macOS Mojave Freezes or Stops Responding, Fix

It is rare but your Mac can freeze and become unresponsive. While the macOS Mojave update brings a lot of great features, users are reporting number of issues, such as the battery drain problem. One other problem that’s affecting many Mac users is the entire computer freezing when attempting to login. Are you having freezing issues too during or after login. Is your Mac unresponsive and misbehaving? This article explains what you can do to fix this problem. These tips may help you resolve your issue.

Try backing up your Mac before trying the tips below.

  1. If your Mac freezes after you login, some single app may be causing the problem. Simply press the Command+Option+Escape keys together (or click Force Quit from the Apple menu). Force Quit Applications menu will appear. Select the unresponsive app or apps and then click Force Quit. Force Quit Apps
  2. Start up your Mac in safe mode. This is one of the most common steps when troubleshooting your Mac. If your Mac is not starting normally, safe mode is the next step you should try to troubleshoot. To start your Mac in safe mode, follow the instructions below:
    1. Turn off your Mac
    2. Turn on your computer and immediately after (immediately after you hear the start up sound) the computer is powered on, press and hold the Shift key.
    3. Release the Shift key when you see the login screen
    4. If your computer does not freeze in safe mode, restart your Mac normally, without pressing the Shift key.
  3. If safe mode does not help you, you may try macOS recovery. Here is how:
    1. Turn off your Mac
    2. Turn on your Mac and immediately after press and hold the Command – R keys together. Keep holding the keys until you see the Apple logo. Release the keys when you see the Apple logo.
    3. You will see the macOS utilities window
    4. Select Disk Utility and click ContinuemacOS utilities disk utility
    5. Select View > Show All Devices
    6. Select your start up disk
    7. Then click the First Aid button and then click Run
    8. Then restart your Mac normally by choosing Restart from the Apple meu.
  4. If you are still having your problem, reinstall macOS. Here is how:
    1. Turn off your Mac
    2. Turn on your Mac and immediately after press and hold the Command and R keys together until you see the Apple logo.
    3. macOS Utilities window will appear
    4. Select Reinstall macOS and follow the instructions.

See also: Mac White Screen

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41 thoughts on “macOS Mojave Freezes or Stops Responding, Fix”

  1. I am not understanding. I make once hackintosh and is make working perfectly long time. See is many issues on real mac hardware. Never make any troublsheooting on hackingtosh. What is could be problem, apple?

  2. 1 in 100 APFS Formatted drives develops issues that no one online can fix the old DiskWarrior that that fixed millions of disk issues and saved millions of hours, no longer works because the Numbnuts at Cupertino have not released the technical details. Just like all the other software they have completely screwed they don’t give a shit unless there is commercial gain. Like an Apple Developer said to me 2 weeks ago about the wireless Bluetooth keyboard wake-up bug thats been a problem for MANY years, was fixed then REINTRODUCED. Please lookup the urban definition of ‘Numbnuts’ Cook.

    This is the shit I am currently trying to fix for a musician. Disk Utility is saying
    warning: inode_val: object (oid 0xb1dacb): invalid internal_flags (0x64000). Will clone off reformat drive and clone back on. If this does not work I will put in a new SSH. This is the same procedure you use with the APFS bug, i found in 2019 that does not allow you to free up space disk space by deleting files.
    Apple also planned to fix “Hidden File Damage” as they spent a number of years (4?) developing an Apple version of Sun’s ZFS, now owned by Oracle, but like the pirates they are most likely back engineer it like most Corporations and rip off Oracle.

  3. I know! I am also having the same problem. I have now removed all kernel extensions and auto-loading apps. Hopefully this insanity stops.

    Seriously, Apple? Why charge a premium for a computer if it’s gonna run worse than a bargain PC? I feel like a Tesla Roadster owner who paid 6 figures for a car that won’t run because the battery charger won’t charge the stupid car! A Sentra would get me there just fine.

  4. The user shouldn’nt have to fix all these bugs. To programmers should. It is quite awkard to buy a computer at high cost and still having to fix too many things. Ever since I bought my first Apple I still have to watch the secoind letter after a Capitalised one. Why replace undelining (with colors) with bullets? Well, I know that this will not fix anything anyway!

  5. Same problem here. I upgraded from Sierra straight to Mojave and immediately started having issues. Thought maybe a clean reinstall of Mojave would solve the problem but no. Problem often happens when I leave the macbook for a while – when I return I find everything is frozen, even the clock has stopped though the mouse can still move. Now weighting up upgrading to Catalina but also wondering if I’ll create more problems than I solve by so doing.

    • Catalina was way to slow on my mac mini 2014 with a mechanical HD. So I switched over to a dual boot using the Container – Volume APFS installing Mojave 10.14.6.

      My crash just started today on Mojave after a “new” 1 gig Security Update was installed. I can at least get back into Catalina, but it is still slow as hell.

      Typing this on Windows 10 computer.


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