If you primarily utilize the Mac ecosystem, then you’re probably fairly familiar with OS X and iOS technology. But, that familiarity doesn’t necessarily mean you know the best ways to clean up your systems if they start slowing down. This isn’t precisely esoteric knowledge, but it is more complicated than a lot of people are willing to admit. That’s why you need to start with the basics and regularly perform maintenance to ensure the technology is operating as efficiently as you’d like.
There are a few different ways to approach cleanup processes. If you have a laptop or desktop, you can use various Mac cleaning methods. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you need to know what to do to clean up your iOS performance issues. Lots of people don’t realize that you need to do spring cleaning on your installations and archive files regularly for optimum performance. And, if it’s a space issue in terms of volume, perhaps you want to upgrade your hard drives.
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People like Macs because of their simplicity. However, sometimes the simplicity means that you can’t dig into some of the details of cleaning up your system as you might expect. Because of this, you can make a point to use Mac cleanup software that creates that bridge between you and some of the internal workings of the operating system. Macs often hide options so that you don’t ruin things as you are trying to clean stuff up. Third-party software bypasses this and gives you an efficient method for semi-manual cleanup.
For iPhone and iPad users, most internal system cleanups are done automatically in the background. However, if you notice performance issues and slowdowns, one of the first steps that you can take to clear up your system is to uninstall any apps that you don’t use. It can be fun downloading freebies regularly to see what they do, but if you don’t use them, take the time to remove them from your system, and will help with clutter and performance lag.
Getting Rid of Wasted Space
Sometimes you’ll run into issues with registries, drivers, or corrupt programs and applications, and that’s where system clutter comes from. Other times, it’s just a matter of big pieces of wasted space that are getting in the way. Make sure that you go through file directories and application lists regularly and anything that is wasting space. Especially when it comes to temporary files or archives that you don’t need anymore, put a backup somewhere on an external drive and erase it from your central system.
Upgrading Hard Drives
A final thing that can help with cleaning up your system is if you upgrade any necessary hard drives. Especially when technology moved toward solid-state hard drives, performance improved drastically. Because there are fewer moving parts and the technology is much smaller and more efficient, not only does data move faster, but it produces less heat and is less likely to fail as opposed to older models.