As I am sure you have already discovered… nobody want to be stuck staring at a frozen screen, slowly being hypnotized by Macs spinning beach ball of death symbol. Just like Windows loading hourglass, this colourful twirling icon only pops up when your computer is struggling to perform a task or there is a some sort of technical problem.
There are many reasons why Apple Macs spinning beach ball symbol pops up, most of them very harmless and easy to fix. To see if you can identify the reason why your Mac has frozen and is taking ages to load, please check our article on ‘Why is My Mac Showing the spinning Beach Ball of Death?
My Mac is Showing Spinning Beach Ball of Death – How to Fix It
There are a couple of solutions we can act out to get rid of the Mac spinning beach ball of death, so lets start with the easiest….
FAST Quick Fixes…
1.) Be Patient and Wait it Out
As your Macs spinning beach ball is often simply caused by a program attempting to fulfil a task you have commanded, as soon as this task has been completed by the program the beach ball will naturally disappear and you will be able to continue using your Mac as normal. So the first and easiest solution is a to wait a few minuets and see if the symbol disappears by itself.
Tip – Clicking around the screen may only delay your Mac and program from completing the original task, so try to refrain from pressing or clicking anything. Pop off and brew a cup of tea and hopefully by the time you return (armed with a a steaming hot drink and a tub or moorish jammy dodgers) your Mac will be back, conscience and ready to work.
2.) Force Quit Problem Apps
If you know a certain application has caused the Mac spinning beach ball of death to appear, then you could ‘Force Quit’ the misbehaving application – this will usually do the trick.
Note – If you force quit an application is it highly likely that any unsaved changed will not be there when you open it up again. If you have important work that you would hate to loose, then stay patient for as long as you can and ride it out.
Force quitting an application is very easy to do, please see our article…. How to Force Quit on Mac for step-by-step instructions.
3.) Restart Mac
Before we start to explore the more technical solutions, restarting your Mac is always worth a try. Have you noticed that electrical goods often seem to mysteriously fix themselves after they have had a little shut eye and time out…
Initially I would recommend that you ‘shut down’ your Mac the usual respectable way by ether selecting the shut down option from the toolbar menu or by pressing the power button once until the a window of sleep options appear. However, if your Mac has completely frozen then you have my permission to force restart your Mac. To do this just firmly hold down the power button until the screen goes black.
Tip – Wait for the computer to fully restart before you give it any commands to prevent it freezing up again.
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