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The Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook does not wake up from sleep, the screen stays black and you can only see the mouse pointer - this problem occurs more often than you might think. It usually happens when the Mac has been idle for a long time, such as over the weekend. So if you have closed your MacBook (Pro) and then left it alone for a long time, you may know the problem. But the question with a Mac that does not wake up from sleep mode is: what is the solution? What trick can you use? Here are the answers!
As I said: The problem that the Apple Mac does not wake up from sleep mode or hibernation and the screen remains black is not uncommon. There are different approaches. Therefore, in the following I would like to give not just one answer, but several answers to the question of how to fix the problem. The list starts with simple and almost obvious measures - if they don't help you, then read on. Perhaps one of the more complex solutions will help you. Tip by tip, more and more time is needed for troubleshooting ...
As I said, I'll start with the obvious. If you bring your Mac or iMac out of sleep mode or open your MacBook (Pro), the screen may be black, but the computer itself may not be inactive. Try these steps once:
If you often work in sleep mode, but have turned down the brightness for a change (or this setting was made automatically to save energy) or switched off the computer, these tips could be of help. Unfortunately, everyone else has to read on.
The oldest trick in the world when it comes to electronic devices: turn it off once and then on again. To force a restart / reboot you proceed as follows in two simple steps:
Sometimes restarting or shutting down the Apple Mac completely and turning it back on again helps to completely eliminate the black screen problem. Especially when the OS X or macOS operating system has received an update, you should restart. If you have to force a restart as explained above, that's annoying, but a possible solution.
So now we have come to the end with the simple answers to the question, "How do I keep my Mac from showing only a black screen after it hibernates?" Troubleshooting is now a bit more extensive. Because the aforementioned steps do not help, then you should think about resetting the SMC (System Management Controller) or before resetting the NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random-Access Memory). How that can help, what it is and how it works, you can read in the Instructions for resetting NVRAM, PRAM and SMC.
Have you gone through all of the steps outlined here and your Mac, iMac or MacBook (Pro) still does not wake up from sleep as desired? Then maybe you should set up the computer again, i.e. reinstall macOS. Even if it is possible to restart macOS without formatting the hard drive, you should of course still do so beforehand make a backup!
The Mac does not wake up from sleep ... In Apple or general technology forums you can read about the same problem here and there. The Mac does not wake up from sleep and the screen stays black. The mouse pointer is shown at most, but nothing works. Some (unusual) tips from forums that are also in the Apple Community are:
If the Apple computer still does not wake up from hibernation / sleep mode as expected, even if you have followed all of the advice mentioned, then you should perhaps contact Apple support or an authorized dealer. Either you call Apple Support, the Apple Store or a dealer branch, or you can take your device there directly. Especially if your one AppleCare Protection Plan it's worth it - in most cases troubleshooting is included three years after purchase.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.