What to do when Mac hangs with its logo and spinning wheel on

So here you are – you pressed the power button of your very own MacBook Pro, waited a few second for it to get started, but it took forever to start completely as it got stuck with Apple logo showing, and spinning wheel on. What the heck! You are really somewhere, right? This situation must be giving rise to several questions, like – what to do when Mac hangs with its logo and spinning wheel on, what to do when Mac does not startup completely with its logo and spinning wheel on, MacBook Pro won’t startup with its logo and spinning wheel on.


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I am going to suggest a series of steps to fix ‘What to do when Mac hangs with its logo and spinning wheel on’ error, and the first thing in that order is – start your Mac in Safe Mode by shutting it down forcefully first, and then boot the computer in Safe Mode, and that sometimes works like a charm. After that, make sure that you have disconnected all test peripheral devices and network cables. Here peripheral devices refers to the external devices, or the devices which were not the part of your Mac when you bought it, for instance – pen-drive, external hard drives, printers, hubs, etc.

Now, follow these manual steps to fix the ‘What to do when Mac hangs with its logo and spinning wheel on’ error:

• You have got to shut down your Mac, for that – you might need to push the power button for several seconds to force it to power down.
• As mentioned above, you have got to disconnect all the peripheral devices except for a keyboard, and a mouse connected.
• If you have any Ethernet cable connected your computer, disconnect that too.
• Now, try starting up your MacBook Pro again.
• If doing this eventually helps, then try connecting one peripheral device, and check if the problem again takes place, check one by one, because one of the peripheral devices that were in use earlier caused the issue. So, locate that faulty peripheral device, and contact with the manufacturer of the device for the support and assistance. You could also try using a different cable for the device in case of power issues.
• If the issue persists, and you are using a desktop Mac with a third-party keyboard and/or mouse device, then try starting your Mac up with an Apple keyboard and mouse, and see if that does the trick. You can also try starting your computer with no keyboard and mouse connected. And connect them after you have completely turned on your MacBook.
In case, the steps given above do not help, then you have got to perform a Safe Boot. Follow the steps given below to do that –
• Shut down your Mac, and if it becoming difficult to shut down normally hold the power button for several seconds to force it to power down.
• Then, start your Mac again, and immediately hold the ‘Shift key’. This would result in safe booting of your computer. You can also see the status of the ‘Safe Boot’ as it progresses, you can hold “Shift-Command-V” during the startup instead of holding just the ‘Shift key’. For your information, a Safe Boot takes longer than a typical start up because it includes a disk check and other such operations.


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