Mac Won’t Start? – Try These Useful Tips

Every computer and mobile device will give you problems sooner or later, if it’s not Bluetooth problems it’s something else. Even your Mac will start to fail for various reasons. If your Mac wont start for whatever reason, there’s no need to panic. There are some possible solutions you can try to get things up and running again.

One thing to keep in mind is that it can be hard to determine the cause. That’s why you should always try as many methods as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a hit and miss game, but that’s better than nothing.

Try The Obvious When Your Mac Doesn’t Start

Don’t waste time with complicated solutions when your problems can be fixed by simply checking if everything is connected securely. You may have been in a hurry and didn’t realize that the cable wasn’t plugged in correctly.

What to do when Mac wont start

Don’t forget to check every single cable and even consider the wall socket that you’re using. If no power is going to your Mac, that obviously explains why it won’t turn on. Even try another cable to make sure you don’t have a faulty one.

Try a Power Cycle

Performing a power cycle could be the solution you’re looking for if you’re Mac is frozen. By pulling the plug, you’ll force it to restart, and the solution could be as easy as that. If you have a modern Mac that doesn’t come with a removable battery, press the power button for ten seconds.

This will cut the power if you Mac has power. If your Mac does have a removable battery, turn it off and take out the battery. Leave the battery out for about 10 seconds or so.

Reset The PRAM & SMC

SMC stands for System Management Controller. It’s what manages your Mac’s power, lights, fans, display and more. If you Have a Mac without a removable battery you can try the following steps:

  1. Turn off your Mac
  2. Plug in the MagSafe to a power source of also making sure it’s connected to your Mac as well.
  3. Using the built-in keyboard, press the Shift + Control +option keys and the power button simultaneously.
  4. Let go of all the buttons at the same time
  5. Turn on your Mac as usual

If your Mac does have a removable battery then try:

  1. Unplug the MagSafe power adapter from your computer and remove the battery
  2. Long-press the power button for five seconds and let go
  3. Reconnect the MagSafe power adapter and the battery
  4. Turn on your Mac as usual

To reset the PRAM, turn on your Mac and as soon as you hear the chime at startup hold down the Command + Option + P + R keys. Keep pressing these keys until your Mac restarts a second time. If you have a modern Mac, you could also reset the NVRAM, which is done the same way as PRAM.

How to Boot Mac into Safe Mode

I couldn’t leave out booting your Mac into Safe Mode. You can do this by pressing the power button and holding down the Shift key right after you hear the start-up chime.When you see the Apple logo on your screen, let go of the Shift key.

Try Recovery Partition

OS x offers a suite of useful tool you can use to recover Mac’s OS. It’s called OS X Recovery and you can access Recovery Mode by pressing the Command + R keys right after you hear the start-up chime. After you see the Apple logo, you can let go of the keys and you should different options.

You should see options such as:

  1. Verify and repair connected drives using Disk Utility
  2. Restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup
  3. Check your Internet connection or get help using Safari
  4. Install or re-install OS X

Even though repair will find and fix any problems it may find, it’s still a good idea to use Disk Utility to make sure that you don’t have problems with your startup disk. You could also try restoring from a more recent Time Machine backup and as a last resort, you can try a full re-install.


Hopefully, one of the methods listed help in getting your Mac back to normal. If you just can’t seem to find anything that helps, maybe it’s time to take it in for service since the problem could lie in your Mac’s hardware. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments.

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