It is hard to describe that sinking feeling more than when your MacBook Pro needs to be turned on. This will often happen when there is a lot to study, a deadline approaching, or important emails to send. These are the most common situations that can occur. They are.
Apple devices are well-known for their reliability. No matter how reliable an Apple device is, there are always issues.
This guide assumes that you haven’t made any major hardware modifications to your MacBook Pro. For macOS laptops, this is how to fix a MacBook Pro that won’t turn off.
1. Look for black/blank screen
Did your MacBook Pro not turn on when you first tried? Or did the screen remain black?
Black screens are a problem that is common with laptops, and it isn’t just Apple. Before you do anything, make sure that you haven’t accidentally turned the brightness down to zero.
- The keyboard has two keys at the top with sun icons. The first is to dim the display and the second is to make it brighter. This setting will not cause most laptops to go black, but it is important to confirm. Move on if the brightness doesn’t affect the black screen. Turn off your laptop and remove any peripherals. Then, turn it back on while you listen carefully.
Are you hearing any whirring? Are there any beeps? Fan noises? If you hear something, but don’t see it, it could be the screen. You should continue troubleshooting if you don’t hear anything.
2. Boot to Recovery Mode
If the screen is blank and you hear or feel feedback, you can boot it into Recovery Mode to fix any problems.
- To enter Recovery Mode, press the Command+R keyboard combination. If you see the macOS utility screen, this action should work.
Reboot your MacBook if Recovery Mode worked. It should then start up normally. Continue reading if Recovery Mode is unsuccessful. There may be other issues.
3. Check out Power Connections
Connect your MacBook Pro charger to the wall socket and plug it into the laptop. Check that both connections are tight. Make sure the power cable is in good condition. Try a different socket, or use another device to verify that nothing happens.
Check the adapter or power cord to make sure the outlet is working. You can try either if you have one or both. You can borrow a spare charger for five minutes. Continue troubleshooting if the laptop doesn’t respond to a new charger.
NOTE: You should use the same charger as the OEM charger for the model you have.
If possible, only use Apple-branded cables. Third-party charging cables may not be able to provide the right amperage required to properly power your device. Or, the wires could become brittle and cause damage. The cable and the charging block that came with the device could be what you need to get your computer on.
4. Power Cycle
Next, you will need to perform a complete power cycle on your MacBook Pro. This is a simple and effective solution, even though it may seem counterintuitive.
Simply plug your MacBook into the charger and hold down power for at least ten seconds. This is equivalent to removing the battery. As you do this, you may hear a clicking sound.
After you’ve released the power button, hold it down for a while and then release it again to turn on the MacBook Pro. It should boot if you are lucky. If it doesn’t, the MacBook Pro won’t start at all. You’ll have to continue reading.
5. Reset the SMC
The System Management Controller is the SMC. The SMC manages the Macbook Pro’s low-level functions, including the power button, display, and battery, fans, motion sensing, keyboard, and indicator lights. The SMC resets many settings to their defaults so it is best to wait until the last. You can reset the SMC on your MacBook Pro if you’ve made it this far.
- Unplug your laptop from the charger.
- For ten seconds, hold down Shift + Command + Option while you press the power_ button.
- Take all keys off and reconnect the charger.
- Next, click the button to start your laptop.
The MacBook Pro should now start normally if it was not booting because of an SMC error. It will be necessary to reset some hardware settings after the laptop starts up. However, this is a small price to take in order to get it working again. This is a far better option than expensive and time-consuming professional maintenance.
6. Take out the battery
An older MacBook Pro may have a removable battery. To check if the battery has a removable cover, look underneath. If the battery is out, you will see a small lock clip near it. The following steps will be required to remove the battery:
- Remove the locking clip from underneath your MacBook Pro.
- To expose the battery, lift the plastic flap.
- To remove the battery, pull the tab.
- You can reverse the process to replace or reinsert the battery, or the flap or clip.
The newer MacBook Pros do not come with a removable battery. This means that this process will not apply to you, even if you have one.
7. Unplug your Accessories
Although it may sound odd, if your MacBook is having trouble starting up, you can try unplugging everything.
You should temporarily unplug any USB devices, printers, or other connections. After this is done, you can reboot your MacBook by pressing the power button.
There is not much you can do if your MacBook Pro won’t turn off. It might be better to visit your nearest Apple Store and have one of their technicians look at it. It can help you get your laptop back in working order without affecting your warranty.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Computer problems can be frustrating, especially if they prevent you from making progress or working on your project. For more information about your MacBook, read on.
Is there a power button for the new MacBook?
Apple’s new MacBook Pro is very different to other models. The physical keys that used to be at the top of the keyboard now have a touch-sensitive pad. The power button was also affected by the changes. Users are no longer able to identify which button turns on their computer by the familiarity with Apple’s power icon.
The location of the power button remains the same, but the power button on the MacBook Pro acts as the fingerprint scanner.
What can I do if none of these solutions work?
If your MacBook Pro doesn’t turn on after you have tried all the steps, you should contact Apple to get additional support. Apple Support is available 24 hours a day.
This link will allow you to check your warranty coverage. To check your MacBook’s warranty, you will need its serial number. You can find the serial number on the backside of your MacBook in small print. If you have trouble turning on your device, make sure to check this first.
It’s always frustrating when your MacBook doesn’t turn on due to its high price. If your MacBook is experiencing problems, you can follow these steps or bring it to an Apple Store or repair shop if the warranty still applies.
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