The notification center in macOS passes on a lot of visual information in the form of widgets. However, you will likely find that these widgets don't always work properly. For example, some widgets may not update or you may experience problems loading.
The following list of fixes will help you resolve most of the widget issues on Mac. Let's begin.
1. Reset the notification center
If the widgets in your Mac's Notification Center start to act strange, a quick way to get them working again is to restart the Notification Center. To do this, you need to run a command through the terminal.
So open that Launchpad and choose miscellaneous > terminal. Then copy the following command and press Enter:
Delete default values com.apple.notificationcenterui; killall NotificationCenter
Wait a few seconds and open Notification Center. If the problem persists, continue with the rest of the fixes.
2. Restart your Mac
If you have had no luck resetting the Notification Center, the best way to do it is by restarting the operating system. For example, a Mac that has been running for days may run into problems that only a restart can fix. So give it a try if you haven't already.
If a widget has trouble displaying the latest information, opening the corresponding app will force an update. For example, if the stocks widget gets stuck, try launching the stocks app.
If a widget shows incorrect information, you may not have taken the time to set it up correctly. You can do this by Ctrl-clicking and selecting a widget Edit (widget name). Then make the necessary changes – ex. B. Selecting the correct position in the clock widget – and select complete.
If the widget doesn't have an edit option, check the app to see if there are any editing options.
5. Check location services
A widget that relies on Mac's location services will not display the correct information if it does not have access to location services.
You can fix that by using the Apple Menu and choice System settings > Privacy & security. Then switch to the privacy Tab, choose Location services in the sidebar and check the box next to the corresponding widget.
6. Update your apps
If you're still having issues with a particular widget, update the relevant app and see if it makes a difference. For apps that you downloaded from the Mac App Store, you can update them yourself in the App Store after going to the To update Tab.
If you downloaded the app elsewhere, look for one Check for updates in the app's menu bar options or get a newer version from the developer's website.
Some apps and widgets (such as stocks and photos) are built into the operating system. The only way to update them is to update macOS yourself (more on that next).
7. Update macOS
Updating macOS is another way to fix persistent issues with widgets not working on Mac. That should solve problems with stock widgets like clock, weather, and photos as well.
So open that Apple Menu and select System settings > Software update. When the software update tool detects an update, select Update now to install it.
A broken widget can work if you remove it and add it again. First, Ctrl + click the widget and select Remove widget. Then choose the Edit widgets at the bottom of the Notification Center to go to the Widget Gallery.
Follow this by clicking on plus (+) Icon in the upper right of the widget to put it back in Notification Center.
9. Remove the relevant app and reinstall it
Sometimes a widget may stop working properly due to an app-related problem. Removing and reinstalling the app can help.
To do this, open the Applications Folder on your Mac and drag the app to the trash. Then reinstall the app from the App Store or download the latest version from the developer's website.
10. Enter and exit Safe Mode
Entering and exiting Safe Mode helps flush out various forms of cached data that prevent user interface elements from working properly in macOS. To do this, restart your Mac while holding down the key. hold layer Key. Once your Mac starts in Safe Mode, restart your device.
If you are using an Apple Silicon Mac, the procedure for entering Safe Mode is different. Restart your Mac first, but keep the power Key until you get to Start options Screen. Then choose Macintosh HD (or press and hold the corresponding startup disk) layer, and choose Continue in safe mode.
11. Clear the Mac's cache
If entering and exiting Safe Mode didn't help, try clearing the Mac's application and system caches. The quickest way to do this is by using the free Onyx cleanup tool.
After downloading and installing Onyx, open the program and select maintenance to access your cleanup options. The standard selection is sufficient, so just click Perform tasks. You will need to restart your Mac to complete the cleanup process.
Clearing the application and system caches will slow your Mac down at first, but will speed up again as you continue to use it.
Download: Onyx (free)
12. Reset the NVRAM / PRAM
If none of the above fixes worked, you should flush your Mac's NVRAM / PRAM. This is a tiny chunk of non-volatile memory that tends to cause problems with various macOS-related functions. A manual NVRAM / PRAM reset is only possible on Intel-based Macs.
So if you want to continue, hold the. pressed Command line + opportunity + P. + R. Keys while restarting your Mac. Release them the second time you hear the startup sound (or the second time you see the Apple logo if your Mac has an Apple T2 security chip).
Hopefully the above fixes worked and you can use widgets on Mac without any problems. However, if you're having similar issues with widgets on your iPhone, you'll need separate troubleshooting tips.
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About the author
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Dilum Senevirathne is a freelance tech writer and blogger with over three years of experience contributing to online technology publications. He specializes in topics related to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows and Google web apps. Dilum holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and AICPA.
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