Even though the Mac is a great tool for both work and leisure time, it's far from perfect. Apple's made so many improvements to the Mac, it's become one of the most efficient and reliable computers you can use, but that doesn't mean you're not going to face some issues every now and then, especially if you're rocking an older model. Fortunately, you're not alone. Chances are, any problem you're facing has already been experienced and solved by other members of the Mac community. Whether you're using a MacBook or Mac, continue reading to browse some common issues you may experience in the future and how to solve them.
Your Mac Isn't Connecting to Wi-Fi
There may be times when, out of nowhere, your Mac can't connect to a secure internet connection that you've used many times before. It's more annoying than anything, but there are a few quick ways to fix it.
First, you can try launching Wireless Diagnostics. This feature will scan your Wi-Fi connection and see if there are any problems that can be easily fixed. All you need to do is open Spotlight on your Mac and type wireless diagnostics. Open the app and run the diagnostics, and if there's an issue, your Mac should let you know.
Another easy way to fix it is by disconnecting and reconnecting to your Wi-Fi. If that doesn't do the trick, you can also try forgetting your network and connecting again. Just follow these steps:
- Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen.
- Select System Preferences.
- Click on Network.
- Click Advanced in the bottom right corner of the window.
- Under Preferred Networks, select your Wi-Fi network and then click on the minus icon below the preferred networks.
- Connect to your Wi-Fi connection again.
If that doesn't do the trick, you can also restart your router or your Mac.
Apps Getting Stuck for No Reason
It's annoying, but from time to time, you might see apps get stuck for no apparent reason. Sometimes it's no one's fault, but there are a few solutions you can try.
First, you'll need to close the app. If it gets really stuck, you probably won't be able to close it for yourself. If that's the case, you'll need to Force Quit the app.
- Press the Command + Option + Escape keys. This will open a Force Quit Applications window.
- Afterward, just select the app you want to close and click on Force Quit.
If the app gets stuck too often, try to check if there's an update available. Maybe the developers behind the app already fixed the issue, and all you need to do is update it.
Your Mac Has Startup Issues
There's probably nothing scarier than turning your Mac on and seeing nothing but a blank screen where all your files and apps should be. The good news is that it's probably a small issue that your own Mac can fix with the help of Safe Mode.
Safe Mode is a feature that will let you turn on your Mac so it can check if there are any problems with your disk and fix them if possible.
To start your Mac in Safe Mode, turn on your Mac and then press and hold the Shift key. Keep it pressed until you see the Apple logo on your screen disappear.
You'll have to give your Mac a little time to scan its disk and fix any issues, but you should be able to use it normally after it's done. Keep in mind, though; you'll still be in Safe Mode. If you want to use it without Safe Mode, all you need to do is restart your Mac without pressing any key.
Mac's Running Slower Than Usual
There are many reasons why your Mac's starting to slow down, including the fact that it may be getting older. The good news is that there are a lot of ways for you to speed up your old Mac with just a few clicks.
But if you feel your Mac's slower than usual, you can try restarting it and see if that works. Restarting your Mac will basically give it a fresh start that might return it to its normal speed.
You can also try clearing your storage as much as possible. That means you should get rid of old apps you're not using anymore, delete files that are doing nothing more than taking up space and clear your trash from all the files you've deleted. This will free up its storage, and it may make it run faster.
Another easy-to-do trick is updating your Mac. If there's a software update available, you should install it right away to keep your Mac fast, up to date, and more secure than ever.
Your MacBook's Not Charging Anymore
If you have a MacBook, you already know about those moments when your heart skips a beat because your MacBook suddenly isn't charging anymore.
If that happens, there are a few things you can do. First, you should check what's causing this problem. Is it the charging cable, the charger, or your Mac's port? Try using a different cable or charger if you have one, or use your Mac's cable and charger on another device.
You can also use other outlets in your office or house to see if that fixes the problem.
You can also check if your charging cable and charger have any physical damage. It may be time to buy a new one if that's the case. Make sure you're also using a charger that provides enough wattage. For example, if you're using your iPhone charger, it may not have enough power to charge your MacBook.
If that doesn't do the trick, you should talk to Apple support and see how they can help you out.
MacBook's Battery Draining Too Fast
Another issue you may face with your MacBook is that its battery it's draining faster than it used to. It sucks, but sometimes, your battery might start to get old and not be able to hold as much power anymore.
If that's happening to you, there are a few tricks you can use so your MacBook doesn't drain all its battery so quickly.
First, you should try to avoid having too many apps open simultaneously, which will cause your MacBook to work harder and drain the battery quickly.
You can also check which apps are using a lot of power and energy from your MacBook by going to your Activity Monitor. To quickly open Activity Monitor, just open Spotlight on your MacBook and type activity monitor.
Open the app, and you'll see how your CPU is being used. You can click the Energy tab at the top, and you'll see which apps are consuming the most energy. If you see an app you don't use anymore' you might want to delete it to save battery.
Finally, you can change your Battery Preferences. By going to System Preferences > Battery, you'll be able to change your battery preferences, so your Mac can save more battery while you're not using it that much.
Your Mac's Getting Too Hot
Another common issue you'll see with older Macs is that they'll become increasingly too hot for no apparent reason.
If you're using a MacBook, you need to give it some room to breathe. The fans on the MacBook don't have as much room as other computers, so try to keep it in a place where it has enough breathing room. That means avoiding putting your MacBook on your bed, couch, or someplace soft where it can get warm easily.
If your Mac's a bit too old, you might need to stop having so many apps open simultaneously. That will force your Mac to consume more power, and it might get hotter. Likewise, avoid having too many tabs open when you're using your browser.
If this issue comes from a hardware problem, you might need to talk to Apple support, so they can help you out. You might even want to consider increasing your Mac's RAM, so it's powerful enough to handle your everyday tasks.