Although MacBooks are known for being well designed, you may experience issues - usually minor - with your device. 

The good thing about issues with the MacBook is that there is a centralized channel for support - Apple. Compared to a Windows PC, where you have different manufacturers for hardware, it is much easier to narrow down the issue and troubleshoot on an Apple device. 

That being said, let’s take a look at 7 of the most common MacBook problems and how you can fix them DIY style. 

Problem #1: Your MacBook dies abruptly

This could happen due to a number of issues, so what you want to do is find the issue by the process of elimination. 

Is it a problem with the battery? Check whether your laptop is getting charged. If there’s an issue with that, make sure you’ve plugged in your laptop in a functional outlet. Ensure the charger is not faulty. 

You can also view battery optimization stats to see how quickly your battery drains out. Fix this by closing apps that are battery intensive or getting your battery replaced. 

Problem #2: Your MacBook won’t power on

If you’re greeted with a black screen instead of the usual Apple logo, you want to try to restart forcefully by holding down the power-on button. 

If that doesn’t seem to work, try powering it on in Safe Mode. Then you want to get rid of apps that may be causing the issue in the first place and remove all login items (apps that launch when you turn on your device). 

Problem #3: Your MacBook is slow

Performance-related issues can be narrowed down to two things - issues with the hardware or full memory. 

When it is the latter, you want to go on a strategic cleaning spree and get rid of all unnecessary files and documents. Apple offers recommendations to help you manage storage, but if you want to take it a step further, like cleaning your startup disk, you will find a lot of great actionable tips in this post

Generally speaking, you want to look at your downloads folder, cache, temporary files, app installation files, and trash to get rid of bulky files. 

Other tips to make sure your Mac feels as fast as a new laptop: 

  • Restart your laptop
  • Make sure you have automatic updates turned on
  • Check Activity Monitor and identify memory and processing power-hungry apps and processes
  • Get rid of desktop clutter
  • Check for viruses
  • Run Apple Diagnostics

Problem #4: Your MacBook doesn’t recognize external devices 

When the MacBook does not recognize an iPhone, iPad, or another external device, first, you want to make sure that the device is connected properly. The problem may lie in the device itself or the cable. Try connecting another device to verify this. 

You can also try restarting your laptop and the device. If this doesn’t solve your problem, your ports may be damaged. Hardware issues do require an expert, so this isn’t something you can fix yourself.  

As a last resort, you can try to reset your PRAM, NVRAM, and SMC to make sure that there isn’t something wrong with your hardware settings. 

Problem #5: Your Mac’s screen is dim

First, make sure your brightness is set to the desired level. If that’s okay, you may have some screen damage. Check for physical damage - any bends or scratches - could explain your problem. 

If your screen is physically fine, then it’s a software issue. Follow these tips to fix it: 

  • Reset PRAM or NVRAM
  • Make sure your laptop is up to date
  • Ensure you’re using Safari or Chrome. Browsers like Firefox and Chromium have caused screens to flicker and become dim 
  • Reboot in safe mode to see if an app is responsible for your issue

Problem #6: Your Mac won’t shut down

Some apps can cause your Mac to freeze or prevent it from shutting down. You want to close all apps before shutting down your system and also avoid apps that you don’t fully trust. You can use the online desktop version for a lot of apps instead of downloading them all.

If your problems persist, try resetting your SMC and NVRAM or running Apple Diagnostics. 

Problem #7: Your Mac’s keyboard doesn’t work

Some older models have reported issues with the keyboard wherein some keys stop working. If your device is old, you may need to take it to an Apple authorized center to rule out hardware issues. 

But before you do that, you may want to just spend some time cleaning your keyboard. Sometimes dust and smaller particles get lodged into the keyboard, and that prevents you from hitting keys. 

All in all 

Most Apple problems can be solved with quick troubleshooting at home by relying on Apple’s support or other support forums. In the case you do need to see an expert, you can take it to a Genius bar or an Apple authorized center, and depending on your Apple Care package; you can solve the problem for free.