If you are a Mac user, it probably kills you when your machine runs into issues or suddenly stops working. Before you think of taking your Mac to a professional or the Apple service center, there are a few things you can do to fix the most common Mac issues.
If something is wrong, an SMC reset is an easy way to fix the problem.
If resetting the SMC doesn’t work and your system keeps shutting down, it is time to take your machine to an Apple Store.
Note that you’ll require another Mac to reset the SMC for an M1 Mac.
External devices not connecting
Narrow down the problem by ensuring the external devices work properly, and they’re plugged into the right ports on your Mac. You can also restart your system after plugging in an external device.
If that’s not the problem, the next step is to check the external device and ensure it is compatible with your Mac. If the device is compatible but not working, try resetting the NVRAM/PRAM and SMC. For resetting the NVRAM/PRAM, power off your Mac > press the power button and hold Command + Option + P + R at the same time > continue holding the keys until your Mac restarts for the second time.
Still not working? You need to plug the external devices in another compatible Mac to ensure there’s nothing wrong with the port.
The flickering screen is a problem that can quickly become annoying and cause eye strain. If the problem isn’t caused by physical damage to the screen, you can try these steps to resolve the issue:
Reset NVRAM/PRAM, which is effective in fixing minor flickering problems
Check for any macOS updates that you have not applied yet and update as quickly as you can
If you are using Firefox or Chromium, it is best to disable or remove these programs. These programs are known to cause flickering issues in Macs.
Enter in safe mode by choosing Apple Menu > clicking Shut Down and waiting ten seconds after your Mac has shut down > pressing and holding the power button on your system until the startup options appear showing available startup disks > select a startup disk > press and hold the Shift key > select Continue in Safe Mode and release the Shift key. When you are in Safe Mode, you can isolate another application that might be causing the issue.
The Mac is running slowly
Macs are fast, powerful machines, but they may slow down when you are trying to do many things simultaneously.
If you have several apps or browser tabs open at once, it eats away at your RAM. If you have too many things on your hard drive, your system will be struggling to read and write data. The best fix for this is cleaning the hard drive space and opening fewer tabs or apps at once.
But if your Mac is suspiciously slow, you try restarting your machine, applying any pending updates, or opening the Activity Monitor and closing apps or programs that are taking up too many resources.
You can also run Apple Diagnostics and see if any problems are picked up.
So, these are a few of the common issues faced by most Mac users and their quick fixes. If these methods don’t work, take your machine to the nearest Apple service center.