Nothing’s worse than a slow-running computer. You’re trying to get your work done, but everything takes double the time because you’ve got to wait for your computer to catch up.

Now your Mac is running slowly; you want to fix it. But, without going to the Apple store, it can be difficult to work out what is actually wrong with your computer. Luckily, there are a few problems that commonly crop up, which are outlined for you here.

If none of these problems are what’s wrong with your Mac, it might be smart to go and talk to an expert.

But let’s start by looking at those more common issues and how you might be able to fix them yourself.

Full Startup Disk

If your Mac’s startup disk is full (or almost full), your Mac might run slowly. You may be wondering what you can do. Well, there are a couple of things you can do to fix this problem.

For one, you can moves files from your Mac to an external storage device. Once you’ve done this, you can delete the original files on your Mac. This will free up space, and so in turn, allow your Mac to go back to running smoothly.

Another option is to use macOS to streamline your storage. This happens because you can store files in the cloud, freeing up space. MacOS also will identify to you any files you no longer need.

Once there is more space on your startup disk, your Mac should start running quicker again.

Full Memory

Apps on your Mac require memory. Sometimes, you can install an app, and it will require more memory from your Mac than it actually has. This can cause your Mac to run slowly.

The first step towards fixing this is to figure out how much memory your Mac has. You can find this out by choosing Apple menu, then About This Mac. The amount of memory on your Mac should be visible under Overview pane.

Macs can increase their memory. To find out how to do this on yours, click Apple menu, then About This Mac, then Memory, then Memory Upgrade Instructions. This should give you the information you need. However, it should be said, this feature isn’t available on all Macs.

Incompatible Apps

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Apps can be incompatible for several reasons. They may require a different graphics card or processor. The strain on your Mac may be the reason why it is slow. Delete these apps, and your mac should go back to running as usual.


Sometimes Macs become slow because they are simply old. This isn’t particularly fixable, but try cleaning the whole Mac and restarting. This might make a difference in the short term while you look for a new computer.

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