Mac Won't Boot or Turn on? Learn the Best Solution in 2020


My Mac Pro won't boot after high sierra update and shows an Apple Logo. The screen turns white, and it shuts down. What should I do?

If your MAC won't boot, then you can follow certain steps to turn it on. You can boot it in safe mode, reset both the SMC, Run the Apple diagnostics, or use the iMyFone AnyRecover software to fix your MAC.

1Reasons Why Your MAC Won't Turn on

  • Foremost, there may be a few hardware issues

  • You may see the corrupted caches that include the critical system files that belong to the boot sector and are corrupted.

  • If there are conflicting user accounts under broken hard disk permissions

  • If there are incompatible Login items as it may include a few broken apps that may affect the booting process

  • The hardware failure may include that the fans are working, but no other sounds can be heard that indicates logic board failure.

2Top 3 Solutions for MAC Won't Boot Issue

1Boot in Safe Mode

If your MAC won't boot, then it is better to remember what you were doing on your MAC last time like tweaking the system, using the fonts, or installing the apps. When you power on your MAC, and it does not go past the Apple logo or Login screen, then you can boot in safe mode.


  • 1. Restart the Macintosh. Press the power button and at the same time press and hold the Shift key until you reach the Login screen.

  • 2. It will run a few diagnostic tests and boots the stripped down version of MacOS. If it runs safely in "Safe Mode" then uninstall new apps, undo recent changes, and remove hardware that may cause further problems.

2Reset Both SMC (System Management Controller)

SMC is responsible for many ground-level functions of your MAC or Mac Pro. These include display reactions, battery settings, and mainly the power button functions. You can use the following technique to reset your SMC if your Mac won't boot correctly.


If the MacBook Battery Isn't Removable

  • 1. Shut down your MAC and then plug-in the power cord

  • 2. Press Shift+Control button and press the Power button

  • 3. Hold these keys for around 10 seconds

  • 4. After this, release these keys

  • 5. Press Power button on your MAC as you do it normally

If Your MAC Has the Removable Battery

  • 1. Firstly, take out the removable battery

  • 2. Now, press and hold the Power button for nearly 5 seconds

  • 3. Re-insert your MAC's battery and then again press the Power button

If Your Are Using Desktop MAC or MAC Pro

  • 1. Unplug your MAC's power cable

  • 2. Now, wait for around 15 seconds

  • 3. Plug in again the cable

  • 4. Again, wait for 5 seconds and then press the Power button

3Run the Apple Diagnostics if Mac Won't Boot Correctly

If any hardware issue arises on your MAC, then you can run the apple diagnostics that will determine which component is causing the problem. Here is how to use it:


  • 1. Disconnect all external devices except mouse, keyboard, Ethernet, display, and AC power.

  • 2. Your MAC must lie on a flat surface with proper ventilation. Shut down the MAC.

  • 3. Turn on MAC, Press, and hold D Key, choose your language. Apple diagnostics shows a progress bar that checks your MAC system.

  • 4. Apple diagnostics provides reference codes that must be noted

3How to Recover Data When MAC Won't Boot?

If your Mac won't boot and you're not sure whether your files are still there, you can use a data recovery software to get all your files out of your Mac. AnyRecover for Mac is one of the recovery tools. It helps in efficiently recovering the data from anywhere or from any device and has the highest recovery rate.


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Features of AnyRecover

  • Recover files when Mac won't boot. Supports MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, iMac and more.

  • It renders stable and fast scanning and recovery, enable you to recover over 1000 file format.

  • Differing from other similar software, AnyRecover has no effect on existing data under the recovery process, 100% safe to use.

  • No matter how you lost your files, AnyRecover can always get your lost data back.

  • The highest recovery rate on the market: up to 98%.

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Step 1: Choose the "All Round Recovery Mode" if you are unable to find out your files with other modes.

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Step 2: Choose the location from where you have lost data like MAC Book or any external storage device. Click ‘Next' to continue.

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Step 3: Select the "File Type" and click on "Scan" button.

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To sum up, if your MAC won't turn on or boot properly, then it is advisable to choose the steps mentioned above for manually booting your MAC. If it does not work, then to get your data back after booting you can use AnyRecover for Mac. This software will retrieve all your lost data safely.

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By  Simon Marcus , to Hard Drive Recovery

Posted on May 29, 2019  ( Updated: Dec 16, 2019 )

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