If your mouse cursor still works, your MacBook is usually unblocked by clicking the Apple icon in the top left corner and selecting Restart. But if your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro freezes and you can’t shut it down normally, you may need to reset it.
A hard reset is a quick fix and should restore your computer to a normal state. Before you hard reset your MacBook, rest assured that this process will not erase your computer’s data, it just reboots the MacBook.
Here are the steps to fix your frozen MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
How to Hard Reset MacBook Air or MacBook Pro
To force restart your MacBook, you need to know where the power button is located. On newer MacBook models, the power button is the Touch ID button located in the upper-right corner of the computer. On some newer MacBook models, you’ll find the Touch ID button on the surface of the Touch Bar. It is the button furthest to the right.
On MacBook models with physical F1-F12 keys, it’s in the top right corner. If you have an older MacBook with an optical drive, the key doubles because it’s also your eject button.
If your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro stops responding, here’s how to force restart it:
- To force a restart of your MacBook, you must install the . keep pressed Command (⌘) button, the Control (Ctrl) button and the power button at the same time.
- Hold down these keys until your MacBook’s screen goes blank and the computer restarts itself.
- Once your computer has restarted, you will need to sign in to your account again.
- If a force restart doesn’t help to reduce the freezes and freezes, try charging and/or restarting your MacBook for up to an hour in Diagnostic mode to see if the problem is hardware related.
- If you can’t find anything wrong, please contact Apple Customer Support†
You don’t need to restart your MacBook regularly as doing so could make you lose your work or just make you less productive. If your MacBook freezes regularly, check out our guide to solving common macOS problems. You may even want to contact Apple support.
If your MacBook freezes all the time, you should try updating your apps through the App Store or explore other possible solutions. Sometimes the solution is as simple as force closing apps that are using resources in the background or otherwise causing your MacBook to freeze.
4 reasons not to install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update right away.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brings two security patches for Mac users. You can read more about it at Apple’s website† These help protect you and your device from damage.
As for older macOS updates, Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.3 update had more than 40 security patches on board. To learn more about these upgrades, check out the details at Apple’s security site†
The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch for Mac users. You can learn more about the patch on Apple’s security site†
Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you are interested in the details, go to Apple’s website learn more.
macOS Monterey 12.1 included 40+ new security patches for Macs. You can read all about it on the company security site†
Microsoft says it discovered a new ‘Powerdir’ vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology and gain unauthorized access to a user’s protected data. Fortunately, Apple has fixed the problem in macOS Monterey 12.1.
macOS Monterey 12.1 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The supplied software Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you’re moving from macOS Big Sur, you’ll also get the 30+ security patches of macOS Monterey 12.0.1 in your update. If you are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can: Read more about it on Apple’s website†
In addition to these patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
New email privacy protection helps prevent senders from tracking your email activity, and there’s a new recording indicator in the Control Center for apps that access your microphone.