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How to fix the spinning wheel on the Apple Mac

Does your Apple Mac computer often show you a Mac Spinning Wheel?

Have you switched on your Apple Mac computer and you are getting a spinning wheel on your Apple Mac computer screen?

Does your Apple Mac computer keep on freezing and crashing and you have the problem of a spinning wheel, or a spinning colour wheel that looks like a beach ball spinning?

Read our free guide on how to fix the problem of a spinning wheel on an Apple Mac computer.

The spinning wheel means that the Apple Mac computer is busy with a CPU process or a storage volume task that is running in the background.

The way to troubleshoot the problem of a spinning wheel on the Apple Mac computer depends on when does the spinning wheel happen, the spinning wheel can happen on startup, when using an Apple Mac application program or when the Apple Mac computer is woken from sleep.

If the Apple Mac computer has become slow or very slow and the spinning wheel also known as a colour beach ball keeps appearing then in most cases Apple Mac computer maintenance is required to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

iMac Spinning Wheel.

The Apple iMac can show a spinning wheel or a colour beach ball for the first few seconds the iMac wakes from sleep, this is normal, however, sometimes MacOS can crash and the iMac computer needs to be re-started to fix the issue and the problem of a spinning wheel on an iMac desktop computer.

MacBook Spinning Wheel.

A Apple MacBook Air or a Apple MacBook Pro can show a spinning wheel if the storage volume becomes full, or for the same reasons as the Apple iMac computer.

Check to see how much storage space you have on a Apple MacBook Air or a Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer. If the storage volume has limited storage space, then expect to see the MacBook showing a spinning wheel more often.

Try these basic steps to troubleshoot and fix resolve the problem of a spinning beach ball or spinning colour wheel on your computer.

How to stop spinning wheel on Mac.

Use the Control Option Esc keys on the keyboard to try to bring up the Force Quit popup dialog box screen. Then click on the application that is not responding, only try to Force Quit the Finder if the issue is not resolved. Otherwise the Apple Mac computer will need to have a shutdown and a restart by holding down the power key on the computer until the computer powers off, then use the power button to restart the computer again.

Follow our Guide on how to use the Troubleshoot MacOS if the problems persists.

If you can use the Mouse or Apple Trackpad…

  1. Try to save all of your work that is open.
  2. Use the Apple Menu Items and choose the Force Quit … open.
  3. Force Quit everything shown in the list apart from the MacOS Finder!
  4. Use the Apple menu items to Restart your Apple Mac computer.
  5. Untick the option to Re-open Windows when logging back in.
  6. Restart the Apple Mac computer.

If the Apple Mac computer is still giving you the problem of a spinning wheel on your computer. Make a backup of your Apple Mac computer to Apple Time Machine to an external storage volume. then perform Apple Mac computer maintenance.

An Apple Mac computer will be slow if you are seeing the spinning beach ball or colour spinning wheel often.

The common causes are often an application has crashed or has become unstable, or the Apple Mac computer might have a problem with the storage volume on the Apple Mac computer.

Use Apple Disk First Aid to help fix any storage volume problems that you might have. The Apple disk first aid can be found in the Applications • Utilities folder on your Apple Mac computer. For the best Apple disk first aid repair. Start your Apple Mac computer from the macOS recovery console then use disk first aid.

Read our guide on how to speed up a slow Apple Mac computer to help resolve the problem of a spinning colour wheel or a spinning colour beach ball on your Apple Mac computer.

How to get further help and assistance with your Apple Mac computer in the UK?

Do you need to get help and assistance with a Apple Mac computer that has the problem of a spinning wheel or a spinning colour beach ball wheel?

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