6 Ways To Fix MacBook Stuck on Loading Screen

6 Ways To Fix MacBook Stuck on Loading Screen

Troubled by MacBook stuck on loading screen issue? A reboot could be the fix, but what if a reboot doesn’t help? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are fixes to help you solve the issue.

Fix 1: Reset your Mac’s SMC

The SMC (System Management Controller) is a place to store certain settings. If the issue is related to the stored settings, resetting SMC could help you fix the problem.

  1. Shut down your MacBook. Wait for a few seconds.
  2. Pressing Shift+ Control + Option+ the Power keys at the same time and hold them for about 10 seconds.
  3. Restart your MacBook.

Fix 2: Boot to Safe Mode

Safe Mode in macOS is designed to help users troubleshoot issues related to their computer. So booting up your MacBook in Safe Mode could help you fix the problem that causes your computer stuck on the loading screen.

  1. Shut down your Mac by pressing the Power button. Wait for 1 minute.
  2. Restart your MacBook and hold the Shift key immediately.
  3. Release the Shift key when you see the Apple logo on the screen, then log in.

Your MacBook should restart normally afterward.

Fix 3: Boot to Recovery Mode

Recovery mode also could help you troubleshoot the problem on your MacBook. Also, the stuck-on loading screen issue could be related to disk corruption.

  1. Shut down your MacBook.
  2. Restart your MacBook and hold the Command + R keys together immediately.
  3. Release the keys when you see the Apple logo and you’ll see the “macOS Utilities” window.
    Note: You may be asked to select your language before you get to the recovery option.
  4. Choose Disk Utility and click Continue.
  5. Choose Macintosh HD.
  6. Click The First Aid icon then click the Run button.
  7. When it’s done, restart your MacBook.

Fix 4: Reset NVRAM or PRAM

NVRAM (non-volatile random-access memory) is a small amount of memory in Mac that stores certain settings. This section could help macOS access them quickly. PRAM (Parameter RAM) stores similar information.

If these stored settings have issues, resetting might help.

The steps to reset the NVRAM and PRAM are the same.

  1. Shut down the Mac.
  2. Turn it on and press the Option + Command + P +R four keys together immediately. Hold these four keys for about 20 seconds. The computer should be restarting.
    NOTE: To reset NVRAM, you need to turn off the firmware password first.

After your Mac finishes rebooting, you might want to go to System Preferences to adjust settings that were reset. For example, sound volume, display resolution, or time zone.

Fix 5: Reinstall macOS

Reinstalling macOS would help you fix the issue — if the problem is related to macOS. But it’s not a good option, you may lose your data if you don’t have a backup.

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Restart your MacBook and hold the Command + R keys together immediately.
  3. Hold them till you see a spinning globe: This option will reinstall the latest macOS that was on your Mac.
  4. Select Reinstall macOS and click Continue.

Fix 6: Ask Apple Store for help

If the above fixes couldn’t help or it’s caused by hardware issues, you’d better contact Apple service for help. Book an appointment in your local Apple Store and bring your MacBook there to get fixed.

Bonus: How to recover and back up the data

You need to use a third-party program to do data recovery. If you’re not sure what program you can trust, you can do it with Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Pro. To recover the corrupted files, you just need a few mouse clicks:

1) Download and install Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery for Mac. If you’re prompted to enter the password to allow it to install on your Mac, enter the password.

2) Launch Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery and click Next. If you’re prompted to enter the password to allow the program to run on your Mac, enter the password.

3) Select the external drive you’d like to recover, then click Scan. Take external drive “disk” for example here:

4) Select all files and click Recover.

6) Click Browse to select a destination where you’ll save the files. Then click Save.

Hope this post would meet your needs. If you have any suggestions or questions, you’re welcome to leave comments below.

By Iris Zheng

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