MacBook Air won’t turn on? Here’s how to fix it quickly 

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People love the MacBook Air for many reasons, which may be for business or personal use. However, like other computers, data must be managed appropriately by properly handling them and ensuring storage locations are not tampered with. If this is not done correctly, then data loss can be a possibility.

The other unlikely scenario is when your computer fails to open! If your MacBook Air fails to turn on, for instance, and you cannot proceed with MacBook Air data recovery, you will have all the reasons to worry about your files. But you should not worry much about the MacBook failing to turn on as you can quickly fix this. In this article, we focus on giving you quick fixes.

Causes of Macbook won’t turn on error 


When your Macbook is overheated or exposed to higher temperatures, it may not open properly, or still, it may fail to open completely. This problem does affect not only Macbooks but also other computers. Also, if the device experiences an error or any technical issue that causes its temperature to rise beyond its average operating temperatures, it will usually turn off automatically. This happens to prevent any further damage to the device. 

If your Mac experiences this problem and won’t turn on, check what’s causing the device to overheat and remove it. You can also ensure you are using your MacBook in a cool place to regulate its temperature. This will fix the heating problem, and your Mac should be able to turn on quickly afterward. If you deleted a file before this error, see how to recover deleted files from Macbook Air for a quick fix.

Unresponsive power button

Other than overheating, not turning on the issue can also be caused by the failure of the Macbook to respond when pressing the power button. This may be a result of glitches associated with Mac OS updates.

The power button may also fail to respond if you have not charged your Macbook or when it is not connected to a direct power source.

This is a simple problem that should be much easier to fix. First, check if your Mac is up to date and perform system updates quickly if the system is not. If that does not fix the problem, check that the connection is okay and if the MacBook is not charged, power it by connecting to the power source.

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What to do if your Macbook Air still won’t turn on 

Referring to the challenges mentioned above, the solutions suggested should be able to fix the problem and allow your MacBook Air to turn on easily. This will also make it easier to facilitate SSD data recovery on your Macbook Air. However, if your MacBook won’t turn on even after trying the quick fixes, we suggest other solutions below.

First solution: Check hardware and perform a power cycle on your Macbook Air 

The hardware components on your computer, together with all the accessories connected to your Macbook Air, such as mobile devices, keyboard, and mouse, may be contributors to the failure of your device to turn on as required. 

An issue with one of the accessories connected to your Macbook Air will easily prevent it from turning on successfully. 

Once you have unplugged all the devices, perform a power cycle on the Macbook. If your Macbook is facing this problem because it was frozen or stuck on a black screen earlier, then you can use a force restart to remedy the situation. Performing a power cycle helps you cut off the power supply and execute a force restart. Here’s what to do:

  • Press and hold the “Power” button for about 10 seconds
  • Release the button and wait for your Mac to start-ups

If your MacBook Air was frozen, this procedure should be able to restart it by forcibly turning it off and initiating a force restart. If this fails and you need to recover data, we suggest using Disk Drill to carry out the process safely. 

Second solution: Perform a system management controller firmware reset 

Every Macbook Air comes with a System Management Controller Firmware that helps with controlling thermal and power management, and battery charging, among other features such as video mode switching and hibernation. Resetting the System Management Controller helps resolve the issues related to battery and power that are the likely causes of turn-on failures. 

Also, the System Management Controller Firmware plays a significant role in controlling the behavior of the hard drive in your Macbook Air and the power supply. Since the issue is power-related, this process might be a quick fix and help you with your data recovery.

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Below are the steps on how to proceed with the SMC reset:

  • Plug the Macbook Air into a direct power source
  • Press and hold “Shift + Control + Option” and the “Power” buttons 
  • Release the buttons 
  • Press the “Power” button 

If the system turns on this way, update the macOS to fortify the system, fix the issues causing the won’t turn on error, and even recover data from SSD.

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