How To Fix MacOS Sonoma Finder Not Responding, Lagging, Or Slow

Have you recently updated your macOS to Sonoma 14 and noticed that your Finder is not responding, lagging, or is slow? You’re not alone.

Many users have reported similar issues after upgrading to the latest macOS version.

Fortunately, there are several fixes you can try to get your Finder back to its normal functioning.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most effective solutions to help you resolve the Finder not responding issue on macOS Sonoma.

How To Fix MacOS Sonoma Finder Not Responding, Lagging, Or Slow

1. Check Spotlight Indexing

Sometimes, Finder performance issues can be related to Spotlight indexing.

To check this, open Spotlight (Command + Spacebar) and see if it’s indexing. If it is, wait for it to finish and see if the Finder performance improves.

2. Delete The Finder Preference File

If the issue persists, try deleting the Finder preference file.

In Finder, press Command-Shift-G and paste this: ~/Library/Preferences/. Then, delete the file “” and restart the Finder.

3. Force Quit And Relaunch Finder

Another solution is to force quit the Finder and then relaunch it. To do this, press Command-Option-Esc, select Finder, and click “Relaunch.”

4. Update Applications

Ensure all your applications are updated to their latest versions. Outdated applications can cause performance issues on macOS Sonoma.

5. Optimize Mac Performance

Optimize your Mac’s performance by emptying the trash bin, quitting resource-hungry applications, and checking login items in System Preferences > General.


If none of the above solutions work, try resetting the SMC (System Management Controller) and PRAM/NVRAM (Parameter Random Access Memory/Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) on your Mac.

7. Disable ICloud Desktop And Documents

If you have enabled the iCloud Desktop and Documents feature, try disabling it to see if it resolves the Finder performance issues.

To do this, go to System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud > Options next to iCloud Drive, and uncheck the “Desktop & Documents Folders” option.