by Lucas Smith developer
SPOD, also known as Spinning Pinwheel of Death, is one of the common issues on Mac. If you use your Mac on a regular basis, then you may have encountered it as well. Fixing SPOD is not an impossible task as there are multiple methods to fix it. The Spinning Pinwheel of Death occurs when a Mac doesn’t respond or freezes on a particular app. When it appears, your device is actually trying to function but fails to do so, and in the result, you see a constant spinning wheel.


What is Mac’s Spinning Pinwheel of Death? 

It is a mouse pointer that has a multicolored pinwheel showing the processing delay. It happens when your computer freezes or hangs while figuring out something that makes the Pinwheel spin, spin, and spin. It also occurs when an application or program not responds or freezes on the screen.

How to Troubleshoot the Spinning Pinwheel of Death?

You can switch to another app or home screen to get rid of this spinning wheel. One can also force quit the program causing the SPOD on your Mac to fix the wheel. But in these methods, if you relaunch the same app, then you might end with the same error again. In this article, we will tell you some of the long-lasting solutions for the issue.

Method 1: Repairing Permissions 

The first approach in fixing the SPOD error on Mac is repairing the permissions of the app. It will help the app to use the permission and files needed in order to work. Sometimes the permissions of a program modified by the user can lead to the error. Whenever you see the spinning wheel, first of all, get the controls back to you by switching to another app. And after that, repair the permissions of the app that shows the spinning wheel.
If you are using the pre-El Capitan version, then see the steps given below to repair permissions:
  1. Hit the Command + Space keys on your Mac’s keyboard to trigger the Spotlight program. 
  2. Now enter “Disk Utility” and press the Enter key. 
  3. Click on the Macintosh HD option located on the left side menu. 
  4. Press on the First Aid option from the top menu. 
  5. Tap the “Verify Disk Permissions” option. Now the system will scan for the ongoing permission errors and issues. It will consume several minutes to complete. 
  6. Once the scan completes, press the Repair Disk Permissions button to fix the permission issues on your Mac. 
When the repair completes, Spinning Pinwheel of Death should be resolved. Make sure to check the error by opening the app that caused the issue. If you are experiencing boot issues, then press Command + R when the computer boot.

Method 2: Dynamic Links Editor 

Dynamic Link Editor also is known as “dyld” on Mac, and we are going to clear its cached data. If the cached data stored in the dynamic link editor corrupts, then it causes the Spinning Pinwheel of Death error on your system. See the details below to clear the dynamic link editor cache:
  1. Open terminal by navigating to the “/Application /Utilities” path. 
  2. In the Terminal prompt, type this command: “sudo update_dyld_shared_cache –force”
  3. Hit the Enter /Return key on your Mac. 
  4. You might be prompted to enter the administrator account password in order to clear the cache. 
  5. The process of clearing the dynamic link editor cache will initiate, and you will see some messages like mismatches in the data cache. Those messages mean that your cache data is getting removed from the device. 
  6. The process will barely take a few minutes and once the process finishes, the terminal prompt will get back to normal. 
Now the Spinning Pinwheel of Death error should disappear from your device completely.

Method 3: Spotlight Indexing 

See the instructions mentioned below to fix the Spinning Pinwheel of Death error by Spotlight Indexing:
  1. Navigate to the /Applications/Utilities path. 
  2. Open Activity Monitor. 
  3. Head to the CPU tab. 
  4. Find the processes with the labels “mds,” “mdworker,” and “mdimport.”
  5. All processes mentioned above are part of the MetaData Server process and belong to the Spotlight program.
  6. Look for their CPU usage, and if you see that they are using more than 20% of usage, then it means Spotlight update is going on. You need to wait until this process completes; otherwise, you may get the Spinning Pinwheel of Death error again. 
LUCAS SMITH is a creative person who has been writing blogs and articles about cyber security. He writes about the latest updates regarding and how it can improve the work experience of users. His articles have been published in many popular e-magazines, blogs and websites.


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