MacBook Stuck On The Loading Screen – How To Fix It

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Is your MacBook stuck on the loading screen with the Apple logo on it, or it just won't turn on? You waited for several minutes and it didn't show any progress? Typically, it only takes around 30 seconds for the Mac to boot. Try the solutions listed below to fix the problem.


See also: How To Fix Mac Won't Connect To Wifi.


MacBook Won't Boot Past the Apple Logo

Shut Down Your MacBook

You cannot shut it down from the Apple menu if your MacBook is stuck on the loading screen. All you can do is press the power button for a few seconds until the computer is off. Then, disconnect all peripheral devices from your Mac and wait for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Press the power button on your MacBook to turn it on.

Reset the MacBook NVRAM

When a MacBook is stuck on the Apple logo and the loading bar doesn't show any progress for minutes, resetting NVRAM can be a solution. First, you have to shut down the computer.

Turn it back on and immediately press and hold OptionCommandP, and R keys simultaneously. Release them after about 20 seconds or once you hear the startup sound or when the Apple logo appears.

Reset the MacBook SMC

Many MacBook issues can be resolved by resetting the System Management Controller (SMC). Foremost, the problems related to the low-level function on Intel-based Mac computers.

  • Shut down your MacBook 
  • Press and hold the Shift, Option, and Command keys on the left side and press the power button for around 10 seconds.
  • Release all keys and turn on your Mac.

Start the MacBook in Safe Mode

You can use the Safe Mode method to check if your MacBook has another issue or not. If you don't find any problem, try to start the computer normally. 

  • To start Mac in Safe Mode, turn off your MacBook Pro
  • Wait for about 10 seconds, then press the Power button
  • Once you hear the startup sound, release the power button, then immediately press and hold the Shift key. Keep holding it until the login window appears, and then release it.

Repair The MacBook Disk

The hard drive can cause your MacBook to get stuck on the loading screen. In that case, try to repair the disk.

  • Restart the computer
  • Once you hear the chime, press the Command and R keys altogether until you see the Utility menu on the screen.
  • Select Disk Utility and click the Continue button
  • Click View and choose Show All Devices
  • Select the disk from the side list
  • Choose First Aid and click Done.

Reinstall  macOS

Reinstalling macOS can repair the operating system on your MacBook and fix any damaged files. You will need a reliable internet connection to perform this method.

Then, restart the computer and hold down Command and R keys until the macOS Utilities menu appears. Choose Reinstall macOS and click Continue. Next, follow the on-screen instructions.

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