Here's a checklist for improving your Mac's performance
They do say patience is a virtue but there is nothing more frustrating than a slow start-up of your MacBook or iMac, especially when it should only take around 30 seconds - normally!
And we are all familiar with the frustration of apps that take forever to start, or to do whatever it is they should do. That ‘spinning beachball of death’ can really raise the blood pressure.
Client Joan C contacted iTandCoffee last week with a puzzling problem. Her computer was receiving emails, but her iPad was not showing any of the new emails.
It looked like she was successfully connected to Wi-Fi - and turning off her router and turning it back on did not solve the problem.
Here's what ended up solving this problem for Joan.
I you ever find that your Mac's screen colours go haywire - perhaps darkened like the example above, or even showing black and white - watch this short video to find out how to bring back the correct colours!
If you are lucky enough to have an iPhone 8, don't make the same mistake I did last week!
While assisting a client with an iPhone problem, I needed to do a 'forced reboot' of her iPhone.
On the iPhone 6s and earlier, this is achieved by holding the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds, until the Apple symbol appears - at which point, you let go of the buttons and wait for the device to finish startup and bring up the lock screen.
On the iPhone 7, the combination of buttons required to force reboot changed to the Sleep and Volume Down buttons.
So, on iPhone 8, I made the mistake of assuming that the force reboot process would be the same as for the 7.
Boy, did I jump when a siren sounded and a screen popped up about contacting emergency services!
Pressing the Sleep and volume button and the same time activated the Emergency SOS feature of iOS 11. (Read more about this here: Use Emergency SOS on your iPhone)
So how do you 'force reboot' and iPhone 8?
On the iPhone 8, a 'forced reboot' is achieved very differently.
Press the volume up, then volume down buttons in quick succession, then press and hold the Sleep switch until the screen goes black and the Apple appears. Then you can release the Sleep switch and wait for the device to start up.
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If you have been having trouble with your Mac - perhaps finding it is slow, or getting the 'spinning beachball of death' far too often, it may be that you have problem with your Mac's hard drive. Or there may be a simpler fix for your problem.
I was asked this week if it is worth downloading a product like 'Clean My Mac' or MacKeeper' to do a cleanup of a mis-behaving Mac.
My answer is a big NO, that I would not download any such app. I would instead use some build-in utilities provided by Apple on your Mac, as well as performing some basic checks and tasks.
A checklist for improving your Mac's performance
Before you go looking for other potential causes of problems with your Mac, go through the list below. (iTandCoffee Club members can get the detailed instructions for how to do each of the below in the Handy Hint: A checklist for fixing a slow or misbehaving Mac.)
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What of the none of the above helps?
I should say here that if you haven't done a backup lately, then it is probably time to do one NOW, to avoid losing your precious files, especially your photos, should you be unable to 'recover' from the problems that are occurring on your Mac.
If none of the above suggestions seem to resolve your Mac issues, it's time to look at whether there are problems with your Mac's hard drive, RAM, and maybe hardware.
In fact, it is worth checking your hard drive's health on a regular basis. In writing this article and recording the Handy Hint to demonstrate how to check your hard drive, I actually found that my own Mac had an issue that needed to be fixed! Thank goodness I checked!
Checking for problems with your Mac's hard drive is quite easy, using a utility that is provided on every Mac.
iTandCoffee Club members can learn about how to find and use this utility in the below members-only tip.
What to do if a problem is found and you are told to use 'Recovery' mode to attempt a repair
When you perform this check of your Mac hard drive, you may find that a problem is detected that can't be resolved immediately (as happened to me today!), and that you are told to attempt a further repair from a mode called 'Recovery'.
Learn about how to access and use Recovery Mode in the below Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members.
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