Just started my Mac Mini 15 minutes ago. Suddenly the fan started to work and the sound is clearly hearable. Normally the machine works quietly. I took a look into the processes-table and found that there is a process "accountsd". The "Accounts daemon" perhaps ...

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Might the "accountsd"-process be related to the annoying fan-trouble?

What can be the reason of the described behaviour, out of the blue?

What can one do against it?

Here are the OS-specs:

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  • accountsd is part of the security framework that controls what you access - I have had the same issue on a Mac Mini (2012) on and off since Sierra and now control my fan with Macs Fan Control
    – user370793
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 9:41
  • Try to reset the NVRAM. This solved it for me: apple.stackexchange.com/a/402079/390499
    – Macintron
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 11:57

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I found a solution for the problem, meanwhile.

Here's what worked for me: In the "System-Preferences" it was demanded to update the Apple-ID.

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After doing so, I shutdown the machine. Then started it again.

The problem is now gone. The accountsd-process is still there in the processes-table, but the use of system-capacity is back to normal.

  • I have the same thing on iPad but it doesn't seem to go away.
    – Thinkr
    Commented May 12, 2023 at 10:50

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