5 Fixes for macOS Catalina Slow Performance Issues

For the most part, MacOS Catalina is a great update and it comes with a lot of upgrades. However, just like any new operating system out there, it also comes with a few issues. One of those is that MacOS Catalina tends to cause Mac to run more slowly compared to using Mojave.

Of course, a lot of users know from the system requirements that it is more demanding of resources compared to Mojave or the previous OS. That’s why, it won’t operate on some older Mac devices that could operate Mojave. Good thing because we want to share you 5 fixes for MacOS Catalina Slow Performance Issues.

If you’re ready, read on!

Slow MacOS Catalina

If you want to make MacOS Catalina much faster, you need to learn what is actually slowing the system down. To execute this, do the following:

  • Head to Applications then Utilities then launch the Activity Monitor.
  • After that, press on the CPU column heading to order some processes based on how many CPU cycles they’re utilizing.
  • Now, when you see on that is actually using a large amount of CPU cycles more than anything else, then that is most likely the issue. Just use the Quit Process option to get rid of the process and ultimately speed up your Mac device. Now, if it’s a browser tab that is causing the slow performance, just close it from the main browser.
  • On the other hand, if the CPU column doesn’t show anything, just do the same with the memory column and search for processes that is also using a large chuck of Random Access Memory.

Add More RAM

There are times when the only solution to solve your slow MacOS Catalina’s performance is to actually upgrade your hardware. The easiest way is to add more RAM. Actually, it doesn’t matter whether it’s an older OS or Catalina itself, adding more RAM will help a lot.

On a side note, there are a number of utilities out there that say they can speed up your Mac. But you shouldn’t believe such programs because you might just get hijacked from some virus. On the other hand, there are some programs that aid you better manage your Mac device’s memory.

For instance, the program we have told you, the CleanMyMac X comes with a utility called Speed that disables heavy-memory consumers. And this particular utility is actually approved by Apple.

  • Just try its free version
  • Install the program and press Optimization
  • Now, after running the optimization tools, click on the Maintenance tab and you’re good to go.

Update Programs

If some programs on your Mac devices are not updates, then Mac OS Catalina may not perform that great. You see, developers update programs frequently for all kinds of reasons. In addition, most updates actually come with bug fixes as well as performance upgrades. Thus, it is crucial to keep them updated.

Now, for programs that you downloaded from the App Store, it is actually much easier. Simply launch the App Store, head to Preferences and choose Automatic Updates and your programs will always be updated. As for the other programs, you need to launch each one and check for new updates from the application menu.

Now, if you want to make things more convenient and faster, just use the CleanMyMac X software. To use this software, follow these steps:

  • Start the CleanMyMac X software
  • Choose the Updater tool in the Applications section
  • Choose Select All
  • Then simply press update

Close Unnecessary Browser Tabs

You see, if you keep a number of browser tabs it tend to use a lot of resources from your system. Even though opening a lot of browser tabs seems convenient, it might actually be slowing down your Mac. For instance, if the website you’re vising has a lot of videos and animation, then it will certainly slow down your mac due to unnecessary resources that is being use. Just close those unnecessary browsers and make your Mac device faster.

Stop Startup Programs

If the speed issue you are having is that your Mac device seems to take a lot of time just to startup now that you have installed MacOS Catalina, it is probably because you have many programs that automatically start. You can prevent these programs from automatically starting up by:

  • Just press on the Apple Menu and select System Preferences.
  • After the System Preferences has launches, just choose the users & Groups selection.
  • Pick your user account.
  • Then click the Login Items column.
  • After that, check the box next to any programs that you want to stop running during startup of your device.
  • Just choose the minus sign button at the bottom of the window
  • Then select Quit System Preferences.

Utilize Spotlight Utility

If ever you’ve got your Spotlight set to its default, it might index every folder on your Mac device. These could probably include those on external drives that are currently mounted. Also, keep in mind that indexing might slow down the performance of your Mac device. You don’t actually have to search the contents of your Library directory, or Downloads folder.

So, to exclude such folders from the Spotlight indexing, follow these steps:

  • Head to the Apple Menu and pick System Preferences
  • Just choose the Spotlight pane.
  • Pick the Privacy tab.
  • Then click the plus sign if you want to add folders that you want to exclude, then simply navigate them. You can also drag the folders into the window if you want to exclude them.
  • Lastly, quit the System Preferences.

Final Thoughts

Even if your device that runs on MacOS Catalina is pretty slow, remember that there are always a number of methods for speeding up its performance. Simply follow the approaches we mentioned above and everything should run smoothly in no time.

How about you? Do you know any method for fixing up a slow performing Mac with MacOS Catalina? If so, kindly share in the comment section below so we can help other Mac users. Thank you!

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