How to Tell if a Mac App Has Crashed?

Whether you are an avid MacNerdy user who logs on first this in the morning and shuts down last thing at night, or a casual user who just loves a posh computer to check their emails and browser the latest headlines, you will have no doubt at some point witness a crashing app. Not even Apples tried and tested inbuilt apps are free from the risk of crashing, let alone third party applications.

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How to Tell if a Mac App Has Crashed?

A crashed Mac apps can behave in a few ways..

Freeze altogether – You know your Mac app has crashed when it freezes and ignores all of your frantic attempts to jolt it back to life – It wonโ€™t even pay attention and close down when you constantly click on the red cross at the top of the applications window.

Quit Unexpectedly – I have personally been in the middle of editing an important graphic or typing a long article when the apps decides to quite and disappear without warning. This is a sure sign it has crashed (lesson learnt – save your work regularly!)

Failure to Launch – You know your apps is under the weather and crashing when it fails to launch and open up. You can try and open up an apps from a few different places – your Mac dock, LaunchPad, Spotlight search and even Finder window. If the application is refusing to wake up and spring into action not matter the route you a attempt to get to it, then it has definitely crashed.

 

Why has my Mac App Crashed – is it Damaged?

Just because an application has crashed and your Mac may have frozen in time, does not mean that there is anything drastically wrong with tour beloved computer or anything worth sweating beads and worrying about. Apps crash, it is just a way of life and it can be down to numerous easy to fix factors. For example, it could just be a result ofย  having too many applications open at one time, putting your Mac under too much immediate pressure. It could even be down to some dodgy coding that can cause the app to be unreliable and crash. However, faults are more commonly found in third party applications, or apps that have been downloaded from a less familiar source (not the App Store). Inbuilt Apple applications are created by the very best coders so they should be squeaky clean on the inside, so if one crashes it so more likely to be backed by another cause.

 

How to Fix a Crashed Mac App

When a Mac app crashes, ignores all of your commands and even freeze your screen, it can be a little worrying. Rest assure fixing a Mac application that has crashed is 9 times out of 10 a very easy and simple process. There are a number of options you can explore, so the likelihood that one of them will work for you and get your Mac and misbehaving app up and running again is very strong!

Please check out our article ‘How to Fix a Crashed Mac app’ for the easiest and most effective ways to get your Mac and your app up and running in no time.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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 :)