downs.

To make sure your user directory ownership is all good without any glitches or problems, you’ll have to run 3 simple lines in the Terminal.

Start by searching for “Terminal” in Spotlight search. When the terminal opens, here’s the first line you’ll have to run.

It’s “sudo chown root:admin /”. Then, the second line will be “sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel”.

Finally, the last line you’ll have to run is “sudo kextcache -system-caches”.

You’ll be asked for your account password, so don’t worry as it’s nothing unusual. Also, these 3 lines can’t do anything wrong to your system even if your user directory ownership is all good.

Set User Directory Ownership on Mac

Set Disk Permission on Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster app lauching & running
  • 5 minutes
  • Sightly

Disk permissions are one of the most important things when it comes down to Mac file security. It uses a unique way of determining who can read/write files, where, and how. Sometimes, such disk permissions can be wrong due to a number of reasons, and fixing them will get your Mac back to working properly with no single error.

To set disk permissions and verify if they’re set properly, search for “Disk Utility.app” in the Spotlight search. When Disk Utility opens, in the left side menu, choose your drive’s name. Then, on the right side, click on a button that says “Repair Disk Permissions”.

There’s nothing wrong in doing this even if your disk permissions are all good. But it can drastically set straight some disk permissions which weren’t configured well.

Run Regular Malware Scans on Mac

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 30 minutes
  • Noticable

Even though Mac OS doesn’t have as much malware issues as Windows OS does, you still aren’t malware-free. By checking regularly for malware on your Mac, you’ll make sure that there aren’t any and that your Mac is running to its potential. Meaning, your Mac will continue to run smoothly for a long time.

To do so, you’ll have to get an anti-malware app and we highly recommend Malwarebytes for Mac. You can download it from the company’s official website.  Simply install the app and open it up.

The interface is very simple, and you’ll see a big button saying “Scan Now”. Press it and let the app do everything for you. When the app finishes scanning your Mac, you’ll get a report if there’s any malware found and available actions you can take to eliminate/remove the threats.

It’s very simple and the app is totally free.

Run Regular Malware Scans on Mac

Speed Up Your Downloads Mac Folder

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Everything you download through any browser will go directly to your Downloads folder by default. However, if you haven’t organized your Downloads folder in a while, or if there are too many files inside – that can slightly slow down your Mac, slow down your downloads, and even slow down your Finder.

To speed up your downloads folder, you’ll have to make sure it’s organized and that it’s neat, just like your desktop. Remove any unnecessary files and folders, group the similar files and icons together in one folder, and even take out some of the files from downloads folder and place them anywhere on your drive.

Just make sure to not overcrowd your Download folder or keep unnecessary files in there for too long. It will save you lots of time when you need to find something, but it will also make your system and Finder run smooth.

Disable Mac Search Indexing

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster overall performance
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Search indexing is also known as Spotlight indexing and it’s a Mac feature which logs in the most frequent searches and brings the most precise results.

However, if your Mac is slowed down every time you use Spotlight search, then the problem might be the search indexing which is running in the back.

To disable search indexing for your Mac, you’ll have to open Terminal and run the following command.

“sudo launchtl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDeamons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist”

This will turn off the search indexing which will also disable Spotlight indexing. You will definitely experience speed improvement, but if you ever decide to turn on the search indexing, here’s the following code you’ll have to use.

“sudo launchtl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDeamons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist”

Change Your Safari Browser

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

Default Mac browser is Safari and it always will be, and even though Safari is optimized for Mac OS X, it’s not always the best choice. Sometimes, switching Safari for Google Chrome or any of other top-rated browsers can increase the browsing speed and less RAM usage.

To change your browser, you’ll have to download the new browser from their official site and install it on your Mac. Once it’s installed, you’ll be able to use your new browser straight away.

Just make sure to set up your new browser as default browser by going to System Preferences and tapping into General. There, you’ll find a “Default Web Browser” where you can change Safari for your new browser.

Remove Unused Browser Extensions

  • Macbook
  • Beginner
  • Free
  • Faster web browsing
  • 5 minutes
  • Noticable

You can have as many extensions on your browser, however, having too many might slow your web browsing down. Therefore, removing extensions which aren’t working properly, aren’t updated, or aren’t frequently used will bring back your browsing speed up to its potential.

To remove unused extensions on Safari browser, open Safari, click on Safari in the top taskbar and choose Preferences from the drop-down menu.

In the new window that opened, choose “Extensions” tab. In the left side menu, you’ll see installed extensions, and to remove any unused extensions simply click on its name, and on the right side click “Uninstall” button.

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