I just got a MBPr. When the display switches off, like its going to sleep and I quickly hit a key to wake it back up. It shows a black screen with a cursor for about 15-20 seconds before the login screen appears. Its only if I do it instantly after the screen switches off. If I leave it off for sometime it comes back instantly...

Its not a problem when I don't log back in and let the screen go black from the login prompt.

I also tried to totally disable the show login screen after screensaver/sleep option and it still take a while to go from black to my desktop.

This is a problem if I have an external display plugged in or no displays attached. Its really annoying because I want to stop it from sleeping because I'm reading or something.

Is this normal? How can I troubleshoot?

  • I too have a very similar problem, whenever my screen turns off and I quickly touch a key to bring it back, it comes back to a black screen + cursor for ~5-10 seconds. I'm not running multiple displays, nor am I using Spotify. I've just purchased the computer and it's been doing it since day 1.
    – fpsColton
    Commented Sep 18, 2014 at 16:25
  • Ran into the same issue on Yosemite. For me it was Adobe Creative Cloud in the toolbar. Killing this process solved my issue.
    – fortune
    Commented Oct 15, 2014 at 2:10
  • Not answering the question, but look up an app called Caffeine. Puts a little icon in the menu bar that you can click to keep the screen awake for x minutes.
    – miken32
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 21:38
  • Me to experiencing this from day one (retina mid 2014, Mavericks to Yosemite). Found the reason here: forums.macrumors.com/threads/… It's a bug in Message screen saver without a message. I say it's a bug, because we are waking the computer, so wtf is screensaver kicking in at all!? And it doesn't kick in (login is shown) if it's set to anything else than Message.
    – tishma
    Commented Sep 19, 2015 at 21:13

1 Answer 1


It turns out in this case the cause is Spotify. It seems to be a bug with the Spotify app. Yet no bug fix has been released. If you have spotify running, kill it and see if you get this issue still.

If you dont use Spotify go through a process of elimination. Start by killing everything running (processes/background/tray tasks) then make the laptop it sleeps and comes back.

Then start processes/background/tray tasks up one by one and let the computer sleep (change it to 1 minute or something to test) then see if it comes back ok. Keep going until it doesn't thats the process at fault.

  • I have this same problem, but I do not have Spotify. Any other ideas would be most welcome.
    – user88122
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 23:04
  • No spotify here as well. Someone with a different suggestion?
    – Birowsky
    Commented Aug 19, 2014 at 20:23
  • I dond't have spotify either...
    – Pier
    Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 22:01
  • Go through a process of elimination kill everything running make sure it works, then start processes up one by one and let the computer sleep (change it to 1 minute or something to test) then see if it comes back ok.
    – NightWolf
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 0:48
  • Yosemite should be out in a week or so which might fix this issue too.
    – NightWolf
    Commented Oct 13, 2014 at 0:49

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