Apple Mac Message App slow or keeps Freezing on Mac: Here’s Fix

Last Updated on Jun 16, 2021

in this article get fix Apple Mac Message App slow or keeps Freezing on Mac. Apple’s default Message is useful in all ways no matter iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS, and macOS. easy to sync on the same Apple ID account. The message effect and start the same chat (send and receive iMessages) on the Apple smartphone on the go is an adorable feature.

but sometimes Mac’s message app slow/lags, and crashes, that’s why ultimately it becomes unresponsive and doesn’t work as likely running previously. Most of the time after the macOS big Sur upgrade.

having the same issue on your Mac (Message app get the spinning wheel screen when open)? Let me share certain important solutions that will help you to fix iMessage not working on mac.

List of Solutions to Fix Message App slow on Mac

Fix #1 – force quit Message App

you should force close the message app and then re-open it to use.

  • Click Apple Logo on top menu bar> Choose Force Quit > Select Messages > Click on Force Quit.

if not working try to next way out.

Fix #2- Change Mac Mouse cursor size

As a temporary solution, at least try once on your mac.

According to my knowledge, Mac’s mouse cursor size does not impact iMessage performance. But this works, one of our readers says.

  • Go Apple Logo on top menu bar> System prefrences> Accessibility > Display > Cursor > Cursor Size.
    Now set it to the smallest size.

if your mac mouse cursor size already set to the smallest setting. then enlarge it one degree.

this fixes LAG whilst typing that appears in the messaging app.

Fix #3- Rebooting Your Mac into safe mode

Follow this process step by step:- Just Click on Apple Logo > Choose Restart.

Now, wait for a while till your Mac starts back. Now try to use the Message app. still the Message opens slow which means the issue persists. don’t worry. Go to the next way.

Fix #4. Sign out of Messages on the MacBook and iPhone

this will also fix iMessage sync slow between devices. (To read the full picture proof tutorial get here)
to do that,
Open Messages > on the top left corner of the screen and click Messages > next iMessages > sign out from there.

 Sing Out iMessage on iPhone

Go on the iPhone,

Go to Settings > Scroll the screen tap Messages > Turn toggle turn off iMessage.

Now Soft restart your iPhone, after that turn iMessage back on.

what you will have to do next,
On your Mac
Get iMessage signed back into Mac’s Messages app.

on your iPhone
Open Settings > scroll screen tap Messages > Text Message Forwarding.

let’s flip a switch for the Mac that allows you to send SMS and MMS messages from the Apple MacBook.
You should Enter the code that pops-up on your device screen.

hope, you get no more lagging in the messages app.

Fix #5. Downgrade Big Sur to macOS Catalina

Not found an all-time fix? Let’s go back to the previous macOS version. Follow how to downgrade from Big Sur to Catalina.

Fix #6. Wait for the Next update

Wait for future release, I hope, Apple will patch the unusable lag with the iMessage issue in the next Big Sur update.

Fix #7. Have an old Mac?

Apple’s latest macOS Big Sur won’t run as expected on too old Macbook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air as well as Mac Mini. You can check on the Activity monitor how much space usage by the Message App.

Let’s upgrade SSD storage and RAM on your Mac to improve over-all performance. You can view here What SSD Drive you should buy for your mac?

Drop your comment, what solution worked extremely well for you?

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