13 Useful Tips to Speed up Your Mac Mini

‘I’m having trouble with my PC, can you help me on how to speed up my Mac mini?’Often times, you pop up this question to the Mac user’s forum to ask someone who knows how to accelerate your PC.

In this context, we have gathered useful tips for you to consider in bringing back your Mac Mini to its original speed.

  1. Exit Unnecessary Apps and Browsers

You should always close apps which are not in-use. In this way, you can prevent the PC from experiencing sluggishness and it will run smoothly. Opening multiple apps and browser’s tabs may affect the PC’s performance and display. As much as possible, use the applications only when you need them.

  1. Change the Preference Panes

There are programs that may keep on running which it can increase your CPU’s capacity hence, it will slow down the PC. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find the exit button on the upper right of the app. You can’t even use the shortcut keys to close your app. In this case, you may use the system preference tool to close the apps efficiently.

  1. Determine the Available Space

Check the available space on the hard drive to know which files to delete and optimize the PC as well. We recommend you to use the Disk Inventory X to determine the available space on every hard drive and folders.

  1. Utilize Activity Monitor

Go to the activity monitor in the Utilities Folder or you can also use the command prompt and type the word activity. By viewing the activity monitor tab, you will see the various programs and their corresponding space being used.

  1. Empty the Trash Bin and Download Folder

Find time to empty the trash bin and download folder to remove unnecessary files. These folders can also affect the space and increase the CPU’s capacity. You can also use the Dropbox storage or use an external hard drive to store your files.

  1. Delete Large and Old Files

Remove all large and old existing files to save up more space in your Mac Mini. Usually, some large files are the movies, presentations, and screenshots which may affect the space capacity. Store them in the Dropbox or external hard drive if you want to keep them for your future reference.

  1. Transfer the Music and Photos

We often keep our favorite music and photos on our PC. However, compiling all our soundtracks and pictures may overpopulate the storage, thus, it may also cause sluggishness to the PC. As a solution, organize the music and galleries per folder and you can upload them via Dropbox or store them on your hard drive for future use.

  1. Keep the software up-to-date

Make sure to keep the software up-to-date to avoid any circumstance of slow running apps. Sometimes, the root cause might be the old version of the app’s software. You can tick the ‘automatic check for updates’ in your system preference for effortless update downloads.

  1. Turn Off or Minimize Visual Enhancing Effects

Visual enhancing effects may appear your PC cool and attractive but it may also slow down your Mac Mini’s speed. To turn off the visual effects, go to the system preference and uncheck the following:

  • Turn off accessibility
  • Magnification
  • Automatically hide and show the dock
  • Animate opening applications
  1. Install Additional RAM

Installing an additional RAM would be the last resort if you really need a lot of space on your PC. However, you should assess your PC first if you can upgrade its RAM. In addition, find a quality yet affordable RAM to compensate the cost of the benefits.

  1. Empty the Mac’s and Browser’s Caches

Make it a habit to clear your Mac and browser caches to remove unwanted files. It will also improve your PC’s speed and secures your gadget to any suspicious internet threats. Make sure to clear your browser from the beginning for safety and data protection.

  1. Remove Duplicate Files

Duplicate files should be disposed in order to save up space. We advised you to use the Duplicate File Finder so that you can able to detect hidden files and folders. In this way, you can able to remove unnecessary files and run your PC efficiently.

  1. Use a Disk Cleaning App

We recommend the Dr. Cleaner application because it is free yet it provides impressive results. Some of its features are memory optimization, scanning large files, and disk cleaning. This is a helpful tool to regularly clean your disk and defragment the files to optimize space and memory.

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