How to Keep Track of Your Mac's CPU Usage

How to Keep Track of Your Mac’s CPU Usage

The Mac/MacBook is an extremely powerful machine, and users of all kinds tend to take advantage of it by multitasking to the point of insanity. The Mac doesn’t complain; in fact, it seems to enjoy it, as you can observe when switching between applications with no lag. If you’re a techie, you might be interested in seeing how the CPU allocates resources to various apps, and happily, Apple has included a tool in the macOS package to enable you to do so.

Using this tool, you can see the CPU usage, memory usage, RAM utilization, and even the energy consumption per process. While this information may not look like much to the general user, the enthusiasts or analysts will definitely find it worth recording.

Step 1. Unlock the Mac or MacBook to reveal the Home Screen.

 

How to Keep Track of Your Mac's CPU Usage

 

Step 2. Click on the ‘Launchpad‘ button to reveal the applications.

 

How to Keep Track of Your Mac's CPU Usage

 

Step 3. Scroll through the applications list and click on the ‘Other‘ folder.

 

How to Keep Track of Your Mac's CPU Usage

 

Step 4. In the ‘Other’ folder, click on the ‘Activity Monitor‘ application.

 

How to Keep Track of Your Mac's CPU Usage

 

Step 5. You will now see a new window open with all the relevant information accessible at the press of a button.

 

How to Keep Track of Your Mac's CPU Usage

 

You can click on the various tabs on the activity monitor window to see the different ways that the applications and services are utilizing the CPU on your Mac or MacBook. Keep in mind that you can only view the information on the activity monitor. If you want to stop an application from running in the background, you will have to do it manually or use the force quit option.

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Now, there are many third-party developers who claim to have applications that can help you see and optimize CPU usage. Such applications are not necessary, as the CPU usage is optimized by the MacOS platform, but even then, if you want to try out such applications on your computer, make sure you check that the developer and the product are genuine. Do not fall for cheap tricks or false promotions.

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