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Restart Frozen Touch Bar: User Guide

Restart Frozen Touch Bar
Written by Hassan Abbas

Restart Frozen Touch Bar: The software that makes your Mac’s Touch Bar work can also crash, can’t give a response, or misbehave to protect you from using your favorite Touch Bar shortcuts. It should ever happen to you? No need to worry about it because you can easily fix a frozen Touch Bar on your Mac notebook, and we’ll let you know how to?

The Touch Bar, Touch ID and many other difficult system functions of your Mac are powered by Apple’s T-series security chip. As it runs its software independently of the main processor. Also, it means you cannot destroy and restart a frozen Touch Bar app by holding down the Choice – Command – ESC keyboard combo which invokes the Force Quit panel.

That’s due to the Touch Bar is a background system process besides a regular app.

So many running processes on your Mac can be managed through the built-in Activity Monitor app. That’s the thing you’ll be using to recover from a stuck or misbehaving Touch Bar.

Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to fix a frozen Touch Bar on your Mac with just a few clicks.

How to fix a frozen Touch Bar on your Mac

Follow the steps below to fix a frozen Touch Bar on your Mac.

Step 1:

Firstly, launch Activity Monitor from the Applications/Utility folder.

Step 2:

Tap the CPU tab near the top of the window.

Step 3:

Now type “touchbarserver” in the search box to narrow the list of running apps to just the Touch Bar process itself.

Step 4:

Tap TouchBarServer in the list to choose it, then press the little “x” icon located near the top-left corner of the window.

Step 5:

You’ll see a warning panel asking that you confirm the operation. Tap the choice Force Quit to quit the misbehaving TouchBarServer process and launch the latest instance of it.

All done! Here’s how to Restart Frozen Touch Bar on your Mac.


Here is the complete guide to Restart Frozen Touch Bar on Mac. If you still have any queries and questions regarding this guide then let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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