If you are using a Mac, you already know that it’s a breed of hassle-free devices. Things hardly get out the ordinary when using a Mac. This means stress-free working all day long. However, this doesn’t mean that your Macbook is 100% immune to issues. These complex devices can develop some serious issues with the time if you do not give them the attention that they truly deserve. Therefore it’s really essential to service your Macbook before it causes any trouble.
We prepared a complete guide on how to service your Macbook by yourselves at home. By running these routine Macbook service activities, you will definitely increase the lifetime of your Mac.
- 1. Back up your Macbook
- 2. Scan for Malware
- 3. Cleaning up Junk files
- 4. Remove Desktop Clutter
- 5. Update Software
- 6. Run Disk Utility
- 7. Restart Periodically
Back up your Macbook
Macbooks have top of the line performance. But it doesn’t mean Macbooks are indestructible. There are hundreds of ways how your Macbook can go from 100 to 0. Unless you back up your devices, all your precious data are in danger. Therefore it’s a high priority of the Macbook service checklist to do routine backups.
Since all Macs have built-in backup app called “Time-Machine”, it’s really easy.
How to use Time Machine to back up your Macbook
- Apple Menu > System Preferences > Time Machine.
- Select Backup Disk > Select Disk, or Add or Remove Backup Disk.
- Select Your Disk > Use Disk.
The Time Machine App will then begin backing up hourly for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past 30 days, and weekly backups for all past months.
How to recover an item from Time Machine Items
You can recover any item from the Time Machine by opening the window for that particular item. Let’s say if you want to recover a deleted email, open the “Mail” app > click on “Time Machine” icon (small clock icon) > find the email you want to recover.
Scan for Malware
Macs are becoming more vulnerable for viruses & attacks than Windows PC’s. This is due to the increasing number of devices & the wealthy userbase. Install anti-virus software to your Macbook & scan for viruses and malware periodically to prevent them causing any trouble.
Both Symantec by Norton & Bitdefender perform a really good job in detecting viruses. However, Symantec costs $48.44 per year while Bitdefender costs $39.99 per year. If you are not willing to pay anything at all, you can try CleanMyMac X which is a good alternative.
Cleaning up Junk files
We recommend to keep at least 10% of disk space free in your Macbook at all times for a smooth performance. This is also a high priority item of the Macbook service checklist. There are several ways of performing this task.
MacOS Sierra or Higher
If you are using MacOS Sierra or higher you can use Mac’s Optimized Storage feature to erase trash automatically, reduce clutter, optimize storage by removing previously watched iTunes movies and TV shows. Further, you can use Mac’s Optimized Storage feature to move certain files to iCloud as well.
Drag & Drop
Or you can use the normal way of dragging unnecessary files & dropping them to “Trash” once you are done with them.
While both these methods clean your disk space in a hurry, they do not perform any in-depth jobs such as cleaning cache files. When you perform either of these actions what they really do is move the main app or item file to “Trash”. Other associated junk files such as cache and preference files get left behind. While you do not need to clean up any preference files, it’s essential to clean up cache files periodically.
How to Clear Cache Files on Macbooks
- Press shift-command-G with your Finder window open.
- Enter the following command into the search box: ~/Library/Caches.
3. Click “Go.” This will bring you to the folder that contains all of your Mac’s cached files.
4. Press Command-A to select all folders.
5. Click command-delete.
6. Enter your Mac’s password to complete the action.
Remove Desktop Clutter
More things you have on your Macbook’s desktop, Mac drains more system resources. You can either remove whatever the things that you don’t use or organize them into folders.
- Right-click on a black space on your desktop.
- Click New Folder.
- Click on the newly created folder.
- Give your folder a name.
- Drag items from your desktop into the folder.
Once you are done creating folders, Right-click on your desktop & click Clean Up By to organize whatever the way you prefer.
Updating your Apps is vital in order to make it free of bugs and vulnerabilities. Here’s how to check for updates in Macs.
- Open the App Store
- Click on Updates
- Select the App you want to update & Click Update
You’ll not find any updates for third-party apps in here. You’ll have to check them on their respective websites or check updates on MacUpdate, which has all the new updates for third-party apps for Macs.
Run Disk Utility
You can run Disk Utility to fix things such as corrupted files, unexpected app closure, or non-working external devices.
- Restart Mac
- Hold Command-R during reboot until the Apple logo appears.
- Click Disk Utility > Continue > View > All Devices
- Select the disk you want to repair from the sidebar.
- Click First Aid > Run
Through restarting your Mac, you can will be able to free up your RAM, regenerate several cache files, and free the system of virtual memory swaps that Mac performs as you start and exit apps.
It’s highly recommended to restart your Mac every two weeks or anytime you feel a performance slow.