That’s a good question. Many of the apps that come with our Mac and third party apps we install use the internet connection in the background to phone home, download data, upload data, and do what we might like to know they do, but we don’t. Why not? iPhone and iPad have a little network connection indicator in the status bar that spins whenever an app is using the internet connection. Why not on the Mac.
That’s exactly what Loading does. It’s a free Mac app that displays the same kind of network access icon in the Menubar as iPhone and iPad display when an app uses the internet. Here’s what it looks like in action on a Mac, compared to an iPad.
Wait. There’s more.
A quick click to the Loading icon in the Menubar also reveals which applications have used the internet connection recently (Loaded) and which are using it now (Loading).
Even better, when you press the Option key while clicking on the Loading icon in the Menubar, it will display the processes or apps using the internet connection, including their identifier and path. No, Loading isn’t as comprehensive as Why You Need The Mac App That Blocks Incoming And Outgoing Network Connections but it’s useful and free. What’s not to like?
Wait. Can’t you do exactly the same thing– also for free– by opening up Activity Monitor and selecting the Network button, then sorting All Processes, hierarchically, by Received Bytes?
Loading is easier to use and faster. If you need more details, Activity Monitor can help.