MacBook Trackpad Not Working – How to fix it?

Is your MacBook trackpad not working properly? There are several reasons that can make your MacBook trackpad unresponsive like a frozen trackpad, the mouse not working, double-click not working, the gesture of the trackpad is not working, and more. It is more common for the MacBook user to have issues in the trackpad and it can be resolved by yourself without the need of getting help from professionals. Your trackpad not working properly? Try the solutions mentioned below to fix it by yourself. 

MacBook trackpad

Clean the keyboard

This is the best way to fix your trackpad and this method is recommended by Apple to fix unresponsive keyboards. 

●      To start the cleaning process, hold your device at a 75-degree angle and spray compressed air into the keyboard in a left-to-right motion.

●      Then rotate your MacBook onto its right side and spray the keyboard again, from right-to-left motion.

●      Compressed air will remove all the dirt, debris, and dust particles from the Apple keyboard. 

Check for update

Most of us did not update our latest version of the operating system, drivers, and firmware that will lead to many issues including the improper working of the trackpad. It can be solved by updating new updates.

To see if any updates are available for the trackpad.

●      Open the App store on the Apple device.

●      Click on the Updates option found at the top of the window.

●      If any updates are pending, press the Install option to update your settings.

If you want to update your MacBook automatically, then you can do that by following the instructions

●      Go to the system preferences, then click on the App updates

●      Check the “Automatically check for updates” box.

If you keep your device updated, then you can enjoy the seamless performance of your MacBook

Delete .plist files

Property list files are also called .plist files that are used to store user preference files related to software, user’s settings, and information about applications installed on your device. If you delete property files will lead to normal factory restore settings of your keyboard and trackpad.

To delete .plist files follow the instructions 

●      Press the combination keys Command+Shift+G in the Finder 

●      And then press Enter, click GO

●      Locate the following files – Magic Mouse – wired USB mouse – Magic Trackpad

●      Delete the files and Reboot your MacBook. 

Disable Force Click

You can fix your trackpad by disabling force click and to disable force click follow the instructions.

●      Go to system preferences in the settings 

●      Click on Trackpad option and locate point & click the tab option.

●      Uncheck the force click and haptic feedback option in the menu

●      This method is only for MacBooks which has a 3D touch. 

Delete recent apps

Has this problem occurred after installing a recent app? Did it happen only after downloading the latest app? To solve these issues, you need to delete your recent apps to see if the trackpad regains proper function and you can delete the app in two ways; launchpad and finder.  

Using launchpad 

●      Click on Launchpad icon in the menu 

●      Position the pointer over the app that causing the problem.

●      Press and hold the pointer over the app until all the icons start to jiggle.

●      Press the delete button, In order to delete the app.

Using Finder 

●      In the finder, press the Application

●      Find the app that caused the issue and drag it from the Applications folder to the Trash.

●      Then Go to finder and press on Empty Trash to permanently remove the app.

Reset the Mac SMC

●      Resetting the System management controller (SMC) is the best way to fix all your hardware and power-related issues. Resetting SMC will vary based on the MacBook model.

For MacBook’s with non-removable batteries

●      Shutdown your device completely 

●      Remove all the power sources from your device and connect the MagSafe adapter.

●      Hold down and press the combination keys  Shift+Control+Option and power button at the same time for about 8-10 seconds, then it automatically reset the SMC.

For MacBook’s with removable batteries

●      Switch off your Mac completely and remove all the power sources from the device.

●      Now remove the battery carefully and while the battery is detached, press and hold Command+Option+P+R before the gray screen  appears 

●      Your SMC will be resetted 

●      Now attach the battery and connect with the power source.

●      Finally, your trackpad is fixed.


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