How To Fix A MacBook That’s Stuck On The Loading Screen

MacBooks problems are rare and usually easy to fix. However, there might be times when a little extra effort is needed to resolve a disk error.

If a MacBook gets stuck on the loading screen, it can be a bit terrifying since Apple’s laptop is usually very reliable. In most cases, everything is okay, and users can resolve this, so there’s no need to panic. Apple has steps that the user can take to reset an unresponsive Mac computer, and it’s highly likely that within a few minutes, it will be back to normal.

macOS has been refined over decades and is a very stable operating system. The core of Apple’s operating system, the XNU kernel, was developed in 1996 and based on the open-source Mach kernel. Of course, none of this matters to the end-user, but it means that this system has stood the test of time and is very reliable. Nevertheless, even the best computer systems can fail occasionally, and Apple has contingencies in place if that happens.

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A MacBook shows a black screen with an Apple logo and a loading bar when it’s starting up, and this process is usually quite fast with newer models based on Apple Silicon. Even Intel systems with a solid-state drive boot up quickly. If loading seems to be taking much longer than usual, there might be a problem that requires the user to intervene. Apple suggests pressing and holding the power button (also the Touch ID button) for up to 10 seconds, which should cause the computer to switch off. Then the user should switch on the MacBook again, which might be enough to break out of whatever unfortunate cycle it was stuck in. If the same problem repeats, the user should unplug all accessories from the MacBook and try switching it off and on again. It sounds strange, but some miscommunication with a peripheral device can affect the startup process.

Fixes For MacBook Start-Up Problems

If cycling a MacBook off and on as described above doesn’t solve the problem and allow the computer to finish booting up, there might be a disk error. This can also be resolved and doesn’t necessarily mean that any data will be lost. To find the Disk Utility app on an Apple Silicon MacBook, the user should press and hold the power button until the startup options window appears. If the MacBook has an Intel processor, the user should power on the MacBook, then press and hold the Command key and ‘R’ key until the Apple logo or other image appears. The MacBook’s password might be required to proceed, and then the Disk Utility app will be shown in a list of utility apps.

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After opening Disk Utility, a user should select the main drive, usually named ‘Macintosh HD,’ then the First Aid button clicked, or the drive can be right-clicked and the First Aid option selected. Confirmation is required, and after clicking the Run button, a scan and correction process will take care of any problems with the drive. If errors are found and corrected, the MacBook can be restarted, and it should work correctly. However, if no errors were found or the problem persists, it might be necessary to reinstall macOS to correct the startup trouble with the MacBook.

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