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MacBook Trackpad Not Working – How To Fix It

Did your MacBook Trackpad stop working? There are numerous Macbook users who have faced issues like a frozen trackpad, double click not working, the gesture of the track pad is not working,  the mouse is not moving etc. Your Mackbook trackpad not working? Try the solutions below:

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How To Fix MacBook Trackpad Not Working: Firmware update

It is a must to keep the Mac updated. While the latest update is meant to offer good performance, it also comes packed with the fixes for many bugs. So, it is always recommended to frequently check for the update. You can also get the latest Trackpad firmware update. To do so, launch the App Store and tap on the update at the top. Here look for the ‘Trackpad firmware update’ and if anything is available, do not think twice to click on that update button.

How To Fix Macbook Trackpad Not Working

How To Fix MacBook Trackpad Not Working: Reset SMC

If you have updated the device and Trackpad firmware and still it is in the same situation, then resetting the SMC might help you to fix MacBook Trackpad not working issue. However, the process to reset SMC will vary depending on which MacBook you have either a MacBook with removable battery or else the non-removable one. Both the processes are explained here.

Macbook with removable battery:

  • First turn off your Mac completely.
  • Next, remove all the power connection from the device, unplug the power adapter.
  • Now, open the Mac and remove the battery carefully.
  • While the battery is detached, press and hold down the power button for 10 seconds. It will discharge the PC completely and the SMC will be reset.
  • Again attach the battery, connect with the power source and turn it on to see if the trackpad is fixed now.

How To Fix Macbook Trackpad Not Working

Macbook with non-removable battery:

  • In case you are using one of the latest MacBooks, it might have a non-removable battery. So, the process to reset SMC too will vary. Here you are not required to turn off the device nor the power source needs to be disconnected. Rather, ensure your Mac is connected to the power source as it will require power to complete the process.
  • Press and hold the Option, Power button, Shift and Control altogether for almost 8-10 seconds. It will automatically reset the SMC.


How To Fix MacBook Trackpad Not Working: Some tweaks in the settings

  • If the trackpad of your Mac is completely unresponsive, then check if you have connected any other mouse. If yes, then disconnect it and check if the trackpad is working now. There is an option in the settings menu that disables the trackpad in case any physical mouse is detected. However, you can change the settings always. Just go to the System Preference> Accessibility> Mouse & Trackpad. Here you will see an option ‘Ignore built-in trackpad when the mouse or wireless trackpad is present’. Ensure that option is not checked.
  • In case, the double click of the trackpad is not working, again head towards System Preference> Accessibility> Mouse & Trackpad. It will offer an option ‘double-click speed’ with a slider. Drag the slider to the middle and check if you are now able to fix MacBook Trackpad not working issue.

How To Fix Macbook Trackpad Not Working

  • Is the pointer too fast to control? Well, it can be made to slow by going to System Preference> Trackpad> Tracking speed. Tracking speed will carry a slider through which you can adjust the tracking speed.


How To Fix MacBook Trackpad Not Working: Reset the PRAM

Another useful trick to fix MacBook Trackpad not working issue is to reset the PRAM. This is how:

  • First turn off the Mac completely.
  • Next press and hold down the Command, options, the P and R button from the keyboard altogether for 10 seconds.
  • Now, turn on the Mac and as you see the gray screen on your Mac, release all the keys.
  • Normal booting will start and once you hear two noises of the booting, the reset PRAM is done.


How To Fix MacBook Trackpad Not Working: Erase the Property list files

If you have performed all the stated methods but still left with the same trackpad issue, delete the property list files. This property list actually stores all the information of the application and bundles that are installed on your MacBook. However, before following this step, ensure to back up the Mac first. Here is how to delete the property list files of the mouse and track pad.

  • Open Finder > Go > Go to folder and type /Library/Preferences. Next hit Go.
  • You will notice numerous files. Select all those files that have Trackpad or mouse written. Once you get the property list files, delete the required. The list will look like ‘ Now check if the track pad is working properly.

Erase the Property list files  

Try the above-mention solutions. If nothing works, contact Apple.

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  1. Another discovery after a week and it all starts again. Called mac and explained the below, an agent put me to another who said Go to System Preferences, Look for any Profiles added. I found a grey star with a tick saying profile. . Open it and delete it, there should be no profiles. I turned off the mac. turned it back on. it went crazy . i managed to open that and it went infront of my eyes, all ok untill i stated to type this , its acting up again. OMG

  2. when things are going crazy and pages , files and the cursor going mental. the last is taking the back off the laptop and disconnecting the battery and then pressing the start button for a few seconds, Put it all back together. You can find out how on youtube.

    This worked. enough to reinstall the OSX Com + R make sure you are connected to the internet.

  3. howa bout issues when the trackpad goes haywire and cursor enlarges and goes smaller , that applications start opening and closing and folders and web pages. Sury this is a trogen virus. ????

  4. This article is a lifesaver! Turns out the option to ignore the track-pad was checked in the Accessibility pane. Have no idea how that got selected, but thanks to your article showing me where to look, I now have working access to the track-pad again. Thank you.

  5. It worked as per the tip above. It was due to the mouse was connected and the trackpad was set to ignore. Disabling “Ignore built-in trackpad” got my trackpad back. Thank you! Been miserable for months without a solution until came across this article.

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