How to fix MacBook Pro isn't turning on

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.


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