9 Super Common Mac Problems and How to Fix Them Yourself

There are over 100 million macs in use. And for a good reason, as they are built to last. However, what happens when you experience Mac problems?

Do not panic. There is nothing worse than when your reliable Mac decides to cause problems. However, the good news is that most MacBook issues are easy to solve yourself. 

If your Mac is not working properly, read on. Here are nine common MacBook problems and what to do about them.

1. Slow Performance

Most of the time, slow performance is due to overload. Your Macbook can have problems if its RAM or hard drive memory is used up.

Check on activity monitor what is taking up memory. If you can close some programs, do so. If programs are unresponsive force quit by going to the Apple icon or option, command, and ESC. 

Other simple solutions include:

  • A simple restart
  • Check for updates
  • Delete any unnecessary files
  • Use Apple Diagnostics to check for issues

You can also download programs that remove duplicate files and other space hoarders. 

If problems persist, consider alternative storage options, such as extra iCloud storage or external drives. If you hear noises or are experiencing other MacBook issues, get a professional to look at it.

2.  Battery Problems

One of the most common problems with the MacBook is to do with the battery. Maybe your MacBook battery is draining fast, or not charging at all.

If your laptop is not charging, first check the basics. Try a different outlet or a different charger if possible. Also, check the charger is properly attached. 

If you still have MacBook problems, try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM and SMC settings. These resets can also work if your MacBook suddenly cuts out and for other issues. 

For PRAM or NVRAM, depending on your Mac’s age:

  • Shut down your Mac
  • Press option, command, and P+R keys simultaneously
  • Release keys on Macs without T2 security chip (second startup sound)
  • Release keys on Macs with T2 after logo disappears for the second time

You can then check if the Mac problems persist, such as battery issues. The SMC reset depends on if your MacBook has a T2 chip and is a desktop or laptop. 

If you can check battery health under About this Mac, System Report, Power. It may say it is time to replace or service your battery. 

3. Startup Issues

Startup issues may show a grey, black, or blue screen that is frozen. It is a sign a function cannot load or software is failing. Restart your Mac or start it in safe mode.

You access safe mode by pressing shift as you hear the start-up tone and release it once the Apple icon appears. Check for any updates. Then run Disk Utility to ensure there are no other Mac issues. 

4. Keyboard and Function Failures

There are several keyboard Mac problems, including when they make noises or feel off. Try to clean out any dust, or take it to be examined.

Common keys to failure include the Copy-Paste function. Check out https://setapp.com/how-to/fix-copy-paste-not-working to learn how to fix this.

5. Flickering Display

A flickering or dim display can cause panic, but there are solutions! First, check there is no physical damage to the screen. If there is, take it to be repaired. 

If there is not, reboot your Mac first. If the problem persists, check if there is a macOS update. Also, check Graphics Switching is off under Energy Saver settings. 

Sometimes Google Chrome and other third-party browsers cause flickering Mac screens. Check the hardware acceleration settings and either switch them on or off. Alternatively, uninstall chrome and try a different browser. 

If these steps fail, try a PRAM and SMC reset. Also, physically move your Mac, and check all connections. If the problem persists, it is time to get help fixing it. 

6. WiFi Connection Issues 

Check the problem is not your internet by running a speed test. You can also try to reboot the router. Then you can troubleshoot Mac issues in several ways.

First, check your Mac is connected to the correct network under network settings. You can also launch a Wireless Diagnostics test by searching for it on Spotlight. Often, WiFi connectivity issues will be resolved using this. 

You can also try an SMC and PRAM reset. A final option is to change your DNS settings. Access these under System Preferences and Network. Then click advanced and alter DNS settings as required.

7. Loud Fan Noise and Overheating

Loud fan noises and overheating suggest the MacBook is overworking. Check Activity Monitor to see if this is the case, and close what you can. 

Try to add ventilation to the MacBook. You can place it on a flat surface or desk. Unfortunately, the bed is the worst place for the Mac as it does not have space to ventilate! Also, remove your Mac from direct sunlight and reboot it. 

8. Kernel Panic

If your MacBook shuts down unexpectedly, the error kernel panic occurred. You will receive a message to say there was a problem.

Often it is faulty software that causes a kernel panic. If you can identify the software, move it to trash.

If the issue persists, use safe mode to check for updates. Uninstall any software that is not Apple and free up storage. You can also disconnect any external devices and reconnect one by one to find the issue.

9. External Drive Not Recognized

Unplug the external drive and restart your device. Wait, then try again. You can also try connecting it in Safe Mode.

Also, try a different port if it is available!

Solve Mac Problems Easily!

Although it is natural to panic when Mac problems present themselves, there is usually a simple solution. Sometimes, simply waiting and then rebooting the Mac can help.

If your Mac is still not working properly after following the steps, it is time to seek assistance. Sometimes neglecting MacBook issues will cause them to worsen and be more costly to fix.

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