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Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: April 20, 2020 12:02PM
For the last couple years, Contacts has been slow as molasses. Spinning balls if I edit a contact, move anything around, add a new Card. I've tried disabling temporarily its syncing with iCloud, which improves things quite a bit, but it's still slow. I have 2100 cards.

Wondering if there's a cache to delete, a .plist, a hidden file to wipe, a magic potion.



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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 20, 2020 12:12PM
I don't have an answer for you. I sync my Contacts between Mac and iPhone via my Google account and it works well, although I don't have anywhere near 2100 cards.

(Years ago I probably would have just used iCloud for that but at the time there was confusion about stopping syncing/deleting contacts potentially wiping out everyone on the other device ... and so I punted and Google never threatened me in that way.)
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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: Wags
Date: April 20, 2020 12:33PM
I've noticed that as well. Lots of dups in mine. Wish there was an easy way to fix that.
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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: April 20, 2020 12:37PM
Not directly related, but this is the problem I have with Mail on my Mac. It can take up to 5 minutes for it to fetch new messages. My other devices are fine.



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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 20, 2020 01:04PM




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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 20, 2020 01:07PM
try starting in Safe. See if the issue persists.
Reboot with Shift key held



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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: April 20, 2020 01:44PM
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Wags
I've noticed that as well. Lots of dups in mine. Wish there was an easy way to fix that.

See "Look for Duplicates" in Fritz' pic.

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Contacts gets slow when there are lots of contacts. Slower when it's syncing.

This has been the case since the beginning. Apple does not seem inclined to fix it.

...There is a rare bug where the AddressBookSourceSync process eats CPU. It's unlikely, but you can check it easily enough by opening Activity Monitor and seeing how much CPU it's grabbing.



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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: April 21, 2020 09:22AM
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Fritz
try starting in Safe. See if the issue persists.
Reboot with Shift key held

Fritz: interesting. I did that and something has definitely made things better. I first turned off iCloud syncing in Contacts, then restarted in Safe Mode and opened Contacts, and started doing some major editing of cards, and while not exactly speedy, it was much better. The really interesting thing is that this morning (with iCloud synced again), in normal startup mode, Contacts is pretty damn smooth for the first time in at least a year.

What is your sense of what happens in Safe mode that would fix this?



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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: April 21, 2020 10:07AM
man, I have no idea.
perhaps a stuck cache.
better minds may know.
sometimes Safe cures stuff that makes no sense.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/21/2020 10:13AM by Fritz.
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Re: Any way to speed up Contacts in Mac OS X ?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: April 21, 2020 10:11AM
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Fritz
man, I have no idea.
perhaps I stuck cache.
better minds may know.
sometimes Safe cures stuff that makes no sense.

Ha, that matches what I tried reading about Safe Mode for a hour last night. I saw what Apple says it does, but it didn't seem to explain the results I was seeing. I'm definitely adding it to the master fixit list in the future.



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