If your MacBook is stuck on the boot loading screen, there could be several reasons causing this issue. Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem:
- Force Restart: Sometimes, a simple force restart can resolve minor glitches. Press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds until your MacBook turns off. Then, wait a few seconds and press the power button again to turn it back on.
- Safe Mode: Boot your MacBook in Safe Mode by holding down the Shift key while it starts up. Safe Mode disables certain software and drivers that might be causing the issue. If your MacBook boots up successfully in Safe Mode, you can then restart normally and see if the problem persists.
- Reset NVRAM/PRAM: Resetting the NVRAM (or PRAM on older models) can sometimes fix boot-related issues. To do this, restart your MacBook and immediately press and hold the Option + Command + P + R keys. Hold them down for about 20 seconds and then release. Your MacBook should restart; check if the issue is resolved.
- Disk Utility: Boot into macOS Recovery by restarting your MacBook and holding down the Command + R keys until the Apple logo appears. From there, you can launch Disk Utility and run First Aid on your startup disk. This can help identify and repair any disk-related issues.
- Single User Mode: Boot into Single User Mode by restarting and holding down Command + S. This opens a text-based interface. Type
fsck -fyand press Enter. This command checks and repairs the file system. Once it’s done, type
rebootand press Enter to restart.
- Recovery Mode: Use macOS Recovery to repair or reinstall the operating system. Hold down Command + R during startup to enter Recovery Mode. From there, you can choose to reinstall macOS, which might resolve the issue without affecting your data.
- External Devices: If you have any external devices connected to your MacBook, try disconnecting them and then rebooting.
- Hardware Check: If none of the software-related steps work, it’s worth considering hardware issues. You can run Apple Diagnostics or Apple Hardware Test (depending on your MacBook model) to check for hardware problems. To initiate this, restart your MacBook and hold down the D key.
If none of these steps resolve the issue, it might be a good idea to contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Store or an authorized service provider for further assistance.