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How to Accelerate Mac Startup Times in 5 Simple Steps

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Do you long for your brand-new Mac? That used to start up in less than 30 seconds, saving you a lot of time.

If you’re tired of your Mac’s sluggish startup, we can help you speed things up a little.

Upgrade to a faster hard drive or SSD.

A Solid State Storage (SSD) disk will significantly improve startup times because your Mac can read files and data from the disk much faster than a traditional magnetic disk. The random access time for an SSD is typically around 0.1 milliseconds, whereas it is 5-10 milliseconds for a hard drive because the disk must physically spin to locate the data.

Verify Your Hard Disk Using Disk Utility

Disk Utility can be used to check the disk and repair any errors found, as shown below.

  • Open Disk Utility from Spotlight or the Applications / Utility folder. 
  • In the left-hand column, select your Macintosh HD.
  • Click Verify Disk in the right-hand window pane. The volume is checked for errors by Mac OS, and a brief report is displayed. Using the Repair Disk option, most problems can be resolved.

Unwanted startup items and fonts should be removed.

This folder is usually hidden, so the best way to access it is to use the Finder’s SHIFT + COMMAND + G and type in the path above. Remove any items that you believe are unnecessary or may be causing problems from this folder, reboot, and check to see if the startup time has improved.

Remove Unused Peripherals

Third-party items such as scanners and printers have been known to cause slow startup times, particularly if they are not working properly or are checking for updates when the computer is turned on. Disconnect any devices that you do not intend to use right away and reconnect when necessary.

Uninstall any problematic or unnecessary fonts that you may have installed on your Mac.

Open Font Book from the Applications folder or using Spotlight

Highlight any extraneous or problematic fonts

Right-click and select Remove <font> or Remove <font> kinship

Unwanted Login Items Must Be Removed

One of the simplest ways to get to your desktop faster is to disable applications and processes that start automatically when you log in.

Follow the steps below to prevent login items from running.

  • Select Users & Groups from the System Preferences menu.
  • Click your user name in the left window pane and the Login Items button on the right.
  • Using the – button, remove any items (such as iTunesHelper) from the list to prevent them from running.

You can also prevent any application in the Dock from running when you log in by doing the following.

  • Right-click the application icon in the Dock, 
  • expand the Options menu, and uncheck Open at Login.

Use Autologin and turn off Reopen Windows.

To bypass the login screen and automatically login as any of the system’s users:

Select Users & Groups from the System Preferences menu.

On the left, select Login Options.

Select the user account to which you want to automatically login from the drop-down box labeled Automatic login.

Check the System’s Health regularly

  • Select About This Mac from the Apple Menu.
  • Click the More Info button to learn more.
  • Select System Report to view a list of your Mac’s hardware.

It is possible to view the status and properties of all installed components, potentially highlighting any areas of concern.

Instead of rebooting, use Sleep Mode.

Many PC to Mac converts are unaware that sleep mode on a Mac is far superior (and faster) than sleep mode on a PC – when it resumes, your computer will be exactly where you left it.

Hopefully, the above troubleshooting and fixes will assist you in resolving the MacBook Pro slow startup issue.

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