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Resolving macOS Mojave Freezes and Unresponsiveness

A Macintosh very rarely becomes unresponsive or experiences a freeze, and in those instances when it does, it can be very frustrating and uncomfortable to watch. The macOS Mojave update, which is associated with a lot of cool features also presents some issues to system users – especially the problem of rapid battery drain. Also, there have been reports of computers freezing during login attempts from a good number of Mac Users.

Most users are at a loss of what to do in the event of a system freeze or when the system behaves oddly. This article will help you lay these issues to rest and equip you with useful tips to get out of a rut as soon as you get stuck!

  1. Try starting up your Mac in safe mode if you noticed that the system is becoming unresponsive to a normal boot mode.

This approach is one of the easiest troubleshooting means, and the steps to follow are as follows:

  • Turn off the Computer.
  • Turn on your Mac and as soon as the computer is powered on (before the full boot sequence is initiated or right after the start up sound comes up) press and hold the SHIFT key.
  • As soon as you see the login screen, release the SHIFT key.

NOTE: The safe mode start up process is achieved with the use of the shift key, and there is high chance that if your computer did not freeze in this safe mode, it would not freeze in a normal mode.

  • Restart your Mac and allow to boot normally (do not press the shift key).
  1. Try the macOS recovery.

This should be your next call if the safe mode attempt doesn’t fix the problem. The steps to follow are:

  • Turn off the computer.
  • Turn on your Mac then press and hold the Command + R keys together. Release the keys as soon as the Apple logo pops up. The “macOS utilities” window comes up after this.
  • Choose Disk Utility
  • Choose “Show All Devices” after selecting the View Option.
  • Click the First Aid button and then click Run

After completing the macOS recovery process, restart the Computer normally, and the problem should be fixed by now.

  1. Do you experience a system freeze just after you have login successfully?

Some system applications are responsible for this discomfort as certain applications run in the background and when these apps are unresponsive, they will result in a slower system and the occasional freezes. These apps can be quitted to solve the problem.

On the Apple menu, click Force Quit (or Click and hold together the Command+Option+ Escape Keyboard keys), and the Force Quit Application Menu pops up. Choose as many unresponsive apps as you deem necessary and click the Force Quit button.

  1. Reinstall your macOS

This should be a last resort. The steps to reinstalling your macOS are outlined below:

  • Turn off your computer.
  • Turn your computer back on and press and hold the Command + R keys together. Release the keys as soon as the Apple logo pops up. The “macOS utilities” window comes up after this.
  • Choose the “Reinstall macOS” option and follow the instructions.


We hope that you find these tips useful and resolve all system issues at your first trial so you can get back to more productive work. Time is precious, and we hope these tips save you some!


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