Fix fileproviderd or filecoordinationd high CPU usage on Mac

fix fileproviderd and filecoordinationd high cpu usage

If you have some cloud-based syncing and storage apps on your mac then there are “fireproviderd” and “filecoordinationd” background processes running in the background. These processes are essential for files fetching and syncing to and from the cloud. But these processes can serve a serious problem by consuming heavy CPU resources on the system. The same is currently being faced by a number of mac users. And if you’re one of those, then go through this fixing guide to get the resolution.

fix fileproviderd and filecoordinationd high cpu usage

How to solve Mac’s high CPU usage due to “fileproviderd” and “filecoordinationd” processes

The issue can affect any mac user who uses cloud storage to cloud-based syncing apps. Following are some of the apps that use the fileproviderd and filecoordinationd processes.

If you are facing high CPU usage on your mac due to the aforementioned background processes, then the tips and fixes shared here might help you.

Fix 1: Relaunch the concerned app

As mentioned above, the filecoordinationd and fileproviderd processes are used specifically by apps that use cloud file syncing. Hence if you have such apps on your Mac, then as a preliminary workaround, try closing the app and re-launching it.

You can get the icons of these apps on the menu bar of your Mac from where you can close it. Or if these apps have a windowed interface, then click on the app name from the left and then select Quit.

quit onedrive mac

Once the application is quit properly, check the CPU usage of your mac and see if the issue is resolved. If the issue is seeming to be resolved, try launching the concerned app again and see if the CPU usage again spiked.

Fix 2: Update/ Reinstall the app

If the CPU usage went under control after closing the concerned app but spiked up again after relaunching that app, then you should consider updating the app. If there is no update available, consider reinstalling it on your Mac system.

It is possible that the old version or stored cache of the apps is causing the issue. With that said, make sure to keep your concerned cloud-based apps up to date to avoid incompatibility issues. However, there is no update available for the apps, you are also advised to completely uninstall and then reinstall the apps.

Fix 3: Disable VPN and Anti-virus programs

If you are using some VPN/proxy connection on your mac or if there is any third-party anti-virus program running on your system, then these things can interfere with the proper functioning of the cloud apps. Hence if possible, avoid using the VPN connection and also disable the anti-virus program.

Fix 4: Boot your Mac into Safe Mode

Booting the Mac into Safe Mode will ensure the system runs only with the essential background processes. Doing so will avoid the implementation of any unnecessary processes including the fileproviderd and filecoordicationd processes.

Boot Apple Silicon Macs into Safe Mode

Step 1: Forst shut down the Mac. To do this, click on the Apple logo on the menu bar and select Shut Down.

shut down mc

Step 2: Once the mac is shut down, press and hold the power button of your Mac PC for 10 seconds.

Step 3: This will open the boot menu of your Mac. Here, select the Mac Startup disk e.g. Macintosh HD.

Step 4: After selecting the startup disk, quickly press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.

Step 5: You mac will now ask if you want to continue to Safe Mode. Confirm the same by clicking the Continue in Safe Mode option and releasing the Shift key.

Step 6: Now, wait for your Mac to boot up into Safe Mode.

Boot Intel Macs into Safe Mode

Step 1: Shut down your Mac.

shut down mc

Step 2: Now, press the power button of your mac, and as soon as you hear the boot chime, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard.

Step 3: Keep pressing the Shift key until the login screen appears. Once the Login screen is there, you can release the shift key.

Step 4: Your intel mac will now be in Safe Mode.

Once you have successfully booted into Safe Mode, check the CPU usage. If it is under control, that means they could be apps are causing this issue.

Fix 5: Clear the FileProvider Cache Folder

The cache stored in the FileProvider folder on your Mac might be causing the issue. Hence hitting that specific spot i.e. deleting the FileProvider folder might do the trick. Here’s how you can do so.

Step 1: Go to your Mac’s home screen and click on the Go option from the menu bar while holding the option key on your keyboard.

Step 2: Click on the Library option from the list of options.

go library holding option key

Step 3: This will bring up a Finder window on your screen. Here navigate to the Application Support folder.

Application Support folder library

Step 4: In the Application Support window, locate the FildeProvider folder and delete it.

delete fileprovider cache folder

Fix 6: Update macOS

An outdated Mac system is also not a good thing and can work against you in such situations. Hence it is always a good practice to keep the Mac up to date.

Step 1: Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner and click on About This Mac.

Step 2: Now, under the Overview section, click on the Software Update option.

Alternatively, you can also open the System Preferences and go to Software Update.

Your Mac will now start looking for any available updates. If there is any update that shows up then install it by following the on-screen instruction and then see if the Stem works properly.

Bottom Line

And that’s it for this fixing guide. The “fileproviderd” and “filecoordinationd” processes are essential ones and are used by cloud-based storage and syncing apps like Google Drive, iCloud Drive, etc. But if these processes are churning out the CPU resource on your Mac for no reason, then it is definitely concerning. The high CPU consumption by these processes on your Mac can be due to outdated cloud apps version, faulty cache, or a minor system glitch.

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