MacBook Trackpad Not Working? 4 Troubleshooting Tips to Try

MacBook Trackpad Not Working? 4 Troubleshooting Tips to Try.

MacBook Trackpad Not Working? There are several reasons the trackpad on your MacBook Pro may be unresponsive.  But before you rush off to the Apple Store for a lengthy wait, try fixing it yourself with this troubleshooting guide.

Did your MacBook Trackpad stop working? There are numerous Macbook users who have faced issues like a frozen trackpad, double click not working, the gesture of the trackpad is not working,  the mouse is not moving etc. Your Mackbook trackpad not working? Try the solutions below:

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Tips to Try

1. Reboot and Close the Lid

This one is a bit of a strange tip, but it’s worked for a few people. It’s basically the old “switch it off and back on again” fix that works for anything and everything.

Reboot your MacBook from the Apple menu.

Once rebooted, close the lid to put your MacBook to sleep and leave it for 2-3 minutes.

Open the lid and the trackpad should be working as normal.

This tip might also work for the keyboard so if your keys aren’t working give it a try.

2. Reset Trackpad on Mac

Check whether you have the most relevant trackpad settings. For this, click on the

Apple logo in the menu bar and select System Preferences → Trackpad.

Within the trackpad settings window, in the Point & Click tab, make sure you have set up all the functions of the trackpad so that they are convenient for you.

If you feel that the pointer behaves strangely, adjust to the right tracking speed.

Also, select the Scroll & Zoom and More Gestures tabs to manage other useful trackpad functions.

3. Delete “Property List” Files

If all else has failed, the last trick you can try before conceding defeat is deleting the Property List (PLIST) files.

In the Mac operating system, it completely uses PLIST files to help itself in storing the user’s settings and information about all the bundles that he/she has installed including all the applications on the computer.

If you delete them evidently then it will force the Mac to create a new one and those will be the perfect files that you can set accordingly to make sure your trackpad works.

Note that if you are doing this then there is a large chance that you might delete something important of yours.

So, just to make sure that you have to backup all the settings and all the files that are important in your Mac to prevent this blunder mistake.

To delete the files linked to your mouse and trackpad, open Finder then click Go > Go to Folder.

Next, type /Library/Preferences and hit Go.

Look for the following plist files and delete them:

  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.plist (Magic Trackpad)
  • com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.mouse.plist (Magic Mouse)
  • com.apple.driver.AppleHIDMouse.plist (wired USB mouse)
  • com.apple.AppleMultitouchTrackpad.plist
  • com.apple.preference.trackpad.plist

4. Update your Mac’s Operating System

While it might not seem like it, making sure that your MacBook is running the latest update of macOS can really help the performance of your trackpad.

That’s because, when an update is released, it usually comes with a lot of patches that seek to improve any bugs in that computer’s system.

This means, if your trackpad has been feeling a little unresponsive – causing you to frantically click until it fills a command – there could be a correlation between your operating system and your trackpad performance.

Now, you might think that you are running the latest macOS version, however, you might be surprised at just how many of us miss the notification of an update while we’re busy working.

So, simply head over to the app store and check your update list.

Only when you try every single one of the hacks listed above without any success can you then call a professional to fix your trackpad.

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