Reasons Why Your MacBook Is Restarting (And How to Fix Them)

MacBooks are excellent laptops. They have Apple’s signature sleek design, the venerable MacOS, and a whole host of features that Apple devices are famous for. They are undoubtedly reliable, but not even them are safe from the occasional hiccup or two. Like any computer, MacBooks are still susceptible to system errors or hardware failure. If you have noticed that your MacBook is suddenly restarting after spending a few minutes away from the keyboard, then you may need to check it out. No need to panic: you are not alone in this technical difficulty. There are also other people who have been experiencing this issue, so before you sell your MacBook, here are two common culprits that might be causing your problem.

Outdated Operating System

Operating system updates tend to have crucial new features that new apps may require or cause old apps to stop functioning. Using an app that is not supported by your current OS may cause that app to not work properly or, in some cases, it might cause the operating system itself to crash, thus forcing a reboot. If you are experiencing sudden restarts, it is best to check if your MacOS is updated to the latest version and if you have compatible software to go with it. The new Catalina OS has recently been released to the public, so if you’re still using Mojave or the earlier versions, you should definitely check the new one out.

Kernel Panic

If you’ve started seeing a pattern in the sudden restarts that you’ve been experiencing, then there’s a chance you’re probably using a program that’s buggy or isn’t fully compatible with your MacBook. These events are called Kernel Panics. A kernel panic happens when your MacOS encounters a serious and unrecoverable error that clogs your system, thus causing the entire laptop to shut down. These are commonly caused by third-party programs that are not playing well with your system, which may include the drivers that come with peripheral devices such as external hard drives or a mouse. Your best bet is to simply remove the last third-party program that you installed on your laptop. If you’re still experiencing sudden reboots even after removing any recently installed app, then the problem might have roots that go deeper into your system such as insufficient RAM or even hardware issues. It’s advisable that you troubleshoot your software first to find out what exactly is wrong. When All Else Fails… If you haven’t had any success with fixing your MacBook by yourself even after doing extensive research, then it may be the time to throw in the towel. Your last resort is to take your laptop to an Apple center and have it repaired there. It might cost a pretty penny but it will save you plenty of time and effort, especially since MacBook restarts can be caused by a variety of things that can be hard to fix without professional help. It’s advisable that you troubleshoot your software first to find out what exactly is wrong.

When All Else Fails…

If you haven’t had any success with fixing your MacBook by yourself even after doing extensive research, then it may be the time to throw in the towel. Your last resort is to take your laptop to an Apple center and have it repaired there. It might cost a pretty penny but it will save you plenty of time and effort, especially since MacBook restarts can be caused by a variety of things that can be hard to fix without professional help.

Cesar N

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