Macs are pretty trustworthy computers that are chosen by many people both for work and entertainment. Also, a lot of creative people pic these computers for their functional capabilities; either creating is their main job or just a hobby. This tutorial will mention some easy fixes to solve some of the most common Mac problems users frequently encounter.
These computers have a good name for being long-lasting, fast, and very efficient. Although Macs are not magical devices, therefore, they are not protected from technical issues, especially if it is an older model.
A Macbook is not a small investment, so it is understandable that you won’t be rushing to purchase a new one after a few years when the computer becomes a little slow and experiences other technical problems. Thus today, we will share a list of solutions to the most common Mac problems.
Problem #1: Chrome Browser is not Loading
Many people who use Mac use the original browser Safari that comes together with the macOS, but Google Chrome is also a popular choice. And one of the most common Chrome problems on Mac is the error of Chrome not loading. In case you have been slow network issues while using the Chrome browser on your Mac, check out our tips on boosting network speed in Chrome.
There are quite a few solutions that can help you fix this error. At first, try reloading the page. Then, if that does not work, check your internet connection, clear the browser cache, close unneeded tabs, or restart the computer.
Problem #2: Macbook’s Battery is Charging for Too Long
Battery drainage is probably one of the most common problems experienced by people who own an older MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. If you notice that the battery takes way too long to charge or drains too fast, you need to reset Power Management and SMC.
To reset SMC, turn off the MacBook, then press the power button and at the same time hold down the Shift + Control + Option keys. Releasing these three keys will boot your MacBook.
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Problem #3: Disappearing Mail Folders and Files
Sometimes when you update your macOS, some of the mail files or folders may disappear. Surely, the best prevention for this issue is to create a backup by using Time Machine backup regularly.
Although, if you did not create backup files and experience disappearing files and folders, rebuild and re-index the Mail app. If your mailbox is pretty full, it may take up to a few hours.
Problem #4: Time Machine Fails
Time Machine is a great tool to create backup files on a laptop and protect them in case something goes wrong. Unfortunately, the Time Machine can fail too. This may happen if the files happen to be deleted from the Time Machine external drive or get deleted by accident.
If you experience this issue, update the macOS to the newest version, which is now macOS Big Sur, and restart the computer. Then, check the AirPort station, see if it needs to be updated and if so, restart your Mac again. Afterward, see if your network connection is on. At this point, check the backup again.
Problem #5: Performance Issues
If you are experiencing some performance issues on your laptop, try updating the macOS and restarting your computer before you try anything else. Suppose your Mac has not been updated for a while. In that case, it may be the cause of the performance issues because Apple is regularly creating these updates to fix bug issues, increase performance, and improve protection because there are new malware threats created constantly.
If the performance issues are still there after the update and restart, you may need to reinstall your macOS. To start, hold down Command + R keys on your Magic Keyboard to restart the Mac. When you see the Apple logo, release the keys, then, you will see the macOS Utility window, select Disk Utility, and click Continue. Now, click Startup Volume and choose to Unmount. After the unmounting is done, click Erase and exit Disk Utility. To finish, click Reinstall macOS and choose Continue.
Problem #6: The Startup Takes too Long
If the startup takes too long when you launch your computer, you might want to review your startup items. It is regular to have a few items such as the Mail app on the list, especially if you use your laptop for work. If you launch these items or macOS apps right away after your computer boots, then there is no need to remove them.
To review the list of startup items on your Mac:
- Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner and choose System Preferences.
- Here, click on the Users & Groups option.
- Go to the Login Items tab, and you will be able to see the list of your startup items.
To remove undesired items, simply highlight them and click the minus icon that is located at the bottom of the window. In case you own a Windows PC as well, we have a separate guide to help you speed up the startup time on Windows.
I hope the tips described above would help you fix the Mac problems easily.