Mac not Booting? What Could be the Issue

The Mac not Booting up issue is a common issue nowadays. In fact, many issues, both in software and hardware can prevent your Mac from starting up. There are the 2 situations that you may face: your Mac won’t start at all or your Mac starts up but fails to boot into macOS. In this article, we will show you the common issues that lead to the Mac not booting issue and some tips to deal with them.

Your Mac Won’t Start

One day, you press the power button many times, even press and hold it for a while but your Mac refuses to start. In particular, the screen does not light up, the Apple logo does not show up, and no beeping sound.

  • The most common reason for this issue is that your Mac completely ran out of battery. You just need to plug the charger in, wait for a while and your Mac will be able to start again. It is recommended that you let your Mac charge for 15 – 20 minutes before using it again.
  • There are also chances that your charger/adapter may be broken so your laptop didn’t charge properly. You should check them carefully. And disconnect any external device like a USB flash drive as they may also be a reason.
  • In case you have charged the device for a while but it still won’t boot up, it may have issues with the mainboard. So you should take your Mac to the nearest Apple Center for support.

Your Mac is not Booting into macOS

The problem might be with your software and you can easily fix it by following the below methods:

Reset SMC

System Management Controller (SMC) is a subsystem of Macintosh computers based on Intel’s platform. SMC has the role of managing system temperature, battery charging, graphical display processing, startup and shutdown, and much more. Therefore, resetting SMC may do the trick. You can check out how to reset SMC here.

Boot into Recovery Mode

If resetting SMC does not work for you, maybe your device’s drive is damaged. Fortunately, you can completely fix this problem by resetting your Mac in Recovery Mode:

  • Turn off your Mac completely (hold down the power button).
  • Hold down Command + R, then press the power button again.
  • Now you will see the OS X utility screen, let go of all the keys.
  • Choose Disk Utility> choose your Mac installation drive (usually Macintosh HD)
  • Click on First Aid.
  • Disk Utility will search for errors on your disk and fix them automatically.
  • Reset your Mac and use it like usual.

Other Methods

If Recovery mode still does not work, there are several other methods that you can try to fix a Mac that won’t boot up. This includes using Safe Boot mode, re-installing your MacOS, Resetting PRAM or NVRAM, and more. We have covered all these methods in this guide

Apple Support

If all of the above solutions still can’t save your Mac, it’s time to take it to the nearest Apple Center. There might be some problems with your hardware.

Got any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

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