Activity Monitor is a built-in utility on macOS that allows you to monitor the performance of your system and identify processes that are using high CPU resources or causing your system to become unresponsive. Here are the steps to use Activity Monitor to manage high CPU usage or unresponsive processes.
1. How To Process High CPU Usage Or Unresponsive Processes On macOS Using Activity Monitor.
- Open Activity Monitor: You can open Activity Monitor by using the Spotlight search (press CMD + Space), searching for the keyword Activity Monitor, and clicking on the app.
- You can also open the activity monitor by opening a Finder window and then clicking the Applications —> Utilities —> Activity Monitor.
- Identify the processes using high CPU resources: Under the CPU tab, you can see a list of processes that are currently running on your system, sorted by the number of CPU resources they are using.
- You can click on the %CPU column to sort the list by CPU usage.
- Look for processes that are using a high percentage of CPU resources.
- End the processes: To end a process, select it from the list and click on the X button in the toolbar, then click on the Force Quit button on the popup window. This will terminate the process immediately.
- Inspect processes that are unresponsive: If a process is marked as unresponsive, you can select it from the list and click on the Inspect button in the toolbar. This will show you more information about the process, including the threads it is running and the system resources it is using.
- Check system memory usage: You can also use the Memory tab to monitor system memory usage and identify any processes that are using excessive amounts of memory.
- By using Activity Monitor to manage high CPU usage or unresponsive processes, you can improve the performance of your macOS system and prevent issues that can affect your productivity.