7 Apps To Speed Up Your Mac

So your Mac has started running slow? Perhaps the easiest and most common way to get your Mac back up to speed is to use a third party clean up App.

There are dozens of Apps the claim to make your Mac run faster, to help you choose here is a selection of the best and most highly rated.


MacKeeper is one of the most comprehensive Mac utilities available with dozens of features from system security to backups, system cleaning to optimisation. The optimisa

tion features are the most interesting with oodles of options to remove caches, logs, unused languages and even parts of applications that aren’t needed. MacKeeper also holds the title of the most popular Anti Virus software for OS X.

With MacKeeper it’s also possible to control your Macs login items and the default apps used to open specific file types. The most impressive thing about MacKeeper is its extremely long list of features – it is one of the most comprehensive all-in-one utilities available and represents great value for money.

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CleanMyMac 2

The most recently updated app on our list CleanMyMac 2 offers a host of improvements over the previous version. CleanMyMac 2 has a great simple new user interface which makes accessing all the apps features a lot easier to get to..

CleanMyMac 2’s Automatic Cleanup has been rebuilt from the bottom up; after scanning your system for junk, Automatic Cleanup algorithms finds files that are completely safe to delete (that won’t affect the stability and performance of your Mac when removed). Hardware – optimized scanning and cleanup processes find and clean junk on your Mac amazingly fast.

Along with the core Auto Cleanup feature CleanMyMac 2 also comes with a new iPhoto Cleanup tool. iPhoto libraries are often much larger than you think. Every time a photo is edited (cropped, rotated or changed) its modified file is stored in your iPhoto library, while the original is kept hidden. CleanMyMac 2 locates all of those hidden originals. CleanMyMac 2 can automatically select which originals are safe to remove. The more cautious among us can manually review each image before they are removed.

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Detox My Mac

Detox My Mac scans intelligently through every inch of your system against many different elements and with a single click, detox and instantly enjoy your entire system being faster and cleaner. It’s that easy.

Detox My Mac offers all the bells and whistles you would expect it clears out caches, old log files and removes unnecessary language files. Detox My Macs power lies in its simplicity, there isn’t much to think about here or tinker with, a couple of clicks and you’re done.

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MacCleanse by Koingo

MacCleanse lets you reclaim hard disk space by removing offending items that may also be causing your Mac to run slowly. The features on offer are extensive such as wiping unused languages, clearing caches and log files, cookies, and “recently used” histories. An automatic scan and clean can be scheduled every day at set times, ensuring your Mac stays in good health.

More details: App Store Link


Appriority by Northern Softworks

Appriority is unique in that it suspends your open applications when not in use in order to minimise the amount of CPU time consumed. Thus open applications will have more dedicated processor time and should in theory operate much faster.

Any open apps not currently used can be automatically suspended which means they don’t consume many system resources. The top 10 resource-intensive applications are conveniently displayed which allows you to choose which ones are eligible for suspension.

More details: App Store Link

Memory Cleaner

Memory Cleaner by Alice Dev Team

When you’ve got lots of applications open, all too often the multicoloured spinning beach ball appears which could mean your Mac is trying to free up some inactive memory so it can be used by the current application.

Memory Cleaner concentrates on just one thing – freeing up the system memory that’s not currently available to applications. The interface is simple and extremely easy to use, and it can improve overall system speed if it finds enough memory to liberate.

More details: App Store Link

Before you go

After spending over 20 years working with Macs, both old and new, theres a tool I think would be useful to every Mac owner who is experiencing performance issues.

CleanMyMac is highest rated all-round cleaning app for the Mac, it can quickly diagnose and solve a whole plethora of common (but sometimes tedious to fix) issues at the click of a button. It also just happens to resolve many of the issues covered in the speed up section of this site, so Download CleanMyMac to get your Mac back up to speed today.


About the author


I've been a passionate evangelist for Apple and the Macintosh throughout my working life, my first love was a Quadra 605 working with a small creative agency in the south of Norfolk UK in the mid 1990's, I later progressed to other roles in other Macintosh dominated industries, first as a Senior graphic designer at a small printing company and then a production manager at Guardian Media Group. As the publishing and printing sector wained I moved into Internet Marketing and in 2006 co-founded blurtit.com which grew to become one the top 200 visited sites in the US (according to Quantcast), at its peak receiving over 15 million visits per month. For the last ten years I have worked as an Affiliate and Consultant to many different business and start ups, my key skill set being online marketing, on page monetisation, landing page optimisation and traffic generation, if you would like to hire me or discuss your current project please reach out to me here.

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