One of the main reasons why a Mac runs slowly is insufficient free space on its hard drive. In this guide, we provide six useful tips on how to clean your device. There are few tips that you can do on your own to fix the sad situation when your Mac’s performance suffers from the lack of free space. We will give you some guidance on how to clean Mac hard drive manually to regain the free space, thus, improving the computer’s performance. And in addition, we will describe the functioning of a specialized cleaner app MacFly Pro.
1. Clearing the Startup list
Most apps automatically appear in the startup after their installation. And then every time when the system boots up, a considerable part of its resources is spent on running the startup applications right from the first seconds of Mac’s work. So there is a good reason to leave a minimum number of apps in the startup list, whose constant functioning is actually essential (for example, antivirus software). The general rule is the fewer startup programs, the better the computer’s performance.
Now head to System Preferences → Users and Groups → Select your account → Open the Login Items tab. In this tab, you should select only those apps which launch immediately after the system’s boot up. The rest of the listed items should be unchecked.
2. Cleaning up the desktop
Some users find it convenient to have many icons on the desktop. But that convenience has an adverse effect too. Again, the system has to spend part of its resources on maintaining the connections from the desktop icons to corresponding applications. So put the icons to their apps’ folders and clear the desktop as much as possible and you will gain some performance improvement.
3. Disabling the widgets
Widgets are applications on your desktop, like a weather widget or interactive calendar. You can have many of them on the desktop, however, they have a slowdown effect as well. Thus in order to improve your Mac’s performance, you should remove unnecessary widgets from the desktop and leave only those you really need.
4. Bring your disk in order
A useful measure to boost the systems’ performance is cleaning your hard drive from such files as logs, caches, duplicates etc. A proper tool for this mission is the Disk Utility, which perfectly finds this sort of junk and removes them from your computer.
Start Disk Utility and choose your hard drive in the menu on the left.
Then go to First Aid tab → Click the Check button → Repair
Now your system will scan the hard drive and fix the errors. Also, with Disk Utility you can check selected folders for the presence of caches and temporary files.
5. Cleaning large and/or unused stuff
The largest files that occupy the most space are responsible for the largest slowdowns and delays. Even one such file is a great obstacle for your Mac’s performance. You may try to find the largest unnecessary files and folders either manually or with the use of a specialized cleaner program.
If you wish to undertake a manual search you should head to Finder → select the folder: images, iPhoto, music, documents, etc. → watch the folder size in properties → remove the largest and/or unnecessary files you have encountered.
6. How to Clean Mac device with a MacFly Pro
Manual cleaning is a time-consuming procedure and it is not always that safe because you may erroneously delete files that you still need.
Fortunately, there are specialized apps dedicated to cleaning your device’s hard drive, and one such application is MacFly Pro.
The MacFly Pro consists of three modules: Smart Assistant, CleanUp and Tools, and each of them plays its own role in cleaning Mac’s hard drive. All the three modules can perform background scanning.
Thus, Smart Assistant perfectly monitors the system’s general condition. Besides, it provides the user with notifications about potential improvements (usually such improvements are removals of unnecessary files) so the user can either instantly implement proposed changes or postpone (and schedule) them.
The CleanUp module has a widely customizable scan that may be set for locating different sorts of leftover such as temporary files, old caches or cookies. Easy navigation and handy interface greatly simplify the search and removal of unnecessary files.
The Tools performs a deep scanning to find not only obvious junk stuff but also suspicious files whose removal is subject to the user’s decision. The module is especially good in uninstalling unnecessary applications leaving no leftover files on the hard drive.
Thus, space shortage on your Mac hard drive no longer seems to be a problem. Following the above-stated hints and you will be able to restore your Mac’s high performance both with in-built Mac tools and with specialized programs.