Boot up faster

Get your Mac to start more quickly with th­ese sim­ple tricks

Mac Format - - POWER UP YOSEMITE! -

One area that most peo­ple want to see im­proved is their Mac’s startup time. Even if you have the fastest, most mod­ern Mac, it can still take min­utes to start up, and the whole process is ex­cru­ci­at­ing if you need to use your Mac in a hurry. On the hard­ware side of things, up­grad­ing to an SSD en­sures that a Mac boots more quickly. How­ever, many per­for­mance tricks, such as clean­ing out the hard drive and re­duc­ing an­i­ma­tions and ef­fects, have min­i­mal im­pact be­cause OS X hasn’t yet loaded into mem­ory. Hav­ing said that, there is a range of tweaks you can per­form to en­sure Yosemite loads quickly.

The first thing to do is check what is listed un­der Lo­gin Items in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, and to re­move any you no longer need (see the steps op­po­site for de­tails). Th­ese aren’t the only items that Yosemite loads at startup, though. You can find more in Star­tupItems in the sys­tem’s Li­brary folder – to get there quickly, choose Go > Go to Folder… in the Finder and en­ter /Li­brary/ Star­tupItems). Th­ese are the sys­tem-wide startup items that ap­ply to all user ac­counts. It’s worth tak­ing a look to see if any of the items re­late to things you no longer use. You’ll need to en­ter an Ad­min ac­count’s cre­den­tials to delete items here. A third place to check is the Dock. Restart your Mac to see which apps are started by de­fault (th­ese are the ones with small white cir­cles be­neath them in the Dock). Con­trol-click the app’s Dock icon, se­lect Op­tions and se­lect the Open at Lo­gin op­tion to re­move the tick from next to it. Rather than ask­ing an app to open each time you log in, it is bet­ter to open it when you ac­tu­ally need it.

Se­cu­rity slow­down

FileVault is a se­cu­rity fea­ture that en­crypts all of the con­tents on your Mac’s startup vol­ume. While FileVault has its uses, it slows down the lo­gin process and some Yosemite users have noted ex­tremely slow lo­gin per­for­mance with it en­abled, so you should turn it off if you can live with­out it. Open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Se­cu­rity & Pri­vacy, click the FileVault tab, then the lock icon (en­ter your pass­word) and click Turn Off FileVault.

Some­times pe­riph­er­als can slow down the lo­gin process, so if you find lo­gin slug­gish, try dis­con­nect­ing pe­riph­er­als and re­con­nect them one at a time. Keep any de­vices that you don’t use reg­u­larly dis­con­nected.

Fi­nally, learn to put your Mac to sleep in­stead of shut­ting down, so you can pick up where you left off with­out en­dur­ing the whole startup cy­cle.

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