Mac Finder isn’t responding? Here’s how to fix it

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Windows & Software Expert
Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • If you ever used a Mac computer, you’re certainly familiar with Finder.
  • However, users reported issues with Finder, and according to them, it seems that the tool isn’t responding in some cases.
  • This can happen for various reasons, and you can find below quick fixes for the most common culprits.
  • You can fix your Finder with some simple commands, using the Safe Mode, or by freeing up some space.
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Finder is an essential application on macOS, and it’s used to manage both files and directories. However, issues with Finder can sometimes occur.

Many users reported that Finder isn’t responding on their Mac, and this could be a problem. However, there are several ways to fix this issue.

What can I do if Finder isn’t responding on Mac?

1. Relaunch Finder

  1. Press Option + Command + Esc
  2. Select Finder from the Force Quit Applications menu and click the Relaunch button.
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Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, so it might not be the best long-term solution.


2. Delete the com.apple.finder.plist

  1. Press Command + Shift + G.
  2. Now enter ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist and click on Go.
    go to folder mac finder not responding
  3. Locate com.apple.finder.plist and remove it.
  4. Restart your Mac.

You can also do this with the Terminal:

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities.
  2. Start the Terminal.
  3. Run the following command:
    • rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
  4. Restart your Mac.

Users reported that this is just a temporary solution, so if you use it, you might see the issue appear again after a while.


3. Free up space

If Finder isn’t responding, it’s possible that your Mac is low on storage space. To fix it, it’s advised to remove some files and check if that helps.

You can activate the Optimized Storage feature on your Mac. This will automatically move rarely accessed files to your iCloud. No data is lost and your device will perform better.

4. Start Mac in Safe Mode

  1. Turn off your Mac and start it again.
  2. Immediately press and hold the Shift button.
  3. When the Apple logo appears, release the Shift button.
  4. Enter your credentials when asked to.
  5. Open Finder and check if it works properly.
  6. Restart your Mac and check if the problem is still there.

Problems with Finder can cause all sorts of issues, but if Finder isn’t responding, be sure to try all of our solutions and let us know if they worked for you.

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