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What to do if MacBook Pro isn’t turning on

Laptops from Apple are known for their ease of use. They offer a luxurious tactile experience and many useful features. However, it is still not perfect and can sometimes frustrate its users.

Imagine a situation where you try to turn on your MacBook Pro in the morning to get to work or school, and the device won’t turn on. The first thing you’re likely to think is that it’s dead. So make sure your device is charged.

If you’ve put your MacBook on a charge, but it still won’t turn on, then don’t panic. Of course, the failure may be due to various reasons, but you can still fix it yourself.

So here’s what you can do.

Ensure you can charge your MacBook Pro

Well, if you see that your laptop isn’t charging, you can try changing the power cable. That might be the problem.

For example, if your friend has a MacBook Pro power cable, try using it and see if that solves the problem. If so, the solution may be simple – buy a new charging cable.

It’s also possible that the cable is loose, and if you take it out and put it back in, the problem will be solved. Furthermore, disconnect any accessories (like printers and USB hubs) connected to your MacBook Pro. One of the peripherals may be causing startup problems.

Perform a power cycle

If another charger doesn’t work for you, the next thing you can do is run a complete power cycle on your MacBook Pro. You may be thinking: How will my MacBook reboot if it won’t even turn on? That seems irrational. However, it’s a solution. So follow these steps:

  • Connect your MacBook to the charger and hold the Power button for at least ten seconds.
  • This action powers off the laptop and is equivalent to removing the battery. You may hear a noise as you do so.
  • After that, leave the device off for a few seconds, and then press the Power button again to start the MacBook as usual.

If you have done everything correctly, your laptop will boot up successfully. If nothing happens, move on to the next step.

Reset the System Management Controller

Sometimes you may need to reset your MacBook’s SMC (System Management Controller). Basically, this is the 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 can follow these steps:

  • First, disconnect and then reconnect the power cord.
  • Press Shift + Ctrl + Option and the Power button simultaneously. Hold them all down.
  • Then press the Power button again to turn on your MacBook Pro.

If none helped, you should contact Apple Support or visit the nearest Apple Service Center or Apple Store. They will do complete troubleshooting of the device and fix the problem.

What’s more, you should know that Apple specialists will help you even if you’re out of warranty. You will still have to pay for it, though. If your device is under warranty, then there’s nothing to worry about.

Can you fix MacBook Pro by removing the battery?

Yes, you can also use one trick if you have an older MacBook Pro. These models have a removable battery. Often, if you see a black screen and the device won’t start, you can take the battery out for a few seconds and put it back in. Just do the following:

  • Undo the retaining clip under the MacBook Pro.
  • Lift the plastic cover to reveal the battery.
  • Finally, pull the small tab to release the battery and remove it.

Once you have completed these steps, wait a few minutes and install the battery into your MacBook Pro.



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