How to Turn on a Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Turning on a Mac is a simple process, but it can be confusing if you’re new to the world of Apple devices. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to turn on your Mac and get it up and running in no time. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Connect the Power Adapter

Before turning on your Mac, make sure it’s connected to a power source. Locate the power adapter that came with your Mac and plug one end into the power port on the back or side of your Mac, and the other end into a power outlet. Once connected, you’ll see a small light on the MagSafe connector or USB-C cable indicating that your Mac is receiving power.

Step 2: Open the Lid or Press the Power Button

Once your Mac is connected to a power source, you can turn it on by either opening the lid or pressing the power button. The location of the power button varies depending on the model of your Mac.

On most MacBook models, you’ll find the power button located at the top right corner of the keyboard. On iMac models, you’ll find it at the back near the bottom left corner.


If your Mac is in sleep mode, opening the lid or pressing any key on an external keyboard will wake it up instead of turning it on.

Step 3: Wait for Startup

After pressing the power button or opening the lid, your Mac will start up. You’ll see an Apple logo with a loading bar indicating that macOS is loading. Depending on your Mac model and configuration, this process may take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.

Step 4: Enter Your Password (if applicable)

If you have set up a password for your Mac, you’ll be prompted to enter it after the startup process is complete. Simply type your password using the keyboard and press Enter or click the arrow button to log in.

Step 5: Get Ready to Use Your Mac

Congratulations! You have successfully turned on your Mac.

Once you’ve entered your password (if necessary), you’ll be taken to the desktop or login screen, depending on your settings. At this point, you can start using your Mac and explore all the amazing features macOS has to offer.

Troubleshooting Tips:

– If your Mac doesn’t turn on even after connecting it to a power source, make sure the power outlet is working correctly. Try plugging in another device to verify.

– If you’re still having trouble, try resetting the System Management Controller (SMC) by following Apple’s instructions for your specific Mac model. – If none of the above solutions work, contact Apple Support for further assistance.


In this tutorial, we’ve learned how to turn on a Mac step by step. Remember to connect the power adapter, open the lid or press the power button, wait for startup, enter your password if necessary, and get ready to use your Mac. Now that you know how to turn on a Mac, you can confidently start using it and explore all its capabilities.

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