Is Your iMac Running Slow? Try These Fixes

A slow iMac is no doubt a troublesome issue. Learn to make it run fast, just like a new iMac, by closing unnecessary apps, removing unneeded files, adding more memory, and many more.

iMac is considered the best all-in-one computer available in the market today. However, it can’t be said that it is not susceptible to slowing down. Any computer or laptop can have several issues related to performance that can make it slow. When it comes to iMac, the tech giant recommends many helpful tips and fixes to speed it up.

Apple marketed the iMac as its best computer for schools and families mainly due to its simplicity in its design and functions. Regarding its design and other features, iMac can be placed in any room easily. Plus, setting up this device is a child’s play. Above all, it comes with efficient features and specs that can keep most users happy. Considering it’s a computer, the iMac has relatively good value and a high-end display in one package. Plus, it is packed with an in-built webcam, a mouse, and a keyboard.

iMacs are powerful enough and packed with essential features to help you furnish your day-to-day tasks. However, they may slow down and become a bit sluggish over time. Most specifically, the Intel-based older models.

The support website of Apple lists a few reasons that may cause your iMac to run slow. Here, the unavailability of enough disk storage has been listed as the most common reason. It is not surprising as the disk storage of iMac can be filled quickly when you are using it for years regularly. 

Most specifically, if multiple people are using your device. When your iMac is filled with several files and other data, its disk becomes full and gets overloaded. It makes it difficult for the device to keep up with even your most straightforward task.

Here, you need to free up storage that you can do in several ways. For example, you can delete the data or files you no longer require. Besides, you can move the files to any external storage device. Above all, the best option is to use the storage optimization feature of macOS. It uses iCloud storage to access videos, photos, and other files on an iMac device without using disk storage.

If you want to see optimization recommendations, then you need to tap on the Apple icon visible in the left corner upper side and then click on the option ‘About This Mac”. After then, click on the option ‘Storage.’ Here, you will find the option ‘Manage’  where you need to click. After getting the calculations of overall storage, click on the Recommendations section to find out how to use iCloud and free up disk storage.

Slow iMac?  Here’re The Other Fixes to Try

Alongside the shortage of disk space, it may be possible that your device does not have enough RAM required to complete the task you want to do with it. In this case, you need to see how much memory has been used currently. To check the memory used, you need to click on the  ‘Activity Monitor’ option. After that, you have to click on the ‘Memory’  option appearing at the top. Here, you can get the details of how much RAM each app has used and how much is still left.

While checking the memory used by the various apps, if you find that any app uses a considerable amount of memory, select that app and click on the X icon to delete it. If you find that the apps are using more memory than required every day, you should buy additional RAM and install it on your device. However, it is not possible for the M1 iMac released in 2021, but you can upgrade RAM on any of your older iMac models.

Here, the possibility is also that something may have gone wrong with the disk in iMac. In this case, it can result in apps quitting frequently and corrupt files in addition to running slow. To check this, you need to click on the  ‘Disk Utility’ app to open it. Then, tap on ‘First Aid,’ visible the app’s top right, and tap ‘Run.’ This action will check your device’s disk for any errors and then repair it when necessary.

Here, it’s worth thinking about how old your iMac device is. If you purchased it years ago and use it regularly, then it’s time to change it. You can replace it with something new. For example, currently, Apple has announced the latest 24-inch iMac models powered by M1 for the users who want to buy a new device for the home. However, the latest gadgets are not ready for sale yet. But, Apple is doing everything to make its latest iMac device available for general sale from the latter part of May.

If you are among the users who have pre-ordered it, then you will need to wait until May’s second half for shipping. Regardless of which model you want to choose, you need to know that all versions have been packed with the same Retina display of 24-inch, a memory of 8GB, an eight-core CPU, storage of 256GB, a magic mouse, keyboard,  and two Thunderbolt ports.

However, you may try the above-listed fixes before making any decision to purchase a new iMac. But, if any user is using an iMac device of 2011 and thinking why it is running slow, then the simple answer is that your device has come to an end of its life. It would be best if you considered buying a new appliance.

Hi There! I am Elisa Wilson, and professionally, I work as a technical writer at a digital marketing company based in Ohio, and I have twelve years of experience in writing about OTT platforms. While writing an article or a blog, I try to embed knowledge and engagement, and I try to make people learn in a short, concise, and fun way. You can refer to this link: Roku.com/link.

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Elisa Wilson is a technology writer and blogger with a passion for science and exploring new cultures. She has written extensively on topics concerning software, hardware, news updates, AI, and more.

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