Some of us have old hardware and religiously upgrade to newer releases of OS. Over time, we fall in love with our devices and if it works we don’t bother getting a new one or upgrading the hardware. After a while this love relationship starts to get a little problematic as the device is unable to keep up with the new fancy and young features of the latest and greatest OS upgrades.
If you have a slow mac after El Capitan upgrade, tips in this article can help you if you do not want to upgrade the hardware.
Revisit Notifications on your Mac, particularly the widgets in the notification center. Click on apple menu on the top left and
Go to System Preferences… > Extensions > Today
Remove the notifications that you can live without such as the Social, Weather or Stocks.
With low specifications on your mac, you may want to evaluate having the visual effect features on your on your dock such as the magnification of icons or animation of icons when apps open.
Turn these features off by going to System Preferences > Dock
If you have noticed bad battery Life after the El Capitan upgrade, chances are that it is caused by Spotlight feature’s background processes. Keep your mac plugged in a for a couple of days. This allows spotlight to complete re-indexing and once that has completed , your battery life will improve.
Try resetting the SMC on your Mac if you still have the battery issues. Please see http://apple.co/1N7tsy1 for further guidance.
You can also see our other article that provides general tips on dealing with a slow mac
These tips may not give you all the boost that you need, but it is definitely bound to help optimize some of the performance. Please let us know if there are other tips that you found real handy in order to fix your slow Mac after El Capitan upgrade without doing a hardware upgrade. If you still experience the problem, perhaps it is time for an upgrade on your hardware!
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.