If your MacBook has started showing signs of aging, and you are constantly worried about the future of your Mac, you have landed on the right page. Even though the uber device comes with a solid OS, it often shows signs of sluggishness. But we are here to your rescue with some of the most common Mac problems and their respective solutions. Like other OS, Mac’s OS also takes time to open, crashes down, and even witness unresponsive applications.
Here are simple tricks to the most common problems. You can, of course, resort to the Apple support system if these tips don’t work.
If your system doesn’t boot properly and you see a blank screen or a gray startup screen, you have to boot in safe mode. The best part about booting in safe mode is that MacOS will boot with the minimum software and drivers. It will run a check on your startup disk as well. While opting for this method, you will also repair directory issues that might lead to this problem.
For this, you need to start your Mac and then press and hold the Shift key. After that, the logo will appear, and then you will get to see the login screen. It might take a few minutes, but it is worth it. If you want to start your MacBook in the usual mode while escaping the safe mode, restart your computer without holding any keys.
This is a very common problem in all kinds of systems. Your MacBook might often hang when you try to start an application. It can freeze and won’t allow you to do anything. So annoying, right?
Enter: Force Quit.
You can even call up the Force Quit menu from the icon in the upper left corner. Another alternative way is to hit the Command-Option-Escape button. Then, all you need to do is highlight the app and hit the Force Quit button.
This is a quick way to fix this issue.
Mac users often complain about corrupted fonts. And yes, fonts matter! However, you can restore Mac default fonts by launching Font Book from your Applications folder.
Navigate to File ➙ Restore Standard Fonts.
Click on proceed!
Spinning beach ball
This is yet another common issue in MacBooks. If you see a spinning beach ball with regularity, then you must investigate the same. For this, you need to open the activity monitor to see the impact of applications you are currently running on your system sources. Then, take a look at the activity monitor window to gain insight into the real-time statistics of the CPU or memory resources that the applications are using.
You can also use the activity monitor to quit the application using way more than its share of resources.
For this, you need to highlight the application from the list followed by clicking the exit button. After that, you need to select the Quit or Force Quit option.
No Internet connection
Sometimes, you might witness that your MacBook is not being able to connect to your WiFi network. On the other hand, your iPhone is running perfectly fine using the same WiFi. To fix this problem, you need to select the Advanced button on the Network page in System Preferences.
You will see a list of preferred networks from which you have to highlight your WiFi network. After that, click the “-” button and then remove it to forget.
You can now reconnect to your network by entering the password and starting afresh. Easy, right?
You might not be very keen on doing this, but sometimes this is the only solution to commonly occurring problems.
However, make sure you have backups of your files. If your machine is running slow or sluggish, this could be a fix to your problem. For this, you need to boot into recovery mode, get rid of the primary hard drive, and then reinstall from the Recovery Console. However, we would suggest you reinstall the macOS without erasing the disk.
It could be done from the Recovery Console option.
Issues related to a user account
Sometimes, users face problems with their user profiles. For this, you might need to create a new user account. This is an invasive step as you might lose some of the preferences and settings. We do not recommend this because you have to go through the hassles of being a new user all over again. But as we mentioned earlier, sometimes we need to take invasive steps.
To create a new user account, open System Preferences and go to Users & Groups.
After that, click on the lock icon and then on the plus sign. After that, follow the steps that are shown on the screen to create your new account.
So these are some of the most common issues that you can quickly fix at home. But these are not the last resorts. If you can’t fix these by yourself, fret not, get help from Apple Support. The customer care team will surely take care.
To know about some more MacBook Pro issues, you can read this informative article by Forbes.