As far as computer performance and reliability go, MacBooks stand at the top. They are known to be one of the most reliable devices that excel in security features and sturdy design.

Nevertheless, it does not mean that you are going to avoid potential issues. Sure, those might not manifest on a brand-new computer right away, but it is only a matter of time. As for those with relatively old Macs, the odds of facing technical difficulties increase by a decent amount.

Knowing what to expect and how to prevent it puts you at an advantage. Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems Mac users face and how they should deal with them.


If there is a drawback in a MacBook, storage stands out. And not just in terms of errors that occur now and then, such as you can only read external hard drive Mac error. No, the issue usually lies in the fact that there is not that much space, to begin with.

Users run out of disk space, and they have no idea what to do to salvage the situation. Too much clutter leads to various issues.

We recommend relying more on external storage, such as iCloud, and accessories like HDDs and USB flash sticks. And, at the very least, remove unnecessary files on a regular basis.


Overheating and loud noises are a nuisance that can even get on the nerves of the most patient people. It becomes too much of a distraction, not to mention the anxiety you get from the feeling that the device is overheating.

The dust that accumulates over time is often the biggest offender that causes this problem. You need to clean it up.

If the issue persists, check background apps via Activity Monitor. Closing redundant processes frees up the device’s resources and lessens the toll on the hardware and the internal fans.

Finally, you can also consider getting a cooling pad, which provides cool air to the laptop, reducing the temperature.

Screen Flickers

A screen flicker is one of those problems that are hard to manage on your own. It usually involves internal hardware that requires specific knowledge to solve.

If the flickering becomes too frequent, you will not be able to use a Mac and will need to seek professional help.

On the other hand, if the flickers are rare, you can try some troubleshooting ideas yourself. For one, try to update the video drivers. Or, if you noticed the flickering after installing the latest macOS version, see what happens when you go back.

Sometimes, the issue stems from compatibility between the operating system version and the graphics processing unit. 

Slow Wi-Fi

Internet problems are annoying, especially when you have to rely on it not just for entertainment but also work.

Most Mac users probably stick to Wi-Fi, even though switching to an ethernet cable is known to improve the overall connection by a significant margin. But then again, it also means eliminating the mobility aspect of the laptop.

To troubleshoot Wi-Fi errors and other woes, you should first try to disconnect from the network and reconnect. It is one of the oldest tricks, but it sometimes is enough.

Next, check if there are third-party peripherals jamming the signal. Wireless printers and other commodities that connect to the same network might get in the way of the connection between the router and your MacBook. Doing a bit of relocating could be the solution.

Browser Issues

Safari is the default browser on macOS, so it is likely that you will use it. However, if the app poses problems, then you need to do a bit of troubleshooting. Some of the best solutions include:

  • Clearing cache and other temporary junk that accumulates over time
  • Uninstalling redundant plugins
  • Updating Safari if the new version is available and the browser has not updated itself

If the issues persist despite your best efforts, you will likely need to switch to another browser, which should not be a problem. Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and other internet browsers are free to use, so you do not have to worry about paying for an app.

Closing Thoughts

To sum it all up, Macs might be more reliable than an average computer, but you can still expect to run into some troubles, some of which we covered above. 

This little bit of information ought to come in handy if you run into problems yourself, as you will know what to do.

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  1. I’m very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

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