How to fix slow startup times in macOS

Serhat Kurt for macReports:

Are you having slow startup issues with your Mac? Slow startup times can be caused by many different problems and they can be very frustrating for many users. Waiting for your computer is a waste of time. Startup time is important because one of the most common troubleshooting tips that we often share here on macReports is to restart your device.

If macOS takes forever to boot, you dread rebooting your Mac.

Typically, you Mac should take about 30 seconds to fully startup. If your Mac is taking much more time than this, then this article is for you.

MacDailyNews Take: A good overview that covers many of the common issues for slow startups and how to fix them.


  1. Another one that wasn’t mentioned: rebuild your user account. Move everything from your old account and move it to a new one. Hang onto the older account for a little while until you’re sure everything has been moved across.

  2. There’s only one thing guaranteed to speed start-up: boot from a SSD. It used to take more than five minutes from boot-up to the point where I could open a Photoshop file on my iMac with an internal hard drive. I added a Samsung T5 external drive, and now the whole process takes about 25 seconds. Best $150 bucks you can spend.

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