mac spinning beach ball of death

What is ‘Mac Spinning Beach Ball of Death?’

What is ‘Mac Spinning Beach Ball of Death?’

Macs spinning beach ball symbol has been plaguing us since the OS X system was introduced. While it is also commonly known as a spinning pinwheel it also has some rather amusing albeit rather unattractive nicknames such as ‘spinning beach ball of death’ (indicates how much people love to see it pop up on their screens) marble of doom, pinwheel of death and oddly – the spinning pizza of death (I’ve never seen a rainbow coloured pizza before but bet is taste good – like jelly babies squished into dough…) If you are mega Mac nerdy then you may call it SPOD.

Just like Microsofts dripping hourglass, Mac users hate seeing this multicoloured circulating icon as it indicates that an application is not responding quick enough to system events and commands. Frustratingly when the Macs spinning beach ball of death invades your screen, it often leaves your computer frozen and there is little you can do to get rid of it.

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Why is My Mac Showing the Spinning Beach Ball of Death?

There are a few possible reasons why this hypnotic twirling icon pops up…

 

Too Many Apps Open

A program you are using is presently busy acting out a command, it has temporarily frozen you screen while the program completes its task.

 

The Application you are using has Frozen or Crashed

There are several reasons why an single app can play up causing your Mac spinning beach ball of death to appear. It could be as simple as having too many apps open at once or maybe an application contains a code error. If you suspect your app has crashed, please see this article for easy instructions of on how to fix a crashed ac app.

 

Mac Needs a Deep Clean

Cleaning out your Mac from old, duplicate and forgotten files and softwares can free up literally gigabytes of space on your hard drive. This results in giving your Macs processing speed an dramatic boost and prevent the Mac pinwheel from raring its multicolour face any time soon.

For more information on the top professional Mac cleaning softwares and to try out a Free scan, please see our article Best Mac Cleaner Software Comparison.

 

Your Mac has Insufficient RAM

 In short your Macs RAM (Random Access Memory) is your computers working memory. It is incredibly important as it controls how easily you can run multiple applications, programs and softwares side by side simultaneously. If your RAM is too low then your Mac will become very slow and struggle to have several apps open at any one time.

For more information on RAM please click here and discover this like… how to find how much RAM your Mac has and if you need to get an upgrade ect.

 

Mac has Caught a Virus

This is a rather unlikely cause but if you have exhausted all other possibilities, then I suggest you scan your Mac for nasty viruses as they could be wreaking havoc and causing your Mac to run slow (amongst other scare things…) Most of the top Mac anti-virus softwares offer a free scan. Check out our review ‘Best Mac Anti Virus Software’.

 

Hardware Problem

 If there isn’t a day that goes by that your Mac isn’t struggling to function and you have already scanned for viruses, checked your RAM and performed a deep clean to get rid of any dead weight and free up storage space, then your spinning beach ball may unfortunately be down to an hardware problem. I recommend you give an Apple genius a quick call to investigate further.

Sophie

Sophie

Author at MacNerdy.com
Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)