Do you have a new Mac and are not sure how to boot it? Don’t worry, it may be more awkward than you think, but we’ll show you how.
When you first get a Mac, everything feels unknown. You may not even know how to boot your Mac, let alone do anything else with it.
Don’t worry, we can help you get started. This allows you to turn on all the different Apple Macs.
How to boot any Mac
No matter what type of Mac you have – a MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, or Mac Pro – all you have to do is turn it on by pressing the power button. Do not hold it down, but press it firmly for about a second.
You should hear the familiar viruses, beeps, and bells on your Mac come to life. If not, it can be is a problem with your Mac.
Where is the Mac power button?
Now, where is the power button on your Mac? You’re not alone because it can vary greatly from Mac to Mac. Here are the power button locations for all types of Macs manufactured by Apple.
MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro
Generally speaking, on newer MacBooks you just need to turn it on just open the screen. If that doesn’t work, press the power button instead.
The MacBook power button is in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. On newer MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers, this is also a Touch ID sensor, so it can only look like empty space without a power icon.
iMac or iMac Pro
Press the power button on the back of your iMac to turn it on. The button is concave, so you can usually feel it by running your finger behind the lower left corner of the screen.
If not, turn your iMac around and look for it in the lower right corner at the back.
The Mac mini has a small round power button on the back of the computer to the left of the power cord.
The Mac Pro has seen a few dramatically different models over the years, and the power button moves with each new one.
If you have a Mac Pro from 2019 or later, look for a round power button at the top of the computer tower between the handles.
For the 2013 Black Mac Pro, the power button is above the power cord on the back.
If you have an older Mac Pro, from 2012 onwards, the power button is on the front of the computer tower above the USB ports.
What if the Mac doesn’t boot?
As we mentioned earlier, you don’t have to hold down the power button to turn on your Mac. A good business press should do it. If your Mac doesn’t start, there’s something wrong. The good news is that with a little troubleshooting, you should be able to figure out what the problem is.
Do you have a desktop Mac or MacBook that doesn’t boot, or maybe doesn’t boot past the Apple logo? Don’t worry — it’s frustrating, but usually remediable.
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