Does the trackpad work on my MacBook?9 effective ways to fix it

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Is your MacBook trackpad not functioning properly or is it not responding? This can happen for several different reasons (software glitches, fault settings, etc.).

Don’t worry unless it’s a hardware issue. There are several easy ways to fix the problem and get your MacBook trackpad back on track. Let’s take a look.

  1. Update macOS
  2. Adjust double click speed
  3. If you use an external trackpad, make sure the built-in trackpad is enabled
  4. Change the tracking speed of your MacBook
  5. Turn off force clicks and haptic feedback on your Mac
  6. Reset NVRAM or PRAM on Mac
  7. Reset SMC on MacBook
  8. Delete the .plist file on macOS
  9. Other possible fixes

1. Update macOS

For a smooth user experience, we recommend running the latest version of macOS on your MacBook. If you have a trackpad driver issue or a software bug, updating to the latest macOS version may fix it.

The Mac trackpad isn’t currently working, so for the time being you’ll need to use a wired or wireless mouse.

  1. To update your Mac Apple logo → System Preferences..
  2. click Software update..

    Click Software Update in Mac System Preferences

  3. Please check the latest version.Click if a new version is available Upgrade Now..

    Update macOS to the latest version

2. Adjust the double click speed

This option may be the cause of the trackpad problem. To fix the double click speed on your MacBook:

  1. click Apple logo → System Preferences → Accessibility..

    Click Accessibility in Mac System Preferences

  2. click Pointer control Located in the left sidebar.
  3. Drag the slider Double click speed. Positions similar to those shown in the image below are solid options. If you find it difficult to double-click quickly, we recommend dragging the slider further to the left.

    Adjust double-click speed in Mac trackpad settings

If you don’t need this solution, stay on the pointer control settings page. You will need it for the next fix.

3. If you use an external trackpad, make sure the built-in trackpad is enabled

To verify that your MacBook trackpad works, clickIf you have a mouse or wireless trackpad, ignore the built-in trackpad.“Into Pointer control Settings page.

Disable Ignore Built-in Trackpad When Using External Trackpad on Mac

4. Change the tracking speed of your MacBook

If the tracking speed is set to the lower limit of the spectrum for some reason, it may slow down the response and slow down the operation. The confirmation method is as follows.

  1. of System Preferencesclick Trackpad..

    Click Trackpad in Mac System Preferences

  2. Adjust the slider of Tracking speed..

    Adjust tracking speed in Mac trackpad settings

5. Turn off force clicks and haptic feedback on your Mac

Turn off Forced click May work on Macs with Force Touch enabled. This isn’t the most convenient solution, but it’s a hack that has worked for a few people in the past.

  1. of System Preferencesclick Trackpad..
  2. please confirm Point & click The tab is selected.
  3. Then clear the check box for Forced click And tactile feedback..

    Turn off forced clicks on the MacBook trackpad

6. Reset NVRAM or PRAM on Mac

Problems related to multiple configurations are usually successfully fixed by resetting NVRAM or PRAM. To keep this short, let’s jump directly to the steps here.

  1. click Apple logo When shut down Your MacBook.
  2. Turn on the power and press immediately option (((() + Instructions (((() + P + R.. Release the key after about 20 seconds.Notes from Apple: Make a startup sound On Mac computers, you can release the key after the second startup sound. On Mac computers with the Apple T2 security chip, you can release the key after the Apple logo appears and disappears a second time.

This fixes a MacBook trackpad issue. Otherwise, you should consider other solutions.

7. Reset your MacBook SMC

There is already a detailed guide on how to reset the SMC for MacBooks with removable and non-removable batteries. Therefore, if you have a MacBook before 2017, please see the linked article. If you deployed your MacBook after 2018, follow these steps:

  1. click Apple logo When shut down Your Mac.
  2. Hold down Control (((() On the left side of the keyboard + option (((() + Shift ⇧ It’s on the right side of the keyboard. It is normal if the MacBook is turned on.
  3. Press and hold all three keys for 5-10 seconds, then press and hold the power button as well. (If your MacBook is on, it will be off.)
  4. Press and hold all four keys for the next 7 seconds. Release the key after this step.
  5. After about 15-30 seconds, press the power button to turn on your MacBook.

Try using a trackpad. If you are lucky? If not, there are still some solutions left.

8. Delete the .plist file on macOS

macOS creates several property list files for Bluetooth, keyboard, trackpad, etc. To work around the MacBook trackpad issue, try deleting the existing .plist file. After rebooting, your MacBook will automatically create a new version of these files.

  1. from finderpush Instructions (((() + Shift ⇧ + G.. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the following folder address: Click / Library / Preferences and click go..

    Enter the folder path on your Mac[実行]Click

  2. Delete the following property list file. as needed, finder You can easily find them using the window size or search from the top right.
  • (Magic Trackpad)
  • (Magic Mouse)
  • (Wired USB mouse)

    Delete plist file on Mac

9. Other possible fixes

  • Uninstall a new app: Did the trackpad work properly until you downloaded the new application? If so, uninstall the app and see if the trackpad issue is fixed.
  • Use Safe Mode on Mac: Here’s how to do this
  • Clean the trackpad: Clean the trackpad with a soft, dry (or very slightly moistened) cloth.
  • use Apple Diagnostics To identify the problem: This is a simple guide.
  • Disconnect all wired and wireless peripherals: In some cases, it may help to disconnect all wired and Bluetooth devices such as mice and trackpads.
  • Reset your Mac to factory default and set it as new: Learn here how to do this step by step
  • Contact Apple Support: If nothing helps, talk to Apple Support or go to the store.


I hope one of the above solutions addressed the MacBook trackpad issue. If your Mac’s trackpad still doesn’t work, let us know more about the situation in the comments.

Do you have any other Apple related questions? We will do our best to answer them!

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