Mac devices are some of the most reliable ones on the planet. It is hard to see them crash or freeze, but as with anything, it can happen. Here we have listed a rundown of 8 common problems for Mac OSX users and how to fix them.
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My Computer Runs Slowly Whenever I Launch An App
This is a common issue for all kinds of apps, whether they are productivity apps or not. You might notice everything becomes sluggish and you can´t make much of it. Here´s what you can do to fix it:
- Force a hard reset – Yes, like all Mac devices you can force a hard reset on Mac OSX too. To force the hard reset just hold down Command Key + Control Key + Power Button and it will force the restart.
- Modify System preferences – Go to the System Preferences menu, then to the add-ons and finally to your apps at the bottom. Once there try disabling one by one to see which is the one causing trouble.
My WI-FI Is Too Slow
Slow Wi-Fi can make modern life a true nightmare. If you are experiencing difficulties with your Wi-Fi and you didn´t use to even having the same service, then it is time to do something about your computer and router.
- Your computer settings – First of all, Apple is constantly releasing updates to make their software better, so check on available updates first. If that doesn´t help, then go to System Preferences, Network, Advanced Settings and finally in your Wi-Fi menu delete all your stored networks, turn it off and then on and see if it works.
- Your router – First of all, google the model and the brand and look for any updates available for downloading. If that doesn´t help, then completely unplug it and then plug it in again to see if that solves the case.
Microsoft Office Is Constantly Crashing
Microsoft Office Bugs are some of the most common among Mac users; if that is your case, here is how to solve it.
- Apple Software Update – Apple has been struggling for years to fix any issues of compatibility with Microsoft Office and Mac OSX. Check if you are lacking any kind of update on your device. Head to the Apple Menu and then to Software Update. If there is an update, download and install it.
- Microsoft Updates – Go to the Help menu of the Office program you are trying to use and look for the Check for Updates option or visit the Microsoft website directly.
My Bluetooth Is Not Working
Bluetooth is great to get rid of the cables that used to make life more complicated for us. Here is how to resolve problems with your Bluetooth accessories.
- Restart the Mac and start over – This is an old trick that works great still. Turn off your computer and remove all accessories, including the Bluetooth ones. Once you´ve done that, turn it on and slowly plug or pair them back. If one is causing problems and the others are working, you will realize right away.
- If no Bluetooth accessory works – If after the previous step, no Bluetooth accessory works, then make sure that your Bluetooth is actually on. For that, take a look at the upper right corner of the screen and search for the icon.
Spotlight Is Not Working Right
Spotlight might just be the best, easiest and fastest way to look for things in your Mac device. If it doesn´t work, it becomes a time-consuming burden.
- System Preferences – Go to the System Preferences in your Mac OSX, then to Spotlight and then to the indexing options under the Search Results menu. From there it is easy to control what is Spotlight Searching and what it is not.
Airdrop Not Working
For all of the Airdrop fans of the world, the fact that the connection with it hasn´t been all that great lately is a big bummer. Here´s how to solve it:
- Work your Firewall – To fix this problem, it is important to take a look at the Firewall settings. The first thing you need to do is go to System Preferences, then to Security & Privacy and finally to Firewall. Turn off your Firewall completely and see if that helps with Airdrop´s performance. If that is the case, check to see if there is a particular app causing problems with your Airdrop.
My iTunes Is Not Working
iTunes is, most of the times, the most-visited place on a Mac computer for users. It is a really bad scenario when it is not working.
- iCloud problems – It has been reported that there are iCloud issues with iTunes, and it makes it slow and useless. Go to System Preferences and uncheck the iCloud option. You can also sign out and sign back in to see if it´s solved.
- Check updates – If the previous step doesn´t fix your iTunes, then try to update it. Go to iTunes Menu and click on the Check for Updates option.
My Old iBooks Are Gone
You are not able to see your old iBooks in your library? It can happen, but don´t despair, this is how to fix it:
- Log out and back in – Log out of the app and then close it. Re open it and log back in to see if that solves the issue.
- iCloud Books – When in iBook go to the View option and select Show iCloud Books and make sure no books are hiding. Also, go to the main menu, preferences and then general to “Sync bookmarks, highlights and collections”.
Even the most reliable computers in the world sometimes crash. Also, El Capitan, the new version of the OSX released by Mac is going through bug-fixing phases and it will take a while until it is perfectly tuned and bug-less. Follow these simple steps to resolve the bugs you might encounter in this transition and keep trusting your Mac, it won´t disappoint you at all.