Apple’s macOS is probably one of the best operating systems when it comes to productivity. However, at times, things can go wrong and you may be stuck with a non-working Macbook. Imagine waking up to work, turning on your Mac and then having it get stuck on the Apple logo screen.
What a nightmare, but worry not, as this is a relatively common issue and is usually solved with a few tricks. If your Macbook won’t turn on past the Apple logo, it is most likely a software issue. If it isn’t, and your Macbook is stuck because of a hardware issue, then you should probably take it to the Apple service center. Before doing that, it is best to check if the issue is related to a software bug.
If your Macbook won’t turn on completely or it won’t turn on past the Apple logo, then it is most likely stuck in a boot loop. There are plenty of ways to get around this issue and one of the methods should hopefully solve your problems.
1. Restart Mac
Before doing any troubleshooting, you should first Shutdown your Macbook to see if this fixes the issue. As always, a reboot usually fixes issues. Shut down your Macbook by pressing the Power button.
Turn it on again after 10-15 seconds and see if it functions normally. If not, then move on to the next steps. It is also good to perform a reboot by disconnecting any and all peripherals connected to your Mac.
2. Perform a Backup
It is also a good idea to make a backup of all your data. To backup data, you will need to boot your Macbook into recovery mode and connect an external drive or another Macbook that has enough storage.
Follow the steps below to successfully backup your Macbook. It is an easy process and will help you recover all your data in case something goes wrong. To backup your stuck Macbook, you will need to turn off the laptop first.
1. When turning on your Macbook, press and hold Command+R till you see the Apple logo.
2. The Macbook should now boot in to the Mac Recovery partition.
3. The macOS Utilities screen should now be available to you.
4. Select the Disk Utility option.
5. Follow on-screen instructions to perform a backup on to an external disk.
3. Start-up Manager
If your Macbook has more than one hard drive, then you may want to try and see if your Mac is booting from the right disk. Sometimes, the preferences get changed and may cause in the device not using the right disk to boot. To do this:
1. Press Option+Power key together to turn on your Mac.
2. You should be presented with the Startup Manager.
3. Choose the bootup disk and see if this fixes the problem.
3. Boot into Safe Mode
You can also try and boot in to safe mode if your Mac is stuck on bootloop and won’t turn on past the Apple logo. Booting your Mac in to Safe Mode will run the laptop in barebones configuration and will be much slower than normal mode. Some of the features will not work, so do not panic. To boot in to safe mode, perform the following steps after shutting down the Mac.
1. Hold the Shift key and turn on the Macbook
2. Wait till the Apple logo appears.
3. Let go of the Shift key now and your Macbook should boot in to safe mode.
A safe mode sign should let you know that you’re in this mode. If your Macbook doesn’t boot into safe mode, then that means that the problem is hardware. If it does boot into Safe mode, then clean up your boot drive by emptying the trash, and reboot your Mac. Hopefully, this fixes the problem.
4. Perform Disk Repair
To Repair a Disk on your Macbook, you will once again need to boot it in to recovery mode. Press Command+R when booting the Macbook and select the Disk Utility option once again. This time, click on the First Aid option after choosing your bootup disk.
Wait for the disk repair to complete, it will check your drive for issues and provide all the information. You will get a report at the end showing any errors and if anything requires a replacement. If everything is fine, reboot your Mac to see if the problem has been fixed.
5. Perform Apple Hardware Diagnostics
You can perform a complete hardware diagnostics of your Macbook to see if there’s anything wrong with the hardware on your device. Before you do this, disconnect anything that’s connected to your Mac.
1. Shut down your Macbook.
2. Press and hold the D key and then turn on your Mac.
3. Wait till you see the Apple Hardware test icon.
4. Select your preferred language.
5. To start the test, press the T key or press Enter
6. Choose the ‘Perform extended testing’ option to do a complete test.
7. Wait till the tests are finish to see if anything is wrong.
If nothing is wrong, then move to the next step. This means that your hardware may be alright, but you may need to reinstall the OS.
6. Reinstall macOS
If none of the above steps have worked so far, then you may need to reinstall the macOS on your Macbook. You can do this with the help of a flash drive, or the Internet Recovery option present in the Recovery mode. Follow the steps below to reinstall macOS and start fresh.
1. Turn off your Macbook.
2. Restart the Macbook while holding down the Command+R keys.
3. Let go of the keys once the Apple logo appears.
4. Your Mac should now be in Recovery mode with options such as Disk Utility, Reinstall OS X and others.
5. Select Reinstall OS X.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions and use the Internet Recovery option to reinstall macOS on your Macbook.
If this doesn’t work either, then you may want to take your Macbook to the nearest Apple Store. It looks like it could be an hardware issue, since none of the above steps helped.