Is your Apple Mac slow after installing macOS High Sierra?
Is your Apple Mac slow after installing High Sierra?
Common problems users are facing after installing Apple macOS High Sierra
Is your Apple Mac slow after installing macOS High Sierra? This version of Apple macOS has many features but emphasis has been placed on making this operating system the best to stream video, manage data and play games all thanks to fantastic graphics. With the macOS 10.13 High Sierra your Apple Mac should be more responsive, capable and reliable.
If your Apple Mac is slower after the update instead of more efficient, it may be because macOS High Sierra demands more of your Mac’s resources. This could also be happening if you have an older Apple Mac. Theoretically you could try to remedy such issues by upgrading your RAM or upgrading to an SSD (ZA Support offers upgrades for clients in South Africa ZA Support Apple upgrades)
We have compiled a list of common problems faced by users that have updated to Apple macOS High Sierra. Hopefully you will find the answer to you problem somewhere in this blog.
Is your Apple Mac running slow on startup?
When in doubt restart your Mac and see if it helps. If a restart isn’t the answer to your problems there are a host of other issues that could be influencing your Mac’s startup speed.
An Apple Mac can be slow if there are too many apps and services that open automatically when an Apple Mac boots up. A simple way to manage this is by changing your settings via login items, Users & Groups, in System Preferences. If a particular app is causing the delay, you can change the app settings directly in Apps.
Limited storage on the startup disk is another possible obstacle that can affect your Apple Mac’s startup speed. High Sierra takes up about 8 GB on a drive and you need at least 15-20 GB of storage for macOS High Sierra to run smoothly. An obvious solution to this problem is to upgrade your Apple Mac.
If you are using a HDD you can speed up your Mac is by switching to a SSD (should you be located in South Africa ZA Support can assist you with this upgrade, ZA Support Apple upgrades)
Is your battery life much shorter?
A common problem with High Sierra is a shorter battery life, a potentially overworked CPU and consequently, an overheated Apple Mac. Check out your Utility Monitor to see what the culprit could be. If a particular app is a burden on your battery, reinstall or reset it. Additionally you can turn off location services, disable animations and graphical effects, if that is a workable option for you. Dim your screen. Shut down background apps and close items that you are sure you don’t need to be running.
Do your Mac apps crash or refuse to open?
It could be that the app in question is outdated or incompatible with High Sierra. First and foremost check if there is a newer version and update it.
As Apple have moved to 64-bit architecture with the release of macOS High Sierra, a host of 32-bit applications will not be supported on the update. Be sure to update your Mac apps to its very latest version. Resetting the app can often be useful.
Are Safari, Chrome or Firefox slow on the Mac?
A simple reason for your web browser being slow is that your version of that browser may be outdated. This is easy to solve by ensuring that you have the latest update of Safari, Chrome or Firefox (side note: Firefox can become slower over time).
Maybe you have too any extensions or plugins installed? Streamline and your issue should be solved.
Also try clearing the browser cache to see if your browsing will speed up afterwards. Sometimes the cache can become bloated and slow down your browsing experience.
How to improve Apple Mac Performance with Apple macOS High Sierra
Clean it up
Clean up your Apple Mac dashboard widgets. Instead of allowing too many items to crowd your desktop begin filing and storing them properly to ensure your Mac runs optimally.
Clean up your hard drive, it can accumulate tons of files and information you might no longer need and is one of the main reasons your Apple Mac could be slow.
Upgrade to a SSD
Replace your old hard drive with an Apple Mac solid-state drive. SSD’s are faster than older Apple hard drives and failure rates are far lower. If you have an older computer such as an Apple iMac, Apple Mac Mini or Apple MacBook then you should upgrade to a SSD and replace the internal hard drive. A SSD is one of the best ways to speed up your Mac’s performance. Click here to see ZA Support’s Apple Mac upgrades page ZA Support Apple upgrades.
Reset NVRAM and SMC
Reset NVRAM and SMC. If your Mac is not booting correctly after installing High Sierra try resetting your NVRAM or SMC. Please make sure your Mac is backed up before you do this. (Upgrade your RAM with ZA Support ZA Support Apple RAM upgrades). If you are not sure how to do this please contact us here ZA Support Contact Us.
In the past macOS installs were very RAM taxing. Apple macOS High Sierra is an updated version of macOS Sierra, so it too requires a lot of Apple RAM. The standard 4GB to 8GB of Mac RAM might not be enough depending on what you’re doing with your Mac.
Check your Activity Monitor
Check your Activity Monitor more often. When you are running third-party apps your Mac could slow down or even freeze. Pinpoint these problems; they may be the result of compatibility issues. Close apps that are taking up too much CPU space and memory.
Manage your start up items by limiting the number of apps that open automatically.
Try an older macOS
Revert to an older macOS. If you can’t fix your Mac after the update try reverting to an older macOS version such as Sierra or El Capitan. Older Apple Mac models may not play well with the new operating system. (Please contact us for more information on upgrading your Apple Mac ZA Support Contact Us)
If all else fails…
Reinstall macOS High Sierra… sigh… it’s a pain but if nothing else works it could be the only solution.