Did your MacBook Trackpad stop working? Numerous Macbook users have faced issues like a frozen trackpad, double click not working, the gesture of the trackpad 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 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: 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 a 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 connections 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.
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 need 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.
- Is the pointer too fast to control? Well, it can be made too 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 are 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 trackpad.
- 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 ‘com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.list. Now check if the trackpad is working properly.
Try the above-mention solutions. If nothing works, contact Apple.
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