Updated: How to speed up your Mac


Update: We’ve added a video of the best tips and tricks for speeding up your Mac

How to speed up a Mac is one of the most common requests, not least with Macs which are more than a few years old.

Slow performance is one of the most irritating things to happen to any user. The good news is that Apple tests upgrades to OS X against older machines and makes sure they’re capable of running everything correctly, so if you are experiencing slowdown it’s usually fixable.

Having said that, OS X 10.10 Yosemite was a significant operating system upgrade from OS X 10.9 Mavericks, with plenty of additional features, and now OS X 10.11 El Capitan is out and continues to add new features.

We’ve collected the best tips for speeding up your Mac in our video below, so make sure you try them all before giving up on your Mac or MacBook – you’ll be surprised just how much speed you can gain with a bit of spring cleaning.