Some owners of the 16-inch MacBook Pro have reported that their machine restarts when asleep – often while left alone and plugged in. And the problem only started to happen once they updated to macOS 10.15.4. Thankfully, there's a fix. In fact, it's more of a workaround. The problem seems to present itself slightly differently for different. I oso dunno wats wrong? Here is how to force restart a Mac and what to do if your MacBook is frozen. We’ll explain how to force shutdown your Mac with the stroke of a button.
A Mac that restarts unexpectedly is frustrating. There are a few reasons why your Mac might repeatedly restart. In this article, we’ll go over ways to identify why your Mac keeps restarting — and, even better, how to fix it.
Why does my Mac keep restarting?
The most common cause of a Mac continually restarting is called “kernel panic.” This occurs when your Mac’s kernel, or operating system, detects an issue that can be fixed by restarting your computer. You’ll know that this has occurred when your Mac shows you a message that “Your computer restarted because of a problem.”
Kernel panic may result from faulty or problematic software, peripheral devices, or hardware settings. Your Mac may also restart because of issues with its operating system. Here’s how to fix the possible causes of your Mac restarting:
Missed macOS updates and update issues can confuse your Mac, leading it to repeatedly restart (among other issues). Luckily, this is easy to fix — simply install all available updates your Mac is compatible with.
To check for macOS updates, go to the Apple menu. Click About This Mac and then, Software Update. If an update is available, click Update Now.
If updating your software or performing minor resets doesn’t stop your Mac from restarting, you may need to reinstall macOS entirely. This is pretty much guaranteed to resolve any issue that may be causing kernel panic. Unfortunately, your data may not survive reinstallation, so make sure you back up all important information before doing this.
In some cases, the root of your Mac’s kernel panic may be apps that you’ve downloaded. When your Mac restarts and the message stating that “Your computer restarted because of a problem” pops up, you may see a “More info…” button. Clicking it may help you identify the particular software causing your problem, so you know where to start resolving the issue.
After you’ve identified the software responsible, check whether it needs to be updated. In some cases, an update is all you’ll need to solve the problem. If that doesn’t help, you may want to remove recently downloaded third-party software entirely. You’ll need to restart your Mac after doing so. If this fixes your issue, you’ll want to keep this app off your Mac entirely (or at least until it is updated).
Incompatible peripheral devices
Kernel panic is commonly caused by accessories or peripheral devices that are incompatible with your Mac. You’ll know that this is the case if your computer restarts immediately or a few minutes after connecting the device (or turning your Mac on with the device connected).
This is an easy issue to resolve. Start by removing all external devices, such as keyboards, drives, and mouse and restarting your Mac. Connect one device at a time until your Mac crashes and reboots. When this happens, you know that this device is at fault.
The best way to avoid this issue entirely is to use only Apple-made or Mac-compatible peripheral devices.
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Fix it by running maintenance scripts
There are certain maintenance scripts that your macOS runs to optimize itself. Running them helps to fix small errors like the one we're discussing. You can force run Maintenance Scripts using the free version of CleanMyMac X. This is a Mac trouble-shooting app by MacPaw. It has been notarized by Apple as a safe one to use.
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- So, download the free edition of CleanMyMac X here.
- Install the app and click Maintenance
- Check Maintenance Scripts and hit Run.
CleanMyMac X will help you optimize your Mac’s performance and may even fix the issue that is causing your Mac to repeatedly restart.
After a number of MacBook Pro users complained about their computers randomly shutting down, Apple officially acknowledged the issue and offered an unusual way to fix it. Gmt time zone current time.
The problem is with the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro computer with two Thunderbolt 3 ports (although I wouldn't bet it's limited to that model; more on that later), which 'randomly turns off even though the battery shows a remaining charge.'
For more on the symptoms, check out this thread on MacRumors. I can describe it from personal experience, because it's happening to me, too: With my MacBook Pro's battery discharging, during normal use (so, nothing CPU-intensive like gaming or rendering a video) it just shuts down when it gets to about 20-30% battery.
The difference is that, in my case, it's a 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and it's a rare occurrence, whereas it seems to be happening quite often for some users of the newer machines. Obviously, my MacBook Pro could be suffering from a different issue altogether, but it is quite similar to what other users are describing.
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In any case, Apple's advice on how to fix it is as follows: Get your MacBook Pro's battery to less than 90 percent, connect it to the power adapter, quit all apps, close the lid (which should put the laptop in sleep mode), and let it charge for at least 8 hours. Then, update to the latest version of macOS.
If the problem persists, Apple says, contact Apple support.