Some are of the opinion that turning off and restarting Mac devices serves no real purpose outside of rebooting after an installation or upgrade. Since Mac performs a periodic maintenance script during your working, and even when the device is asleep, which may be interrupted during a shutdown. The scripts run daily, weekly and monthly to remove logs, rebuild elements of the database, and other maintenance duties. Based upon these facts, shutting down your MacBook becomes even more unimportant. Most often, users put the MacBook to sleep by closing the lid.

The battery health in your MacBook is important. It is recommended that you use the MacBook until +60% battery level is completed, and then the device must be plugged back in. There are times when the MacBook should be shut down. For instance, if you rarely use the device, it should sit on a shelf, turned on for long periods of time, consuming energy. If you do not plan to use your MacBook for at least 36 hours, discharge the battery to +50% and shut your MacBook down. If you do not plan to use the MacBook for at least 6 months, shut it down, remove the battery and store at +50%. But what if your MacBook won’t turn off? Here are a few solutions to that problem?

Turn Off Your Mac the Normal Way

Go to Apple > Shut Down. A clock should appear that warns the device is about to shut down from 1 minute. You should see a warning to save content you have been working on just before the shut down. Close all of these files and apps so that the shutdown will run its course. Avoid skipping the count down using the Command key. Your MacBook should shut down on its own after these steps. Give your MacBook a bit more time to perform the shutdown. If it doesn’t, try the solutions that follow to fix the problem.

Go Back and Close All Applications

Frozen or crashing apps are a common reason for Mac devices to stall or become stuck in the shut down process. When your MacBook stalls and does not shut down after the command, you may receive a notification such as some application failed to quit:

your mac hasnt shut down

Go back and close the application listed in the notification. If you have problems closing an application, check to see if there is work, such as a document, that has not been saved. Save the document and try again. If the app has crashed, frozen, or some other dysfunction,

1. Check the Dock for any bouncing alerts for an app.

2. Save unsaved files from the Alert window for all documents. Choosing Cancel will halt the Shut Down operation.

3. Save any unfinished work using Command + S in the program window.

There are a few ways to force quit your problem applications:

Force Quit

1. Try to Force Quit the application by right-clicking it on the Dock and select ‘Force Quit’. (You can lose data with this solution), or by selecting the applications in Force Quit.

2. Try to force quit the apps by pressing Command + Option + Esc to activate the Force Quit window. Choose the applications that you need to quit, and then choose Force Quit.

Once you have closed all of your apps, you should be able to go back to Apple and choose Shut Down your MacBook successfully. If this works, you may need to go back and update or reinstall the apps that caused trouble in the shutdown. You can perform a software update in the App Store by clicking Updates > Update All. Then update all software you have on your MacBook that is not in the App Store.

Then go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault > Turn Off FileVault to turn of FileVault. Go to Disk Utility > Your main hard drive > Verify Disk. Select ‘Repair Disk’ to fix any problems. Go to Disk Utility > Verify Disk Permissions > Repair Disk Permissions. Then reset the SMC.

If this solution didn’t work, go back and unplug all of your peripherals and try to shut down again. If the MacBook still will not shut down, move on to the next solution.

Check to see if Your MacBook has Frozen

If your MacBook won’t shut down, it could be a random frozen screen. Sometimes, it has frozen due to faulty apps and can’t acknowledge the shut down command. This means you can’t navigate to close any apps or use the Shut Down option.

Shut Down

1. Press the Power button down and hold it for a moment or two. A dialogue box should appear asking if you want to sleep, restart, or shut down your MacBook. Choose shut down and DO Not check the box to reopen any applications on restart.

2. To bypass the dialogue box and shut down instantly, press Control + Power or Eject + Power to force your MacBook to restart. Or, hold the Power button down a bit longer.

If your screen is still frozen after the restart, try running in Safe Mode by pressing ‘Shift’ during the restart.

If your MacBook still did not shut down, move on to the next solution.

Force Quit Your MacBook

After all other solutions have failed, you may have to force quit your MacBook, which is undesirable under normal circumstances. Close as many programs or apps as you can before the force quit. Press Power until your MacBook screen turns black and the power light turns off. Leave the device alone for at least 30 seconds to clean up and to store the code. Press Power again to turn it back on. Although this is not the ideal way to turn off your MacBook, it may be necessary if nothing else works.

Contact Apple Support

If your MacBook has had this problem multiple times, you should try to find why your MacBook keeps having the problem shutting down by running checks. If you still have trouble, contact Apple Support for assistance.