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Do MacBooks slow down over time?

Do Macs get slower over time? It's a really good question. If you've been researching this subject online, you might have come across conflicting information, so we're here to help you get the answers you've been searching for and bust the myths.

Solved: Do MacBooks get slower over time?

Over the years, Apple has developed a somewhat mythical reputation — from MacBooks not getting viruses to Macs not requiring cleaning or Mac batteries being the worst and everything in between. These false rumors continue to circulate online, and if you're new to the world of Apple, these outdated statements can skew your judgment.

So, let's address the question: Do Macs slow down over time?

Well, the simple answer is yes and no. Like any computer, regardless of the make and model, it depends on how you use it and your preventative actions. 

There will always be multiple factors at play like:

  • Environment (temperature, dust)

  • Physical damage

  • Not enough RAM

  • Limited storage space

  • Outdated software

But the list could go on, from age to viruses to visuals and corrupt applications. So many things could cause your Mac to slow down over time. So, as users, what can we do?

1. Take good care of your device

Handling your Mac carefully, cleaning it with the correct products, avoiding hot or too-cold temperatures, and keeping your macOS up to date will increase your Mac's lifespan. Physical care is just as crucial as system care.

2. Regularly clean up your system junk

Regularly removing a build-up of system junk like temporary files, broken files, cache, and system logs will also keep your Mac in great shape. Use a trusted tool like CleanMyMac X to carry out this task automatically; here's how:

  1. Download the free version or open the app.
  2. Click System Junk > Scan > Clean.

CleanMyMac X - System junk scan complete

3. Run maintenance tasks

Regular Mac maintenance is also a must. This will keep your Mac optimized and running at its best. The tool we mentioned above has a powerful Maintenance module, too. Here's how to use it:

  1. Open the app and select Maintenance.

  2. Click View All Tasks.

  3. Select items and click Run.

Free up purgeable space on Mac with CMMX

These three simple steps will help you get the most from your device. Now you know what to say when someone asks, "Do Macs get slower over time?" and what to do about it.

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