What is suggestive and why is this process running on my Mac?

Is you by looking into the Activity indicator You noticed the background process on your Apple Mac and now you want to know what it's all about? Then you've come to the right place. Below you will find information about the meaning and purpose of the process as well as tips for solving the problem. This way you have the right procedure at hand if suggestd causes too much CPU load or maxes out the RAM. But that should only rarely be the case. More good news: the suggestd process is not um malicious software.

What is suggestive about the Apple Mac? Here you will find information about the macOS process and its tasks. There are also tips in case it causes the system load to be too high over the long term.
What is suggestive about the Apple Mac? Here you will find information about the macOS process and its tasks. There are also tips in case it causes the system load to be too high over the long term.

The suggestd process on the Mac: Suggestions in Spotlight, from Siri, in apps and more

The name of this background process, which is standard in the macOS operating system, is made up of “Suggest” and “d”. The first term stands for “Suggest” and the single letter stands for “Daemon”. A daemon is a process started independently by the system that automatically performs a specific task to make computer use more convenient. More about it here: What is a daemon?

So the suggestion daemon is there to make suggestions. This can be done when searching via Spotlight This may be the case, but also when using Siri, in the Mail app, in the Messages app and in other cases of use. The background process described brings out contacts, events, appointments and the like in order to make them available for suitable search queries or entries. This means you don't have to search for the individual data manually.

When is suggestd's high resource consumption normal?

When importing or synchronizing larger amounts of data, for example from a backup, or when using the migration assistant when setting up a new Mac, it can happen that a significant amount of processor power and RAM is used. That is normal. Therefore, you should simply wait until this and similar processes involved in data transfer and cataloging the new information have completed their work. Aborting it or restarting the Mac in the middle can result in data loss or the Mac not running properly afterwards.

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Troubleshooting: If suggestd constantly uses too much CPU

Have you not synchronized or updated any data and is suddenly causing a high CPU load? Or does the process simply not finish and continues to slow down Mac usage even after hours? Then this could be due to a bug that can be fixed by relatively simple measures. Here are a few suggestions for troubleshooting high CPU loads using the suggest daemon:

  • End the process via Activity Monitor (it will then automatically restart)
  • Shut down the Mac and restart it after waiting half a minute
  • Open the Finder, click on “Go” in the menu bar, hold down the option key and click on “Library” in the menu, search for and delete the “Suggestion” folder there, empty the trash and restart the Mac (then The daemon's directory is recreated, which can temporarily cause system load, but should then ensure peace of mind)

Summary: suggestd is important for comfortable Mac use

Apple devices are designed to make use comfortable and efficient through a variety of aids and support mechanisms. The suggestd process is a tool for exactly this simplified user experience, as it offers suggestions for specific content across multiple macOS tools and individual apps. It should work unobtrusively in the background and not consume too many resources. This also applies to other processes, which you can read about here in the blog. Like this one: coreduetd, trustd, backupd, AppleSpell, sandboxd, kernel_task and more.

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