Got a frozen Mac?
Using your phone just to open up this article, and find out what’s wrong?
All we can say there’s many a cause for this problem, but let’s go over some of the most common issues and how they can be resolved.
Keep reading if you want to get a chance at using your Mac again today.
A Frozen App Might Be the Problem
The first step in unfreezing your Mac is knowing what’s causing the problem. However, this can often be very difficult to do.
Chances are if you are still able to use your keyboard and mouse, the problem is most likely caused by a single app. You might see app menus not responding, icons not popping up, and your mouse cursor on the screen will be spinning like a rainbow wheel.
There are a couple of ways for you to determine if the problem is caused by a single app. Usually, restarting and/or quitting the application at hand is the best way to unfreeze your frozen Mac.
You can try one of the methods below to close the app:
In most cases, a single application is the source of the problem, as it is stuck in a loop. And you’ll know right away, as you will most likely get an alert or spinning wheel to notify you.
How to Reboot a Frozen Mac If an App Won’t Quit
If you are unable to Force Quit an app, or if the Mac is completely frozen—follow these steps to reboot it.
If you restart and find the file is working when it opens—it might be corrupted. If that’s the case, try to recover what you can, and transfer the files into a new file. Then delete the older one.
How to Find out What Made the Mac Crash or Freeze
In order to investigate the cause of the crash, and if you are encountering frequent freezes, do this:
If you still think the problem was an app, you can try out these checks to make sure it doesn’t occur again:
If none of these methods work, contact a specialist or read some of our other articles.
A Frozen Mac, Finally Unfrozen
Now that you have a general understanding of what causes a frozen Mac, and what you can do about it—you are well on your way to returning your computer to normal functionality.
As much as we would like issues to not come up when using technology, that’s the sacrifice we have to make to have such powerful devices in our possession. For all of the pleasure and functionality for years, a day of issues is bound to occur at one point.
Being prepared is the first step to overcoming these obstacles, and returning the efficacy of your workflow.
If you’re interested in learning more about Macs and various fixes, check out some of our other blogs.