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Know How to Fix a Frozen Mac Update

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Though macOS is known for its buttery operating system, still there are chances of certain glitches while the user performs system update. Usually, macOS handles these issues on its own but once in a blue moon, it may end up freezing or locking up halfway through. Don’t worry if your mac also faces difficulties while installing or downloading the latest version. Here are the easy solutions to how to fix a frozen mac update in no time.

Prefer ‘Safe Mode’ to install the update

Once the user is confirmed about the frozen state of the mac, then long press the power button until the mac turns off. Now boot the mac into Safe Mode. There are various ways to do this, the easiest one is to hold the ‘Shift’ key, while it is booting.

The screen will appear with an Apple logo along with a loading bar; furthermore, the user should tap into Safe Mode. After these steps, users can run macOS updates in the same way as to install updates, this time probably without a glitch.

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Disable FileVault

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FileVault is a security feature that helps to avert unauthorized access to your startup disk, where all of Mac’s data is available. However, this feature turns out to be a problem, when FileVault tries to apply encryption to the updated OS and gets into a never-ending loop.

Follow these easy steps to disable FileVault

  • Choose the Apple logo on the mac’s menu bar
  • Tap on ‘System Preferences’ > Choose Security & Privacy > FileVault
  • Now choose ‘Turn off FileVault’

Note: Don’t forget to enable FileVault after the update is complete. A smooth update is complete but security concerns still matter to start up disk encryption.

Examine the Apple’s ‘System Status Page’

This method not only helps with stuck updates but with malfunctioning apple features as well. One of the easiest methods on the list, all you have to do is go to the official ‘System Status Page.’ Here users can figure out about any of Apple’s services. Once you reach there, check out the status of ‘macOS Software Update.’ 

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Here you can figure out if the update servers are working well or not. If the bubble shows green color, then they are working well. The issue lies somewhere else. In case the bubble is red or yellow, then the user needs to sit out the problem so that servers can come back. The next method shows you how to sit out.

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Sit Out the problem

All you have to do is, let the mac sit for a while, undisturbed for a few hours. So that you can see it is still frozen. The reason is that sometimes update processes take longer time than usual and are stuck for a while, not completely frozen.

Users can confirm the time left for the system update by using ‘Command + L.’ if no time appears then again let the update sit for some more time.

Some users even reported a maximum of ten hours for their system update. Point is to ensure your Mac is not frozen, rest of its normal big systems take long periods of time to update. Till then get busy with some other work.

Refresh the Update to fix a frozen Mac update

If the user is confirmed that their Mac is frozen, they can follow these steps, until the issue is resolved.

Let’s begin refreshing the update install

  • Long press the power button for 30 seconds
  • When Mac goes completely off, again long press the power button > update process will resume
  • Now press ‘Command + L’ to ensure macOS is still installed. 

If this option still does not work, users can try the last method to know how to fix the frozen mac update.

Reset the NVRAM

NVRAM, according to Apple, is,a small amount of your computer’s memory that stores certain settings in a location that macOS can access quickly.” It basically holds kernel panic information, that is where we will tap into and reset the NVRAM.

  • Long press the power button of your mac, and it will shut down, hard discs and fans will stop spinning, and the screen will go dark.
  • Turn on the Mac
  • Once you hear the power on sound, long press the ‘Command + Option + P + R’ keys.
  • Hold these keys, until you hear power on sound again
  • Now release the keys, as NVRAM has been reset, your update should resume now.

Bottom Line

Sometimes, it’s normal for big systems to take a long time to update. All users need to do is ensure that the update process is going on in the background. All of the methods mentioned above are written in priority order. If the previous one does not work, you should try the next one. In the worst case if none of the methods work for you, and you do not find any answer for How to Fix a Frozen Mac Update, you should contact your nearby Apple service center.

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Palak Sharma
Palak Sharma
I am Palak, born and brought up in Himachal Pradesh. An introvert by nature who loves writing more than speaking. I do it often to express myself, to entrain myself, and to feel meaningful. While enjoying this world of words I ended up being part of a published anthology 'Blooming skies' with my poem 'On the day of devastation'. I love this concept of written words living on a paper till the end of time, they give me a sense eternity.
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