How to Speed up Mac Startup Times
If you prolonged startup times on your Mac, then it’s time to fix it following few simple steps. To help you with this, here we have discussed few quick built-in features that will help you speed up Mac startup times considerably.
Remove Unnecessary Startup Items and Fonts
There remain multiple startup apps on your Mac that runs when the system boots. While many of these items remain critical to keeping your system performing well, still certain items run unnecessarily causing prolong boot time. Here, you can move these items from Startupitems folder instead of deleting them as you may use them later again. To move these items, follow these steps:
- Press Shift + Command + G keys from Finder and search for the below path: Macintosh HD/Library/StartupItems/
- Here, sift through all items to find and move ones that you find causing problem.
In addition to that, you can also remove unnecessary fonts on your Mac to speed up Mac startup times. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to Applications folder and open Font Book. Alternatively, open it from Spotlight.
- Highlight any problematic fonts here.
- Once highlighted, right-click on it and choose Remove <font> or Remove <font> family option.
Note: You need to extra careful while deleting unnecessary fonts as deleting wrong font could affect your system menus and other items display negatively.
Remove Unnecessary Login Items
Your system also stores lot of apps & programs that automatically start when you log in. Despite removing these items, you may not see time decrease in start up time, but you will see your desktop quickly once you have logged in.
Remember to create a copy of this login items preference file as you may want to re-add items again later. To copy file visit ~/Library/Preference/loginwindow.plist.
In case you want to re-add items, then just copy the original loginwindow.plist file to its location in original folder. To stop any login item from running at login time, follow these steps:
- Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups
- From left pane select your user name and from right pane select “Login Items” button.
- Sift through the items to find ones that you want to remove. To remove any of these items, simply press – button given next to it.
When you have lot of these items in the list, then you can speed up your Mac considerably by removing these unnecessary applications.
In addition to that, you can also stop any app in the Dock from running at the boot process. To do this, follow these steps:
- In the Dock, right-click on the application icon.
- Click on Options menu to expand it and uncheck “Open at Login” option.
Disable Reopen Windows and use Automatic Login
Mac also allows you to log in automatically to save your time. Here, you will see login screen when the system has booted up. It may show extra step when there is only one user. To skip the login screen on your Mac and login automatically, follow these steps:
- Go to System preferences > Users & Groups.
- From left pane select Login Options.
- Click on the drop-down menu next to Automatic Login and select the user account.
Now you will be able to see desktop automatically once you boot your system.
In addition to that, Mac offers an option to reopen any window that you had earlier open when logging back in. To turn this, feature off as it consumes time & resources, simply uncheck “Reopen windows when logging back in” option. This option will appear on the shutdown window.
Disconnect Unused Peripheral Devices
Next thing you should do to speed up Mac startup times is to disconnect unused peripheral devices. Here, it takes long to login process when lot of peripheral devices like scanner & printer are connected to your system. The problem becomes more complex when these devices don’t work properly. Thus, it is best to disconnect all such unused peripheral devices to avoid trouble.
Check System Health Regularly
It is better to check your Mac’s health at regular intervals to avoid performance issues. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to Apple menu > About This Mac.
- Tap on More Info button.
- Select “System Report” to view detailed report.
So, this was a quick review of ways to speed up Mac startup times. If you know more such ways to boost your boot times, then feel free to reply in the comments below.