5 Secrets To Extend The Lifespan Of Your MacBook
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
When you invest in a new MacBook, you want it to last for as long as you need it. Whether it’s a few years or 10.
But, normal wear and tear could significantly reduce your MacBook’s lifespan. All it takes is the right care and precautions to extend the lifespan.
If you do it right, the only reason you might ever need a new MacBook again is when you’re ready to upgrade to new hardware.
Prevent Accidental Falls
You normally use your MacBook on your lap, desk or a table. One thing these all have in common is it’s way too easy for your MacBook to slip off those surfaces. Despite MacBooks being made to be more durable, a hard enough fall could kill your hard drive, screen, and outer casing.
This is why you should always use a slip-resistant MacBook case to protect it. For instance, the Hexpact case allows your MacBook to sit securely wherever you want to use it.
If you move your MacBook around often, such as traveling or going to and from work or school, the potential for damaging impacts is inevitable. While the damage might be easily repaired, those repairs are costly and could leave your wallet lighter by $100 or more.
The Bumptect Pro laptop case keeps your MacBook secure and is designed to prevent it from suffering damage due to falls or other impacts. Your MacBook needs to be protected, especially when you’re traveling with it.
Keep Liquids Out
Water and other liquid damage are all too common with MacBooks and other laptops. On a cold day, you might have a cup of coffee or hot tea near your MacBook. It’s only a matter of time until your cup or mug gets knocked over. First stop – all over your MacBook keyboard. Liquids can ruin the insides of your MacBook within minutes.
Extend the lifespan of your MacBook by using a durable keyboard cover. It only takes a minute to attach one and it’ll keep those random spills out of your keyboard. The result is longer lasting MacBook.
Perform Regular Maintenance
You have to do regular maintenance and upkeep on your MacBook to keep it running smoothly. For instance, filling your hard drive almost to capacity might make it run sluggishly. Running too many apps at once could result in performance problems and overheating, which can damage internal components.
Mac World and SecureMac both provide great tips for tasks you can do to keep your MacBook in optimal condition, such as:
Getting rid of unwanted appsClosing apps you’re not usingDeleting unnecessary filesBacking up files regularlyInstalling anti-malware and anti-virusRunning the Disk Utility programmingClean Regularly
The more often you use your MacBook, the dirtier it gets. Plus, if you’re in an environment with excess dust, dirt and debris, such as people who work outdoors, your MacBook desperately needs regular cleaning.
A dirty MacBook is obvious to spot. A dingy screen makes it hard to see and too much of a build-up can actually damage the screen over time, especially if you have to scrub to get the dirt off. Dirt that gets under your keyboard can also reach the internal components, such as your fan, which cools your MacBook.
You shouldn’t just grab some window cleaner and a paper towel, though. Both could damage your screen. Instead, only ever clean your screen with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth. These are designed to remove dirt, smudges and more without leaving behind streaks and scratches. Since MacBook screens are sensitive to chemicals, only use water for cleaning. A microfiber cloth can also be used dry to get rid of dust or you can use a soft paintbrush.
By following the above tips, you’ll get years of use from your MacBook, making it well worth the investment.
Your MacBook deserves special care, so always use the right accessories to increase the lifespan of your device.