Spring cleaning your MacBook, 3 tips to get your MacBook looking and running like new!
Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. Before you start emptying your closets and getting rid of the bloat in your life, why not start with your Mac? Here are some really simple, easy to follow tips to give your trusted MacBook a little spring cleaning inside and out.
- Clean the outside of your MacBook – Let’s get started with the outside of your MacBook. Be sure to power the Mac down completely and unplug everything. Now would be a great time to give the area around your Mac, whether it’s on your desk, or at the kitchen table, a good cleaning there’s no doubt tons of dust and grime built up around it. Now, let’s move to your Mac’s display, first and foremost NEVER EVER use harsh chemicals to clean your MacBooks display, glass cleaner contains ammonia and will compromise the integrity of the display itself. Use plane water and a lint free microfiber towel using medium pressure, just a few minutes and your Mac’s display will look like new. Next we will clean that nasty keyboard, though it’s not recommended by Apple, a little compressed air will go a long way towards getting the dust out of the cracks, crevices, and vents. If your keyboard are seriously nasty, we recommend using the same microfiber towel and some 90% Isopropyl Alcohol but keep in mind that you want be sure not to over do it with the alcohol as you don’t want to end up with MacBook water damage. On that not if you have ever spilled coffee or water on your MacBook you may want to check out our post on spilled coffee on your MacBook?. Now that your display and keyboard are spic and span lets tackle the outer case,the same formula applies here, 90% Isopropyl Alcohol on a microfiber towel and scrub away, if you have some persistent grime you can use a Mr. Clean magic eraser and wipe your troubles away.
2. Tonight Im gonna update like it’s 1999…. sorry I couldn’t resits, 2017! – Now that the outside of your MacBook looks like new let’s get started on the inside. First if you haven’t already open the App Store on your MacBook and download Apples latest revision of MacOS, today that is Sierra, by updating to Sierra you add tons of new functionality like Siri to your MacBook, the update itself shouldn’t take longer than 20- 30 minutes to complete and be sure to BACK Up your system before preforming the update.
3. Uninstall Unnecessary Applications – Now that your up to date lets get ride of those life changing apps you downloaded and never used. For this task we are going to use a tool called AppCleaner, this is a free and safe download and is VERY effective at removing all remnants of that unused software. Now head over to System Preferences, click on Accounts, and clean up the Login Items tab of any applications that you don’t want to run on startup. Sometimes even uninstalled apps leave entries behind, and it’s a good idea to tidy up your startup items anyway. Finally if you have a free piece of software installed called MacKeeper, Uninstall it ASAP! MacKeeper is responsible for 80% of the hard drive crashes we service and the only solution is to purchase their solution for $199.00, so get rid of it! Next Free Up Hard Drive Space – Optimized Storage in MacOS Sierra is pretty simple, but it does require iCloud, Apple’s online service. Apple now provides 5GB of free iCloud Drive storage per Apple ID, so you may want more to take full advantage of Optimized Storage.
iCloud storage pricing as follows:
5GB for free; 50GB for $1 per month; 200GB for $3 per month; 1TB for $10 per month; 2TB for $20 per month.