Elongate the life of your Mac

Elongate the life of your Mac

Oct 19, 2021, 9:36:31 AM Tech and Science

Ways to keep Macs or MacBooks running for a longer period of time

Apple Inc. was started as a company that manufactured computers. Today, the Cupertino giant has expanded its businesses into various segments like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and accessories that support these devices. Apple became the first company to reach the two trillion dollars mark in the US. This high market value couldn’t be achieved without class-leading products across diverse price ranges. iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Macs have played an important role in shaping Apple Inc.

Macs have achieved a name for itself for being one of the most secure, powerful, and long-lasting computers. The bult-quality on these devices is top-notch. Apple has thrown in all essential hardware according to the needs of its customers and has strategically priced each variant based on how much power each unit packs. While there are a bunch of models available for Macintosh based computers like the desktop iteration called iMac, the most powerful standalone CPU called Mac Pro. A portable computer that can be attached to any monitor or a big screen called Mac mini, and the most popular laptop series called the MacBooks.

If you have been using Macs for a year or two, otherwise have made a recent purchase, you would want to make the most out of it whilst wanting it to last for as long as possible. With a few tips and tricks, one can keep odd problems at bay, and enjoy your device without worrying about having to face issues with your prized possession. Here’s a list of seven points that can aid you in keeping your Mac healthy and help maintain peak performances.

  • Power Source

It is important to have a stable and continuous source of power to keep the electric currents from malfunctioning. Always use an Apple original or an Apple recommended power cable to supply power to iMac, Mac minis, or Mac Pros. For MacBook Air or Pro devices, check your adaptor regularly for possible damages, and replace with an original adaptor or cable whenever necessary. Having a robust charger can help maintain good battery life and overall health for a long period of time.

Sometimes, issues may occur with your socket rather than the device’s power cables or adaptors. In an event like this, change your socket or the position of your Mac to a location that doesn’t have a faulty unit. Electric supply plays a vital role in keeping your computers running smoothly, they have been labeled electronic devices for a reason.

  • Regular Software Updates

Apple releases software updates for macOS regularly. It is recommended to keep a check on updates and download and install them whenever available. To check for updates click the Apple Logo on the top left hand corner of the screen and click About this Mac and select Software Update.

Newer versions address bugs and other issues found on previous generations and keep Mac Malwares from harming your computer. Though Macs are less prone to attacks, thus no third-party antivirus software is required, regular updates help eradicate any possibility of sabotage. Macs have the longest compatibility for newer versions of the operating system with updates pushed for a minimum of five to six years.

  • Perform Regular Backups

Backups store all your device’s content safely on an alternate local drive using the Time Machine app that’s pre-installed on Macs. By backing up device files you can delete the ones that aren’t being used to free up memory. In an event that requires a hard reset for your device, backups are useful to restore data.

If you’re using iCloud you can upload large files in the iCloud Drive to help free up space. You can check which files are using maximum storage area by clicking the Apple Logo on the top left hand corner of the Home Screen > Select About this Mac > Storage > Manage to get an insight into the applications, or type of files using maximum storage space. Under the Recommendations tab use macOS’s suggestions to clear your hard drive with the help of various tools.

  • Don’t keep your MacBook Plugged-in

It is tempting to keep your MacBook laptops plugged-in if your workstation is near a power socket and never worry about losing battery charge. You may want to do that in view of getting a 100% battery backup when on the move, but doing so will harm the electrodes within the battery. Over time you may face issues with battery health.

It is recommended to drain the battery often and recharge it to keep the flow intact. Overcharging can hamper the time the MacBook lasts on a single charge. Similarly, do not wait until your laptop switches off to recharge again. Experts say the best range to keep the lithium-ion battery running smoothly is between 20-80%.

  • When you’re not going use your MacBook for a long period.

For whatever reason if you have to keep your MacBook aside for long, charge the battery to 50% and Shut Down the device. Keeping the device in sleep mode can cause unexpected shutdown and cause issues while restarting again.

  • Restart your device often

One way of clearing the cache and freeing up RAM memory is by restarting the device. This will stop background app usage and your device will run faster. Post restarting use the computer as normal and open only the applications that you need.

To perform a reset, Click the Apple Logo > Restart.

  • Force Quit Unresponsive Applications and Finder

Force Quitting Application and Finder is another way to get your Mac back to peak performance levels. To perform a Force Quite press and hold the Option (alt) key + Command + esc together. A pop-up window will open displaying apps that are currently running, choose the appropriate app and click Force Quit.

All applications can be closed using Force Quit, only the Finder app will restart. The file manager on the Mac is set to run continuously as a default setting. Performing a reset of the Finder will clear random access memory.

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