Friday, August 19, 2022

FIX: Finder Not Responding On Mac In 2022

Finder on Mac is like your File Explorer on Windows. It allows you to copy, move or delete the files stored on your computer.

Finder plays a vital role to launch your apps and connect to the internet.

So you will face difficulties if Finder stops responding or working properly.

Now, the problem is quite common and if you are also encountering the same issue, follow this article to know what to do when Finder is not responding on Mac.

What To Do When Finder Not Responding Mac?

Let us look through the causes and figure out some feasible solutions when Finder is not responding on Mac.

1) Power Cycle Your Device

A fresh restart can often fix temporary technical glitches occurring in the system.

So, when Finder is not responding on your MacOS, first of all, perform a power cycle.

Shut down your Mac and disconnect all the power cables and peripherals attached to your computer.

Wait for a few minutes before you turn on your device and attach all the peripherals back.

2) Force Quit And Restart The Finder Module 

When you find Mac finder not responding after a power cycle, force quit and restart the finder module.

The module may not respond if there is any temporary data or misconfiguration.

To get rid of this, follow the steps to restart the Finder module:

  • Click on Finder. Press and hold the Shift key and click on the Apple logo. Select Force Quit Finder option.


  • Alternatively, press the Option + Command + Esc keys and select Finder from the list of the active apps. Select the Relaunch option.

Now check if Finder is working else move on to the next solution.

3) End Task From The Activity Monitor 

Checking the activity monitor you can find the list of processes running on your system.

So, from the activity monitor, you can find out whether Finder is reading and writing data on your computer.

If the process is stuck, then Finder is not working on Mac.

Now follow the process given below to end the process from the activity monitor:

  • Press Command + Spacebar keys and look for the Activity Monitor from the spotlight search.
  • Click on the Activity Monitor and select the stop (x) button.


  • Next click on the Quit or Force Quit option.


  • After restarting the process, relaunch Finder and check if Finder is working now.

4) Use Terminal To Delete Corrupted Preference Files 

The preference files keep the track of your preferences and Finder activities.

If these preference files get corrupted then Finder may not work properly.

So, it is better to delete the preference files. Now follow the steps to do so:

  • Click on Applications and then on Utilities. Next, select the Terminal option.


Alternatively, you can access the Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space keys. Then search for Terminal.

  • As you should have sudo privileges to perform this step, so log in as an administrator and run the following command to delete the preference files:
sudo rm ~/Library/Preferences/


After running the command successfully, restart your machine and launch Finder. It should respond now.

5) Clear Storage

Finder may not work if your disk is full. So, you should always keep your system clean.

Make sure to delete all the unnecessary junk files from the system. Besides, clean your Trash.

All the files that we initially delete get stored in the Trash. So, to free up enough space from your device, clean the recycle bin too.

6) Reset Mac To Factory Settings

If after performing the above steps, Finder is not responding still, then reset your Mac to factory settings.

But before you proceed, you should back up all your important data.

Now follow the steps as described:

  • Enter into Mac recovery mode and choose disk utility. Click on the Mac installation disk or the startup disk.
  • Choose the Erase option. When asked, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format.
  • Exit Disk Utility and reinstall macOS. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

1. How do I restart Mac when Finder is not responding?

When Finder is not responding on mac,  press the Option + Command + Esc keys. Then select Finder from the list of the active apps. Select the Relaunch option.

2. Why does Finder on my Mac keep freezing?

Finder can be freezing on your Mac due to low storage space and corrupted user profile.

3. How do you unfreeze Finder on Mac?

To unfreeze Finder on Mac, power cycle your device, force quit and relaunch Finder, clear the corrupted preferences file, clear storage, reset Mac to factory settings.

Closing Up

Send us feedback if the above methods helped you when your Finder is not responding on Mac.

Keep sending us your questions and we shall revert as soon as possible.

Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.

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