Mac is one of the best lines of computers to have ever hit the market. The designers at Apple have always worked hard on keeping quality their top priority and hence people love the Mac due to their usage, versatility, responsiveness, high-end tech and their irreplaceability. But in the end you, I and everyone else will have to accept that it is a machine that needs maintenance and care from time to time otherwise it will stop functioning in the desired manner. A lot of computer experts and tech consultants hear from Mac users that “I have done everything and yet my Mac is slow” or “my computer doesn’t work as fast as it did before”. And so in this article, I am going to share with you some tips on how you can fix Ram usage on your slow Mac and get back the lost mac performance. Have a look:
What is RAM?
Let’s first get a quick look at what RAM is, how it functions and why is it important. RAM or Random Access Memory stick, as the name implies, is a type of memory that is temporary in nature and is used by computers to store data for immediate use. Now what does temporary here means?
Temporary memory means that whatever is stored in there will get erased even without user intervention once the system is switched off. This is the data that a computer needs to run the apps fast. A RAM memory has the ability to send and receive data faster than a hard drive and so the data related to an application you are currently using will be stored in it as receiving it from the hard drive will take more time. So as you can see that a RAM is quite necessary in maintaining an optimal speed on the PC.
How to fix RAM usage on a Slow Mac?
There are certain ways through which you can fix a ram usage problem to some extent and may even be able to get rid of it. Here is how you can do it.
1. Get rid of unnecessary programs
A lot of times, there are some programs that are running in the background but are more power extensive than the one you are using. You may have launched these programs just for once but now you don’t need them, but they are still in memory, eating up your limited resources.
What can you do to fix this? Get rid of them. You can either choose to uninstall programs on mac or just close them for the time being. Open Activity Monitor and click on the “Memory” tab, there you will see which program is taking what amount of RAM. if you find any of them unnecessary in terms of your work that you are doing at the moment then you can close that one right away. To do it, select the program by clicking on it and it will get highlighted. You will also see an “X” tab on the upper left side of the besides the “i” tab. Click on it and the program will be removed from the memory.
2. Not enough RAM
If you are sporting an old computer then this problem is unavoidable. With new and powerful technology capturing the market everyday, it can be pretty hard on the old computer to run all the new applications and programs. Just a decade ago, installing a 2GB RAM stick was considered as an overkill and 1GB RAM was perfectly fine for computers to run even heavy videogames. But now, even a 32Gb RAM computer may seem to struggle against some of the big programs and games.
I know that I just mentioned an extreme end here but even if you consider an 8GB RAM or 16GB RAM, it has become quite the norm nowadays. If you fit in this scenario then there is little you can do. You will either have to buy more RAM for your computer which can be installed easily in the slots or you will have to get a new Mac.
3. Remove Boot up Apps
When you start your computer, a lot of data is loaded into the memory and even many programs are also launched to give you the bootup you want. A lot of users are unaware about it and do not change anything in the settings even when it is not according to the way they want it. You may have noticed that some programs launch on their own when you start your computer, they put pressure on memory and the more programs there are, the more memory they will engage.
4. Is your hard drive overcrowded?
Once the RAM is completely utilized and can no longer be engaged by other programs, your computer then switches to your hard drive for help. If your hard drive is also filled then your computer does not have any place left than to go back to memory. Your storage space should always hold around 10-20 GB of free space for smooth functioning. If you are experiencing lag, slow performance, drop in speed then may your hard drive is too much filled. Try to maintain a minimum space and that should solve the problem.
So here are some of the tips on fixing RAM usage problems in a slow Mac that I wanted to share with you. Getting rid of junk files is always a good idea. They eat up a lot of space but are of no use whatsoever.
Hope it helps.
Thanks for reading!