MacBook keeps freezing

I get it, every time you use your Mac you’re constantly experiencing freezing/lagging issues and it doesn’t seem to stop.

There are different freezing scenarios that you could be facing because your Mac can freeze in lots of different ways.

In this article, I’m going to show you the different ways your Mac could freeze and the most reliable way to fix all of them.

Let’s get started…

Why does My Mac Keep Freezing?

Your Mac keeps freezing because there’s a bug in your operating system that’s causing a failure every once in a while.

This bug is stopping your Mac from responding every time you make an action.

Down below are a few ways to get rid of the problem.

Mac Cursor/mouse Freezing When an app is Opened

The first scenario that you could be stuck in is that your mouse is freezing each time you try to open an app.

These apps are usually big apps and they usually require a lot of resources just to run.

For example, your cursor may freeze each time you open an app like Photos.

The main reason why your MacBook would freeze each time you opened an app is usually because you’ve increased the size of your cursor.

When you increase the size of your cursor, you can experience lagging issue.

To stop your Mac cursor from lagging:

  1. Click the Apple logo at the top
  2. Click on System Preferences
  3. Click Accessibility then Display
  4. Next to cursor size, slide it to normal
  5. Your mouse shouldn’t lag anymore

MacOS Totally Freezing and your Screen is Unresponsive

The second most common freezing situation that you can experience is when your MacBook is completely frozen, the cursor doesn’t move, the screen is totally unresponsive, and you can’t even type using the keyboard.

The cause of this problem is usually due to that fact that your system’s resources are being overused.  This can be fixed by hard booting your Mac – the process of restarting a computer manually, using any other method besides restarting it from the operating system controls.

This allows a user to restart a computer, which is usually done when the operating system or software functions are not responding.

To hard boot your Mac:

  1. Hold down the Power button for 5 seconds until the MacBook shuts down
  2. Wait a few seconds then hit the Power button again to boot the Mac

After you’ve done this, you shouldn’t be experiencing anymore lagging and freezing problems with your Mac.

If you’re still experiencing problems, it could be down to your storage being full.

If your storage is too full, apps and files may be taking up too many system resources which doesn’t allow your operating system to function normally.

In this case, you’ll have to manage your storage by deleting some apps and files in order to stop your Mac from freezing.

MacBook Keeps Freezing Randomly

The next most common freezing problem you could have is when your Mac keeps freezing randomly. For example, one day, your Mac could be working fine, the next day, it just keeps freezing, the screen is unresponsive, and the cursor stops moving every so often.

The main cause of this is the SMC.

This is the system management controller, and this is a chip in your Mac that’s involved in running a lot of the physical parts of the machine.

In order to fix this, you’ll need to reset it.

To reset SMC and fix the frozen screen:

  1. Shut down your mac and connect it to the charger
  2. Hold the Shift + Control + Option + Power button keys together for 5 seconds
  3. Let go of all the keys
  4. Your Mac should now boot up and the freezing should stop

Bottom Line

After trying all 4 methods, your MacBook should have stopped freezing now.

If none of these steps was able to help you, comment down below and I’ll help you further.

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