How can I fix error code -36 on my Mac?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The error code -36 mac is a general file transfer error code that appears when there is an issue with the file being transferred. This can happen for a number of reasons, including if the file is corrupt or if there is an issue with the file permissions.

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1. Use the "force quit" option to close the offending program

To use the "force quit" option to close the offending program, follow these steps:

  1. Open the program that is causing the error.
  2. Click on the "force quit" button in the upper right-hand corner of the window.
  3. The program will close and you will be returned to the desktop.

2. Use the " Activity Monitor" to force quit the offending program

  1. Open the Activity Monitor application.
  2. In the Activity Monitor window, click on the "Processes" tab.
  3. Locate the offending program and force quit it by clicking on the "Force Quit" button.
  4. If the error code -36 appears in the "Error List" window, then the offending program is causing the problem and needs to be fixed.

3. Use the "Disk Utility" to repair the disk

  1. Open the "Disk Utility" application.
  2. Select the disk that needs repair and click the "Repair Disk" button.
  3. Select the type of repair that needs to be done and click the "Start Repair" button.
  4. If the repair is successful, the disk will be repaired and the error code -36 will be cleared.

4. Use the "Terminal" to change the permissions of the file

To change permissions on a Mac, open the Terminal application (found in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder) and type the following command: chmod -R 777 filename This command will change the permissions on the file to be read/write for everyone, including the owner.

5. Use the "Third-Party Software" to fix the error

  1. Open the "Third-Party Software" and click on the "Scan for Issues" button.
  2. On the "Scan for Issues" window, click on the "Error Code -36" button.
  3. On the "Error Code -36" window, the "Description" field will list the error code and the "Details" field will list the error message.
  4. Click on the "Fix Issues" button to fix the error.