What to Do if Mac Stuck on Loading Screen?

MacOS’s computers are very reliable, but that doesn’t mean Apple computers don’t have any glitches. Sometimes users facing the problem when Mac stuck on loading screen (boot screen). It happens either during an update or while simply turning on the computer. There are several ways to solve this issue. If your Mac is getting stuck on the boot screen, read this article to the end.

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How to Restart the Computer When MacBook Stuck on Loading Screen?

The first thing to do is to try to reboot the computer. You can do this by holding down the power button on the Mac for 10-20 seconds. After that, the computer will shut down completely, even if the operating system has crashed. Try turning on Mac in Safe Mode.

Follow these steps to boot your Mac safely:

  1. Start your Mac.
  2. Press and hold down the Shift.
  3. The Apple logo should appear.
  4. When the login window appears, release the Shift key and log in.
  5. You may need to log in twice if you have FileVault enabled.

Safe Mode performs certain checks and prevents certain programs from automatically loading or opening when you start your Mac. In addition, the system cache and fonts are automatically cleared, and the boot procedure checks the hard drive and tries to fix directory problems. So in the majority of case it helps to fix the problem.

If safe mode starts steadily, restart your computer through the menu. Most likely, next time it will boot normally without freezing.

Checking the Disk in Recovery Mode

If booting in Safe Mode fails, you should try Recovery Mode. You will need this mode to check if your SSD or HDD drive is working properly. Often, boot failures are caused by a broken disk drive or a corrupted system file. In Recovery Mode, you will be able to diagnose the drive or use the Recovery Mode to restore a saved backup.

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To enter Recovery Mode, turn off the Mac by pressing the power button. Then turn it back on and press Command+R until you see the corresponding safe mode screen. You’ll see a screen with macOS utilities. You’ll be able to restore your operating system backup, re-install the OS, or test your drive’s performance. Start with step three. Select Disk Utility from the utilities menu and click on First Aid. The system will push back an error if the disk is corrupted.

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If no errors were found, try booting macOS from a backup. You will be able to do this if the system has previously backed up. This happens automatically, unless it is not forbidden in the settings. To do this, you need to click “Restore from Time Machine Backup” on the macOS disk utilities menu in Recovery Mode.

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Re-install macOS if the Problem Cannot be Solved

If none of the ways to reboot the Mac work, try re-installing the operating system. You can also do this through Recovery Mode. There’s a Re-install macOS option there. Select it and follow the instructions. Re-installing requires an Internet connection and power.

If none of the methods worked, there may be a problem with some Mac components. For example, “perpetual” booting occurs when the RAM, graphics card, processor, or disk storage is broken. In this case, you may need to replace the damaged component.

If you’ve managed to reboot your computer or successfully reinstall macOS, run a system diagnostic. An article called the Mac Hardware Test will help you do just that.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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