MacBooks are our modern day best friend. They can do virtually anything, and it’s pretty gratifying to surf the web on a faster than lightning MacBook. But like all technology, your computer will eventually slow and impede your daily activities and efficiency.

Is your MacBook Pro running slow? Try out these six quick and free fixes before you buy a new one.

Check the Activity Monitor

When browsing the web, your MacBook runs all kinds of programs in the background – ones you might not even need. Check your Activity Monitor to get a glimpse into what applications are tapping your computer’s resources. To locate the Activity Monitor, perform a Spotlight search or access it from the Applications>Utilities folder. The tabs at the top illustrate different types of resource consumption (RAM, CPU, etc.).

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Close Programs You Aren’t Using

Applications like Excel and Photoshop use an inordinate amount of RAM, even when you aren’t using the programs. Close out of any applications you aren’t using to free up processing space. Restarting your MacBook and clearing the cache in your browser are like taking a vitamin and will help improve speed, too, believe it or not.

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Uninstall Unnecessary Applications

Have programs installed that you haven’t used in months? Go through your applications list and drag those you don’t use to the trash.

Review Your Available Disk Space

Getting alerts about low disk space can be frustrating, but it’s the performance degradation that’s really the issue. If you can delete or move anything to an external drive, do it. Quick targets include the Downloads folder – filter by size to check for large items that could potentially be deleted. 

Scan for Software Updates

Apple frequently releases software updates to help speed up your MacBook. Review the OS updates and other system upgrades that are available. And remember, some updates require a reboot, so keep that in mind as you review the list and install when it is convenient.

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Bring it in for Maintenance

Is your MacBook Pro still under warranty? The Apple Genius Bar might be your best option. All new MacBooks come with a standard one-year limited warranty, with an option to extend with the AppleCare Protection Plan. We recommend getting your computer checked out by the Genius Bar if it’s underperforming and still under warranty. If it’s not under warranty, look for a reputable local Mac repair shop to give it a tune-up.

Sometimes that age-old tech just isn’t repairable, or worth the expense. Along with iPhones and iPads, Gazelle now sells Certified MacBooks at significantly lower cost than retail.

*Gazelle’s IT specialist Dave Bergstrom contributed to this article.

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