How to keep your Mac fast with OnyX

Your Mac usually runs fast and smoothly, but Apple computers can sometimes suffer from the flu or are not so fast. Often this has to do with a corrupt cache, running out of disk space, or some other software issue. With OnyX you can quickly solve these kinds of problems.

Tip 01: Before you start

It is important that you download the correct version of OnyX for your version of macOS. Each version of macOS has slightly different functions and if you use the wrong version of the program, functions may not be performed correctly. To determine which version of macOS you have, click the Apple icon in the top left and choose About this Mac. You'll see the name of the macOS version displayed at the top. In most cases this will macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra or macOS Mojave to be. If you are an early adopter, you can see the brand new one here macOS Catalina to stand. Go to this website and click the button Download behind the correct operating system. Double check that you really have the right version, because a different version can cause your system to crash or not perform operations correctly.

With an incorrect version of OnyX, functions may not be executed correctly

Give full disk access

If your system is running on macOS Mojave or macOS Catalina, the program must allow disk access. Go to System Preferences and click Security and Privacy. Select the tab Privacy. Click on the left Full Disk Access. Enter your name and password, click on it plus and navigate to the program folder. Select Onyx and choose Open. You have now given OnyX access to modify your drive and make edits to the system.

Tip 02: Study your system

Under the tab Info you will see information about your system, similar to when you click on the Apple icon in the top left and for About this Mac chooses. However, OnyX shows you much more, at Memory see you behind Physical Memory how much ram does your system have. It is interesting, however, how much memory is actually used, you can see this behind Memory usage. At the bottom you can clear inactive memory by for To clean up to choose. click on Volume to quickly see how much free space you have left on your drive. At the bottom you will see a bar with the percentage of free space. It is smart not to fill an SSD more than 80 percent with data, this ensures the longest life of the disk. Everything above 80 percent is therefore shown with a yellow bar and everything above 90 percent with a red bar.

Tip 03: Do maintenance

Go to the tab Maintenance and you will see an overview of all the tasks you can perform. You put a check mark in front of the item and click To carry out to do all these tasks one after the other. This can take a while though, so it's recommended to start with some small tasks. It's good to know what each option actually does. You will find an English explanation about all parts if you go to Help / OnyX Help goes and on Maintenance clicks. OnyX offers you three different maintenance options: To recover, To clean and Various options. Let's start by cleaning your system. Here are four things you can clean: System, Applications, Internet and Log messages and reports. if you're on Options click, you can see for each part which things are cleaned.

After cleaning, your Mac is often a bit slower, because the caches have to be rebuilt

Tip 04: Delete caches

Bee System you will find all kinds of cache files that can be deleted. You can just select all options, clearing cache files is not dangerous. It can help speed up your system and give your hard drive a little more space. Your Mac is often a bit slower after clearing the cache files, because the caches have to be rebuilt. If you have no problems with the speed of your Mac, be careful about deleting cache files. These files ensure that programs start up quickly and are a normal part of your operating system. Bee Applications find specific cache files related to opening and closing applications. This is how a check mark ensures Saved application status make sure you restore the state of programs. Normally, macOS remembers things like open windows, the sizes of the windows, and the location of the windows on your screen by program and will open it that way the next time. However, sometimes such a cache can get corrupted and cause an application to open more slowly. It's also smart to occasionally Java and Java Applets cache memory to delete. This ensures that websites have to download a newer version after the cleaning action.

Clear internet data

At the part Internet you will find all kinds of options that you also see when you choose in the browser to, for example, delete your history. However, here you can clear history, temporary internet files and all kinds of caches for all browsers on your system at once, very handy! You will of course also find an option here to delete web forms and cookies. Keep in mind that you will lose any usernames and passwords stored in your browser.

Tip 05: Restore databases

The part To recover you really only use it if you have problems with the system. For example, a known issue is Spotlight not functioning properly. Spotlight is the search function that you will find at the top of the taskbar. Click on the magnifying glass and enter a search term. If your Mac can no longer find the correct files or has become very slow, for example after an update, you may need to rebuild the database. In this case, put a checkmark in front of Spotlight index at OnyX. Rebuilding the Spotlight-index can take a while though. If you have problems with mail attachments or mails that are only half displayed on your Mac, then you need to re-index the mail database. You put a check in front of this Mail email folders. Use the option Delete current index really only if Mail is not functioning properly, removing the database completely is not recommended if Mail is just working properly.

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