MacBook Trackpad Not Working? Methods To Fix It
Has your MacBook Pro trackpad stopped working? Four different methods of troubleshooting are described. Let’s start with the easiest way for your trackpad to work again.
Check for Any Updates of MacOS
This sounds trivial, but it’s amazing how many people don’t use the latest versions of operating systems, hardware and drivers.
To see if updates are available for your trackpad, open the App Store and click the Updates tab at the top of the window.
Indeed, all pending updates need to be installed. However, I am interested in what is called a software trackpad update (or similar) in order to correct the trackpad. If you encounter something, click the Refresh button and follow the on-screen instructions.
Check the Settings for Hardware and Trackpad
If no update is available (or the update does not resolve the issue), the first call port should always be the trackpad setting. Many complaints can be corrected simply by adjusting some options.
Double Click Does Not Work
If the trackpad seems to be fully functional, in addition to the ability to double-click, then the time delay before the system recognizes your gesture can be very low.
If this is your first time using a trackpad (as opposed to a traditional mouse) or if you have a few fingers like some people, this could be the cause.
To access the double-click settings, click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen. Then go to System Preferences> Accessibility and scroll down to the left sidebar until you see the mouse and trackpad
You’ll see several options available, but all you have to do is adjust the double-click speed. Lower than the current position. The central area is suitable for most users, but lower it if necessary.
You might also need to know How to Fix a Keyboard Not Working Issue on Mac.
Pointer Is Hard to Control
If the mouse pointer responds very quickly, try adjusting the tracking speed. Click the Apple icon again, but this time go to System Preferences> Trackpad. At the bottom of the window appears a slider entitled Monitoring Speed. As before, the settings near the center are suitable for most users.
Trackpad Is Completely Unresponsive
If the trackpad is completely dead, don’t despair. This could also be a simple configuration issue.
The way to try it is to see the physical mouse connected to the system via USB or Bluetooth. In this case, try disconnecting. Did the trackpad work? In this case, the system is set to ignore the trackpad input when it detects a mouse.
If you are running OS X 10.7 Mountain Lion or later, you can change this setting by going to System Preferences> Accessibility> Mouse and Trackpad and selecting Mouse or Wireless Trackpad. If you do, uncheck the built-in trackpad control panel
It is also possible that your Mac considers another peripheral accessory to be a mouse. Disconnect everything (keyboard, printer, game controller, etc.) from all the ports on the machine and see if there is a difference.
Check the Mac Hardware
Often, trackpad issues that are not caused by settings are due to various hardware issues. They can come from the Mac itself or from user errors.
The Pointer Is Jumpy and Jittery
If the indicator hangs around your screen, there are several possible non-serious causes. Many are just human mistakes.
First, check the battery level. If the capacity is low, connect the machine and try again. Sometimes it’s very easy. Second, make sure that no jewelry, such as wedding rings or bracelets, is caught on the pillow while you are working. The keyboard can read multiple signals at once and get confused.
Finally, make sure your fingers are not wet or sweaty. The trackpad and water do not mix well and can cause instability.
Everything About the Trackpad Is Temperamental
The trackpad can also work properly. Sometimes it works. You can move the pointer and you can’t. If this happens, the problem is often with the MacBook battery.
Swelling and bursting of MacBook batteries has been a problem for years. Apple claims that this is the expected behavior. If your device is still under warranty or covered by AppleCare, you must contact Apple Support for your first move. If not, and if you suspect you have a problem with the battery inflating, try removing the battery and running the machine from the power supply (you can even ask someone to pay for it). You will almost certainly see a significant improvement.
Delete “Property List” Files
If all else fails, the last trick you can try before admitting defeat is to delete the properties list file (PLIST).
MacOS uses PLIST files to store user settings and information about bundles and applications that are installed on your machine. Deleting them will force your Mac to recreate.
To remove the files associated with the mouse and trackpad, open the Finder and click Go> Go to File. Then type / Library / Preferences and click 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)
Reboot your Mac, and see if this cured the problem. As a last resort, you can erase and restore your Mac to factory settings.
MacBook Touchpad Workarounds
If none of the above works, you should probably bring your machine for repair. There are many repair options available, but which route to take depends on whether you have an AppleCare.
If repairs are required, there are some solutions in between.
Turn off the Trackpad
The most obvious temporary solution is to completely disable the trackpad and use a standard mouse. This procedure is the opposite of the above troubleshooting tips.
Go to System Preferences> Accessibility> Mouse & Trackpads and select the box next to Predicted built-in trackpad if there is a mouse or wireless trackpad.
Use an external trackpad