I have had the inconvenience of witnessing a Mac app crashing many times. While it is very frustrating (especially if you are in the middle of a piece of work and the app crashes before you have the chance to save it. Urgh!) it is fortunately often very easy to fix. Before we cruise the best ways to remedy this pesky problem, check out our article ‘How to tell if a Mac app has Crashed’ to make sure your app has actually crashed.
Often a crashed Mac app is very easy to fix, albeit a little inconvenient.
Ways to Fix a Crashed Mac App…
Force Quit – If your App has frozen on screen and you are struggling to exit it, then ‘Force Quit’ it. Force quitting an application will not damage it although it is always best to exit and shut down an application the normal way whenever possible.
Is it every easy to Force Quit an Mac app – just complete the following steps…
1.) Click on the min Apple icon from the far left hand side of the menu bar.
2.) From the drop down menu select the ‘Force Quit’ option.
3.) A mini ‘Force Quit’ Mac window will pop up and inside you will see a list of any apps you have currently open. Select the name of the crashed app and press the blue ‘Force Quit’ button.
Close Apps Down
Sometimes having loads of applications open at one time can cause your Mac to run very slow and even make an app crash. You can easily fix this by closing down any of the apps you no longer need open. However, if you need to have several application live and kicking at one time (i do) then the best way to prevent apps crashing and from your Mac running frustrating slow in the future, I recommend a deep clean. Cleaning your Mac either manually (if you have a few spare hours) or using a professional Mac Cleaner Software can give literally GBs of storage space and help restore your Macs signature snappy speed.
Amazingly often simply shutting down and giving your Mac a few minuets breathing space before booting it back up again can fix a crashed Mac app. Definitely worth a try.
If your crashed app has developed a fault of some sort then you can try to repair it by removing the systems preference .plist file for the mischievous app. Once you have done that hopefully your apps will work as normal.
If you fancy getting a bit technical and giving this option a go then please follows these steps on how to repair Mac permissions…
1.) Go to User/library/preferences
2.) Browse the list until you locate the .plist file for the crashed Mac application.
3.) Next click on the correct .plist to highlight it then drag it over to the TrashCan in your Mac dock.
4.) Go ahead and empty the Mac Trash properly to delete any trace of the file.
5.) Now restart the app – fingers crossed any code errors will be removed.
My Mac App is ‘Still’ Crashing!
If for some odd reason the rescue missions above have not jolted your Mac app into business then the last step (albeit a little radical) is to delete the app entirely and download and new copy from a reliable source.
Note: An application has to be uninstalled and removed properly of you wish to download it again. Unfortunately this is not as simple as pulling the app into the Trashcan. The most reliable way is to use a Mac uninstaller software. For more information please see our page on ‘How to Uninstall on Mac’.
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