How to Fix Slow Startup Times In MacOS

Does your Mac seems to take forever just to startup? Well, that’s not good news at all because some studies show that slow startup can also affect the user’s health aside from wasting time. 

Also, let’s admit that it’s very frustrating when you need to do some work in the morning but your Mac is just so slow. For the most part, Mac takes more or less thirty seconds to start up. But most of the time, it is based on whether your Mac is incorporated with a SSD aka Solid State Drive or HDD aka Hard Disk Drive.

Now, if you notice that it seems taking a lot of time to display the first screen, then for sure there’s something that you should fix. With that said, we want to share you some proven tips on how to fix slow startup times in macOS.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Update Your MacOS and Restart a Lot
Do you notice that when you do MacOS upgrade, your Mac seems to boot a little bit slower? However, keep in mind that is not always the case because it actually varies from OS to OS.

For instance, the upgrade might be quite slow if you tried High Sierra upgrading to Mojave. On the other hand, you would probably notice that upgrading from MacOS 10.13.1 to 10.13.4 is pretty quick.

In short, a major update will most likely determine whether you’ll get a fast update or not.

The Solution: Restart Your Mac Many Times

For this matter, there are really no working solutions to apply, except for the fact that you can restart your Mac for many times. You see, a lot of restarts can aid to make your Mac to have average speed since a slow startup is pretty normal and expected after the installation process.

Macintosh Disk Problems
Most of the time, errors can hit Mac SSD or HDD, particularly when your Macintosh displays its age. If this is your current circumstances, then your Mac’s hard drive is probably acting up, and for sure the overall system performance is suffering. This ultimately leads to the startup time getting slowed down.

The Solution: Check and Repair Disk via Disk Utility

What you want to do is to go to Finder, then proceed to Applications, and there you’ll see Disk Utility.

Now, if your laptop is operating with operating system X Yosemite or previous versions, then under the First Aid, you will notice two keys placed at the right corner. These two buttons are Verify Disk and Repair Disk. Just press the Verify Disk in order to check if your Mac disk has some problems. After that, click the Repair Disk to fix the problem.

On the other hand, if your Mac is operating with operating system Mojave, High Sierra, MacOS Sierra, and X El Capitan, then you won’t probably notice any buttons. What you want to do is just click the First Aid and it will guide you if a disk repair is required or not. For elaborated instructions, you might want to check this out.

Non-Volatile Random Access Memory Issues
The Non-volatile Random Access Memory or simply known as NVRAM stores a number of information a Mac requires before it loads Apple’s operating system. Now, if for instance the values in the memory get out of order because of certain reasons, your laptop might not start up appropriately.  

This is actually one of the most common symptoms why your Mac normally takes forever to load and start. Now, if you’re not familiar with NVRAM, it’s actually similar to PRAM which are used to old Mac devices.

The Solution: Just Reset NVRAM

What you want to do is shut down first your laptop by pressing the start button. After that, immediately press the Command, Option, P, and R combinations, right after you notice the startup sound. After hearing the startup sound, immediately release the keys for the second time.

3rd-Party Device Connections
Do you know how many extra accessories you have on your laptop now? If you are using your MacBook or iMac on pretty much everything, then most likely it is now surrounded by a lot of extra accessories such as iPhone charger, portable SSD drive, scanner, printer, USB-C hub, and many more.

These particular 3rd-party accessories are usually one of the causes why your laptop has slow performance, especially if they aren’t running appropriately because of program problems.

The Solution: Simply Disconnect Rarely-Used Accessories

Keep in mind that it’s only smart to link the peripherals only if you need it for something. In addition, make sure to check software related and relevant settings to your laptop just to make sure that they are appropriately updated and correctly setup.

Your Startup Disk Might Be Getting Full
We all know that lack of storage is one of the most common reasons why a lot of Mac has performance issues such as slow startup. In addition, if your startup disk is as good as full, then your Mac will mostly likely operate slowly. That’s why it’s a rule of thumb to keep some free disk space of at least 20 percent. (Source)

Moreover, if you want to further optimize your laptop’s startup, then you can do so by simply getting rid of unnecessary files such as unused 3rd-party apps, duplicate files, system junks, and many more.

The Solution: Clean Up the Laptop’s Drive

Essentially, there is a lot of manual solution to fix this issue. However, some may need certain technical knowledge along the process.

According, users can uninstall Mac applications that are rarely used, get rid of duplicate files, empty Trash, clean web browser. Transfer huge old data to an external backup drive, and so on.

Now, if you’re just a new Mac user, then we want to suggest utilizing CleanMyMac because of its excellent efficiency. This app is an amazing tool that is mainly made to clean up Mac disk very fast so you can save time instead of doing the cleanup manually. For sure, you’ll be surprised of how many unnecessary files these app can discover.  (Source)

Many of Startup Items
A number of apps and services running after you press the start button are sure to slow down your Mac. So, what you want to do is simply lessen the quantity of auto-startup items so you don’t need to wait for long time just to start your mac running and ready.

The Solution: Getting Rid of Unnecessary Automatic Running Aps

Applications or programs that automatically run after you log in are also known as “login items”. If you want to disable these unnecessary apps, then simply click the Apple icon, go to System Preferences, then Users and Groups, and proceed to Login Items tab. And lastly, choose the apps that you don’t need to run on startup, and simply press the minus sign.

Furthermore, you might want to check out some application services that automatically start. These include Adobe Creative Cloud Helper, Amazon Music, and so on. These app services are usually pre-installed as well and most of the time these apps don’t show under login items.

If you can’t really find them under the login items, then you can do it using CleanMyMac app. This particular software enables users to immediately determine these launch agents and effectively disable them.

Final Thoughts
So now you know what are the possible reasons and solutions for determining your Mac slow startup problem? We hope that you can try all of them and can improve your Mac user experience.

Rest assured that all of them can give you the best possible results as long as you’re familiar with the basics of Mac. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below.

Thank you and hope to see you in another review!


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