5 macOS Sierra Problems and How to Fix Them

There’s no denying it: macOS Sierra is far better than its previous versions. For most of us, it worked seamlessly and I personally feel it is the best macOS by Apple so far.

Though users have also reported many issues, while upgrading to macOS Sierra. In today’s post, I am going to talk about some of those problems and their Fixes. Hope it’ll help you a lot.

#1. Wi-Fi Problems


At this internet age, slow internet or connection problems are the most frustrating issues that anyone could experience. After installing new macOS Sierra some users have reported that websites including downloads, load very slowly.

The Fix  

First and foremost, make sure that your router is working properly and there is no connection problem with your ISP. Once you’re sure that there no issues like above mention, try to follow the next steps as mentioned below.

Open Finder, select GO from the menu and press alt key to view the Library option

In Library go to /Preferences/SystemConfiguration/.

Now delete the following files

  • preferences.plist
  • com.apple.airport.preferences.plist
  • com.apple.network.identification.plist
  • com.apple.wifi.message-tracer.plist
  • NetworkInterfaces.plist

Reboot your Mac and router. You’re Wi-fi should be working fine now.

 #2. macOS Sierra Installation Freezes or Crashes


Well, this was the most talked about issue faced by users during macOS Sierra installation.  Many users have complained about their Mac freezing or installation crashes while upgrading Sierra.

The Fix

Here are few methods that you can employ in order to get rid of this annoying problem.

Method 1: Disable or uninstall your Antivirus software as they interrupt while installing Sierra.

Method 2: Check your Internet connection and make sure that it is working properly

Method 3: If all seems good and still problem persist, try installing macOS Sierra in Safe Mode. To do this turn off your Mac by holding the power button. Next, switch it on and press the Shift key when you hear the Startup Sound. When you see the Apple logo, release the Shift key and now you should be seeing the Safe mode screen in your Mac. Proceed with the installation process.

#3. Not Enough Space to Install


Annoying and can make you repeat the installation process again. If you don’t have enough space t to install the new OS.

The Fix

Make Sure that you’ve at least 8 GB of free space before proceeding to installation. If not, clear some junk and unnecessary files and apps. Or transfer some files to an external drive.

Also, read issues related to the iMac desktop. Many of our community members have reported losing files from iMac Desktop. Here’s an article that explains how to easily get back files from iMac Desktop.

#4. iCloud Error and Authentication Issues


Some Functionality in macOS Sierra works only with iCloud and during the installation process, it prompts you to enable these apps such as Storage Optimization and iCloud Documents & Desktop. If you skip this steps, an irritating problem starts popping out every now and then – Authentication problem or iCloud error

The Fix

If you see an error like “Error Connecting to iCloud”, Sign out from the iCloud, reboot the Mac and to try to Sign in into iCloud account again.

#5. Installed Apps Show ‘Damaged and Can’t Be Opened’ Error


After you installed macOS Sierra, this problem may start popping out. When trying to launch an app, you may get error message like “Damaged and Can’t be opened”

The Fix

Make Sure you have the latest version of the app that you wish to launch, if not then update the app. If the problem still persists, completely remove that app and reinstall it.

If nothing else works, you should clear the cache. To do this Open Finder

Click ‘Go’ from the top menu and select ‘Go to Folder’

Then type ~/Library/Caches into the text box.

Now, delete the files from every folder and repeat the process for /Library/Caches (without the ~ symbol)

As a last resort, you can also try to launch the app while holding Cmd + Option Keys.

While we found macOS Sierra is exceptionally good, these are the some of the issues that Remo Software community members has reported. Hope, we are able to clear at least some of them.

5 macOS Sierra Problems and How to Fix Them was last modified: February 12th, 2020 by John Harris

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