Apple’s macOS is highly regarded for offering stellar features, a bevy of customizations, and a myriad library of apps on Mac App Store. You’ll rarely hear someone say, “My Mac seems a bit slow. How do I have so less space left?” Whether you’ve bought a new Mac recently or are familiar with it, organizing things on a daily basis gets overbearing over time. Thankfully, the Mac App Store and the developer community offer several macOS apps to optimize your Mac and tune it to its potential.
Every Mac owner aims for a consistently stable performance. For that, one might resort to spring cleaning occasionally. It’s only wise to automate tasks like dumping old/unused files, managing menu bar items, organizing files by archiving together, and so on. How about letting some apps undertake that automatically and make your life easier? That’s why we have curated a bunch of useful macOS apps to optimize your Mac.
1. CLEANMYMAC X
We all have to pay the price for trying out several new apps. At the same time, everyone wants their Macs to be zippy and responsive. Doesn’t happen if you keep dumping apps. CleanMyMac eliminates the need to roll up sleeves to search and get rid of unwanted files or apps to speed up your Mac. It identifies the unused files, the leftover components after app uninstallations, and other unused apps. By removing those junk files and apps, you can reclaim the precious storage space — makes a world of difference on MacBooks with 128GB or 256GB storage.
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2. BARTENDER 3
The menu bar can appear crowded with too many icons and apps sitting there. Bartender 3 can organize those menu bar items by clubbing them together smartly, autohiding them, and letting you access them with keyboard shortcuts or a tiny search box. You can use that small search bar to look for and launch an app if you don’t want to reveal the entire list of apps. Also, you can rearrange the app icon order in the menu bar list to access it with a single click and can browse through it quickly using your keyboard.
3. ALFRED 4
Batman’s butler Alfred J. Pennyworth is exceptionally efficient in aiding him during dangerous missions. Just like that, Alfred 4 will assist you in finding and launching the apps or documents you’re looking for with minimal effort. You can even perform web searches from Alfred’s search bar. It does sound like a search box juiced up by mixing the Spotlight and Siri — except the voice commands part. But, there’s more.
Dealing with archived or compressed files on Mac can be tricky. However, Keka does the job quite smoothly. It’s a nifty file archiver that can also extract a variety of archive formats — yes, even IPA and APK files. It has one of the simplest interfaces that includes two areas in a small window — top part to compress files and the bottom one to extract files. You’ll see that as soon as you drag and drop a few files on Keka’s app window.
5. HAZEL 4
Let’s say you have CleanMyMac X to purge the junk files, and Alfred 4 to help you look for the precise documents that you’re looking to revisit. What about the photos and files that are littered across different folders and even external volumes? Well, you can organize those files and folders smartly with Hazel 4. First, you have to create some ground rules and patterns for Hazel 4 to organize your photos, files, movies, and important documents. Then, the app automates its organization process every time you make a change.
Resizing windows in macOS is so much fun that you can spend hours trying to predict how an app window will resize. With Magnet, you can overcome that by turning your workspace into a multitasking station. It allows you to drag, align, and snap windows of the open apps. That means you can work or browse the web on one side of the screen and keep Netflix or YouTube running in the browser on the other side. Just like the Split View on iPadOS and the Snap feature in Task View on Windows 10.
7. COCONUTBATTERY 3
The macOS 10.15.5 Catalina update will bring battery health management for Mac notebooks. But how often will you check battery health, which could be nestled deep inside the settings? That’s why coconutBattery 3 is a better alternative since it shows battery-related details like Charge Cycle counts, Temperature, State of Health, and even its status with a single click on the menu bar.