How to fix a Mac that Won’t boot?

If your Mac won’t turn on, try out the following fixes to sort out the problem. This will not just solve the “won’t boot” issue but also It will help you to fix issues like Stuck on Apple Logo, Screen Freeze at Login Screen, Mac turns to Black screen, Startup Disk Error, White screen issue, and Mac struck at loading bar. These solutions are common for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini. You can restore deleted or lost files any time with the help of iBoysoft in just a few minutes.

Before starting this check whether your Mac power is ON. To check that,

  1. Press the Power Button ONCE and check for any indications. Like you can hear the Startup disk sound or the fan sound inside the Mac. Or any sign of light near the Sleep indicator.

If you can’t see any of these then it means your Mac doesn’t have any power. So, you have to connect it to the power cord.

Some of the common reasons for this issue

  • It might be due to any Hardware/ Hard Drive issues.
  • Due to Corrupted/ Damaged System Files.


  • Connect your power cord to the Mac and press & hold the power button for about 10 to 15 seconds. Then check your Apple Screen appears on the screen.
  • Unplug all the extra cables including Printers, Drives, USB drives, and Mobile devices from the Mac and start restarting.
  • Put your Mac to Charge for an hour and try to turn it on.

Let us see what are the possible solutions to fix “Mac that won’t boot issue”.

Solution 1: Check the Charging Cable and Adapter

  • Make sure you use the Apple’s Original cable for charging your Mac. And also check, there is no sign of damage.
  • Using third- party cables and chargers will cause this issue. Damaged products will always be a troubleshoot.
  • If you are using one, replace it with the Apple’s Original product and check if the problem is solved.

If you still have the issue, try out the fixes below to sort it out.

Solution 2: Start your Mac in the Safe Mode

If the troubleshoot is due to software, then starting your Mac in Safe Mode will figure it out. Because Safe mode stops the Mac from loading unnecessary softwares, third-party apps, fonts etc.,

To put your Mac in the Safe mode,

  • Turn off your Mac simply pressing the power button and wait for a minute or two.
  • Then again start your Mac.
  • When you hear the startup sound, press and hold the Shift key until you see the Login Screen.
  • Actually, this process will take you to the Login Screen with Safe Mode.
  • Login to your account and check if there is any issue.
  • If there is not then it is not due to Software issue.

Note: If you have any issues on Mac, the loading screen will appear Blue in Color.

Solution 3: Verify and Repair Disk utility

Repairing your Disk will not erase any file from your Mac. Simply, it will fix storage disk issues like Apps quitting often, corrupt files, Mac won’t start up and external devices that won’t work properly.

  • Turn off your Mac and wait for a minute or two.
  • Then press the Power button.
  • Press and hold the Command + R until you see the Apple Logo.

recovery mode mac

  • Release the Keys, when you see the Mac OS Utility window.
  • Then tap on Disk Utility and select the MacOS Hard Drive.

Disk utility mac

  • Then choose Verify and Repair.This will take time, once the process is completed. Reboot your Mac.

Solution 4: Reset NVRAM or PRAM

  • Shutdown the Mac and Power on the Mac.
  • Immediately press and hold the Option + Command + P + R keys together. Until you hear the second startup sound.
  • If the NVRAM is resetted successfully you can see the loading bar.

Solution 5: Reset SMC

smc reset

  • Turn Off the Mac and wait for 15 seconds.
  • Then plug in the power adapter.
  • Now, press and hold the Shift + Option + Command + Power Button at the same time.
  • Until you see the light blinks on the power adapter. This means that the SMC is successfully resetted.

If none of the above solutions are helping you, then try this method.

Solution 6: Reinstall MacOS in the Recovery Mode

Things to do before starting the process

  1. Connect your Mac to the power source, before starting the process.
  2. Check your Internet connection. Wi-Fi connection must be stable till the end of the process.

This seems a little risky, but don’t worry this will not erase any data.

  • First, turn off your Mac and then tap on the Power button.
  • Immediately, Press and hold the Command + R keys together until you see the Apple Logo with the loading bar.
  • Now select Reinstall macOS option and then enter the Apple ID if asked.

reinstall macOS

  • This may take a bit of time to reinstall macOS, so wait until it.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your Mac. And that’s it.

I hope this article was a useful one. And here is a piece of Advice for you guys first try all the above mentioned. If non works then you can go on with reinstalling your macOS. Thanks for reading and if you have any other way to sort this issue, please let me know it through your comments below.

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