[Pro Tips] 7 Steps You Must Do If Your MacBook Air Won’t Turn On

The MacBook Air is a really useful small and lightweight laptop that is fast and both portable and can get your job done anywhere you are. The MacBook Air is very popular among all Mac OS fans and power users. If your MacBook Air won’t turn on, it is a really serious problem. Like all computers, a MacBook Air can get these types of problems. There can be some errors that won’t let your MacBook boot up properly or there must be a hardware fault.

Here are 7 Steps you must do if your MacBook Air won’t turn on

Step 1: See If Your MacBook Air Does Turn On

First, we need to check if your MacBook Air is really turning on or not. Your laptop may not be turning on due to the battery being completely discharged or if your battery is faulty. A MacBook Air that doesn’t turn on is different from a MacBook Air that turns on but doesn’t boot the OS. Follow these steps:

1. Check if your MacBook Air is connected to a charger.

fix MacBook Air Won't Turn On2. If it is connected but doesn’t turn on, then try another charger or adaptor.

3. If the other charger works, then you need to change your charger.

4. If you changed the charger and your Apple laptop still won’t turn on, then there must an issue with the battery, the OS or some circuitry inside.

Step 2: Your MacBook Air Turns On but There Is Nothing on the Display

If your MacBook Air does turn on but there is no display or the display is distorted, then it is having issues with the screen. Follow these steps to make sure that the screen is really not working:

1. Turn on your MacBook Air.

2. If you hear chimes, then your MacBook Air is working.

3. If you don’t see anything on the screen for a while, then your screen is having problems.

4. If you have a monitor with a Thunderbolt port, try connecting your laptop to that monitor through a Thunderbolt cable.

5. If you see output on the second monitor, then the screen of the MacBook Air is faulty.

If your MacBook Air turns on and the screen works but the OS does not boot, go to the next step.

Step 3: Your MacBook Air Turns On but It Won’t Boot

It is possible that the Mac OS or storage has been corrupted and it won’t boot but the screen and battery of your MacBook Air is working. You will need to run Disk Utility in Recovery Mode to repair any problem that is afflicting the storage or hard drive. Follow these steps:

1. Make sure your MacBook Air is turned off completely.

2. Hold Command + R and power up the MacBook Air.

3. After a while you will see “OS X Utilities” and release the keys you were holding.

Mac OS X Utilities

4. From this screen, select Disk Utility.

5. In Disk Utility, you will see your MacBook Air’s storage or hard drive on the left column.

6. Select your storage or hard drive and on the lower right of the Disk Utility, click “Verify Disk”.

7. If this solves the problem, your MacBook Air will turn on fine.

If this didn’t help, go to the next step.

Step 4: Boot Your MacBook Air to Safe Boot

You can try to boot your MacBook Air in Safe Boot to perform certain diagnostics so that you can know what is wrong with your MacBook Air. Follow these steps to open the Safe Boot:

1. Make sure your MacBook Air is turned off completely.

2. Hold Shift + Command + R and power up the MacBook Air.

3. After a while, you MacBook Air will boot into Safe Boot and Verbose Mode which will show your what Safe Boot is doing.

4. Safe Boot will take a while as it does what it is doing.

5. After Safe Boot is completed, restart your MacBook Air.

6. If it turns on fine, then your MacBook Air is okay.

If Safe Boot did not help, go to the next step.

Step 5: Reset the NVRAM of Your MacBook Air

In some cases, there must be some problem with the NVRAM of your MacBook Air. NVRAM is a memory section on your MacBook which stores some data even when the MacBook is shut off like volume settings or screen resolution. Resetting the NVRAM helps, just like restarting a computer or phone clears the RAM. Follow these steps:

1. While you MacBook Air is turned on, press and hold Command + Option+ P + R.

2. Keep holding the keys until you hear the MacBook restart.

3. Let your laptop restart once and release the keys on the second reboot.

4. You will see a progress bar when the MacBook Air is restarting.

5. If your MacBook Air restarts perfectly, then you are good to go.

If you MacBook Air doesn’t restart, then you will need to follow the next step.

Step 6: Reinstall Mac OS on Your MacBook Air

You can reinstall Mac OS from the Recovery Mode we accessed in step 3. After opening the Recovery Mode like in step 3, then follow these steps:

1. Connect to Wi-Fi on the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. Then select “Reinstall Mac OS” under Mac OS Utilities.

3. This will take time as you MacBook Air will download and install Mac OS.

If this doesn’t work, then go to the next step.

Step 7: Get Your MacBook Air Repaired

If none of the above mentioned solutions work, it’s better to visit the nearest Apple Store or make a Genius Bar Appointment to get you MacBook Air repaired because it is most likely a problem of which you can do nothing about.

These were the 7 steps you must do if your MacBook Air won’t turn on. You should always take good care of your electronics so that they do not even need to get repairs.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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  1. Resetting the System Management Controller Firmware works with my MB. Here’s how to do it: Press the Shift+Control+Option keys at the left side and the Power button, and hold them all down. Release all four buttons at the same time, and then press the Power button to turn the Mac on.

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