8 Common Mac Problems and Solutions

Even though Macs are generally regarded as the better alternative for end consumers, they are not infallible. Like other electronic devices, they have their shortcomings. Fortunately, most of these issues can be fixed without needing an expert.

Since Apple designs the hardware and the software, support for these issues can easily be found online.

Let’s take a look at X of the most common Mac issues and how you can fix them:

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8 Common Mac Problems and Solutions

Problem #1: You Can’t Start Your Computer

You may find yourself staring at a black, white, or grey screen. This is usually a sign that your computer won’t start, but there are some possible fixes to this:


  • Check if your brightness is turned all the way up. You may be staring at a black screen because your brightness is turned down
  • Try booting up in Safe Mode. This will try to check and repair any issues on your disk. To do this, start your computer and press the SHIFT key

Problem #2: Your Start Screen Is Blue

If you turn on your computer and see that your computer screen is blue, then this is possibly an error with your login items.


  • Go to your System & Preferences and search for Users & Groups
  • Under here, you will see Login Items
  • Disable all the apps from starting
  • You will need to run some trial and error experiments to make sure that you identify which app is responsible

Problem #3: An App is Freezing

You may be in a situation where an app is behaving unexpectedly and is not letting you click on any buttons.


  • Force quit the app
  • Delete the app
  • Check if the problem persists
  • Check your storage to see if it’s full
  • Clean some clutter
  • Reinstall the app

If the problem continues, the app may not be compatible with your OS. Make sure your OS is up to date.

Problem #4: You Keep Seeing The Beach Ball

When the system takes time to load something, you will see a spinning beach ball. If this is the case, then there are certain steps you can take to diagnose the issue.


  • Open the Activity Monitor
  • Check which apps and processes are taking up your CPU and memory resources
  • You can quit apps that you don’t need from the Activity Monitor
  • If it’s frozen, force quit the app

This usually solves the issue.

Problem #5: You Can’t Connect To Your WiFi

If you can’t connect to the internet or keep losing your connection intermittently, there are a few things you can do to resolve this issue.


  • Restart your router. This clear memory and stalled tasks
  • Restart your computer. This clears your RAM
  • Connect to WiFi again
  • Make sure the password is correct. If you have forgotten the password, reset the router
  • Make sure your Internet Service Provider is able to provide the guaranteed bandwidth

Problem #6: Your Battery Doesn’t Last Long

One of the things you may struggle with is your mac battery drain. If you find that your battery does not last as long as it should, then there may be a few reasons for that – either your battery is long past its prime, or there are some apps that may be draining your battery.


  • Reset your power management i.e., SMC
  • Restart your computer
  • Check the battery usage stats
  • See if an app is responsible for draining your battery
  • Check if your battery needs to be replaced

Problem #7: Your External Devices Are Not Recognized

If you connect an external drive or peripheral device and don’t see it show up on your Mac, there are some possible fixes that you can use.


  • Check the cable
  • Make sure the device is on
  • Restart your computer
  • Reconnect the device
  • Try a different port
  • Check if your drive is up to date
  • Make sure your OS is up to date

Problem #8: Your Data Backup Has Failed

Backing up your data is not something you want to compromise on. You should be using Time Machine and an external drive to back up all your data in case you misplace your device, or it gets stolen.

Even in the event of a malware attack that may wipe out your data, data backup is a useful feature. If you find that your data has not been backed up, then there are a few things you can do to get around this –


  • Make sure your macOS is up to date
  • Make sure the external drive is connected properly
  • Go to Time Machine and use the ‘Verify Backups’ option
  • If there is an error, there will be onscreen instructions for you to follow

Final thoughts:

If you have issues that you cannot diagnose or solve through these DIY hacks, seek help from an expert at an authorized center. However, it always helps to make a note of when the problem first started, and if it is an intermittent problem, to note down all the variables.

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Dharmesh Donda

iStaunch is written by Dharmesh Donda, an avid Internet geek, IT professional since 2012. Have been in IT industry for more than a decade, and currently doing management and consulting work have taken a plunge into entrepreneurship.

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