Knowing how to perform Mac first aid is crucial to maintaining the health of your computer. Learn how to fix four common Mac problems here.
Around 100 million people in the world own a Mac computer. That’s pretty good considering Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy just two decades earlier. And there’s a lot of reasons why people opt for Macs instead of PCs.
They’re easy to use, run well, and just plain fun. But they’re not without their problems. Luckily though, if you’re experiencing problems with your Mac, chances are there are many other people who have gone through it before.
And by knowing how to perform Mac first aid, you can cure most ailments and make sure that your Mac stays healthy and lasts a long time. Interested in learning more? Continue reading, and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.
1. Startup Problems
If your Mac is having trouble starting up and you find yourself facing a gray startup screen or just a blank one, then you need to try booting it up in Safe Mode. With Safe Mode, your Mac will start up with the bare minimum of drivers and software that are necessary. It will also run a check of your computer’s startup disk and fix any directory issues that could be causing your computer’s problems.
In order to boot up in Safe Mode, start your Mac as you normally would but press and hold down the Shift key. The Apple logo should then come up followed by the login screen. When the Apple logo goes away, you can let go of the Shift key.
The login screen will then come up. It could take a few minutes between the Apple logo going away and the login screen coming up since your operating system is currently checking the hard disk. In order to exit Safe Mode and boot your Mac up the normal way, just restart your computer and don’t hold any keys down.
2. Incompatible Login Items
Startup items are applications that automatically start when you boot up your computer. If one of these items is incompatible with your operating system, the computer screen may turn blue when you try to boot it up.
In order to solve this issue, you can remove different login items one at a time. Then, after each item that you remove, you simply start up your computer again. In order to find your login items, go to System Preferences and click on Users and Groups.
Then click your name under Current User on the left-hand side. Once you do that, click the tab that says Login Items on the right. Select an application and press the “-” button below its icon.
The app will be removed from that list and you can then go about restarting your computer. If the issue isn’t resolved, go back to the login items and remove another app. Keep doing this until the problem finally goes away.
You can then add items back to your login items list by selecting the “+” icon and then choosing the apps from your Applications folder.
3. No Internet Connection
We all rely on the internet. And when we can’t seem to use it, even though we know the internet in our homes is working, we can get extremely frustrated and confused. First and foremost, you should restart your computer and see if that fixes the problem.
If it still doesn’t work, then you need to tell your Mac to forget the network and then reconnect to the network as if it were totally new. In order to do this, go to System Preferences and select Network. Press on the Advanced button and check out the list of Preferred Networks.
These are networks that you’ve connected to previously and your computer remembers them so it can connect to them in the future. Press on the network that your trying to connect to and remove it from the list. Once the network is removed and completely forgotten, disconnect and then reconnect the Wi-Fi symbol on your Mac.
When your Wi-Fi network shows up, click on it and enter the password. This should solve your internet crisis.
4. Can’t Connect to Bluetooth
Bluetooth is an extremely useful tool for Macs but they can sometimes be tough to set up. If you’re having trouble using Bluetooth, you may not be using it correctly. Let’s look at how to turn on Bluetooth on Mac so you can make sure you won’t run into any more trouble.
This is fairly simple to do. First, go to System Preferences and then select Bluetooth. Click the option to Turn Bluetooth On.
Then, go to your device and make sure that it’s Bluetooth is turned on. The device will then show up on your Mac’s Bluetooth menu. Click Connect to connect the two devices.
And that’s pretty much it. And similar to the Wi-Fi issue, if a previously connected device isn’t currently connecting, you can choose to forget the device. Then just go ahead and reconnect it like you would a new device.
The Importance of Knowing How to Perform Mac First Aid
We all love our Mac computers. But they don’t always work the way that they’re supposed to. But by knowing how to perform some basic Mac first aid, we solve many problems that come up and save ourselves from some major headaches. And if you really can’t fix it, then you can always take it to the Apple store.
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