Macbooks do not come with as much RAM as some users might want. If you notice that the Mac is not performing as great as it did at first, it is possible that the memory usage is not optimized properly.
If you were to click over here and get redirected to the MacPaw website, you would see that they also have an article about the subject. But what are the most effective methods to free up a Macbook’s memory? Here are some suggestions that ought to be of great use to you.
Method #1 – Declutter Desktop
Many users find it more convenient to keep most of their data on the Macbook’s desktop. However, they do not stop to think about the resource usage.
Each icon is rendered whenever you switch back and forth between the desktop and another window. Think about how many times you use the tab key in a day.
Instead of cluttering your desktop, look to transfer the files to other locations. And if you are having problems finding something, Macbooks have a search function. Therefore, locating a file should not be an issue.
Method #2 – Optimize Web Browser
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Some internet browsers are notorious for taking a lot of memory. And while there are updates to improve the situation, not everyone can afford to use some browsers.
So what are the possible solutions? Well, you can try every available browser and determine which one is least resource-hungry. On the other hand, you may be attached to a particular internet browser and would not think of replacing it.
For those who want to stick to what they know, start with removing unnecessary extensions and add-ons. Also, clear the cache and minimize the number of open browser tabs. These tabs consume memory even if they are idle.
Method #3 – Delete Temporary Files
Temporary junk files like caches, backups, app extensions, and plugins accumulate over time. Removing them will free up disk space and give your system more breathing room. Having to process a lot of files at the same time is not healthy and takes a toll.
Get a reliable utility software as manually deleting the files can get pretty rough as it requires tinkering with the system settings and creating backups in case you accidentally remove a very important file.
Method #4 – Create Free Disk Space
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Freeing up disk space by itself will also help with boosting memory efficiency. Macbooks are known for relatively small disks, and it takes time before you get used to it.
You can delete old applications and download them later in case you need to use any. Transferring data to cloud-based services and external storage devices will also help.
Method #5 – Check Activity Monitor
Activity Monitor tool allows you to determine which applications consume the most RAM. You can sort the processes by memory usage.
Some apps are an integral part of the Macbook, and you will not remove them. However, you should locate applications that are running in the background and offer very little in return. Have them shut down.
Finally, try to look for alternatives that offer the same features but do not require as many resources. For instance, there are multiple choices for software like video players. Try some variations and pick one that requires the least amount of memory.
Method #6 – Update the OS
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New Macbooks come with new features, but that does not mean you should purchase freshly-released models every time. No, the OS updates can do you a lot of great by themselves.
Keeping the system up to date does more than just optimizing memory usage. You also get improvements to security and stability. So even if an update is relatively small in size, installing it should be one of your priorities.
Method #7 – Scan for Malware
Viruses and malware are a common offender for performance problems when it comes to computers. RAM usage is no exception.
If you notice a sudden demand for memory and you did not make any significant changes yourself, it is possible that you are dealing with a malware or virus problem.
Scan the system and get rid of any infected files. Be sure that there is anti-virus running in the background at all times. This way, you can have peace of mind knowing that cybersecurity threats are eliminated when they are found.
Method #8 – Restart Macbook
Applications that run for a while start to distribute the memory wrongly. The phenomenon known as “memory leak” is common not just for Macbooks. Nor should it be something to worry yourself too much.
The simplest solution to memory leaks is regular restarts. You should get in the habit of restarting the Mac every few hours. You will immediately notice how much of a difference reboots make.