5 Common Issues Faced by Mac Users and Working Solutions

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Macs are known for their good performance and smooth user experience, but users can still experience some common issues.

Common Issues Faced by Mac Users


Here are five common problems you may face and working solutions for them.

1. Your Mac is very slow

The problem: If you see a spinning beach ball sign, it shows that the system is working on a task.

It isn’t a problem when you see it once in a while. When it happens often, an app could be slowing down the performance and speed of your Mac.

The solution: If you open the Activity Monitor and you will be able to see which app is consuming the most CPU resources. You may need to force quit an app that’s slowing down your Mac.

  • You can force an app to quit by pressing Option + Command + Escape. Select the app you want to quit in the window that appears and click on Force Quit. 
  • When you reopen the app, your Mac should be faster if it was the app that was causing the issue.

2. Your Mac won’t update

The problem: Installing the latest Mac update is usually a simple procedure.

However, you may get a warning message that tells you an error occurred when installing the update or that the installation could not be completed.

There may be several reasons why you can’t update your Mac, and you may not be aware of them. If you’re unsuccessful in this, one of the main reasons could be a lack of storage.

You can select the Apple menu > About This Mac > More Info > Storage Settings to see what space you have available.

The solution:

You could spend hours removing apps, deleting old folders, etc., to free up enough space to ensure a successful update.

Using a third-party cleaning tool will help you to do it quickly and easily. Regular cleaning of your MacBook is one of the best ways to ensure that it functions smoothly.

3. Your Mac shows a gray screen when you try to boot up

The problem: When the system has a hard time booting up, it shows a gray screen.

Turning the computer off and on again may sort out the problem. If not, and it keeps on happening, you can try the following steps.

The solution:

  • Unplug all connected devices except your mouse. If it boots up without any problem, the issue could lie with one of the devices.
  • If it keeps giving problems, boot up in Safe Boot Mode. Turn off the Mac and turn it on again, holding down the Shift button until you see the Apple logo on the screen. If it boots up normally, everything is fine, and you can reboot it again.
  • If the problem persists, you can boot up your computer in Diagnostic Mode by holding down Command + R. Select Disk Utility, your internal HDD, and ask for it to be verified. If there are any issues, click Repair Disk.

4. Your Mac won’t charge

The problem: You plug your Mac into the charger, and it won’t charge.

Mac won’t charge


The solution:

  • Make sure you have connected your charging adaptor to a working power supply.  
  • Unplug the power adapter, wait a few seconds, and plug it in again.
  • If that doesn’t help, you may need to reset the System Management Controller (SMC). Press Shift + Control + Option keys and the power button at the same time.
  • Release all the keys and then press the power button again.

This should reset the System Management Controller, and your Mac should charge. If it still doesn’t charge, you will need to take it to a repair shop.

5. Your Mac won’t shut down

The problem: Your Mac does not shut down when you give the command.

The solution: See if there is an app on the Dock that is jumping around. Usually, these are the apps that need you to save files before they can close and you can shut off your Mac.

Mac won’t shut down


If you wait for some time and your computer still doesn’t shut down, you can force it to shut down by holding down the power button for a few seconds.

You should only use this as an emergency method and not do this too frequently.

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Conclusion: Common Issues Faced by Mac Users

Hopefully, these common issues and their fixes will prevent you from taking your Mac to the repair shop when it is not really necessary.

Being able to fix common problems gives you more control over the efficiency of your computer and can save you money.

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