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An Internet connection is one of our most important utilities when using a Mac. Slow internet makes everything tedious. Fun and work become tedious when you use your Mac with a slow Internet connection. You experience long loading times on web pages, calls drop, and apps and games load randomly.

Finding a solution to slow internet can make your Mac experience less painful. So, check out the troubleshooting tips below to speed up your internet connection.

1. Restart your Mac and router

Sometimes a simple restart can fix network related issues like slow internet connection. If the Internet service loads well on other devices, you can restart your Mac to clean up processes and data that are not directly useful. Go to Restart your Mac Apple menu in the menu bar and select Resume from the drop-down list.

Similarly, you need to restart your Wi-Fi router. After restarting, your router can select the least crowded channel and clear the cache. This will keep your router running smoothly and provide a stronger Internet connection to your Mac. But if that doesn’t help, you may need to reset your Wi-Fi router, which is quite different from a simple reboot.

2. Change your internet service provider

Rather than a problem with your Mac, a slow Internet connection may have more to do with your Internet service provider. You will get a slow Internet connection if you use a service provider that offers low megabits per second (Mbps).

To get the best, consider upgrading to a service provider that offers speeds between 20 Mbps and 100 Mbps (or more if you can afford it). Also, you may need to change your internet service provider if their network is not stable in your area.

3. Use a different browser

A silver laptop with the Google Chrome logo on the screen

If your web browser is malfunctioning, you may experience slow internet issues such as long web page load times and slow downloads. Try changing your browser; If you’re using Safari, try a different browser, such as Google Chrome.

If the problem persists, clear your browser’s cache and cookies. Here’s what you need to do in Safari:

  1. Open Safari from your Dock and click Safari in the menu bar.
  2. Choose Settings from the drop-down menu and click Advanced tab.
  3. Check out the option at the bottom of the page Display Develop menu in the menu bar.
  4. While still in Safari, click Develop in the menu bar and select Empty vaults.

Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut Version: +: Command: +: E: to do the same.

4. Update your browser and macOS

Both Macs are running macOS Monterey

MacOS software updates improve the performance of your Mac and fix any bugs or compatibility issues, including Internet connectivity issues.

Before downloading a software update, make sure you back up your data. Then go away System settingschoose Generaland click Program update on the right side. If an update is available, download and install it. After you’ve updated your macOS, restart your Mac and test your Internet connection again.

Also, updating your browser can fix bugs and connectivity issues. Safari updates are usually downloaded along with software updates, but you’ll need to follow different steps to update other browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

5. Close unnecessary applications and browser tabs

Sometimes, slow internet on your Mac is caused by apps and open tabs running in the background. They slow down the internet by constantly updating and downloading data. To speed up your Internet connection on your Mac, close all background apps and browser tabs you’re not using, and turn off auto-update apps.

iCloud’s auto-sync feature can also contribute to slow Internet connections because it uses a lot of Internet bandwidth. So if you’re running on a low Mbps connection, you might experience slow internet on your Mac.

To turn off automatic synchronization, follow these steps:

  1. Open System settings from Apple: menu.
  2. Click on Apple ID: and open iCloud:.
  3. Choose: iCloud Drive: and click Turn off.
  4. Follow the warning prompt asking if you want to keep a copy of the documents in iCloud on your Mac or if you want to remove them from your Mac.

iCloud Drive in System Settings

6. Scan for malware

Not surprisingly, malware can be responsible for a slow Internet connection on your Mac. When malware infects your Mac, it slows down all processes and you may see unexpected pop-ups in web browsers.

If you suspect your Mac has malware, scan it using a recommended free antivirus for Mac, such as Avast Security or Malwarebytes. After detecting malware, use an antivirus to clean your Mac of malware, reset your web browser, and restart your Mac.

7. Use an Ethernet connection and check the proximity of the router

You can use an Ethernet connection if your Mac experiences slow Internet when connected to Wi-Fi. An Ethernet connection provides a more direct and stable Internet connection than a Wi-Fi router.

So connect your router to your Mac with an Ethernet cable if it has a port, but if it doesn’t you can always get a USB hub with an Ethernet port.

However, if you can’t use an Ethernet connection, make sure the Wi-Fi router is close to your Mac and that the router’s antennas are all pointing in the right direction.

8. Disable browser extensions

Safari icon on a blue background

Browser extensions greatly improve your experience when surfing the Internet. However, sometimes they can be a necessary evil and disrupt or slow down your internet speed.

When you’re experiencing slow internet on your Mac, disabling browser extensions is a great place to start. Go through your browser extensions and remove unnecessary extensions that are no longer useful to you, restart your browser and test your internet connection.

9. Delete network configuration and disable your VPN

Network settings and configurations are a sensitive part of your Mac. They can easily become entangled if you use a VPN frequently. In this case, you need to reset your Mac’s network settings. If that doesn’t work, you can go ahead and delete your network configuration files.

VPN services can also slow down your internet. You can turn them off by going System Settings > VPN and placing the switch in the off position. You can also disable VPN from the respective app.

Surf the Internet without speed problems

When you use your Mac for work and play, there’s no room for an unstable Internet connection. As a last resort, contact your internet service provider to discuss and increase your internet speed.

However, if you’ve explored all the options discussed above, you may have a hardware problem rather than a software problem. You can run Apple Diagnostics or visit an Apple Store to have it checked and repaired.


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