For Users that have migrated from Windows PC to Mac, this problem may seem all too familiar. You try to switch off your Windows PC and it doesn’t shut down or shuts down slowly. Sometimes your Mac shows the same problem and wont shut down.
Normally, this issue on the Windows platform can be related to Power issues, a faulty device driver or CMOS problems and it can take a while to troubleshoot. On Macs and Macbooks, most of these problems can be solved by a quick two step process.
If your Mac or Macbook wont shut down when you use the > Shut Down… from the Apple menu and the only way you can shut the machine down is to press the switch on and off button on the back of the Mac, please follow the simple steps below to take care of this problem.
- Shut Down your Macbook
- Unplug the power cord and wait for 15 seconds
- Plug the power cord back
- Wait for 5 seconds and then turn on your Mac
This SMC reset procedure should take care of your issue. Once you have completed the SMC steps above, you can proceed to do a NVRAM on the Mac by using the steps below.
- Shut down your Mac.
- Turn on your Mac.
- Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys immediately after you hear the startup sound.
- Hold these keys until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for a second time.
- Release the keys.
Most of the Power System related issues on your Mac are addressed by the SMC procedure (steps 1 through 4). If your shutdown issues are related to recent kernel panic events, the NVRAM process( Steps 5 through 9) addresses these problems.
Since it is hard to figure out the exact root cause issue behind the problem, we usually do both the SMC and NVRAM procedure when faced with this issue of Mac Not Shutting Down.
We hope you found these simple steps helpful in tackling this problem so that you will not have to press the ON/OFF button behind your Mac every time you want your Mac to shut down.