Break the Ice: How to Unfreeze MacBook Pro

Usually, it starts like a classic horror movie. Nothing portends a tragedy, and a user keeps enjoying their seemingly reliable and shiny MacBook when suddenly it becomes unresponsive. I, like many other Apple aficionados, was surprised to discover for the first time that my MacBook Pro is frozen. When the Mac stopped responding to input, I stared at it blankly with a sinking feeling. Although, it quickly resumed its natural progression forward, the tortuous experience of waiting for it to unfreeze prompted me to find surefire ways of preventing the issue from reoccurring in the future. The article is the result of that search. It will be extremely useful for those who don’t know what to do when MacBook Pro freezes.

Why MacBook Pro Keeps Freezing Randomly

Most firms would be hard pressed to find such loyal customers as those that Apple has. The members of the Apple family recognize that minor performance issues are not the sufficient grounds for reconsidering their allegiance to the company. In most scenarios, hangs can be eliminated with a few simple tricks. The question then arises, “Why does my completely new MacBook Pro keeps constantly freezing up?

It is not unreasonable to ask why a notebook that has been designed to yield strong performance dividends fails to live up to user expectations. Powerful CPU and GPU of the machine are supposed to provide excellent user experience under considerable workloads, which is why it differs from MacBook Air whose key benefit is portability. Notwithstanding the immense processing power of MacBook Pro, it can grind to a halt when performing even seemingly easy tasks. Let’s consider why it happens.

A large number of apps is running in the background;

An opened app has multiple processes that run on their own;

A hard drive of a MacBook Pro is cluttered with junk files;

An excessive number of tabs is opened in a browser;

A notebook uses an outdated version of macOS;

Hardware issues.

For the most part, the problem of unresponsive Mac can be easily eliminated. Here’s how it can be done.

How to Reboot MacBook Pro When Frozen

When a MacBook Pro freezes completely, it’s a dereliction of duty that shouldn’t be tolerated. If a pointer is responsive, do the following:

  1. Open the Apple menu;
  2. Select the Restart option;
  3. Click the Restart button in a menu that opens.

But how to fix the problem if you can’t move the cursor? In such a case, it is necessary to force restart the Mac. To do so:

  1. Hold down the Power button to shut down the Mac;
  2. Press the button again to turn it on.

You can also force reboot the Apple computer by holding the Control + Command key combination while simultaneously pressing down the Power button. Voila! The Mac is back on track.

MacBook Pro Freezes on Startup. What's the Deal?

The problem of delays and freezes while starting up has been dubbed “the gray screen problem” due to the dull and lifeless color in which the display gets painted. Actually, the screen can also get black to the point at which it is difficult to tell whether the Mac is powered on or not. Sometimes the problem occurs after login or after sleep. To resolve the issue, start by force shutting down the notebook. Afterward, disconnect the Ethernet cable and all peripherals that are plugged into your MacBook Pro. If after turning on the device it functions properly, peripherals are likely culprits of the problem. Reconnect the external devices one at a time to narrow down the list of suspects and find which peripheral is responsible for the hangs.

If you discover that peripherals are not the ones to blame, start the notebook in the Safe Boot mode. The mode allows performing a directory check of the startup drive and minimizing the number of kernel extensions needed for a boot. When the Mac successfully boots in the safe mode, the chances are that its startup drive is corrupted. Try selecting a different startup drive. From the Apple menu, go to System Preferences and click on the Startup Disk tab. Select another disk and save the changes. Then, use the Disk Utility to repair the corrupted drive.

MacBook Pro Keeps Crashing. What Else Can I Do?

When MacBook Pro is running slow and freezing, it is necessary to single out the source of the problem. If the rapid movements of a mouse almost set the table ablaze, but the cursor won’t budge, you can be sure that there are several factors at play. Start by freeing up drive space. Newer versions of macOS come with the Optimized Storage feature that can be used to remove or transfer to the cloud unnecessary files. To make use of the feature:

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top of the screen and select the About This Mac option;
  2. Open the Storage tab, which is in the middle of the menu panel, and click on the Manage button;
  3. In a window that opens, use action buttons to select one out of four options to remove the clatter.
    You can also utilize either free or commercial cleaning tools to lighten up your drive.
Mac Optimized Storage
Activity Monitor on mac

Another way to boost the performance of your Mac Pro is to disable unnecessary apps that drain its RAM. To this end:

  1. Open the Activity Monitor;
  2. Click on the Memory tab;
  3. Select the most memory-consuming processes and click the Quit Process button

    If the notebook is still unresponsive, you might want to get rid of excessive add-ons. It can be done in the Extensions section of your browser’s menu. Simply select unused add-ons and remove them by using the – button.

    Malware infiltration can also considerably slow down your MacBook Pro. If your browser is bombarded with endless pop-ups that are unrelated to the pages you have opened, it’s a sure sign of a virus infection. Sometimes, a good commercial antivirus can help to alleviate or even eliminate the problem. Other times, it is necessary to reinstall macOS from scratch.Select the most memory-consuming processes and click the Quit Process

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