View Full Version : iMessage constantly hangs, freezes and uses massive resources

Jan 17, 2013, 04:40 PM
Hi all

I've been using mountain lion since it came out. Running on a 2011 MBA, 256gb, i5 processor. Everything else runs smoothly (except sometimes Lightroom takes a while but I have a big catalog).

Every time I open my MBA and wake from sleep, iMessage hangs. Sometimes I wont even start using iMessage, but since it is frozen, the mac fan spins up and the whole computer slows down and heats up. Finally when I go into activity monitor to figure it out, I realize iMessage is not responding.

Several times now (and this is more recently) I have gotten an alert pop up saying "there is no more available memory" and then it gives me a list of active programs and iMessage is aways listed as not responding. Force quit sends everything back to normal and when I open iMessage again it is fine.

Does anyone have any idea what is going on? I use it a fair amount from all my apple devices and mac.

Jan 17, 2013, 04:43 PM
How much memory in the MBA anything to with pictures needs memory and lot of it to if are editing

Jan 17, 2013, 04:44 PM
It has 4gb of memory, but this error occurs even before I open Lightroom to do any editing.

It literally happened - the "you are out of system memory" alert and then subsequent "not responding" iMessage - just before I posted this (that was the last straw) and all I was doing was reading an article on a website.

Jan 20, 2013, 02:46 AM

Jan 23, 2013, 04:17 PM

I have identical problems to you. Same MBA as well apart from only 128GB HD on mine and I have Mountain Lion. But yes every time I wake from sleep I just have to quit iMessage/Message, then open again, then it usually hangs and takes up all the RAM (>2GB when I look on Activity Monitor), so I alt+right click force quit it, then I open it again and it works fine. Pretty much without fail I need to do this everytime.

I'm sure there are a lot more people with this problem as well.

Jan 23, 2013, 04:37 PM
I found this thread on Apple, looks like there's no solution so I'm stuck doing my workaround:

Jan 24, 2013, 01:18 PM
Here is a screenshot of what I had when I opened my mac for the first time today. Get your $*#t together Apple. I paid nearly $2000 for this whole computer setup. Less time suing people, more time working on your software.

Jan 25, 2013, 11:53 AM
Messages for Mac takes the prize as the most glitchy, horrible piece of software Apple has released in the past year.