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How To Unfreeze A Mac Computer: A Comprehensive Guide

Mac users often find that their system or some particular program have become unresponsive. Usually, it happens after a colorful spinning wheel appears on the screen of the system. After that, the system stops responding. 

There are several causes behind this issue. The principal reason for an unresponsive Mac computer might be an application glitch. If there are any problems with the memory or hard drive of the computer, then it might also be the reason behind this issue. 

When this issue arises, users become unable to use the Mac computer properly. If you are also stuck on the same issue and unaware of how to unfreeze a Mac computer, then nothing to get worried about. 

Here in this post, you will know some amazing hacks which can help you to unfreeze the Mac computer. Hence, you are advised to go through this guide thoroughly and apply the fixes to unfreeze your Mac and resume your precious work on it. 

How to Fix a Frozen Mac Computer? 

Mac computer freezes in different situations. Let’s have a look at the points explained below. 

Unresponsive Application

If your Mac is not responding due to any specific application, then you should perform the steps below. 

Step 1

First, navigate to the ‘Apple’ menu. Then, choose the ‘Force Quit’ option from the next window. Or if you prefer, you can also hold down the ‘escape’, ‘option’, and ‘command’ buttons simultaneously from the keyboard. If the system is still not responding, proceed with the next step.  

Step 2

Now, highlight the app that is not responding. Tap on the ‘Force Quit’ option. If the unresponsive app is ‘Finder’, then you need to tap on the ‘Relaunch’ option instead of the ‘Force Quit’ option. It may take a few seconds to quit the app.   

Step 3: 

You should repeat the same process until all the unresponsive apps are quitted. Wait for a few seconds. After that, you should try to relaunch the applications to check if the problem has been fixed.

Unresponsive Computer

If your entire system is not responding, then you should have a glance at the steps provided below. 

Step 1

At first, navigate to the ‘Apple’ menu. Then, choose the ‘Restart’ option from the ‘Apple’ menu. If the system is not responding or if you are not able to move the cursor to the ‘Apple’ menu, then you should perform a force restart of your Mac.  

Step 2 

Now, press and hold the ‘Power’ button until the Mac shuts off.

Step 3

You need to press the ‘Power’ button to turn on the Mac computer. If the system is still not responding to the Power button or if the system freezes again after performing the restart, then you have to reset the System Management Controller by following the steps stated below. 

How to Reset the System Management Controller? 

Step 1: 

First, you need to turn the computer off.  

Step 2

Now, you should connect the power adapter cable with the computer. Then, you should plug in the other end of the cable into the power outlet.

Step 3 

Press the ‘Shift’, ‘Option’, and ‘Control’ keys simultaneously from the keyboard and hold them for at least 10 seconds. Then, you should release the keys at the same time.

Step 4: 

After that, hold the ‘Power’ button until the Mac computer turns on.

Now, you should check whether the issue has been resolved or not. 

Final Recommendation

In this post, we have described some possible methods to unfreeze a Mac computer. It is our hope that if you properly implement the above methods in their mentioned order, then it will surely assist you to ease up your pain. 

If you face any kinds of trouble while performing the above methods, then you should connect with a tech expert. In addition, you can also share your doubts and valuable feedback through the comment section given at the end of this guide.