How to Force Restart MacBook, MacBook Air & Pro

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation when your Macbook start behaving abnormally, randomly starts freezing, or even something related.

Whatever Mac device you own, whether it MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook, the final solution to this problem is Force Restart your Macbook. It’s a quick and easy way to bring everything back to normal

How to Force Restart MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

Before doing a Force Restart of Mac, you need to make sure that you have performed all the possible potential software solutions.

Solution One: If a particular app is frozen instead of the operating system, then do this:

Press and hold Options key and then make a right click on the frozen app icon available on the Dock and then select Force Quit.

Solution Two: If Mac OSX is frozen but the mouse cursor is responding, then do this:

Click on the Apple symbol available on the upper left corner of your device screen and select Restart.

Alternatively, While holding the Control (CTRL) key, press the Power button. Doing this will bring System shutdown dialog from the available options select Restart.

Force Restart MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

If you’ve already tried these solutions and nothing discussed above fixed the issue for you, then it’s good to force restart your MacBook. But before that, it is important to know where is the power button on all MacBooks?

Power Button plays an important role when you try to force Restart a Mac. Usually, it’s available on the upper-right corner next to physical keys (F1-F12)

If you’re using MacBook Air‌ 2018 or above, then the Touch ID button is a Power button. While on MacBook Pro that comes with Touch Bar, you will find it on the right side of Touch Bar.

Some older Mac devices that comes with Optical drive, its Eject button.

To Force Restart a MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, here’s what you need to do:

Press and hold the Command (⌘) and Control (CTRL) keys accompanied by Power button/ Touch ID or Eject Button. It all depends on what Macbook device you’re using.

How to Force Restart MacBook, MacBook Air & Pro

You need to keep pressing this key combination until you see a black screen and your MacBook restarts.

Congratulations, you have successfully force restart your MacBook.

In case, after performing a Force restart your MacBook isn’t running normally, and the reason behind this is still a mystery to you, then we recommend you to reboot your Macbook in Apple Diagnostic mode to find out if it’s happening due to a hardware issue.

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