Editor’s note: this is an addendum to our wildly popular How to Fix and Prevent Mac’s Spinning Rainbow Wheel post. Make sure you’ve checked that one out first, then come back here for a laugh and more solutions!
When You Can’t Stop Seeing the Spinning Rainbow Wheel
Your Mac is running slow and you keep getting the spinning rainbow wheel. You’ve attempted several solutions, but no luck.
Life is starting to feel like this:
And definitely like this:
Okay, it’s bad. We got it. Let’s try a few other things to clear up your situation.
More Fixes to the Spinning Rainbow Wheel
Download CleanMyMac 3. Do it now.
We made a passing reference to this program in our last post, but in the year since then we’ve spent a lot more time maximizing MacPaw’s product and it’s truly a game changer for Mac speed and performance. It’s resolved many issues for me on my six year old Mac and, thus, my machine is humming along beautifully. Plus, you can download a free trial before committing to it. That’s a no brainer in our opinion!
- Restart your Mac
- When you hear the startup chime press Command + R
- Release the keys when you see the Apple logo
- Disk Utility > Continue
- Select Disk for repair
- Click First Aid
- Click Run
Run Apple Diagnostics
Go through the built-in program — it knows the system best and can help you sweep up any issues causing your machine to overwork and overheat.
Turn off Programs that Run at Start Up
To confirm which programs run at startup go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. Turn off or uninstall programs you don’t use daily.
Check Your Wifi Connection
We recommend the following steps:
- Ensure you’re on a high-speed broadband connection.
- Reconfigure your wifi by going to System Preferences > Network > Advanced. Delete old wifi networks and reconnect your computer to your preferred network.
- Reboot your computer and try the wifi again.
Did our solutions for your spinning rainbow wheel work? Tell us which one in the comments! If not, tell us what you tried and what’s going on — we’ll try to help you find another solution.