Most of us wish to buy a MacBook or any other Apple products for its superior build quality and the seamless user experience they offer. Compared to a PC in which some or other glitches do happen frequently, Apple products are known for fewer issues.
But still, there could be some common issues in a MacBook that could take users by surprise. This article will discuss the five most common MacBook problems and ways to fix those issues from occurring again. Rest assured, you can fix most of the issues in a couple of hours.
- MacBook not turning on
You could be facing issues such as MacBook not turning on / various bug fixes that could be causing the MacBook not to turn on properly. If you see a grey coloured screen while starting up your MacBook or if the screen is just blank, the first step you should try is to boot your MacBook computer in safe mode.
One of the key benefits of starting up your MacBook in safe mode is that the macOS will load the computer with minimal configurations and software. The MacBook will boot with minimum drivers and perform a check-up of the start-up disk to fix any directory issues that might have led to the glitch.
For starting the MacBook in safe mode, start the MacBook normally and keep the shift key pressed until the Apple logo appears and disappears. You will have to wait patiently for some time unless Apple runs its diagnostics. Once done, you can exit the safe mode and restart your MacBook normally without pressing any keys. This process will probably resolve the issue.
- Issues in connecting to the Internet
You might have come across scenarios in which you cannot connect to the Internet using your Wi-Fi. It could be frustrating as your entire work for the day depends on proper internet connectivity.
The reasons for such an issue could be multiple. Issues with the router, server issues from the internet service provider’s end, or even a loose connection.
One of the reasons could be even a software issue within the macOS. However, the basic step you should do is removing the Wi-Fi connection you are using and add it again. Enter the password one more time for connecting to the Wi-Fi network. In most of the scenarios, the internet connectivity issue will be resolved.
- Unable to view files
Do you think one or multiple folders or files are missing in your MacBook; the first step to take is to search for the files and folders in Spotlight. Click ‘Command + Space’, which will display a new search tab. You can enter the name that you remember of the file or folder. Do that slowly by typing each letter.
But if you have renamed the file and don’t remember, or overwritten the file or moved the file to Trash and emptied the Trash, recovering the files or folders could be very difficult.
- MacBook not connecting with External Devices
Are you facing any issue with your speaker, printer or hard drive not connecting to the MacBook? Before you conclude that it’s a problem with your MacBook, you should first check whether the problem is with the external device itself.
Try connecting the device to another PC. If they are connecting and working properly with other computers, then it is an issue with your MacBook. You should also check for any damages to your MacBook port and ensure that the external device has been connected to the right port within the MacBook. It is also desirable to restart your MacBook, which could resolve the issue at times.
Similarly, compatibility issues could also be one reason for the MacBook not connecting to the external device. There could also be some glitch in the settings page due to which the issue might be occurring. It is better to try doing a reset of the PRAM/NVRAM as well as SMC.
- MacBook slowing down
Another common MacBook issue is the icon that denotes a spinning beach ball which indicates that some applications are slowing down the overall functionality of the MacBook.
Such signs indicate a program running in the background and taking huge memory space in the processor. It would be best to navigate to the Activity Monitor to find out such applications and remove those apps that you do not need. This helps in the prevention of such applications from using too much memory space of MacBook.
After performing the steps mentioned above, your MacBook issue persists; it is advisable to take your MacBook to the nearest Apple Service Centre since more complicated issues can be resolved only by an authorized Apple products service technician.