It’s tempting to think that once you’ve set up your MacBook that you never need to do anything to it again; its internal wizardry will just take care of things for you.
This is a mistake though, as every machine, from a diesel engine to a solid-state laptop, needs regular maintenance. Of course, you’re not going to be performing oil changes on your MacBook, but you should be looking through old files, searching for apps that need to be either updated or deleted, as well as some other routine maintenance that you’ll find out about here.
Comb through old files and apps
You will almost certainly have downloaded apps that you only needed to use once, or that you simply don’t use anymore. They are now just gathering dust in your disk space.
Go into a Finder window and look at Applications – you’ll see all your apps and if you see a few that you had forgotten about, then maybe it’s time to drag and drop into Trash.
You’ll also do exactly the same thing with lots of files – install files or even old essay or article files that you long since got paid or an A grade for. You can either trash these, or put them on a Flash drive.
Back it up
Despite all your best intentions, sometimes the worst happens and your MacBook is lost or stolen, or damaged beyond repair. Backing your files up to an external drive daily is one of the best things you can do; you’ll keep all your work, books and memories even if your MacBook ends up under a steamroller. Sadly, such an encounter is beyond even the best places for MacBook Repair or anywhere else for that matter!
Review and maintain your login items
All those new apps you install over the years probably add themselves to the list of apps and items that start up whenever you boot up. Some of them, you’ll want to do this, but others you won’t and they’ll just make your booting up process longer and slower. Restrict your login items to your essentials for a speedy wake-up.
Go into System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items, then edit the list by clicking on items then hitting the minus icon.
Power off and restart your MacBook regularly
People think that there’s no need to restart their MacBook – or any other device – anymore; all they need to do is put them to sleep, ready to start all over again the next day. However, powering down and rebooting your MacBook is an important maintenance task and should be done at least once a week. It’s the equivalent of restarting your router.
Restarting clears your RAM and essentially gives you a clean slate – it’s why people recommend “turning it off and on again” when someone’s having issues with any computer. Very often, this does the trick and it’s not just voodoo, it’s because your MacBook has had the equivalent of a good night’s sleep and a clear out.