Since the release of macOS Catalina version 10.15.7, some users are experiencing serious problems with the High CPU Usage on Mac. This issue is called Accountsd. Let’s see what it is and how to fix Fix High CPU Usage on Mac.
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After the release of macOS Catalina version 10.15.7, an increasing number of users experienced a problem with a system process called “accountsd” that causes a very High CPU Usage on Mac in Activity Monitor is slowing down of the Mac.
A user in Apple support communities shared a screenshot of the “accountsd” process with cpu usage of more than 400%, which made their 2018 MacBook Pro virtually unusable.
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Although this issue has occasionally emerged over the years, there has been a noticeable increase in complaints in Apple support communities, forums on Twitter, Reddit, Stack Exchange. This issue is seen more often after the release of macOS Catalina version 10.15.7.
What is Accountsd and How to Fix High CPU Usage on Mac?
Accountsd is a daemon, part of the Accounts framework. Apple developer documentation states that this framework helps users log in and manage their external accounts from apps without requiring them to enter login credentials.
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How to Fix High CPU Usage on Mac?
Users affected by the problem have offered a wide range of potential solutions, but the resolution depends on case by case:
- Some users could resolve this issue by logging out of their Apple ID account under System Preferences> Apple ID> Overview>Exit, restarting their Mac, and then logging back into the account.
- A user on Stack Exchange believes that the problem is related to a bug with file indexing on the Mac. Its solution is to restore indexing by accessing System Preferences> Spotlight> Privacy and adding (+) the storage drive (“Macintosh HD” by default) to the “Prevent Spotlight from searching for these locations” list. Then, remove (-) the drive from the list, and your Mac will start reindexing. The indexing process can temporarily slow down your Mac, so it is recommended to complete these steps overnight.
- As for the most advanced troubleshooting, some users managed to navigate to “~ / Library / Accounts” and rename the file “Accounts4.sqlite” to “Accounts4.sqlite.testbackup” or use more complex commands from the Terminal, but be careful, since these solutions could affect iCloud accounts or synchronization.
Apple has not officially reported the problem, but we will update the article with the final solution as soon as this happens.