As with every release of an Apple operating system, we all want to make sure that when we install it on our Mac it works as optimally as possible . Normally we have storage problems, because since the release of Cupertino’s company computers with SSDs, the megabyte is very popular. We have had to sacrifice capacity to gain a lot in speed , although recently we have seen that this is not always the case.
From the hand of Solvetic we are going to see seven tricks that will make our Mac run as smoothly as possible when installing MacOS Catalina.
1. Wipe our hard drive
A clean hard drive speeds up an operating system. In order to keep our hard drive clean, we will have to search in “Finder” the folders of the applications that we no longer use and delete them. Another option is to use the application ” CleanMyMac ” that will help us in that task.
2. Use the system’s storage optimization function
In this case we have within the same operating system a function that will help us to optimize storage both within the computer and in iCloud. To access it, just click on the apple icon and “About this Mac”. When the window opens, go to the “Storage” tab and inside go to “Manage…”. In that window, you will see a series of recommendations for storage optimization.
3. Optimizing the use of iCloud
Another problem we often encounter is with the iCloud storage . To optimize the five GigaBytes that Apple offers us in “System Preferences” we will log in with our “Apple ID”. Once logged in we will go to “Options” of iCloud Drive and there we will configure what will automatically save our system in the cloud.
4. Improve the graphical user experience
If our Mac is not the most modern because it has all the 3D graphics and transition options active it can slow down quite a bit . To avoid this in “System Preferences”, click on “Accessibility” and check the boxes “Reduce motion” and “Reduce transparency” inside. The visibility of the system will not be as nice but it will be much more fluid.
5. Clean SMC and PRAMNVRAM
An important part of running our Mac is restarting the SMC and PRAMNVRAM memory, which will improve battery and fan performance. We’ll also set the correct startup disk, battery charge, and screen resolution. In short, we will achieve a optimization of the system .
To reboot the NVRAM memory we will press the keys ⌘ + P + R + ⌥ when rebooting the operating system.
In the case of the SMC memory, after having turned off the equipment for about 20 seconds, press ⇧ + ⌘ + ⌥ + power button.
6. Change programs executed at system startup
Some programs when installed are configured to open automatically when you boot the system, consuming additional resources that can slow down your Mac. To check and choose which applications we want to run that way we go to “System Preferences”, “Users & Groups”, select our user. We must click on the lock to make changes, it will ask us for our password. Once the lock is unlocked, click on the “Start” tab, select the applications you want to remove from the system startup and click on the “-” button.
7. See the resources consumed by our applications
Last but not least we will see how to know which applications consume more resources on our computer. To do this we will open the “Activity Monitor” application that comes standard with the system. In it we can see which applications consume more or less resources in terms of CPU, memory, power, disk and network. In this way we can choose if it is worth having them installed according to how slow our system is.
We have many tools to optimize our computer without making much effort, thus achieving a more fluid system that will not make us despair in our daily lives.