Finder is that essential part and the go to feature of the Mac Operating system. As the name indicates, it helps the Mac users to manage & find files and responsible for launching other applications. What if the Finder is not responding or working when you Start your Mac? Well, if you ever encountered such an issue, here are the best workarounds to fix the problem Finder is not responding.
There have been many issues reported by users of Mac stating that Finder is not responding on their Mac Catalina, Mojave and other OSs. Here are the 7 troubleshooting methods that could easily help you to resolve the issue.
However, it is always advised to know what caused your Finder not to work or respond. Let’s see what might be causing Finder not to respond on Mac.
What causes Finder not to Respond?
There are various reasons that could cause trouble to Finder but, here are few major reasons:
Finder Configuration: Bad Finder configuration or corrupt Finder configuration often makes Finder unresponsive on Mac.
Low Storage: When you are running multiple applications on Mac with the low storage, Mac slows down it’s performance along with the applications.
System Preferences: If the system preferences get corrupted on Mac, it results in the unresponsiveness of Finder.
Sometimes even error on the User profile could also be a reason for Finder not to properly work. In such situations logging out and relogging in might fix the problem.
Once you have known the reasons that lead to the problem, let us go to the troubleshooting methods to fix the issue.
How to Fix Finder Not Responding on macOS?
As these problems are easily fixable, you can try each one of them in sequence to make your Finder work.
Relaunch the Finder
Relaunching the Finder is the easy way to fix whenever Finder stops responding
Step 1: Go to the upper menu bar → click on the Apple logo.
Step 2: Click on Force Quit Finder
Step 3: From the application list à Select Finder
Step 4: Click on Relaunch and then on Relaunch again.
Force Quit Finder from Activity Monitor app
If Relaunching the finder didn’t help you fix the issues with Finder
Step 1: Go to your Launchpad and find Activity Monitor → open it
Step 2: Locate and click on Finder
Step 3: Click on the X in the upper right corner of the Activity Monitor window.
Step 4: Then click on the Force Quit button
Most of the time Relaunching or Force Quit should resolve the problem of Finder not responding. If the problem is related to corrupt configuration files or other, follow all the below-mentioned methods and verify if the Finder is responding at the end of each method.
Power Cycling the Mac
Power Cycling removes temporary configurations that are corrupted. This may help you resolve problem with the Finder
Step 1: Go to the upper menu bar and click on the Apple logo.
Step 2: Click on Log Out → Shut down your Mac
Step 3: Disconnect the power cable and all the associated peripherals
Step 4: Wait for sometime and turn on your Mac and login to your user profile
Delete Finder Files that are corrupted
There are chances when Finder .plist files get corrupted, those files must be deleted immediately to make your Finder work. You can delete corrupted files using a terminal app.
Step 1: Navigate to Launchpad
Step 2: Find Terminal and Open it
Step 3: Type the line: rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist → Enter → Restart Mac
Manage your storage space by deleting your files and unnecessary content. Transfer your important files and documents to an external drive. Having a low storage space on Mac can cause Finder to go unresponsive and slows down the machine’s performance.
Reset to Factory settings
If you have tried all the above-mentioned methods and none of them worked for you, the problem might be with internal files/folders that users cannot access. Restoring the Mac to factory reset helps you fix the problem with Finder.
Note: Before following the below steps, make sure you backup all your important files and folders as resetting to the Factory setting will erase all the data.
Step 1: Restart your computer by holding the power button, Next select Restart when it appears
Step 2: While the computer restarts, hold down the Command + R keys
Step 3: Once you see the Apple logo appear, release the Command + R keys
Step 4: When you see a Recovery Mode menu, select Disk Utility
Step 5: Make sure the Macintosh HD startup disk is highlighted in your Disk Utility window –> select Erase
Step 6: When Pop-pop Window appears, change the Format to macOS Extended (Journaled) → select Erase again
Step 7: Select Quit Disk Utility in the Disk Utilities menu
Step 8: A window will then appear giving you the option to reinstall macOS → select Install macOS
Step 9: After the new macOS is installed, your computer has been successfully factory reset
If you have not taken backup of your data, do not worry! You can always rely on SFWare Mac Data Recovery Software, that works on all macOS including the latest Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave etc.
Finally check for third party plugins
Sometimes third-party plugins can start conflicting with the system and cause Finder to not respond. If you have installed any application recently and the issue occurred, therefore, the recent application is causing the problem. As every configuration is different to an individual user, you must find a faulty plugin by yourself.
Step 1: Find the Finder → Applications Folder
Step 2: Under View function, Click on List
Step 3: Select the plugin you think might be causing the problem → Delete
Step 4: Restart your Mac and Restart your Finder