How to Enable or Disable Turbo Boost on Your Mac

How to Enable or Disable Turbo Boost on Your Mac

Turbo Boost is a performance enhancement technology found in the latest Intel processors, and the latest Macs have an Intel chip containing this feature. The reason Apple has not promoted this feature much and has not added any tools in OS X to control or manage the function is because it thinks their Macs are intelligent enough to automatically decide when to enable or disable the feature.

While that works for some users, others would like to run their Macs their own way and would like to have access even to the most hidden functions such as Turbo Boost. If you would like to have control over the Turbo Boost feature on your Mac, you can do so using a free app available for your machine.

Before you go ahead and run the app to control the function, you should first see if your Mac runs the Intel chip that has the Turbo Boost feature.

Finding Out If Your Mac Has the Turbo Boost Feature

1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner and select “About This Mac.”


2. Highlight the full name of your Mac and press “Command+C” to copy it to your clipboard. You will then search this on Google.


3. Now, head over to Google, paste in the contents you copied to your clipboard and add the word “specs” at the end. Press Enter and click the result link that leads to “”.

4. Once you land on the Apple Support website, take a look at your Mac’s specifications and see if it mentions Turbo Boost in the “Processor” specifications section. If it does, your Mac has the Turbo Boost feature, and you can follow the rest of this guide to enable or disable the feature on your Mac.

If it does not mention Turbo Boost, then your Mac probably does not have that feature, and it is recommended that you not follow the following steps.


Enabling or Disabling Turbo Boost

In order to get control over this feature you are going to use an app called Turbo Boost Switcher that lets you manually enable or disable the feature on your machine.

1. Download the Turbo Boost Switcher app, and save it to your Mac. Double-click on the downloaded archive to extract the actual app file, then double-click on that app file, and you will get the following prompt. Click on “Open.”


2. As soon as you click the app file it will go into the menu bar, and that is where you can manage it from. Click on the app icon in the menu bar and select the option that says “Enable Turbo Boost.”


3. If the Turbo Boost function is already turned on, you should see the “Disable Turbo Boost” option instead. Click on it to disable the function on your Mac.


4. Select the “Open at Login” option if you wish the app to automatically launch each time you reboot your Mac. That way you don’t have to manually launch the app every time your Mac reboots.




If you would like to diagnose any issues or just want to see how your Mac performs when Turbo Boost is turned on or off, the guide above should help you do that.

Mahesh Makvana Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.


  1. Please update the article to reflect that it doesn’t work on El Capitan because of major changes and the developer got denied an official Apple certificate in order to develop it with the needed changes.

  2. It does work on El Capitan , you need to disable SIP.

    Once disabled it works a treat

    How to turn off System Integrity Protection in El Capitan
    Click the  menu.
    Select Restart…
    Hold down command-R to boot into the Recovery System.
    Click the Utilities menu and select Terminal.
    Type csrutil disable and press return.
    Close the Terminal app.
    Click the  menu and select Restart….

Comments are closed.