There’s nothing more frustrating than pushing the power button on your Mac and getting no response. It can be easy to panic, but don’t worry. There are a few things you can try before taking your Mac to a professional. In this post, we’ll take you through several steps you can take to troubleshoot and hopefully get your Mac back up and running.
1) Check Your Power Connection
Before diving into more complex solutions, it’s always good to start with the basics. Ensure that your Mac is plugged into a working power outlet. If you’re using a Mac laptop, check that the battery is charged.
2) Try a Different Power Cable or Adapter
If your Mac still won’t turn on, there might be an issue with your power cable or adapter. Try using a different cable or adapter. If your Mac powers on with a different power source, then your previous cable or adapter is likely the culprit.
3) Reset the System Management Controller (SMC)
The System Management Controller (SMC) controls a variety of power functions on your Mac and resetting it might solve your issue. Here’s how to do it:
- Shut down your Mac.
- Press and hold the Control, Option, and Shift keys on the left side of the keyboard.
- While still holding these keys, press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds.
- Let go of all keys and the power button at the same time.
- Press the Power button again to turn on your Mac.
4) Start Your Mac in Safe Mode
Starting your Mac in Safe Mode can help you to troubleshoot what’s preventing your Mac from starting up correctly. Here’s how:
- Press the power button to start your Mac.
- Immediately after you hear the startup sound, press and hold the Shift key.
- Release the Shift key when you see the Apple logo.
5) Run Apple Diagnostics
If your Mac still won’t turn on, try running Apple Diagnostics. This tool can help identify hardware issues that might be preventing your Mac from turning on. Here’s how:
- Disconnect all external devices from your Mac, except for the display, keyboard, mouse, and power cable.
- Shut down your Mac.
- Turn it on and immediately press and hold the D key.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to run Apple Diagnostics.
If you’ve tried all these steps and your Mac still won’t turn on, it might be time to seek professional help. Contact Apple support or take your Mac to an authorized service provider.