Laptops from Apple are known for their incredible usability. They offer a truly luxurious tactile experience. A MacBook Pro is a device for the category of users who want to buy a laptop and start working on it immediately, without bothering to install additional software or drivers.
But let’s imagine a situation where you try to turn on your MacBook Pro in the morning to start working or studying, and the device won’t turn on. In that case, the main thing is not to panic. After all, the problem may be so minor that you can fix it yourself.
In this article, we are going to tell you how to fix the MacBook Pro that isn’t turning on in different ways.
Why doesn’t MacBook Pro turn on
There are many reasons why you may find that your MacBook Pro won’t startup. We’ll cover the different checks and changes you need to make to get your device up and running again.
This article covers simple tips to get your MacBook Pro back up and running, from the obvious things like checking the power connection, to performing a power cycle, starting up in recovery mode, and checking the file system.
The fixes in this article apply to recent versions of macOS. The menus and interface may look a little different depending on which OS you’re using, but their functions are essentially the same.
How to check your MacBook Pro turns on
First, let’s figure out whether the problem is that your MacBook Pro won’t boot or that it won’t turn on. It may seem like the same thing, but there’s actually a big difference.
Press the power button on your MacBook Pro. If you don’t hear a startup beep, you don’t hear any fan or drive noise, and there are no pictures, videos, or other visuals on the display, then your MacBook Pro isn’t turning on at all. In that case, you haven’t even gotten to the point where it refuses to start up.
If your MacBook Pro doesn’t want to turn on, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, check your laptop power connection. Make sure that the battery of your device is not completely discharged. If it requires charging, give it some time to try to charge before concluding that it is not working.
- Try another power cable or adapter to charge your MacBook Pro. The problem may be related to the power cable. If your friend has a power cable for his MacBook Pro, try using it and see if that solves the problem. If so, it might be a simple solution, which is to purchase a new charging cable. It’s also possible that the cable is loose, and if you pull it out and plug it back in, the problem will be solved.
- Disconnect any accessories (such as printers and USB hubs) connected to your MacBook Pro. One of the peripherals might be causing launch problems.
How to perform a power cycle
If you don’t detect any signs of activity, you can perform a power cycle, which means forcing your MacBook Pro laptop to restart after the power is turned off. If you want to perform a power cycle on your MacBook Pro, you have to hold down the power key for ten seconds. After that, there is usually a beeping sound when the MacBook’s power is forcefully turned off. Hopefully, after ten seconds of waiting and rebooting, everything should be okay.
How to reset the System Management Controller
Sometimes you may need to reset your MacBook’s SMC (System Management Controller). Basically, this is a last attempt to fix the current version of macOS before trying to recover your data and move on to reinstalling the OS.
If you want to reset the System Management Controller on your MacBook Pro, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, shut down your MacBook Pro;
- Disconnect and then reconnect the power cord;
- Press Shift + Ctrl + Option/Alt and the power button at the same time;
- You may see a flickering LED on the power cord;
- Restart your MacBook Pro.
If none of the above helped, you should definitely contact your nearest Apple Service Center. They will do complete troubleshooting of the device and fix the problem.
Why MacBook Air isn’t turning on
One of the factors that can cause your Macbook Air to display a black screen or not turn on is overheating. If your device has been exposed to an error and the temperature of your device rises above normal, it usually shuts down automatically to prevent further damage to your system.
If your laptop doesn’t turn on, it could also be because your Macbook doesn’t respond to the power button, especially if it’s been malfunctioning since the Mac OS update.
In any case, the first thing to do is to make sure that your MacBook is charged or can be charged. To do this, plug in your laptop and wait a moment to see if it is charging or not. If the Macbook isn’t charging, the problem may well be in the charging cable. Try charging another device with your cable to see if that’s the problem and not your laptop.
After making sure the device is plugged into a power source, wait a few moments before turning on the power. It may take time for the device to recover from a dead battery. You may have to wait a few minutes before the charging indicator appears if your Macbook battery has been completely discharged. You can check for signs such as the sound of a fan, hard drive, or another startup sound to determine if it is already getting power.
If your charging cable is okay, then you should try the methods below.
How to reset a System Management Controller Firmware
System Management Controller Firmware or SMC is the processor on your Macbook Air that controls temperature and power, battery charging, and other computer functions such as video mode switching or the hibernation process. Resetting an SMC can help you solve power and battery issues on your device that is causing your Macbook Air not to turn on.
If you want to reset an SMC, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, plug the power cable into your Macbook Air. Make sure it is on a direct power source;
- Then, press and hold the “Shift+Control+Option” keys shortcut and the “Power” button on your Macbook Air;
- Finally, release all these buttons and press only the “Power” button again.
Once you’ve completed these steps, your MacBook Air has to turn on.
After all these manipulations we recommend you update MacBook Air OS.
If you have not been able to fix your Macbook Air after following the above recommendations, you can contact Apple Support, the Apple Store, or the nearest Apple Service Center in your area for more information.