Mac/MacBook Stuck in "Install in Progress"? 5 Quick Fixes!

Clare Phang
Last updated: May 24, 2024

If you're trying to update your Mac to the latest version but the installation progress is stuck, there could be several reasons for this. Here, we will detail the causes and solutions for when a macOS installation gets stuck.

"I have been waiting for days for the "install in Progress" to finish so I can go ahead and update the Mac. It says some updates could not be installed because of the in progress status. I tried to quit the install in progress from the pull down on the left hand top side of MacBook Air. Still, the notice comes back up."

- A Question from Apple Community.

Mac/MacBook Stuck in "Install in Progress"? 5 Quick Fixes!

Why Is Your Mac Stuck in "Install in Progress"?

Here are some common reasons why your Mac is stuck in Install in Progress.

How to Fix Mac Stuck in "Install in Progress"

1. Force Restart Your Mac

If your Mac's update is stuck, force restart it by holding down the power button until it shuts down, then restart it. This can often resolve the issue.

2. Check Your Internet Connection

Ensure your internet connection is stable. An unstable connection can cause incomplete downloads, leading to installation progress getting stuck.

3. Update Your Mac in Safe Mode

Booting your Mac in Safe Mode can help resolve installation issues caused by third-party software.

To start your Mac in Safe Mode,

  • For Intel-bsed Macs: Shut down your Mac. Seconds later, start your Mac and immediately press and hold the Shift key until you see the Login window.
  • For Apple Silcon Macs: Shut down your Mac. After a few seconds, press and continue holding the power button until you see the startup options window. Select the startup disk you want your Mac to boot from, then press and hold the Shift key and click Continue in Safe Mode.

4. Reinstall macOS

If none of the above methods work, try reinstalling your macOS.

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Press and hold the power button to turn it on.
  3. Release the button when "Options" appears, then click it and continue.
  4. Choose your user account, enter the password, and select the option to reinstall macOS.

5. Clean Install macOS

As mentioned, not enough disk space is one of the main reasons that your Mac is stuck in "Install in Progress". To troubleshoot, you can start fresh with a new installation of macOS.

It's important to note that a clean install of macOS will erase your entire drive. Make sure to back up your Mac before proceeding.

Bonus: How to Clear Space for macOS Installation

macOS installations require 10GB - 30GB of disk space. You can click the Apple menu > System Settings > General > Store to see how much free space left on your Mac. If your Mac is runng low on storage, consider using BuhoCleaner to quicky clean up your Mac.

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We’ve provided several solutions for when your Mac is stuck on "Install in Progress." Hope one of them works for you.

To prevent your Mac from encountering this issue again, make sure it has enough storage space by using BuhoCleaner before you start updating or upgrading your Mac.Thank you for reading, and we hope these solutions help you update your Mac successfully.

Clare Phang has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of the iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.