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Over the past few months, I have experienced my MacBook turning on its fans because of high CPU usage. When that happens, I see that a process called remindd is using 100-300% CPU for a long time, usually more than 10 minutes. It seems this process belongs to the reminders app, which I do use, but it doesn't make any sense that the app has such a high CPU usage. This is not a one time thing, it happened at least 5 times in the last few weeks. I usually ended up killing the process or restarting my Mac. Quitting the reminders app does not stop the process.

What can I do to prevent this?

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It may be related to the reminders app constantly syncing:

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Although that opens only more questions than it answers.

I'm using the latest MacBook Pro 16" with MacOS 10.15.4 (19E287)

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    Can you pls include the model of your MBP and the version of macOS on it in your post? Thx.
    – Alper
    May 24 '20 at 8:30
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    . @Luca as a hit and trial attempt, turn off iCloud sync of reminders on your Mac & turn it back on.
    – anki
    May 24 '20 at 8:30
  • I added some more info to the post. I also tried @ankii's suggestion, until now the the cpu usage was normal, but I'll report back as soon when I encounter the problem again.
    – Luca Steeb
    May 24 '20 at 8:51
  • Turning off reminders sync no longer works for me. remindd has run away CPU usage even with syncing off. I updated my answer as well. Nov 2 '20 at 20:24
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What worked for me is to turn off Reminders syncing, reboot, then turn it back on. Assuming you are running Catalina, you would go to:

System Preferences -> Internet Accounts -> iCloud -> Uncheck Reminders

It took a bit for my reminders to sync again, but after that, there were no more issues with Reminders app lockup and the remindd run away CPU usage.

However, as of recent (Catalina 10.15.7), remindd has run away CPU usage regardless if I turn off/on syncing or I just leave it off the all the time.

Since I posted this answer, I will add that even with Big Sur (including 11.3 update), so long as I have Reminders enabled, I get high CPU usage with remindd. In addition, reminders are not properly syncing between my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It appears there is some corruption in my Reminder data and it is not getting fixed with macOS updates.

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  • seeing the same thing after upgrading from Mojave to Big Sur. Feedback time I guess... I hate this new update -.-
    – Jon Lang
    Jan 27 at 13:33
  • same here after upgrading to big sur
    – webofmars
    Apr 8 at 17:40
  • So is there any way to disable remindd? At this point, I'd rather have it completely disabled rather than eating my battery...
    – Gleno
    May 2 at 8:03
  • @Gleno just turn off Reminders in your iCloud settings. May 4 at 12:54
  • @SwisherSweet I did, but it still kept chugging. The trick was to start the reminders app, and delete all reminders. They kept popping back, i kept deleting, and after a few tugs of war, I ultimately won. Now my reminders are completely pacified. Thanks.
    – Gleno
    May 6 at 12:38
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I use to have the same problem, so I kill the process from the command line. You have to find the PID process for that I've used top command

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then is I use the following command:

sudo kill -9 YOUR_PID_NUMBER

After doing that you can note the difference, the fan noise decreases A LOT.

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    Thanks for contributing, but this doesn't fully answer the question - OP already states that s/he kills the process but wants to know how to prevent the process from starting and / or hogging the CPU repeatedly.
    – sfxedit
    Jul 13 at 10:19

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