How to Enable or Disable Turbo Boost on a Mac

Many Macs have a built-in feature called Turbo Boost that improves their computer’s performance when using a lot of memory. Turbo Boost is available only on Macs with Intel processors. It is automatically enabled by macOS when your computer requires more performance. Similarly, macOS turns it off when your computer is not using a lot of memory. In this article, I’ll show you how to enable and disable Turbo Boost on your Mac using the latest version of macOS (Monterey).

Check if you have the Turbo Boost feature

Before enabling or disabling Turbo boost, first check if your Macbook supports this feature in the first place.

  1. Go to your Mac’s menu bar and click the Apple logo. Then select “About This Mac”

    Apple logo menu bar
    Click the Apple logo on your menu bar
  2. A tab appears that displays the full model name of your Mac. Copy this information by pressing Command + C.

    MacOS Information
    Copy your Mac’s information
  3. Paste your Macbook’s information into Google’s search bar. Add “technical specs” at the end of the search term, then press enter.

    Search for macOS specifications
    Paste the information into the search bar, then add “technical specs” at the end
  4. Click the result that takes you to support.apple.com or the one that begins with https://support.apple.com in the search results.

    Mac's specifications
    Click the result from support.apple.com
  5. Scroll down and find the “Processor” section on the Apple support website. If you see the term “Turbo Boost” on the page, then your Macbook supports Turbo Boost.

    Turbo Boost in processor section
    Find the term “Turbo Boost” in the “Processor” section

Enabling Turbo Boost

Apple doesn’t allow you to control Turbo Boost in macOS natively, so you will need to install a third-party Mac app called “Turbo Boost Switcher.”

  1. Download Turbo Boost Switcher. It’s available as a free or paid app, with the paid app having more advanced features. For this tutorial, I’ll be using the free version.

    Download Turbo Boost Switcher
    Download the Turbo Boost Switcher App
  2. After the app has been downloaded, open the ZIP file and run the “Turbo Boost Switcher.app.” Then, drag the thunder-like logo to the Applications folder to install the app. Next, do the same with the tbswitcher_resources folder.

    Run the Turbo Boost Switcher app
    Run the Turbo Boost Switcher.app, then drag the app and the Applications folder
  3. Once Turbo Boost has been successfully installed, it will automatically add a thunder-like icon to your Mac’s menu bar.
    Turbo Switcher logo menu
    Thunder-like logo added to the menu bar

    Note: If you receive an error message about an unknown developer, click the Apple icon in your menu bar, select “System Preferences,” then “Security and Privacy,” and finally “Allow.” Enter your computer’s password to allow the app to make changes to your computer. If you’re using macOS Catalina or Mojave, you may need to restart your computer.

    Error message
    Click on Open System Preferences

    Allow Turbo Boost Switcher app to load
    Click Allow to unblock Turbo Boost Switcher from loading
  4. Check if Turbo Boost is already enabled by clicking on the thunder-like icon. Once you click the icon, a drop-down menu will appear. You’ll see the “Disable Turbo Boost” message at the top if you already have Turbo Boost enabled.
Turbo Boost Switcher app enabled
Click the Turbo Boost Switcher logo on the menu bar

Disabling Turbo Boost

When Turbo Boost is enabled, you’ll notice that your Mac runs hotter and drains its battery faster. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to disable it.

  1. You’ll need Turbo Boost Switcher to disable Turbo Boost on your Mac. You can proceed to the next step if you’ve already installed it. If not, go back to steps 1-3 in the tutorial above to install it.

    Launch Turbo Boost Switcher
    Launch the Turbo Boost Switcher app
  2. After launching Turbo Boost Switcher, click the thunder-like icon in your Mac’s status bar. In the drop-down menu, select “Disable Turbo Boost”

    Disable Turbo Boost
    Click on the app’s logo on the menu bar
  3. Enter your password and click OK to authorize the app to make changes to your computer.
Enter password
Enter your Mac’s password

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Turbo Boost harmful to your processor?

Turbo Boost is designed to operate within the CPU’s limits and won’t harm your processor. 

Will disabling Turbo Boost harm my computer?

No. In fact, it can increase your Mac’s longevity by reducing battery consumption.

Will turning off Turbo Boost affect the performance of my computer?

Yes. When you disable Turbo Boost, you limit the maximum speed of the CPU, which results in lower performance.

Do Apple Macs equipped with the M1 chip support Turbo Boost?

No, newer Macs that come with the Apple M1 chip don’t support Turbo Boost.

What macOS versions support Turbo Boost Switcher?

The Turbo Boost Switcher app is compatible with OS X, Monterey, Big Sur, Mojave, Sierra, Catalina, and High Sierra. If you’re having problems after updating your Macbook to the latest version of Monterey, try restarting your computer.

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