One of the worst things that may happen when your MacBook Air boots up and you are prepared to start working is a dark screen. As with any laptop or desktop computer, it may be very unsettling if there is no movement on the screen, and when it comes to a MacBook Air, you can start to worry about how much it will cost to fix the problem right away. While a black screen on a MacBook Air can occasionally be extremely bad news, it’s often not a major concern and can be rectified pretty easily.
In the article, we will run through a series of steps that you can try if you’re faced with a black screen on the MacBook Air. These steps can be followed before you decided to go for a MacBook Air display replacement. A blank screen, be it black, gray, or blue, should appear once or more during the startup of your device, but if your MacBook appears to be stuck on a blank screen, these are the steps to try. When you finish them, your screen should come back to life, allowing you to continue working.
How to fix a black screen on MacBook Air
A black screen on a MacBook Air can be caused by a number of problems. It can sometimes happen when you wake up your laptop from sleep mode, and it can also be brought on by corrupted disc permissions or a software issue. Below we’ll outline the steps to try if the problem is a black, or otherwise blank screen, on your MacBook Air’s display.
1. Check the power and brightness level
Okay, so you probably already did this, but to be safe, double-check the power. Finding that the problem is something this easy can be very relieving. Connect your laptop to its charger if you’re out of battery life in case the battery has depleted. If the power indicator light is on, you can rule out a bad power cable by checking it. Additionally, it’s likely that you (or your cat) accidentally pressed the brightness keys on the keyboard at some point, causing your screen to go dull. Try turning up the brightness on your MacBook Air by pressing F2 or using the control bar.
2. Unplug any accessories
If the issue is still present, make sure your Mac is not connected to anything other than your charging connection and adapter. Peripheral devices like printers, keyboards, external drives, mice, and trackpads can all potentially create startup issues.
3. Start your MacBook Air again.
The next thing to attempt is a simple restart if you’ve verified that the laptop is receiving power and ruled out the chance of interference from peripheral devices. Your device should restart itself if you press Control + Command (the symbol with the four loops) + the Power/Eject/Touch ID button, depending on your model. As an alternative, you can restart your MacBook Air by holding the power button down for 15 seconds before releasing it. Crossing fingers.
4. Perform a MacBook Air hard restart
Still no success? Before you decide to go for a MacBook Air display replacement, next, attempt a forced reset. All kinds of MacBook troubles can occasionally be resolved with a simple hard restart. Press and hold the power button on an Apple-chipped MacBook Air for approximately 10 seconds. The startup options window, which has a gear icon labeled Options, ought to appear. Pick Options, then click Continue. Release the power button and press and hold it again for an additional 10 seconds if the options window doesn’t appeal to you.
Press and hold the power button for approximately 10 seconds on an Intel-equipped MacBook Air. After releasing the power button, press and hold Command + R until you see an Apple logo or other image. After around 20 seconds, if the screen is still blank, it’s time to continue. Running Disk Utility to look for faults is worthwhile if this does manage to recover your screen. Restart your MacBook again after Disk Utility fixes any issues it found.
5. Try this MacBook Air key sequence
Although it isn’t confirmed by Apple, a certain key combination is reported to occasionally be able to restore a blank MacBook Air screen. To perform a hard shutdown, press the power button once, the sleep hotkey, “S,” and then hold it. Press the button to restart after waiting 15 seconds.
6. Boot up you MacBook Air in Safe Mode
Apple MacBook You can start your MacBook in Safe Mode to prevent any additional launchers from booting up. By doing this, the possibility of other apps and services interfering and impairing the proper presentation of your screen is eliminated.
Turn off your MacBook Air and let it sit for 20 seconds before restarting in Safe Mode. Restart it and then press and hold the Shift key. As soon as the login window appears, release the Shift key. ‘Safe Boot’ ought to be shown in the window’s upper right corner. Your computer may occasionally ask you to log in twice and start up more slowly than usual as it performs diagnostics. Restarting it once it has fully started up is an option.
7. Reinstall macOS
You might need to reinstall macOS as a very last resort, but keep in mind that doing so will essentially mean buying a new Mac. Before visiting this resort, you might wish to get in touch with an Apple repair service provider. Although it is possible to non-destructively reinstall macOS without damaging files, we advise that you always make a backup of your files and folders to an external hard drive or the cloud in case something goes wrong.
You may experience the dreaded MacBook Air black screen for a number of reasons. It can be a serious problem, such as a corrupted driver or display, or it might be something as easy as third-party software stealing control of your display’s settings. Before you decide to go for a MacBook Air display replacement, you can try the about fixes to solve your problems.