How to Fix Mac Frozen While Updating The Software

Installing a new macOS update on your system should be a reasonably simple task, but there can be some ups and downs along the way. Do not worry, just read through the article to be able to install the latest update smoothly. There will be a pop-up notification on your Mac whenever there is a new update. It may even be already downloaded depending on your settings; all you need to do is just install it. If not, then you just have to download the update and install it manually.

Here are some ways you can install the update safely and smoothly:

Basic Precautions

Like always, before starting any system update, you should make sure that all of your essential data is safe and backed up. Never update the system if you are already running out of storage space. Always make sure that you have 30GB space free at least.

Tip 1: Install in Safe Mode

If you are free to use the Mac and you know that it is not going anywhere, then just relax and then first boot your Mac into safe mode. This can be done after pressing your power button and tapping Shift key as the Mac is booting. The logo of Apple should appear on the screen along with a loading bar, after which you will be able to boot into Safe Mode. After this, run the update normally and you will able to go through smoothly.

Tip 2: Check your System Status Page

You should always first check Apple's system page to check whether the update of macOS is running properly or not. If the pop up is green, then you are good to go, just start the update and sit back.

Tip 3: Wait Patiently

Just give it some time and wait it out. The system update can take up to 16 hours so you should just stay patient and let it take its time. You can check the ETA by tapping Command + L. If the pop up does not appear, then you should still allow it some time.

Tip 4: Refresh the Update Page

  1. If the update is indeed stuck, you can take the following steps:
  2. Press the power button for about 30 seconds.
  3. When the system is shut down, tap and hold the button again. The update should still resume.
  4. Tap Command + L TO see if the update is still processing or not.

If this does not work, then try the next step.

Tip 5: Reset the NVRAM

It is small storage that temporarily saves your data. You can reset it by following steps:

  1. Shut down your Mac completely. The system needs to stop completely, and the screen needs to go pitch black.
  2. Power On the system back.
  3. Right as you hear the system setup sound, tap and hold Command + Option + P + R.
  4. Hold them down until you hear the setup sound again.
  5. Release them, and the NVRAM will reset. Your update should resume.

Tip 6: Boot in Recovery Mode

If the problem still is not fixed, then you should try starting all over.

  1. Turn off your Mac and then turn it on.
  2. Hold Command + R right away to boot into recovery mode.
  3. Connect to the Internet.
  4. Download the latest version of macOS from there. Just choose "Reinstall macOS," and the GUI will guide you.

Isa Bella is a Engineer turned writer who covers technological innovations and science. In addition to writing for her printer support blog and IT support services blogs, she has written tips and tricks, whitepapers, essays, and guides. Her favorite topics are hp printer, brother printer, canon printer support etc.

  • Aug 06 , 2019
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