Summary: A macOS application can sometimes stop responding due to some technical glitch. This app freeze won’t let you do any task on it and won’t quit. Don’t worry! Learn how to force quit an unresponsive app on Mac. In case you lose your data due to force quitting, recover it using Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition for Mac.
When an application stops responding, you can try quitting it using the Command + Q hotkey or navigating to the App menu and choosing the Quit App menu option. But, sometimes, the app doesn’t quit (close) this way. In such a situation, you need to force quit the app on your Mac.
Force quitting is necessary when normal quitting doesn’t work. But this method comes with a caveat; you’ll lose data that is not saved on the application. So, wait till the application unfreezes itself after some time. If it doesn’t, use the methods presented next to force quit a freezed application on Mac.
|Also Read: How to Recover Unsaved Office Files on Mac|
Force Quit Application on Mac
- Press the Option + Command + Esc hotkey with the freezing app as the active window.
Using Apple Menu
- Navigate to the Apple menu > Force Quit.
- In the Force Quit window, select the non-responding app, then click Force Quit.
- In case the Finder stops responding, select it from the Force Quit window and click Relaunch.
- Secondary-click the freezing app from the Dock, press the Option key, and choose Force Quit.
- Navigate to Applications > Utilities > Terminal to open the Terminal app.
- At the command prompt, type killall $AppName, and hit Return.
Here, replace $AppName with the name of the app that you want to force quit.
Using Activity Monitor
- Navigate to Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor to open the Activity Monitor app.
- Click the CPU tab, select the hanging app, and click the cross (x) icon from the top-left corner.
- In the confirmation message window, select Force Quit to terminate the application.
Data Loss (& Recovery) after Force-Quitting an App
When you lose your data due to force quitting an application, you can try the application’s built-in auto-recovery feature, e.g., as available in Microsoft Office for Mac. If the app doesn’t have any auto-recovery, autosave, or file recovery options, the chances of retrieving the unsaved file are thin, but you can still look for the unsaved file in Trash or Time Machine backup.
In case of data loss due to deletion, formatting, or otherwise, get free software to scan the Mac drive and recover data. The steps are as follows:
- Install, launch Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition on your Mac. The free version of Mac data recovery offers free data retrieval.
- Select the types of files you wish to retrieve from Mac storage device.
- Select the storage device from which you want to perform file recovery. You can select Deep Scan, then click Scan once the disk is chosen.
- After the completion of the disk scanning process, you can preview the recoverable file types. Press the Recover button to retrieve up to 1 GB of files.
Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition for Mac is suitable for free drive scanning, free file previewing, and free recovery of up to 1 GB of files. To recover more files, you’ll need to upgrade the software—either to Professional or Premium edition.
We hope now you know how to force quit an unresponsive or freezing app on Mac. Remember, you should Force quit an application only when there is no choice. In case of data loss due to force quitting an app, file deletion, formatting, or drive corruption, try Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition for Mac to recover the lost or deleted file. The free mac data recovery software works harmoniously with macOS Big Sur 11 and earlier.