For people who have used Mac before a windows system, they know that Macs in general are way more reliable than any other systems and will rarely let you down. But we live in the real world with technology: computers and laptops getting old, memory wearing out, battery cycles getting shorter and dying out.
Well then if one day you woke up but your MacBook did not (sad though!), it might feel like your life has literally stopped for that moment. Just think about all the work saved offline, photos, documents, all the stuff that you had stored on your Mac. They might be in great danger of missing out. So, it is highly advisable and necessary that you keep regular back-ups.
Or imagine that you cannot turn your MacBook on after an update. Maybe the screen is all blank and nothing happens at all. Maybe your MacBook does try to turn on but does not get to the login screen.
If you ever face such a problem and do not know how to fix it. Here’s a step-by-step guide for making your Mac come to life. Going to the Apple store for a fix? Yes, that is an option, but an appointment might take time & money. Therefore, here are a few tips that can help you work your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and any other Mac device.
Keep up-to-date backups
Well if we truly tell you, it is exhausting & equally frustrating to go through the steps if your Mac won’t boot, it is highly advisable and necessary that you keep regular back-ups. if you do not keep regularly backups and are not aware of the state your Mac is in disaster will strike you, let’s fix this for you with iBoysoft!
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Solutions for MacBook Not Turning On
When your Mac won’t turn on, it’s rare that the problem is with the entire setup – it could be one of the components misbehaving, which could be anything between your display to software glitches. Our focus here is to isolate this problem to solve it.
1. Check if Your Mac Has Power
Well as a first step, as obvious as it sounds, please check whether your Mac has any battery life. Try unplugging and plugging your Mac back in for checking any charge left. If you’re using an older version of MacBook, your charging cable will show you a green light if the computer is charged or amber for still charging. Make it a rule, or at least try to use apple-made cables.
The battery may be fully discharged, or it could also be malfunctioned. If your MacBook is not responding to the power connected cable check if it is connected properly or not damaged in any way. You could try a different power cable if you’ve another one around. Please check that the port is clean.
And while you are checking things, check your external hardware. Disconnect all connected devices and peripherals like printers or any graphics tablets, as these can sometimes be the reason for such causes.
2. Make sure it isn’t a screen issue
Do you hear noises from your MacBook when you are trying to turn it on? Can you hear noises like humming, chiming as the Mac starts up, or turning on the fan as it works? Check if the lights on the keyboard are turning on? These are all signs that make sure the Mac is starting up as expected, so chances are that something goes wrong with your laptop screen.
The good news is that you have a screen issue but probably all your data is safe and stored. While the bad news is that you cannot really fix Mac’s screen on your own. You should get yourself an appointment for Apple Store to see if the display can be fixed or replaced.
3. Reboot your Mac with a power cycle
You can try to power cycle your Mac to clear up any internal problems or glitches that may be creating problems in proper startup. If this works your Mac at least tries to turn on, but it may not show any effect on a totally dead MacBook. We will advise that before you begin to perform power cycle, unplug anything that is attached to your MacBook.
To run a power cycle, follow the below steps. Power cycle will completely cut all traces of power from the Mac and enables you to restart from the start.
- Disconnect the power cable from your MacBook & hold the power button down for good 10 seconds.
- If you are using an older version of MacBook, you need to disconnect the power cable and remove the battery for at least 10 seconds.
- Now after 10 seconds you can reconnect the power and try to restart your Mac. Hopefully if this works, it may bring back your device to life.
Tip: Doing this power cycle is equivalent to pressing a “reset” button or pulling the plug from the main supply. It works on all your devices like phones, ebook readers, and pretty much every other gadget/appliance that has not battery removal option.
4. Boot Your Mac in Safe Mode
If your Mac does not boot, try, and think of what you were doing the last time it was on. If you are able to see signs of life in your Mac while it is trying to on, things like – not going past the Apple logo or the login screen—then booting in Safe Mode may help you fix it finally.
You need to press the power button on your Mac & simultaneously press & hold the Shift key. Keep holding it until you reach the login screen, then proceed as normal. Booting in safe mode runs a couple of diagnostic tests, then works on a stripped-down version of macOS. If you can successfully boot your Mac into Safe Boot, it proves that it’s the software issue that prevents your Mac from booting.
To find out which software is misbehaving, you can boot the Mac into Verbose mode. Just reboot your Mac and immediately hold Command + V key combinations. You will see a live report when booting up. And it will stop at the program making your computer stuck at startup. How to get rid of the troublemaker?
Boot your computer into Safe Mode again, then remove the conflicting programs. After that you can leave Safe Mode by restarting your Mac normally, and it should turn on this time.
5. Reset SMC
SMC is a System Management Controller that controls a host of basic Mac functions. SMC basically handles everything for your Mac, right from the keyboard’s backlight, to managing the battery, to the response to the Power button.
Here’s how you reset SMC:
For Desktop Macs
- Disconnect the power cable and wait 15 seconds.
- Connect the power cord back in and wait for another five seconds.
- Now, restart your Apple desktop.
Macs Without Removable Batteries
- Unplug the power and shutdown your computer.
- Press and hold the left Shift key, Option (Alt) Key, and Control keys, along with the Power button for 10 seconds.
- After 10 seconds, release all the keys, then restart your Mac.
Older MacBooks With Removable Batteries
- First, shutdown the Mac and remove the battery.
- Second, press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
- Put back both the power and the battery.
- Try to restart your Mac.
6. Reset NVRAM/PRAM
NVRAM or PRAM is a non-volatile random-access memory. It stores some special settings that a Mac needs to access quickly, such as startup disk selection and recent kernel panic information.
To reset NVRAM/PRAM, you just need to restart your Mac. Then immediately press & hold the Option (Alt) Key, Command, P, & R keys. Last, start the computer again.
7. Boot Through macOS Recovery Mode and Repair the Corrupted Disk
One reason that stops your computer from booting up is the corrupted disk. To repair it, you should first boot your computer into recovery mode.
To boot into macOS Recovery Mode, follow these:
- Press the power button of your laptop.
- Press & hold the Command and R keys.
- Unhold the keys when you see the Apple logo, or any other startup screen.
- When you are done booting, you will see the new macOS Utilities menu.
Now you can select Disk Utility and click Continue.
- You could see Macintosh HD on the left sidebar and choose it.
- Click First Aid on the top of the menu.
- Choose Run when the message window pops up.
You can try to restart the computer after the First Aid checks and repairs errors in the drive. It should be able to turn on now.