November 1, 2021

After sifting the net for the best laptops to buy, you finally decided that it was high time you tried out the revered and coveted MacBook. As someone transitioning from the usual windows to something entirely different, you lack the basic idea of how the laptop functions, including potential issues during usage.

If you are keen on adding such knowledge to your knowledge base, I have provided a list of common problems Mac book users face to help you understand the journey that lies ahead. Of course, the chances of experiencing these problems (at once) are low. Nevertheless, you should have them in mind just in case.

Let’s take a look at the first problem.

MacBook running low

Regardless of its status as one of the best brands of PCs, a MacBook isn’t problem-proof. Issues will arise, depending on how you use the device. One of the common issues most Mac book users face (and you may face) is the issue of their devices running low. Your Macbook device will run low if you don’t shut it down always.

The best way to fix this simple issue is by shutting down your device. However, if the issue remains, kill the apps taking a huge chunk of your RAM space. To do this, open Activity Monitor and figure them out by memory usage. Afterward, navigate your way to the app and end it from there or choose the app name and tap on X on the top left corner to end it.

Startup disk is almost full

The startup disk’s almost full prompt is common with the MacBook. It is often a result of clogged storage space due to piled-up apps. If you are fond of loading your device with all sorts of files and applications, the chances are that it will get clogged sooner than later. Also, another likely cause of the “startup disk almost full error” is excessive cache.

And what is a cache?

A cache is a storage site that gathers brief data to assist websites, browsers, and apps load optimally. When your system is filled with different types of cache, the chances of losing hard drive space are high. To prevent this, make it a habit to continually clear cache. Also, delete unused apps and wipe the internal hard drive.

Issues with WIFI

Is your Wi-Fi not coming up? Or is it coming up and not connecting? If yes, you have a little Wi-Fi problem that can be fixed by shutting off your device for a few minutes and turning it on again. This basic hack will solve the problem most of the time. But, if you get unlucky and it doesn’t, you should go with plan B.

Plan B involves opening system preference > Network preference > Advanced. You should find the networks you were or are connected to. Proceed to disconnect from the preferred network and connect again by inputting your password. Doing this should solve your issue. But, if you get unfortunate again, consider upgrading to OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra since Apple has solved the Wi-Fi issues found on the Yosemite version.

Problem turning off Mac

After working with your device, you proceed to put it off, but it doesn’t respond. What might be the cause?

The issue of Mac not turning off is a result of the apps still running. Give your device some time. It will surely shut down after saving data.

Sometimes this issue also arises when apps refuse to close. If this is the case, end the app and try shutting down your device. If these methods are ineffective, hold the power button till the screen of your device turns blank.


Just like when purchasing a product, it makes sense to understand a MacBook before you purchase one. Figure out how it is used, the potential problems you may face, and of course, you can also research the features you are bound to enjoy. Having these insights will surely improve your experience with the device.


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