Mac Internet Slow? Here’s How You Can Speed it Up

One of the key factors of an optimal performance of your Mac is a fast, stable internet connection. A lot of activities that people do on their Macs nowadays require a fast internet: uploading content on YouTube, attaching a large file via e-mail, updating your Mac’s operating system, and many others. That is why it is important not only to have a fast connection but also a Mac optimized for any internet speed.

Why is the Internet so slow on my Mac?

Let us state a couple of obvious ones: you have subscribed to a slow speed plan (which you need to make an upgrade if you haven’t already), or it’s just that your service provider is not reliable enough to provide the speed it promises to give you. In a nutshell, there are a lot of factors that are way beyond your control. However, you can still do something about speeding up even a little bit on your Mac.

Here are some little tips and tricks on how you can do that:

Use a speed test to check your internet connection.

You can use one of the leading connection speed testing websites such as which can also measure your ping and provide other useful information for free. Moreover, you can check whether there is a problem on your Mac or your connection by going to Applications, click on Utilities, then Network Utility. You could conduct a test and see if there are any inconsistencies—tens of milliseconds should be good; otherwise, there might be a problem.

This tip is to determine whether you are getting most out of your subscription. Otherwise, you might need to send your service provider a ticket regarding this matter.

Use macOS’s built-in browser.

The genius developers and designers of Apple have made sure that its built-in browser works as a tailor-fit luxe clothing. It keeps a minimalist form that it does not need to have any extensions to appreciate its capabilities fully—although, of course, you can freely do so by checking out the Extensions Gallery.

Moreover, there is no restriction on the number of tabs you need to use before the memory maxes out. You’ll never fully realize how it’s relatively faster than other browsers until you make a switch. With much-prolonged use, temporary files will pile up when left undeleted. What you can do is to have these website data removed by going to Preferences, click on Privacy, then ‘Remove All Website Data’ to delete all of these browser logs.

Use a reliable software to check for any malware and adware.

These two are what any Mac users tend to get while surfing the internet. It often comes in different forms (but not limited to), such as third-party advertising such as pop-ups, phishing emails, and the like. What they do is slow down your MacBook as it operates as a background application. So if you have been using a public wi-fi for some time or have Java installed, you might need to use a free powerful anti-virus made just for Mac like Bitdefender Antivirus.

Consider other factors that may be consuming your connection speed.

Apart from your Mac, perhaps many of your devices are also connected to your router that slows down your internet connection. Turn off the Wi-Fi on your other devices, so its installed applications will not run in the background and consume more bandwidth. On the other hand, check your Mac if there are other applications such as Time Machine, that automatically uses your internet connection—it is set hourly, by default. It might be taking so much of your bandwidth, especially when set automatically. Make sure to change its settings to something like once a week, so you can freely work on your Mac.

Move your router near your workstation.

The location is one of the factors why your Mac may not be getting the full speed of your internet connection. Chances are, your router is in a position where obstructions are present such as walls. What you can do is to move it near where you typically work or purchase a wi-fi extender. Also, you may want to restart your router to check if there are any changes in speed. All efforts will be put in vain, however, if your router does not come with a password.

Connect through Ethernet.

Nothing beats getting a full speed through an ethernet cable, so take advantage of a wired connection while you are at home unless you need to move around. You should be able to notice a significant difference in speed. Moreover, you may want to consider switching ISPs off and subscribe to a provider that gives the fastest speed in your area. Subscribe to a fiber connection to get optimal speeds.

Keep tabs on your browser tabs.

While using Safari improves your browsing experience, the only limitation there might be is the speed of your connection whether it could allow opening about 20 tabs at a time. Otherwise, keep a number to a minimum to enjoy the optimal speed of your internet connection.

Use an ultimate tool for managing your Mac.

When you have already reached your desired internet speed, it is non-negotiable to maintain it by following the previous steps mentioned and complementing that with an application to maintain the overall health of your MacBook to prevent it from running extremely slow. There’s no point of acquiring fast internet speeds when your Mac is not doing the same. We recommend you to download CleanMyMac 3, the solution for your Mac maintenance. It can safely remove junk items, prevent your Mac from loading too many applications at startup, manages your plugins—all in just a single click.

We hope that these simple tips will help you combat a slow internet connection on your Mac. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!