You could be the first-time owner of a brand-new MacBook and are just getting over the excitement phase. It is a beautiful laptop, but just like all other devices, it will not last forever. Like most devices, the better you maintain your Macbook, the longer it will serve you. Here are some do-it-yourself tips to help you postpone a trip to the repair shop.
Keep It Clean
Every device is bound to gather dust if you do not clean it. It’s crucial that you always clean your device regularly. Your device’s fan not only pulls in air to cool the internal hardware, but dust also comes along with it. Accumulation of dust will hinder your machine from working properly.
Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe the hard non-porous surfaces of your device. Do not use water on the cloth. Instead, use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol to wipe. The areas that need wiping the most are the keypad, screen, and exterior surfaces of the device.
Turning off the lights that you do not need will not only save power but also help your machine last longer. Start by reducing the brightness of your screen. This
prolongs your battery life, especially if you are working away from an electrical outlet for a long time.
Another simple way to avoid consulting with a MacBook repair specialist is to disconnect your charger when the device is full. Overcharging your Macbook is detrimental to the battery. Only charge it when need be. Also, wrap your charger in a way that there is minimal strain on the cable.
Reduce Background Services
Some apps on your device require more power than others and can slow your Mac Book’s performance. The best way to check this is by using the activity monitor utility to view which apps are taking up a lot of resources. Shutdown the utilities that are not in use, such as Bluetooth, file-sharing services, and apps that send data via the internet.
You can purchase the CLEANMYMAC app, which can do all this and more for you. There is a free version of the software that you can test before purchasing the full version.
Upgrade Hardware Devices
You can upgrade some hardware components in your device without the need to consult with a MacBook repair specialist. For instance, you can change your device’s storage from Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to Solid State Drive (SSD). Changing to SSD improves your device’s performance as well as makes it less susceptible to serious damage in case of a fall.
Depending on the kind of work you do, you may need to upgrade your RAM (Random Access Memory) from time to time. This improves your speed and makes the machine work more efficiently. If you can, please avoid cheap options. A cheap RAM will cause you additional problems in the future.