Having trouble with your Mac? Our article offers helpful tips for diagnosing and resolving common Mac issues so you can get back to work in no time!
Mac computers are renowned for their reliability, but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to issues. From stuck updates to slow performance, Macs can encounter a variety of issues that require troubleshooting. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to diagnose and resolve most problems.
Check the System Status
The first step when troubleshooting a Mac is to check the system status. Apple has a page on its website that displays the current system status for all of its services, so you can quickly determine if the issue you’re having is a result of a widespread problem. If the issue appears to be related to a specific service, you can check the status of that particular service to see if it is undergoing maintenance or experiencing issues.
Force Quit Unresponsive Apps
If your Mac is running slowly or an app is unresponsive, you can try force quitting the application. To force quit an app, open the Apple menu and select “Force Quit”. This will bring up a list of all the currently open apps. Select the app you want to close and click “Force Quit”. If the app does not close, you can try restarting your Mac.
Restart Your Mac
If your Mac is running slowly or an app is unresponsive, restarting your Mac can help alleviate the issue. To restart your Mac, open the Apple menu and select “Restart”. If your Mac is unresponsive, you can press and hold the power button until it turns off and then turn it back on.
Check for Updates
If you’re having an issue with a specific application, you may want to check for updates. Most apps will notify you if there is an available update, but if you’re having an issue with an older version of the app, you may want to check manually. Open the App Store and select the “Updates” tab to see if there are any available updates. If so, install the update and see if the issue is resolved.
Check Your Storage
If your Mac is running slowly or you’re experiencing issues with apps, you may want to check your storage space. Open the Apple menu and select “About This Mac”. This will bring up a window that displays the amount of available storage on your Mac. If you’re low on storage, you may need to delete some files or move them to an external hard drive to free up space.
Disable Unnecessary Startup Items
If your Mac is taking a long time to start up, you may want to disable unnecessary startup items. Open the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”. Then select “Users & Groups” and click the “Login Items” tab. This will display a list of all the items that launch when you start up your Mac. Uncheck any items that you don’t need and click “OK”.
Reset the SMC and NVRAM
If your Mac is having issues with power, performance, or display, you may need to reset the SMC (System Management Controller) and NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory). To reset the SMC, shut down your Mac and unplug the power cord. Wait 15 seconds and then plug the power cord back in and press the power button to turn it on. To reset the NVRAM, shut down your Mac and press the power button. Immediately after pressing the power button, press and hold the “Command”, “Option”, “P”, and “R” keys. Continue holding these keys until your Mac restarts and you hear the startup chime for the second time.
If your Mac is still having issues after taking the above steps, you may want to reinstall macOS. Reinstalling macOS will erase your hard drive, so you should make sure to back up any important files before proceeding. To reinstall macOS, open the Apple menu and select “Restart”. Immediately after pressing the power button, press and hold the “Command” and “R” keys. Continue holding these keys until your Mac restarts and you see the “macOS Utilities” window. Select “Reinstall macOS” and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Troubleshooting Mac issues can be a daunting task, but if you take the above steps, you should be able to diagnose and resolve most common problems. If your Mac is still having issues after trying these steps, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance.