While checking the Activity Monitor, many Mac users reported that WindowServer is taking up a lot of CPU and RAM power. This leads to MacOS degradation on MacBook Pro, iMac, or MacBook Air.
Mac WindowServer problem includes:
- The decrease in system performance.
- Applications load slow and start to jam.
- Difficulties with search windows open.
- Access to system settings is delayed.
- The screen saver starts to twitch.
WindowServer is a core part of macOS. The process connects UI(user interface) and hardware part and draws all the animations, graphics, and even every website and game you play on your Mac. You can read more on this topic at Apple’s developer guide. For the most part, just know that WindowServer is part of macOS, and every program uses it in order to display things on your screen, and it is completely safe.
In this article we will explain “What Is the Process WindowServer, and Why Is It Running on MacOS?”
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Why is it Using So Much CPU?
As discussed earlier WindowServer draws UI on your macOS. Every application interacts with WindowServer in order to draw things on your display. Sometimes application which are graphics demanding takes up a lot of CPU and RAM power.
If you see CPU and graphic demanding applications like games, video editing software uses CPU, it is absolutely normal as these applications are built to use CPU power. You need to close these programs and If you see a large drop after closing a specific application, that program is probably responsible for the high CPU usage.
How Can We Make WindowServer No Longer Consume a Lot of RAM and CPU on your Mac
The WindowServer process usually requires a large number of resources and has short periods of time, after which everything returns to its normal state. Some applications force it to have longer periods.
However, if you do not want periods to be longer, try these steps:
- Use stacks. With the latest update of macOS, you can stack up all the files and folders. If you have tones of files in the Desktop, try adding them all to one folder or use stacks by secondary click or Control click > Use Stacks.
- Close Finder windows. Closing finder windows will help you with “How Can We Make WindowServer No Longer Consume a Lot of RAM and CPU”.
- Disable or control macOS transparency effects. Turning off or reducing visual effects will definitely enhance the performance of your Mac because your mac WindowServer will use less RAM and CPU. Follow these steps: System Preferences -> Accessibility-> Display -> Reduces Transparency & Reduce Motion.
- Disable automatic permutation in Mission Control. Go to the System Preferences -> Mission Control and uncheck the box “Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use”.
- Close applications that you do not use. Close all the applications and use only that application that is required because it will consume less CPU and RAM.
After trying all the methods, restart your MacOS operating system.