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Why is my MacBook slow to wake up?

When your Mac is slow to wake up from sleep or standby mode, don't get frustrated. 

Try these simple tips instead to kick-start its performance and rouse it from its sleep.

Why is my Mac slow to wake up?

When tapping or swirling your finger on your trackpad or pressing the power button doesn't jolt your Mac awake, you might be wondering why.

From switching into hibernation mode to a completely drained battery, there are multiple reasons why your Mac or iMac is slow to wake up.

Luckily, it's a really easy fix, and there's plenty you can do, so let's take a look in the section below.

Fixes: MacBook Pro slow to wake up

1. Check the basics

Before we get into any thorough fixes, make sure you've checked the basics:

  • Is your Mac's battery completely drained? 

  • Is your battery damaged?

  • Are connected peripherals draining your battery when in sleep mode?

  • Has your screen brightness been completely turned down?

If you've checked all of the above, then dive into the fixes below.

2. Clean system junk

If your device is weighed down by system junk like corrupt system logs, temporary or broken files, cache, and cookies, this could be the reason why your Mac is slow to spring into action. Use a dedicated Mac utility tool like CleanMyMac X to remove built-up and hard-to-reach system junk, improve your Mac performance, and save space; here's how:

CleanMyMac X - System Junk

  1. Test the app for 7 days or open it on your Mac.

  2. Select System Junk from the sidebar > Scan.

  3. Wait for the scan to finish and click Clean.

3. Reset your SMC

Your System Management Controller handles processes like sleep, hibernation, and battery supply. Giving this a quick reset can help to solve your issues.

Here's how to do it on an Intel-based Mac:

  • Press down your power button.
  • Hold the following keys for 10 seconds:

    Control - Option - Shift
  • Once you release them, wait for a few seconds before turning your Mac back on.

These steps do not apply to Macs with Apple silicon, but according to forums, a simple restart resets SMC on these Macs.

Now you know what to do when your Mac is slow to wake up. Thanks for sticking around to the end.

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