How to Fix Your MacBook That Randomly Shuts Down

Is your MacBook Pro randomly shutting down, even with plenty of battery life left? You’re not alone; reports of MacBook Pros shutting off prematurely are showing up on various forums and support threads. So far Apple has confirmed the random shutdown behavior on the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro, though Mashable reports a similar issue occurring on the 13-inch MacBook Pro model from 2017, so the bug could be much more widespread than what Apple has acknowledged so far.

Here’s the quick fix. It’s as simple as it is weird, and you’ll need to keep your MacBook Pro closed and unused for several hours once you start. If you need your MacBook for work or studying, it might be best to run this quirky fix overnight.

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  1. Unplug your MacBook Pro from the charging cable and leave it turned on until it drops below 90 percent battery life.
  2. Once you’re below 90 percent, plug in the MacBook Pro’s charging cable.
  3. Close all open apps. You can quickly force-close everything by tapping the Option + Command + Esc keys, and then clicking “Force Close” next to an app’s name.
  4. Close your MacBook Pro to put it into sleep mode. Keep the laptop closed, plugged in, and charging for at least 8 hours.
  5. After charging the laptop undisturbed for 8 hours or more, open the laptop, and then install the latest macOS update, if available.]

If you perform these steps, but your MacBook Pro is still randomly shutting down, you’ll need contact Apple support for more assistance.