How to Fix Macbook Pro Laptop that Keeps Turning OFF


Why Does My Macbook Pro Keep Shutting Off?

The main reason your Macbook Pro keeps shutting off is that it may be running outdated software, the current software has bugs and errors, or there is a possible peripheral device malfunction. 

 

Possible Reasons

  • Malware
  • Older version of OS
  • Peripheral devices malfunction
  • Software errors

 

Malware

Any virus in the system can lead to some big problems for your system. It is always preferred to ensure that you have an anti-virus app that regularly checks for any malware infection. Malware in the system also causes performance issues.

 

Older version of OS

Apple regularly notifies its users about available updates. If you keep delaying them, there will come the point when the laptop’s efficiency starts going down. The first issue comes in the device’s lack of ability to turn itself on flawlessly. So, if your device keeps turning off, you should know that it is because of the older version of the OS. Install all updates to fix the problem. 

 

Peripheral devices malfunction

Many users connect different peripheral devices with the laptop for various reasons. Any malfunctioning of such devices directly affects the laptop’s performance. 

 

Software errors

If you have erroneously installed the pirated version of any software on your laptop, such performance issues will become more apparent.

 

Macbook Pro laptop keeps turning off

 

How To Fix A Macbook Pro That Keeps Turning Off

To fix a Macbook Pro that keeps turning off, you can reset the SMC, update macOS, reset the PRAM or go for a full shutdown.

 

Below we discuss possible solutions step-by-step:

Reset The SMC [Method 1]

  1. Turn off your Mac.
  2. Hold the Control, Option (Alt), and Shift keys.
  3. Keep holding them for 7 seconds.
  4. Press and hold the power button. 
  5. The laptop will turn off.
  6. Keep holding all four keys for 7 seconds.
  7. Release them.
  8. Wait a few seconds.
  9. Press the power button to turn on your Mac.

 

Update macOS [Method 2]

  1. Open Menu.
  2. Select the Software Update option.
  3. Install the available updates.

 

Another method of fixing the issue is to reinstall macOS. For that, you will have to follow these steps:

  1. Restart Macbook.
  2. Hold the Command + R keys.
  3. Select Reinstall Mac OS.

 

Reset The PRAM[Method 3]

  1. Turn on the laptop.
  2. Press the Option[Alt] + Command+ P + R keys together.
  3. Keep holding them for 20 secs.

 

Go For A Full Shutdown [Method 4]

  1. Turn your MacBook on.
  2. Press the Control+Option[alt] +Esc keys for a force shut down – it will ask for one only if you have some apps that are not responding.
  3. Go to Menu.
  4. Choose shutdown.
  5. After the proper shutdown is complete, turn on Mac and check if the problem is fixed or not.

 

Check For Malware [Method 5]

Malware can have a great impact on your Macbook’s performance. You should always have an anti-virus app that keeps running in the background, informing you about potential malware. If you don’t have one, install it and see if the laptop is under attack by a virus.

Note: If these methods don’t help, take your device to the nearest Apple center and get it fixed.

 

MacBook Pro Laptop Keeps Turning Off When Starting Up

MacBook Pro Laptop may keep turning off when starting up when it has dirty, clogged fans, low RAM storage or when it isn’t upgraded to the latest software version.

 

How to fix it:

  • Remove MacBook accessories
  • Power reset
  • Run the Hardware Test
  • Open MacBook in Safe Mode and perform Auto-Repair
  • Run a report for System Configuration
  • Using Verbose Mode to quarantine corrupt files
  • Check for corrupt user accounts and Pref files on your MacBook

 

The Macbook Pro Laptop Keeps Turning Off Randomly

The reason your Macbook Pro laptop keeps turning off randomly is because of outdated software,a Parameter RAM or PRAM or due to an issue with the SMC.

 

How to fix it:

  • Update your macOS
  • Reset the PRAM
  • Reset the SMC

If these steps don’t help, you should contact Apple’s help center to get the issue fixed.

 

The Macbook Pro Laptop Keeps Shutting Down When The Lid Is Closed

To fix the problem of a Macbook Pro laptop shutting down when the lid is closed, you should reset the SMC. 

 

How to fix it:

For Notebooks with the T2 chip

  1. Turn off your Mac.
  2. Hold the Control, Option (Alt), and Shift keys.
  3. Keep holding them for 7 seconds.
  4. Press and hold the power button. 
  5. The laptop will turn off.
  6. Keep holding all four keys for 7 seconds.
  7. Release them.
  8. Wait a few seconds.
  9. Press the power button to turn on your Mac.

 

Repeat the same steps for notebooks with a nonremovable battery. For notebooks with a removable battery, follow this:

  1. Turn off your Mac.
  2. Remove the battery.
  3. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
  4. Reinstall the battery.
  5. Turn on the laptop.

 

MacBook Pro Laptop Keeps Turning Off When Plugged In

The reason your Macbook Pro laptop keeps turning off when plugged in is because of overheating or displaced RAM sticks.

 

Apple also acknowledges this problem and has a solution for its users: 

  1. Drain your Mac’s battery down to less than 90 percent.
  2. Connect it to the power adapter.
  3. Quit all apps.
  4. Close the lid.
  5. Let it charge for at least 8 hours. 
  6. Update the latest version of macOS.

 

 

MacBook Pro Laptop Keeps Turning Off During BIOS Update

The reason your Macbook Pro laptop keeps turning off during BIOS update is possibly because of a directory issue on the harddrive. To fix it, you will have to ‘repair’ or download DiskWarrior by Alsoft to fix the issue. 

 

How to fix it:

  1. Startup from a bootable USB flash drive.
  2. Run disc utilities “repair.”
  3. If it shows no result, get the program “DiskWarrior” by Alsoft to fix the issue; it comes with a bootable USB flash drive.

 

MacBook Pro Laptop Turning Off When Unplugged

The reason yourMacbook Pro Laptop keeps turning off when unplugged is because of a deteriorating battery. The problem can be addressed by checking the battery’s health.

 

How to fix it:

  1. Click on the Apple menu.
  2. Choose System Preferences.
  3. In the bottom row, select battery.
  4. Choose Battery Health.

 

A pop-up window will have the details of your battery. If it says that you should change your battery soon, you will know what you have to do.

Resetting System Management Controller (SMC) is a great solution to this problem:

  • Those with Intel Mac: Check out Apple’s instructions to reset SMC
  • Those with Apple Silicon Mac:Restart Mac when the power supply is plugged in; it will reset SMC

 

MacBook Pro Laptop Keeps Turning Off Due To Overheating

If your Macbook Pro laptop keeps turning off due to overheating, you should check its CPU use, quit unused apps, and physically clean your device.

The following steps can also help you resolve the issue:

  1. Keep the laptop away from the direct sunlight; shift to a cooler place as the temperature of the room you are in has a direct effect on the laptop and may result in its overheating.
  2. Your laptop’s constant shutdowns suggest that the device is in need of some maintenance; download the CleanMyMac X app and run the Maintenance setup.
  3. Apple updates deal with performance issues and fix many glitches; if you haven’t run the updates yet, you should. All you have to do is to go to the Apple menu and go to About This Mac. Click Software Update and then the Update Now button if updates are available.
  4. If you have connected some peripheral devices with the system, you should unplug them as these devices also lead to overheating.

 

MacBook Pro Laptop Turns Off When Moved.

The reason your Macbook Pro laptop turns off when moved is because of its dying or near-dead battery. This can be confirmed by looking out for a “clicking” sound every time the laptop shuts down. To fix the issue, you should reset the PMU.

Here’s how: 

  1. Turn off the system.
  2. Press the power button for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Hold it until you hear a tone.

Also, to verify if the battery is the issue, run the laptop on just the power cable. If the problem persists, it means that it is not a battery issue. It could happen if something is touching the logic board. The quick fix will be to open the case and check if there are any loose cables. But since this procedure requires precision, it is better to take your laptop to a technician or Apple Support Center.

Figure 1The Copyscape app detects the Reset SMC method

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