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MacBook Pro stuck on white screen

If your MacBook Pro stuck on white screen, do you know how to fix it? In this post, MiniTool Software will show you some solutions that are proved to be effective. On the other hand, if you lose your Mac files by mistake, you can use Stellar Data Recovery for Mac to get them back.

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What Is Mac White Screen?

MacBook Pro stuck on white screen is an issue that usually happens when you boot up your Mac. When this issue happens, your Mac Pro just boots into a white screen. Sometimes, there is an Apple logo or other kinds of icons in the middle of the screen. Sometimes, it is just a blank white screen. So, it is also called MacBook Pro White Screen of Death.

This issue can happen to all models of Mac computers like MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, and more. If you don’t take measures to solve this issue, you will be unable to use your Mac successfully.

If you encounter MacBook Pro white screen, do you know how to fix it? Don’t worry. In this post, we will show you some effective methods. These methods are available for all Mac Computers.

Solution 1: Force Restart Your Mac Computer

At times, the issue of iMac/iMac Pro/MacBook Air/MacBook Pro stuck on white screen is just caused by some temporary issues on your Mac. To get rid of these temporary errors, you can simply force restart your Mac computer.

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Here is how to force restart a Mac computer that is stuck on White Screen of Death:

Press the Power button (or the Touch ID/Eject button depending on the Mac model you are using), press & hold the Command-Control keys at the same time. When you see the Mac screen goes blank and restarts, you can release the two keys.

Now, you can check whether your Mac can start up normally without booting into white screen. If not, you need to use other methods to solve the issue. Keep reading.

Solution 2: Check the Connected Hardware

The connected external devices can also cause Mac white screen. But, you don’t know which one is the real cause. So, you need to disconnect all external devices from your Mac and then boot your computer to check whether the issue disappears.

Tip: You should disconnect all external devices including peripherals with a Bluetooth or other wireless connection.

If your Mac can boot successfully, you can re-connect the external devices one at a time until you find the one that gives rise to iMac/iMac Pro/MacBook Air/MacBook Pro stuck on White Screen of Death.

You should not use the faulty device anymore. If you have to use it, you can replace it with a normal or new one.

Solution 3: Use Safe Mode

If both of the above methods can’t solve your issue, there perhaps are some software issues on your Mac computer. You can access Safe Mode to find and fix software issues on your Mac.

Here is one thing you should note: The ways to access Safe Mode on your Mac are different according to the processor using on your Mac.

Some certain Mac models introduced in late 2020, Apple began the transition from Intel processors to Apple silicon. Till now, the Mac computers that are using Apple silicon include MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020), MacBook Air (M1, 2020), and Mac mini (M1, 2020). Other models are still using an Intel processor.

If you are using an Intel-based Mac, you can follow this guide to enter Safe Mode:

  1. Press and hold the Power button on your Mac until it shuts down completely.
  2. Wait about 10 seconds. Then, press the Power button and press & hold the Shift key immediately.
  3. Release the Shift key when you see the login screen. You can see the red Safe Mode on the upper-right side of the screen.

If you are using a Mac with Apple silicon, you can follow this guide to enter Safe Mode:

  1. Press and hold the Power button on your Mac until it shuts down completely.
  2. Wait about 10 seconds. Then, press and hold the Power button until you see the startup disks and Options.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key, and then click Continue in Safe Mode.

Safe Mode can automatically find and solve software issues on your Mac. Then, you can reboot your Mac to see whether the Mac white screen issue disappears.

If the issue persists, you can try the next solution.

Solution 4: Reset PRAM/NVRAM

Both Parameter Random-Access Memory (PRAM) and Non-volatile Random-Access Memory (NVRAM) store the settings about sound volume, display resolution, startup disk selection, time zone, and recent kernel panic information.

If your Mac is stuck on white screen, you can consider resetting PRAM/NVRAM to have a try.

Tip: If you encounter related issues like MacBook Pro Black Screen, MacBook Won’t Turn On, and MacBook Pro Screen Flickering, you can also reset PRAM/NVRAM to solve the issues.

Here are the things you should do:

1. Shut down your Mac. Since your MacBook Pro stuck on white screen, you need to press the Power button for a while until your Mac shuts down completely.

2. Press the Power button and immediately press & hold these four keys together: Option, Command, P, and R.

3. 20 seconds later, you can release the keys and then you can discover that your Mac might appear to restart.

You can also release the keys based on the following two situations:

  • If your Mac can play a startup sound, you can release the keys after you hear the second startup sound.
  • If your Mac is using the Apple T2 Security Chip, you can release the keys after you see the Apple logo appears and disappears for the second time.

Now, you can check whether your Mac can boot normally without stuck on white screen.

Solution 5: Use Disk Utility

Use Disk Utility to Repair Your Mac Drive

If there is something wrong with your Mac drive, White Screen of Death can also occur. You can use Disk Utility to check and repair your Mac drive.

Since your Mac computer can’t boot normally, you need to enter Mac Recovery Mode and then use Disk Utility.

  1. Press and hold the Power button on your Mac until it shuts down completely.
  2. Press the Power button and then press & hold the Command-R keys when you hear the startup sound.
  3. Release these two keys when the Apple logo appears.
  4. When you see the macOS Utilities interface, you need to select Disk Utility to continue.
  5. Find the drive you want to repair and then select First Aid. Disk Utility will begin to check and repair the found errors on the drive. In the end, it will also show you the status of the selected drive.

If this tool can fix the issues it finds in the drive, everything will be OK. You can reboot your Mac to see whether it is normal now.

However, if the status shows that the Mac drive will fail soon, we think you should reformat the drive to try to fix the problem.

Use Disk Utility to Reformat Mac Drive

Reformatting a Mac drive will delete all files in it. If these files are important for you, you need to back them up in advance. However, your Mac is unbootable now. How to back up its data? You can use Stellar Data Recovery for Mac Bootable Edition to rescue your Mac data.

How to Rescue Data if Your MacBook Pro Stuck on White Screen?

Stellar Data Recovery for Mac is a professional Mac data recovery software. It has a bootable edition that allows you to rescue files from an unbootable Mac computer.

However, you need to use the professional edition or more advanced edition to create a boot drive and then make your computer boot from the drive. Next, you can use this software to rescue your Mac data. You can go to the MiniTool Software official store to select a suitable edition.

Step 1: Create a Bootable Drive

Before you create a bootable drive, you need to prepare a USB drive with at least 8GB size. Besides, there should be no important files in the drive because the creating process will delete all files in the UAB drive.

1. Connect the USB drive to your Mac.

2. Download and install this Mac data recovery software on a normal working Mac computer.

3. Open the software and register it with the license key you receive in your email.

4. Click the Click here link at the bottom-left side.

click here

5. Select the connected USB drive and click Create Recovery Drive to start the creating process.

click Create Recovery Drive

6. When the creating process ends, you will receive a pop-up interface. Click OK.

click OK

Step 2: Rescue Your Mac Files

Here, you need to prepare an external data storage drive that has enough space to save your Mac files and connect it to your Mac.

1. Unplug the USB drive from the normal working Mac computer and then connect it to your Mac.

2. Press the Power button and then immediately press & hold the Option key.

3. Release the key when you see the startup manager screen.

4. Select RecoveryDrive and press Return. Then, your MacBook Pro will boot from this Stellar recovery drive.

select the Recovery Drive

5. You will enter the macOS Utilities Then, select StellarDataRecovery and click Continue.

select StellarDataRecovery

6. Now, you enter the software. Select your needed data types and click Next.

select the data types you want to recover

7. Select the drive you want to recover data from. Besides, if you want to perform a deep scan, you need to enable this feature by turning on the button for Deep Scan that is at the bottom-left side. Then, click Scan to continue.

select a drive to scan

8. After scanning, you can see the scan results. Next, select your needed files and click Recover.

9. A small interface pops up. Then, you need to click Browse and select the connected external storage drive to save the selected files.

10. Click Save to save the files.

save the selected files to the external drive

Now, your Mac files are safe. You can feel free to reformat the drive to fix Mac white screen.

Reformat the Mac Drive

You still need to use the method mentioned in the Use Disk Utility to Repair Mac Drive section to enter Disk Utility. Then, select the target drive and click Erase to format it.

Solution 6: Reinstall macOS

This method should be your last choice. It can fix your software issues that can’t be solved by the above solutions. You can refer to this post to reinstall your macOS: How to reinstall macOS.

Bottom Line

We hope the methods mentioned in this article can help you solve MacBook Pro stuck on white screen. If you encounter some related issues, you can let us know in the comment. You can also contact us via [email protected].

MacBook Pro Stuck on White Screen FAQ

How to fix a frozen Mac?
A frozen Mac has different situations. So, there are different methods to solve this issue. This post is helpful for you: Mac Frozen | How to Fix a Frozen Mac? (Multiple Situations).
How to factory reset a MacBook Pro?
If there are important files on your Mac, you can back up these files in advance. Then, you can go to macOS Recovery Mode > select Disk Utility > select Macintosh HD > click Erase > delete all internal volumes on your Mac to restore your Mac to factory settings.
How do I clean up my MacBook Pro?
Clean up your MacBook Pro can release some disk space for new data. You can refer to this post to do the job: How to Clear Disk Space on Mac?
Is force shutdown bad?
This operation will not influence the hardware on your Mac. However, if your opened files are not saved, the unsaved content may get lost or the files may be corrupted.
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