How to fix high CPU usage by accountsd on macOS

By Maaz Perwez
Accountsd High CPU

Recently released macOS Catalina version 10.15.7 has been facing a lot of issues. But one major problem is the high CPU usage on the MAC. According to the MAC users, they have complained that in the activity monitor, a system process named “accountsd” shows very high CPU usage, which is causing their MACs to slow down.

Users have discussed in the Apple Support Communities, and one of the users have shared a screenshot regarding the same. The CPU usage in the screenshot was a massive 400%.

Previously the same issue have had been seen by MAC users. Over the years they have tried to troubleshoot as well.

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Accountsd High CPU

The Power Hungry “accountsd” Process

It is a daemon, which means it is a part of the framework of the account. According to the Apple officials, this framework helps users access and manage their external accounts from within apps, and users need not enter login credentials every time.

The Accounts framework provides access to user accounts stored in the Accounts database, which is managed by the system. An account keeps the login credentials of a particular service, such as Twitter, and you use those credentials to authenticate with the service. When you integrate the Accounts framework into your app, you don’t need to store account logins yourself. Instead, the user grants your app access to use their account login credentials, bypassing the need to type their username and password. If no account for a particular service exists in the user’s Accounts database, you can let them create and save an account from within your app.

How To Fix the High CPU Usage in macOS?

All the users who are affected must have tried every kind of solution they found on the internet. Some of them might have worked, but not all.

Few users were able to solve the issue by signing out of their Apple ID account under System Preferences > Apple ID > Overview > Sign Out, restarting their MAC and then signing back into the account, this solution didn’t work for everyone. Users can try their luck!

While a few others were able to solve the issue by resetting their MAC’s SMC and NVRAM.

For more in-depth troubleshooting and trying further, some users got success with navigating to > Library/ Accounts and renaming the file ” Accounts4.sqlite” to “Accounts4.sqlite.testbackup” you must proceed with caution, as it can break your iCloud syncing or some other thing.

Apple is yet to acknowledge this issue. A future software should be released fixing the high CPU usage issue. We will update the article as soon as we get any further information regarding the matter.

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