What Is hidd, and Why Is It Running on my Mac?


You recognize most of the processes you see while browsing Activity Monitor, but not hidd. The name is cryptic, and there’s no icon for you to recognize. Should you be worried?

Absolutely not. The process called hidd is not harmful, and is actually part of macOS itself. The cryptic name stands for Human Interface Device Daemon. This daemon interprets all of your mouse movements and keyboard taps, meaning it’s essential if you want to use your Mac. Other input devices, such as tablets for drawing and game controllers, are also managed by this daemon.

It’s rare for hidd to cause problems, but it’s always possible. Here’s what to do if that happens.

What to Do if hidd Is Using Excessive System Resources

It’s rare, but occasionally Mac users report that hidd is using an excessive amount of…

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