Macs, in general, sometimes malfunction. MacBook Pro offers durability and is a reliable piece of technology that rarely malfunctions. However, due to some unfortunate scenarios like shorter battery cycles, internal memory wear-out and other factors, it might refuse to turn on.
If you find yourself in a situation where your MacBook Pro won’t turn on, there are some steps you can take to remedy the situation. In this article, we will be looking at what to do when your MacBook is not turning on.
Solutions to Implement When Your MacBook Won’t Turn On
There are a couple of reasons why your MacBook Pro won’t turn on. In very rare cases, it could be because of the whole setup. To get your MacBook Pro working again, isolating the root cause is the best way to tackle and solve this problem. In extreme cases where you might not get it to work, Mac data recovery is your next best option.
With a combination of the steps below, you should be able to get your MacBook Pro laptop up and running
Check the Power Cable
Checking the power cable might be the first thing you need to do when you come face-to-face with an issue like this. You should first unplug and re-plug the power cable into your laptop. To be extra sure you are doing the right thing, ensure that you are plugging in an Apple-made charging power cable to your laptop. This is safe and carries the right wattage for your MacBook Pro laptop. It is the safest option that will not add any extra strain on your battery life.
Power up Your Laptop
After checking your MacBook Pro’s power cable, the next step is to boot up your laptop. When you press the power button, try to notice if there is any indication of your laptop coming on. Signs you should look out for are sounds of your fan rolling or any sound at all. Getting sound feedback means the problem might be a software issue. Not getting any sound feedback points towards a hardware issue.
Either way, disconnect all the auxiliary devices you use alongside your MacBook Pro. This is to ensure that these auxiliary devices are not the cause of your laptop not booting. If your MacBook still can’t be turned on, you should consider checking the power life cycle next.
Check the Power Cycle
If you are sure your MacBook won’t reboot, the next point of action is to force a restart. First, you have to make sure your MacBook is shut down. You can achieve this by pressing your power button for a long time. Next, you need to unplug the power cable powering your laptop. Press and hold down the power button for 10 seconds or more until you see your MacBook restart.
In cases where you are getting sound feedback from the fan while trying to restart your laptop but you still do not see anything on display, the issue might be your laptop screen. Sometimes, it might be that your laptop’s black screen has its backlight dimmed down. What you should consider doing is taking it close to a bright window, so you can see the back of the screen with sunscreen rays on the screen. This way, you can see enough to log in to your laptop and turn the backlight back up.
Boot into Recovery Mode
If you still do not have a solution for your MacBook that won’t boot from the steps above, it is time to turn attention to the hard drive next. If the Disk Utility is the main issue, you have little to worry about due to the easy fix for it via recovery mode.
To start the recovery mode process, you first make sure that your laptop is shut down. After rebooting, click on both Command and R button simultaneously and hold for few seconds. From the prompt pop up, click on disk utility from the options and continue. Click Hard Drive and select First Aid. After your completion of this process, turn off your MacBook and restart it again.
Restart in Safe Mode
If your MacBook still won’t reboot, you can restart it in safe mode to bypass side processes that might be the main obstacle for the reboot. To reboot in safe mode, first shut down your laptop completely. To do this, simply hold down the power button. Click on the power button to power it back up, then click and hold the shift button. Release the shift button when you see the login screen prompting you to log in.
Reset the SMC
The System Management Controller is another important operator in your MacBook Pro. It manages the keyboard backlights, power button actions, battery and much more. Resetting your SMC should be your last resort if your MacBook won’t turn on. To reset the SMC, press Shift, Control and Option while powering up.