How to Quit Safari, iTunes and Other App that Won't Force Quit

By Anders Smith

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Posted on #Uninstaller

I believe it has happened to you - force quit is not working on your Mac in any way, whether clicking Force quit or using the Command-Option-Escape shortcut. It has happened to many commonly-used apps, such as, Safari or iTunes won't force quit. This passage is going to offer you three ways to fix force quit not working problem on Mac. You can force quit Safari, iTunes, Photos, Mail or other apps that won't quit.

Force Quit Apps on Mac

Way 1: Kill Mac Process

If you cannot quit an app with force quit or Command-Option-Escape, you can turn to Activity Monitor, which allows you to force quit any frozen apps.

Step 1 Open Activity Monitor in Application > Utilities.

Step 2 Find the app that won't quit in the process list and select it.

Step 3 Click the X button in the upper-left corner.

Step 4 Click Quit first. If the app still won't quit. CLick Force Quit.

Force Quit App with Activity Monitor

Way 2: Use Terminal to Force Quit Apps that Won't Quit

If force quit in Activity Monitor is still not working, you can force quit the frozen app with a command line method, which means you can quit an unresponsive app through Terminal. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Open and run the Terminal.

Step 2 Type the command: killall [application name]. For instance, if iTunes isn't responding, type killall iTunes.

Step 3 When you are ready, click Enter. As soon as you click it, your application will be shut down in time.

You can also force quit an app on Terminal using the app's Process ID (PID)

  • Open a new Terminal window and enter the command: top -o cpu. Then a list of all running applications and processes will appear in Terminal with the app's process ID. Take down the PID of the app that cannot quit.

  • Then open a new Terminal session, type: kill [PID]. FOr example, if iTunes won't quit and its PID is 1234, type: kill 1234 to force quit.

Note: The PID of an app will will change each time the app is launched.

Way 3: Uninstall Apps That Won't Force Quit

If you can't make a third-party software to close by the above methods, then it is very likely that there is a problem with this software. In this post, it's better to uninstall the apps. You can use Macube Cleaner (opens new window), an app uninstaller which can locate app files for you and completely remove the app as well as app files and delete its related data in one click. It's important to make sure related data is deleted. If you just delete the app, the wrong file may still be on your Mac.

Follow the instructions to learn more:

Step 1 Download and launch Macube Cleaner on your MacBook.

Step 2 Navigate to Uninstaller to click "Scan". Then you see all the applications on your Mac.

Scan Applications on Mac

Step 3 Choose the app that won't force quit and simply click Clean to uninstall the app completely.

Uninstall Google Chrome

Step 4 When everything is done, you can see the interface below, which indicates your apps are removed successfully.

Remove Apps that Won't Quit Successfully

You can now reinstall the app so that the force quit not problem won't happen again.

Our Writer
Anders Smith, the chief editor of Macube team, is a big fan of Apple. He likes to share his experience and ideas through writing.