Keys on the MacBook no longer respond? Compressed air helps!

There have been numerous reports from users of the newer MacBooks equipped with the butterfly keyboard complaining about keys that have stopped responding. The disadvantage of the butterfly keyboard is that the key travel is so short that  even the smallest crumbs can block a key. If you don't want to go straight to the Apple Store and try to get it repaired, you can try your luck with a compressed air spray. True to the motto: Keys on the MacBook no longer respond? Compressed air helps!

The MacBook buttons are not responding or are locked? This may be due to small crumbs that you can remove from compressed air sprays with compressed air.

The MacBook buttons are not responding or are locked? This may be due to small crumbs that you can remove from compressed air sprays with compressed air.

Clean MacBook keyboard with butterfly mechanism

Apple has official instructions for cleaning the new MacBooks, which come with a crumb-prone butterfly keyboard. In the support document HT205662 there are four steps with associated pictures that state the following:

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  1. Tilt the Mac notebook forward at an angle of approx. 75 °
  2. Spray compressed air from left to right and right to left over the keyboard / affected keys
  3. Turn the notebook on its side and spray back and forth again
  4. Finally turn to the other side and spray from left to right to left again

Keys are blocked despite cleaning?

If the steps outlined do not work, you have to contact Apple Support, the employees in the Apple Store or the authorized dealer. Since the problematic MacBook models belong to the newer generations, the guarantee should apply to professional cleaning or repair, depending on the purchase. After that, in my opinion, Apple will certainly set up a goodwill program in order not to be confronted with the next rush of complaints and lawsuits.

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Buy compressed air, clean the keyboard

The keys on the MacBook no longer respond? Then compressed air helps! That's roughly the motto. That's why I've picked out a few inexpensive compressed air sprays that you can conveniently order at home and try out there before a possibly unnecessary appointment in the Apple Store. Here is the compressed air spray selection:

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2 comments

  1. Teresa Anna Luther says:

    Hi
    only the letter l doesn't work for me ...
    Does somebody has any idea?
    vielen Dank !!

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Theresa! That sounds kind of like crumbs under the keyboard. I would try the following measures:
      - Knock out the keyboard on the table
      - Blow into the keyboard near the I key with the mouth / air pump / foot pump
      - blow into the keyboard with compressed air

      If none of this helps and you shy away from repairs and mainly use your MacBook at home, then I would connect an external keyboard (Bluetooth or via USB cable).

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