I got a Macbook Pro I think the year 2010. How can I make it faster because,it starting to get slow. Are there Free or Inexpensive Apps or tricks to make it fast?


  • Welcome to Ask Different! What is the current version of the OS on your MacBook Pro? Go to the  > About this Mac to see. You should also be able to determine the model year from here.
    – bjbk
    Nov 30, 2015 at 20:58
  • Thanks! I have Yosemite but, I will update soon.
    – arodebaugh
    Nov 30, 2015 at 21:40

2 Answers 2


You can make a clean install to El Capitan

Make your Mac run silent, cool and fast under OS X El Capitan http://9to5mac.com/2015/10/16/how-to-make-your-mac-run-silent-cool-fast-os-x-el-capitan/

use CleanMyMac 3 to optimize & clean your mac

Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac with CleanMyMac 3. It scans every inch of your system, runs maintenance tasks, and keeps an eye on your Mac’s health. http://macpaw.com

clean your RAM when your Mac is too slow


and, more expensive; you can upgrade your RAM

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2010 RAM Replacement tutorial with iFixit https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+RAM+Replacement/4319

or you can downgrade to Mavericks or lower (clean install too)

  • 1
    Thanks but, isn't cleanmymac bad from reviews?
    – arodebaugh
    Nov 30, 2015 at 22:29
  • I'm using CMM for a while and I really like it... I have not heard about bad reviews before. But you can test it and make your own opinion ;)
    – StrawHara
    Nov 30, 2015 at 22:32
  • Empty RAM is wasted RAM. Mavericks wasn't so good at handling the new memory paradigm, but Yosemite & El Capitan have got a lot better - see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/67031/… for a good explanation.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 1, 2015 at 8:52

I put a 260 GB Intel 530 Series SSD into my mid-2009 MacBook Pro and it did wonders for it, cut the boot-up time in half. Just get a good brand, my Intel hasn't had any problems

You could also upgrade the RAM. Other World Computing is a great place to buy RAM for your specific model of Mac.

My Mid-2009 MacBook Pro runs El Capitan pretty well, so you may as well update to it, as El Capitan is supposed to make Macs (even older models) run faster. That's my experience with El Capitan, but YMMV.

An SSD, RAM, and El Capitan is where I would start if I wanted to upgrade any Mac.

  • Hmm I would do that if I had the money but, thanks for the suggestion.
    – arodebaugh
    Dec 1, 2015 at 15:13

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .