How to Increase Internet Speed on a Mac

By Aaron Thornton

The Internet is everywhere today. People link up to it in their homes, at work, at Starbucks and just about everywhere else that they go. But sometimes it's just too slow. Even in this world of broadband and Wi-Fi, if your Mac isn't working properly, the Internet won't respond properly. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help increase your Mac's Internet speed.

Things You'll Need

  • Extra Ram (optional)
  • New processor (optional)

Step 1

Close other programs you aren't using. Every program that you have open eats up both your RAM and your central processing unit. If you're using too much of either of these, it can cause your Mac to slow down and lag considerably. Check your dock and see if there are programs you don't need to have open. Be sure to check that they actually closed because some programs don't shut down by clicking the red X, and need to be closed down from the dock.

Step 2

Close tabs or windows on your Internet browser. Each window or browser also increases the strain on your RAM or CPU. Check to see which windows you can close, and which tabs you can close. If you have pages open that you want to read, you should download a plugin for your Internet browser called "Read It Later." This program will store pages you want to come back to for future reading so you don't have to keep the page open until you get to it. It is available for almost all Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Step 3

Reset your Airport or Internet connection. If using Wi-Fi, shut down your Airport on your Mac for a few seconds, restart it and connect it to the network you need to use. Sometimes you simply had a bad connection, and resetting it will get a stronger connection. If that doesn't work, you will likely need to reset your Internet itself from the modem. Most often this is a simple as unplugging the power and plugging it back in.

Step 4

Restart your Mac. As a last-ditch effort with almost any problem, restarting the computer usually does the trick. Be sure to save any information and files you need.

Step 5

Upgrade or fix your Internet connection. If none of the previous steps works, there may be a problem with your Internet connection. If you are still using dial-up, you may have to upgrade to broadband or DSL. If you already have a fast connection, you may have to contact your provider to find out what the problem is.

Step 6

Upgrade your computer. If you have an older model computer, you may simply not have enough RAM or CPU to run the websites you are trying to visit. If the previous steps don't help, or don't help enough, you may want to look into upgrading your Mac. The Apple Mac Store would be able to help you with questions regarding upgrading your particular model.

Tips & Warnings

  • When upgrading your computer, be sure not to do anything that might void the warranty. When in doubt, take it to the professionals.