MacBook stuck on Apple logo with loading bar? Try these fixes

Posted by Vivian to Mac Data Recovery on January 18th, 2019

When turning on my MacBook, the progress bar stuck on the startup screen with the apple logo in the center. It gets stuck in 3/4 of the way and the screen freezes. How to fix this? Thanks in advance.

MacBook stuck on the Apple Logo screen with the loading bar and never goes any farther? This happens frequently, especially when the MacBook tries to reboot from an unexpected shutdown or macOS failed to update. And there are a few reasons why your MacBook gets stuck on the Apple logo progress bar, like disk errors, file system corruption, ransomware, etc. No matter what the reason is, this page could be a reference to fix MacBook stuck on Apple logo with loading bar issue.

Fix 1: Force shutdown and restart

Sometimes the MacBook stuck on Apple logo progress bar just like people zone out. You could try force shutdown by holding Power button 5 seconds around. Then, restart it as normal and check if it is stuck on loading screen or not.

Fix 2: Boot in Safe Mode

If your Mac still stuck on Apple logo at startup, you can try to boot it in Safe Mode which will fix basic errors in MacBook while starting. To access Safe Mode, you need to hold "Shift" immediately after pressing the power button. This would take a little more time than a normal startup, so be patient.

Fix 3: Boot to Recovery Mode

But if your MacBook failed to boot in Safe mode, the boot drive may have some minor logical errors. You can repair this disk under Recovery Mode.

Step 1: Restart this MacBook and instantly hold Command + R to boot in Recovery Mode.

Step 2: Select Disk Utility in macOS/Mac OS X Utilities menu and click "Continue".

Step 3: Choose the startup disk of your MacBook and run First Aid to repair errors in this disk.

Step 4: Click "Done" and restart your Mac.

Fix 4: Recover data and reinstall macOS

After checking and repairing with First Aid, if your MacBook stuck on Apple logo with loading bar still, the file system of the startup disk could be seriously corrupted so that operating system can't read it. You need to reformat this unreadable drive and reinstall macOS for your MacBook, which is to factory reset the Mac. However, as you know, reformatting means data erasure. Thus, you need to have a copy of data backup in Time Machine. If you don't have any backup, you still can recover data from this MacBook with professional Mac data recovery software, like iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is reliable Mac data recovery software, which can recover data from unbootable MacBook Pro/Air/iMac after update. It also can recover data from formatted/unmountable/unreadable internal hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, etc. on Mac. This all-in-one software is powerful in recovering deleted data from Trash and in recovering lost documents, emails, videos, pictures, etc. on macOS Mojave/High Sierra/Sierra and on Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Soluiton 1: If you have only one Mac computer

Since your MacBook is stuck on Apple logo with the loading bar, how can you recover data from this Mac? Don't worry, you still can recover data by running iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable media from iBoysoft Server on this Mac.

Solution 2: If you have two Mac computers available

Step 1: Download and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on another Mac computer.

Step 2: Click iBoysoft Data Recovery on the left top of menu bar and select "Create Boot Drive".

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Step 3: Insert a USB drive into this Mac computer.

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Step 4: Follow the wizard to create a bootable recovery drive.

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iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 5: After that, please insert iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery bootable USB drive into the unbootable Mac computer, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the computer up.

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Step 6: Select iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery from the boot options.

Step 7: Follow the wizard to recover your data and save the recovered files to another disk.

After recovering data from the startup disk, you need to reformat the disk and reinstall macOS in Recovery Mode so that you can boot this MacBook again.

Step 1: Go to Disk Utility in Recovery Mode.

Step 2: Select the startup disk from the left sidebar and click Erase from the top.

Step 3: Setup the required information to reformat the disk and click Done when finished.

Step 4: Go back to macOS/Mac OS X Utilities and select Reinstall macOS.

After reinstallation, you can restart your MacBook and see if the MacBook still stuck on Apple logo with a loading bar. Good luck!

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