macOS Monterey Slow? Try These 8 Tips Now

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Sarahi Johns

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macOS Monterey has more features and a better user experience than previous macOS versions. Typically, when you upgrade your Mac to the latest macOS Monterey, it will run faster. But that may not be the case. You may find that your Mac is slower than before. Don't want to downgrade macOS Monterey to Big Sur or an older version? There are some things you can do to speed up macOS Monterey.

Let's take a closer look now.

macOS Monterey Slow? Try the 8 Tips

Why Is Your macOS Monterey Running Slow?

Before we introduce you to ways to speed up macOS Monterey, let's take a look at why your Mac is slow. As far as we know, the reasons may be:

  • You are out of memory.
  • Your disk is full or almost full.
  • Your desktop is full of icons.
  • There are too many startup programs.
  • Some apps are not compatible.
  • You have opened many browser tabs.

In fact, there are many other reasons why a Mac with macOS Monterey is slow. Here, we just listed some of the most common.

8 Ways to Speed up macOS Monterey

Now that we know what factors may cause your Mac (macOS Monterey) to slow down, the next thing we need to do is optimize it based on these possible reasons. 

Kill Memory-Hungry Processes

Applications tend to run slowly when there are not enough memory available. Programs such as PhotoShop, Final Cut Pro and Chrome use a lot of memory. If you're running them, quit them to see if your macOS Moterey runs faster.

To check what apps are taking the most memory, you can use Activity Monitor. Here are the steps:

  1. Open a Finder window, click Go menu in Finder, and select Utilities.
  2. Click Activity Monitor, and it will show you all the processes on your Mac.
  3. Before doing anything, go to the menu bar at the top of the screen and click View> Window Process and then return to the Activity Monitor.
  4. Click the Memory tab, and you'll find which apps are using the most memory space.
  5. Highlight the memory-intensive app process and click the Stop button.

Kill Memory Hogging Process

Clean up Junk Files

Typically, the macOS Monterey needs up to 60 GB of space to run normally. Insufficient storage space is a main reason why your Mac runs slowly. When you are surfing the Internet, watching streaming videos, playing games on your Mac, various caches, logs, junks, and more will be created on your Mac. Over time, these files pile up and take up a lot of your precious storage space. Speed up macOS Monterey - Clear Junk Files on Mac Quickly To free up disk space, you can clean up your Mac storage manually or automatically. But be honest, the manual method is tedious and time-consuming. If you don't know much about Macs, we recommend you to use a third-party tool like BuhoCleaner to do the job for you. BuhoCleaner is one of the best Mac cleaning utilities. It allows you to clear cache junks from the system, users, and apps in a couple of clicks. Not only that, with the BuhoCleaner Menu tool, you can monitor your system status in the menu bar in real-time.

  1. Download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac.
  2. Launch it and click the Scan button.
  3. A few seconds later, you will find all the junk files on your Mac.
  4. Tick the files you want to delete and click the Remove button.

Speed up macOS Monterey - Remove Junk Files on Mac

Remove Unwanted Apps

Another way to speed up macOS Monterey is to uninstall the programs you no longer use and the apps not compatible with your macOS Monterey.

The fastest way to remove unwanted apps is to use BuhoCleaner. Its bulit-in app uninstall feature helps you uninstall any unwanted apps quickly and completely.

  1. Download and install the app.
  2. Launch it, click on the App Uninstall tab, and click the Scan button.
  3. Check the boxes next to the apps you don't need and click the Remove button.

Speed up macOS Monterey - Remove Unwanted Apps

However, if you prefer to remove them manually, you can go to the Applications folder, locate the apps you want to uninstall, and drag them to the Trash. Please note that in this way you only remove the icons of the applications. To uninstall them completely, you still need to find their associated files in the Library folder. For more details, please refer to this article.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

Too many auto-start programs will make your Mac boot slowly. It's a good idea to delete or disable those unnecessary startup items.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the menu bar and select System Preferences.
  2. Click User & Groups > Login Items.
  3. From the Login Items list, select the app you don't want to launch when you log in to your Mac and click the minus button below.

Disable Login Items on Mac

Want to know more about how to delete startup items? Refer to the article: How to Disable Startup Items on Your Mac.

Reduce Visual Effects

Minimizing the visual effects will help speed up macOS Monterey to some extent. Follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Apple icon > System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar.
  2. Untick the following boxes: Animate opening applications and Automatically hide and show the Dock.
  3. Click on Minimize windows using and change Genie effect to Scale effect.

Speed up macOS Monterey - Reduce Visual Effects

Remove Browser Extensions/Add-ons

Browser extensions can make our experience on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers more personalized and convenient. However, they can also reduce the performance of the browser. So it's necessary to delete unneeded add-ons from time to time. Here's how to remove extensions from Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.


  1. Launch Safari browser.
  2. Click Safari in the menu bar, select Preferences, and click on the Extensions tab.
  3. To turn off an extension, deselect its checkbox.
  4. To remove an extension, select the extension, and click the Uninstall button.

Speed up macOS Monterey - Remove Safari Extensions


  1. Launch Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the three-dot menu in the top right corner of your browser window.
  3. Hover your mouse over More Tools and click Extensions. You'll see all the extensions added to your Chrome.
  4. To disable an extension, click its blue slider.
  5. To uninstall an extension, click the Remove button on it and confirm your removal.

Speed up macOS Monterey - Delete Chrome Extensions


  1. Launch the Firefox browser.
  2. Right-click on the add-on you want to delete and select Remove Extension. 
  3. Confirm the window pop out and click the Remove button.

Speed up macOS Monterey - Remove Firefox Add-ons

Reduce Desktop Clutter

Every icon on your Mac desktop is an active window, which means they take up your Mac's memory. So if you want your Mac to run smoothly, then you'd better not put too many files on your desktop.

Restart Mac Regularly

Although Mac's hardware and operating system are designed to work for long periods without rebooting, the longer you run them, the more fragmented your computer's memory becomes and the more problems can occur. Rebooting Mac regularly solves these problems and allows the operating system to upgrade the software automatically.


Hopefully, your macOS Monterey is working fine after trying the above methods. If it is still slow, don't hesitate to try these methods, such as closing unused browser tabs, reindexing Spotlight, resetting PRAM and SMC, increasing memory, upgrading Mac hardware, etc.

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