How to Clean My Mac

How to Clean My Mac

Is your Mac taking forever to respond? Are your frustrated with its sluggish performance? If so far the answer is affirmative, we can understand your frustration and your reason of landing here! Gradually with excessive usage your Mac’s performance often degrades over time. Just like every other gadget your Mac requires time to time cleaning as well. A bunch of unnecessary files get clogged up in the disk due to which your Mac’s performance wears out and doesn’t match you needs.

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If you’re quite clueless wondering where to begin and how to clean my Mac we’ve got you covered. This is all you need to make your Mac as good as new!

How to Clean My Mac

1. Update Your Software

update your software

Just how we always say first things first! Updating your Mac’s software is the first step in boosting its performance. Just make sure that your Mac is running on latest software update. There are times when we keep blaming other factors due to its slow and sluggish performance. But updating your software happens to be the first checkpoint to clear. Apple keeps on releasing Mac updates from time to time. So if you’re unsure and want to check on which software version your Mac is running tap the apple icon on the top left corner of the screen. Now navigate to About this Mac> Overview> Software Update. If there is an update available select “ Software Update” to install the upgraded software version on your Mac.

2. Get Rid of Unused Apps

Get Rid of unused apps

There’s a quick golden rule about applications. If you haven’t used an application in a year, there’s no way that you’ll need it in future. And even if you do, then you anytime grab it from the App Store. So why waste hard disk’s space by loading it with unnecessary applications and games, right? To manage your Mac applications open the Applications folder and sort the apps by size so that you can easily track down the culprits. Now simply drag and drop the heavy apps (which you don’t use frequently) in the trash icon below to free up some space.

3. Manage Startup Items

Manage Startup items

This is one major deciding factor in your Mac’s performance that we often fail to focus on. As your Mac starts aging a slow start up is the first thing that you’ll notice. In order to manage the startup items of your Mac, head on to Apple menu> System Preferences> Users and Groups.  Now switch to the “Login items” tab, here you’ll see a list of startup items. Tap on any application and click the minus icon to remove it from the Start programs list. Based on the number of users you might have to repeat these steps for each login user. Once you’re done restart your Mac and see a significant boost in your Mac’s performance.

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4. Remove Duplicates, Downloads and Installers

Remove Duplicates, Downloads and Installers

The flawless environment of Mac OS gives you a few suggestions in cleaning up things. While wondering how to clean up a Mac we always forget lil culprits that include Duplicate files, junk files, downloads and installers. To manage this open the Apple menu> About this Mac> Storage> Manage> Recommendations. Once you’re here you’ll find a few Mac OS’s built in suggestions of removing unnecessary files. Here you’ll find 4 options namely:

  • Store in iCloud: Just how it sounds, tapping on this option will free up your local storage and all your data will be automatically transferred to your respective iCloud account.
  • Optimize Storage: This has all to do with iTunes movies and TV shows. Once you tap on optimize button your Mac will automatically save up space by removing the already watched movies and shows.
  • Empty Trash Automatically: Once you enable this option, all your files and docs that have been in the trash will be automatically deleted (Permanently) in 30 days.
  • Reduce Clutter: The Reduce Clutter options allows you to sort documents and other content files that are stored on your Mac.

If you don’t wanna go on the long route there’s an easy shortcut too. You can download Duplicate Files Fixer from the app store to take care all duplicate, junk files on your Mac. This will restore chunks of disk space in no time. Worth a shot, right?

5. Maintaining Disk Utility

Maintaining Disk Utility

To run disk utility management on your Mac head on to Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility. In the top menu bar you’ll see various options, tap on First Aid. Once you run the First aid on your Mac it will check the volume of errors on your Mac and thereby running a repair as well if required. In most cases, if there’s some kind of disk problem, you’ll know it. Your Mac will show various signs like corrupt documents, the Mac won’t start, applications quit out of the blue or external devices not working etc. So running a First aid test on your Mac is a fast and safe practice to stay beware of any threats or errors.

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6. Keep a Constant Check on Activity Monitor

Keep a Constant Check on Activity Monitor

Last but not the least, on our quick guide on how to clean up a Mac is reviewing the Activity Monitor regularly. The Activity Monitor is a worked in utility that showcases the amount of your Mac’s resources are currently being used. Access it under Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. When it’s open, tap the Memory tab at the best to evaluate your RAM needs.

Here were the 6 quick tips to optimize your sluggish Mac. But there’s always a smart way to do things, they say. If you don’t want follow these lengthy steps, you can also rely on a third party application to take care of your Mac. One such highly recommended tool is TuneupMyMac which uninstalls all unwanted applications in a jiffy thereby optimizing your Mac’s performance. Let’s take a quick look of some of its unique features.

Download TuneupMyMac here.

Key Features of TuneupMyMac:

  • It removes all cache and junk files to recover storage space on your Mac.
  • Uninstalls not just the applications, but its respective file data as well.
  • Helps you in getting rid of duplicates easily.
  • Maintains and manage the Startup items of your Mac.
  • Scans your Mac for browsing history on Safari, Google Chrome as well as Mozilla Firefox.

This help you in getting things done with a fewer clicks. Now it’s upto you which way you would like to opt for, the long route or the shortcut 😉

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So folks, hope you learnt a few things on how to clean my Mac. Follow these tips to see boost your Mac’s performance and to improve the longevity of your device.

Rimzhim Sharma

Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at Systweak Software. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods.

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