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Easy How to Fix Macbook Pro Trackpad Click Not Working

Super Easy way to fix your MacbookPro Trackpad when the Click is Not Working or Click and Drag Not Working.
Warning: do not follow the instructions in this video. Who wants to take their computer apart when all you have to do to fix your MacbookPro Trackpad not working is to push down on the Trackpad hard evenly across the whole surface. I was amazed! I Pushed down with pressure on the trackpad across the whole surface at the same time a few times and held it for about 7 seconds. I am not an expert and this is not expert advice, it is just information on how to fix your Macbook Pro Trackpad when it does not click. I found this MacbookPro trackpad click fix trick in the comments to this video that shows how to fix it by taking your computer apart. Leave me a comment and let me know if it worked for you.

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  • Clay Franklin August 17, 2012, 5:41 am

    Simply push hard on the trackpad and apply pressure across the whole surface.

    Worked for me. Did it work for you?

    • Varisa February 11, 2013, 6:40 am

      Yes! omg thank you!!!!

    • Laura May 25, 2013, 1:45 pm

      UTTERLY BRILLIANT! I’ve been frustrated for MONTHS and the clicking function recently died completely. I was debating taking it apart (yikes) or dragging it down to Tekserve (oy!). 10 seconds of uniform pressure and it’s fixed.

      Thank you!!!

    • JF July 26, 2014, 2:25 am

      Yessssss!!! Thank you 🙂

    • paul August 13, 2014, 12:50 pm

      It Worked….THANKS …. I had tried everything. After installing new battery the trackpad just would not respond. I was just about to give up and resort to using a mouse. Macbook now good as new…thanks again.

    • Mohammad Adib January 22, 2015, 6:25 pm

      Omg this actually worked!

    • J September 24, 2015, 5:00 am

      Wow!!!

      It did work! Thanks!!

    • Juan October 14, 2015, 8:57 pm

      How the hell….well it worked. Here I am thinking i had to bring it in for repair and all i needed to do was push on it…

    • Angus Keegan May 18, 2016, 7:19 am

      Yep, perfect, back to lovely ‘light’ pad clicks, so smooth, thankyou.

    • Celeste June 26, 2016, 1:11 am

      Yes thank you!!!

    • Jarrad March 13, 2017, 7:28 am

      No don’t work

      • Clay Franklin March 13, 2017, 6:31 pm

        Sorry, suggest get a new battery. These batteries expanded and cause the track pad to not have room to be pushed down. If this trick does not work, then a new battery is the best solution. Eventually I needed to get a new battery and Apple gave it to me for free because I told them that the forums said Apple will replace for free because they were defective.

      • Clay Franklin March 14, 2017, 12:13 am

        Apple sells replacement batteries for $129 there are stores in Sydney and Brisbane and also the online store https://support.apple.com/mac-notebooks/repair/service/pricing I was able to get it for free by sweet talking the sales person. It was about 3 years old at the time. There are some replacement batteries at Amazon that high reviews so that would be a possibility to save money. Amazon MacBook Pro low priced batteries Good Luck Thank you for commenting and letting us know how your fix is going.

  • Clay Franklin March 5, 2013, 6:33 pm

    This trick worked for a a couple hours, but I ended up needing a new battery. The old one expanded and was pushing up on the track pad making it not work. I was fortunate enough to get Apple to replace it for free even though the laptop was out of warranty. I told the salesperson that it was a common problem and that on the forums they said that Apple was replacing them for free as a customer loyalty favor. Let me know how it works out for you in the comments below.

    • Hugh September 11, 2013, 8:51 pm

      Can’t believe it was this simple to fix my trackpad that hadn’t been working for over a month now! Thanks for the advice

  • Ahmad March 18, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Thanks a ton worked for me ammazinggggg<3 rock on

  • Mike April 5, 2013, 12:08 am

    Worked a treat! Glad I found this before trying more expensive/fiddly/painful solutions. Thanks!
    Let’s hope it’s permanent …

    • Clay Franklin May 25, 2013, 7:58 am

      Thank you Mike. It may come back as the battery expands and pushes up on the trackpad. You can always try to get Apple to replace the batter for free. Tell them than you read on line that they can replace it for free even if the laptop is out of warranty. That is eventually what I did.

  • Preston Yoo April 9, 2013, 5:06 am

    Worked for me too! thanks!

  • CBreezy April 12, 2013, 3:08 am

    Wow worked for me! I used the palm of my hand and pushed down on the whole thing. Thanks so much for posting this!

  • Hannah April 14, 2013, 10:39 pm

    you sir are a saint

  • Phil the Chip May 4, 2013, 11:12 am

    Hmmm, I now have a trackpad that looks like broken glass and the click still doesn’t work!

    There appears to be a bump front middle of the trackpad where the retaining screw comes up from underneath the battery and this pressed on the trackpad and broke the surface…

    • Clay Franklin May 25, 2013, 8:00 am

      Sorry Phil,
      Best thing I can think of is to go to the Apple store and see if they will replace it because the battery expanded and caused the problem. There is always a chance they will do a good will fix for you.

  • ayo May 9, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Thank you sooooooooo much!!!!!

    • Clay Franklin May 25, 2013, 8:01 am

      Yay so glad it worked for you Ayo. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  • Kamlan May 21, 2013, 10:18 pm

    Omg you are an absolute legend, I thought I would have to send 100s of dollars trying to fix this issue, thank you so much!

    • Clay Franklin May 25, 2013, 8:03 am

      If it comes back go to Apple store and see if they will replace the battery under special circumstances and to just see if the computer will let them replace the battery for free. The sales person will not know until they check the computer when they do the shopping cart check out to see if they can comp it to you for free and put it in complimentary too.

  • cheepeng May 25, 2013, 6:30 am

    you’re good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks a lot, i dont understand why but it works like a charm

    • Clay Franklin May 25, 2013, 8:05 am

      Yay! Basically the battery has expanded and pushed up on the trackpad preventing it from clicking.
      If the problem persists or comes back some Apple stores will replace the battery for you for free even out of warranty. They have to look it up on the computer and you will see them surprised if it says yes they can do it free.

  • VINESH CHANDVANIA June 1, 2013, 7:31 pm

    Thanks , its grate advice n helpful just hold the 7 sec at track its work

  • mkl June 8, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Clay,

    Thanks a million for the “trick”! I was on my way to the Apple Store this morning (something I have been avoiding and dreading because besides the $, you have to go online and make an appointment… blah, blah, blah), when I told myself I would go online the nth time to see what has been posted lately regarding this trackpad problem everybody seems to be having (I really hope Apple would pay attention to it because Apple’s standing/good reputation rests on quality and elegant product. This is not a “footnote” suggestion). When I read Clay’s suggestion, I just turned to my MacBook and tried it without reading other suggestions and comments; that’s how desperate I was. Needless to say it worked like a charm (if you believe in charms :-)). But Clay (and those who have experienced this problem), what do you think is the root cause of the problem besides the battery?

    Kudos,

    mkl

    • Clay Franklin June 8, 2013, 5:14 pm

      This trick worked for me for a while, but my battery had expanded so much in size it kept limiting the trackpads ability to move down. I was very lucky that Apple replaced the battery out of warranty for free for me saving $129.

  • knut June 13, 2013, 7:40 am

    Super trick!!! Thanks!!

  • Lisa June 19, 2013, 8:15 pm

    It worked! Thank you! My cursor wouldn’t ‘listen’ to me and I couldn’t get anything done. I held the entire track pad down like you said and it works great again. Yay!

  • Joe June 24, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Epic solution! I’d given up on the trackpad ever clicking again. My battery isn’t even swollen. I had bought a new one. Anyway its back. Now I can focus on the horror of my misbehaving USB ports and malfunctioning bluetooth.

    Thanks a million.

  • Guzin June 24, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Yes!! It did. Thanks so much!

  • Steven June 25, 2013, 9:59 pm

    lol worked like a charm! I’ve been battling this for MONTHS now and it was literally driving me crazy! I was just about to take the laptop apart today and ran across your post. Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Steven June 27, 2013, 6:56 am

    Just an update….Use CAUTION when applying pressure to your trackpad. If you push to hard you will crack it like I have done. Now I have to buy a new one and replace the old one. It turned out that my trackpad issues were due to the battery needing replaced. When the battery get old it starts to swell, which places pressure on the trackpad making it not work properly. If I take out the battery it works perfect, just like a brand new MacBook. Try removing your battery and see if that is causing the problem before risking damaging your trackpad. Click on my name in the post to see a picture of the damage.

  • Lex June 29, 2013, 3:24 am

    Pressing hard worked for me by cracked the trackpad. Would definitely recommend trying to get free service at apple stores before resorting to this.

    • Clay Franklin June 29, 2013, 3:51 am

      sorry Lex.
      For anyone thinking of trying this idea.
      Please note that the trackpad is glass.
      The downward pressure should be applied evenly across the surface and no less than 4 places. I used two thumbs and two fingers.
      This fix worked temporarily for me and I finally needed a new battery. Yea Apple replaced it free out of warranty. The battery had swollen and expanded into the area where the trackpad needs to be when it is clicked on. It sure was frustrating not being able to click my trackpad. Suggest you set up an appointment at the genius bar at the Apple store and as them if they will replace the battery for free like you read on the forums because it should not swell up as it ages.

  • Just P July 4, 2013, 3:45 am

    I recently just reformatted my Macbook pro and my trackpad stopped working after I logged in, I could see the mouse arrow moving around but I could not select by pressing the pad. What eventually worked for me was 1st: Pressing hard on the trackpad and applying pressure all across the surface. 2nd: After pressing on the trackpad surface for a while I found out if I pressed hard enough I could select but it was a pain pressing the hell out of the pad just to make a selection so I went to “Preferences” and then selected “trackpad” and then selected “Tap to click” and it started to work like it use to, but I ended up having to use 3 fingers to select and drag..which was annoying as hell. So I went to “Preferences/Universal Access/Trackpad Options/ and select “Dragging”. That worked.

    Also try: Shutting down computer, plug it in, then start pressing Shift/control/option while pressing the power up button for 15 seconds and when you let go the light on your power cord connected to your Mac should go to green then back to orange, then power up your mac again.

    Also try: Command+Option+P+R while you power up your mac and wait til it chime 2wice …then start up again.

    Hopes this helps….someone, I know how it is:confused:

  • john July 4, 2013, 5:28 pm

    worked but problem recurred soon after.

  • Lana LySandra July 6, 2013, 4:00 pm

    It did thank you so much!!!!!

  • Rashad July 8, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Thank you so much! I was getting frustrated then stumble upon this ! thought I was going to have to open this up and go to work

  • Jee Jee July 12, 2013, 4:12 am

    Yes, this worked for me as well. Pleasantly surprised – thanks for the excellent advice! Important to note about batteries as others pointed out here.

  • BK July 21, 2013, 11:21 am

    fixed my click, but not my click-and-drag

  • Jordan July 27, 2013, 11:23 pm

    My battery was swollen, causing it to press up against the trackpad. I tried to get Apple to replace the battery for free, as suggested, but they denied my request. They claim the swelling is a safety mechanism that unfortunately interferes with the trackpad. Had to buy myself a new battery.

    • Clay Franklin July 28, 2013, 3:05 am

      Thank you for the update.
      My salesman was a bit stubborn but he said let me check to see if the computer has “customer retention” free replacement option.
      My salesman was surprised when the computer let him offer the battery for free. I may have totally lucked out.

      I could get my trackpad to work for about 10 minutes only so option is new battery.

  • Chris July 30, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Thank you so much, WAY better than taking it apart!

  • Joey August 9, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much! I was so worried I had to go to apple and beg them to fix this. Your a life saver!

  • Richard Armstrong August 10, 2013, 8:40 pm

    Hey Clay! Just a ‘heads up’ This is really really bad advice.
    Will it work? Maybe.
    For how long? Until the battery really swells up.. to a dangerous level.
    Will you replace my Macbook/Coffee Table and surrounds when the obviously faulty Battery explodes?
    Not likely!!
    Replace the battery… problem solved,
    Dumbass!

    • Clay Franklin August 10, 2013, 8:50 pm

      Replacing the battery is recommended when it expands. For temporary relief of a trackpad that does not click can be accomplished by pushing it down. Your results will vary.
      I searched battery exploded and did find that it has happened before.
      Not into name calling but I approve these comments so each reader can determine the best course for their situation. No guarantee and I’m not a battery expert.

  • Richard Armstrong August 12, 2013, 8:51 am

    Sincere apologies for the ‘dumbass’ comment and the tone of my reply

    Rich.

  • Brad Ox August 13, 2013, 3:27 am

    OMGosh!!!!! Thank you so much. I have been bugged by this for weeks now and thought i would have to take my computer that is worth more than my car in to be fixed. However, this simple fix was all it took!!! HOW DID YOU DO THIS!! Why was it so simple!?! Eh, who cares thank you!
    B

  • heda August 16, 2013, 4:36 am

    WOW thanks! Awesome awesome tip.

  • Nancy August 16, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Worked for now! Thanks, Clay. Hope it continues to work, otherwise I’ll try trick #2 which is try to get Apple to replace the battery for free 😉

  • Greg August 31, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Worked on the first try. I am very great full for the advice!

  • Gwen Grills September 17, 2013, 2:19 am

    OMG…..Fantastic! Thank you so much. I haven’t even had it a full 24 hours (bought used) I won’t forget this handy tip. Thank you.

  • Betsey October 11, 2013, 4:05 pm

    It worked for me and as I prefer to click and drag, I can now turn off the tap option, thanks for the tip!

  • Tamás November 12, 2013, 8:55 am

    Seems working after trying it just now! The interesting portion is, that sometimes I felt the that the touch clicks are also missing, since I switched that option on, after realising the problematic physical clicking. It could be then not a physical problem, but kind of a “calibrating” issue. The long press let the system calibrating itself, I mean you can try it not pressing hard, but only for long time – seconds as suggested above .

  • Mike November 18, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Also worked for me. I also took a semi-damp cloth and cleaned around the edges of the trackpad to clear anything that may have been preventing the pad from clicking. So far so good. Ta.

  • kc December 6, 2013, 2:05 am

    amazing. saved my life. 😉

  • jessica falstein January 8, 2014, 2:03 am

    It worked! Can’t get to the Apple store now and was thinking I’d have to use a mouse. but then tried your trick. Used 4 fingers in the corners. Voila!

  • Natasha January 21, 2014, 2:25 am

    Thank you so much I was panicking thinking I was going to have to spend loads- I had tried every thing else and this was the thing that actually worked!

  • skip novac February 1, 2014, 10:12 pm

    thanks man this is awesome

  • leslie February 23, 2014, 5:58 am

    Putting pressure on it didn’t quite work for me. But…When I beat it half to death, TaDa!

  • justlui February 27, 2014, 11:54 pm

    Oh come on!!!! How could this be so easy? It worked like a charm! I am amazed at this. I replaced the swollen battery a while back, and figured the new battery was swelling again, I was about to take my laptop apart again and try the solution in the video and just on a whim, tried this first. You sir, win the internet.

  • casey March 10, 2014, 5:57 pm

    OMG it worked! Thank you…

  • John March 24, 2014, 12:35 am

    YES .. it worked for me. THANK YOU.

  • John Seal March 26, 2014, 10:27 pm

    Thanks Clay. Worked a treat on 2006 Macbook. Windows 8 is horrible to use (ASUS Sonic Master) so was not looking forward to a forced migration 🙂

    Cheers,

    John

  • doug April 22, 2014, 1:59 pm

    Thank you Clay! It is so nice to be able to search to find information. I purchased a remanufactured(thought it was new) Macbook online several years ago. The price was right so I bought it, not needing it right then as I had one just like it from work that I used. I just wanted one of my own for after I quit. I decide one day to start it up and naturally it had a dead battery. I purchased a new battery and it has worked fine. The clicker (not sure what it is called) on the trackpad seemed like it was stuck down. I read your article and tried it(slow -easy-steady pressure) and it works fine now. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate the time you took to post this and that it works on MacBooks also, not just Pros.

    • Clay Franklin April 22, 2014, 8:47 pm

      Yay, awesome it worked for you Doug and very cool of you to share this process works on MacBooks too!

  • J June 13, 2014, 10:04 pm

    Here’s what happened to my Retina MBP. One day suddenly my left click wasn’t working. I tried all the suggestions I found on the internet but none of them really worked. Clay’s solution did work temporarily but it lasted only for a minute. So I had to bring my MBP to the Genius. Surprisingly, what happened there was that when the technician right clicked on my trackpad, everything went back to normal! I couldn’t believe my own eyes! I guess the issue with my computer was probably caused by some physical imbalance inside the trackpad. Although for my MBP, the solution was just one simple right-click, I believe Clay’s solution will work for the majority.

  • dan July 7, 2014, 9:53 pm

    yes! another satisfied customer! thanks so much.

  • Danny July 10, 2014, 9:00 am

    Bro, you’re excellent. Thanks a ton.

  • Abelardo July 18, 2014, 10:36 am

    It worked very good, it took three attempts and now it is working even better!

  • Cassie July 28, 2014, 5:37 pm

    Shocked, but this actually worked.. I honestly thought pushing down on the trackpad would just break it even more, but it was such an easy fix. THANKS!!

  • Idishi September 3, 2014, 6:17 am

    So amazed that this worked!

    Seriously, an hour ago I started panicking because I was taking down notes and realized that the left click wasn’t working (I use it to drag and select text). I had just inherited this MBP from my sister, well maintained and great condition, so I go really nervous thinking I’d damaged the trackpad.

    Thanks to this tip, I’m back to left clicking! :)) Thanks!

    • Clay Franklin September 20, 2014, 10:04 am

      Delighted it worked for you.
      As the battery expands it presses on the trackpad so a new battery may be needed eventually and I was lucky The Apple Store gave me one out of warranty for free when this technique stopped working.

  • Schmuck September 20, 2014, 9:17 am

    Duh. Had this problem.
    Applied a light, even pressure across the trackpad. After about a second or 2 it shattered… Still doesn’t click.

    • Clay Franklin September 20, 2014, 10:01 am

      So sorry it didn’t work for you.
      The best way to fix the problem is to buy a new battery because the old one swelled up causing pressure on the trackpad.
      This fix sometimes works and one other person had the trackpad break. I added a warning after I received that comment.
      Again really sorry it didn’t work for you and made the situation worse. Many folks try it before paying US $129 for the new battery.
      NEW READERS WARNING: the battery may be so expanded that pressing on it can cause the trackpad to break.

  • Ariella September 28, 2014, 3:59 pm

    omggg amazing!!!! thank you for sharing!!!!

  • don October 4, 2014, 7:05 am

    Wait a second…did you just post a video showing you how to fix your macbook trackpad and then write instructions saying to ignore the video?

    I see that you have offered your own quick fix but I don’t understand why you would post a video if you’re just asking readers to ignore it.

    • Clay Franklin October 4, 2014, 5:37 pm

      Hi Don,
      Thank you for the comment.
      You are right, I need to update the warning.
      I wrote the warning when a person commented that his trackpad broke.
      I will update the warning on your advice to indicate that there is a chance it could break the trackpad but it works sometimes
      Based on the comments, I’ll indicate a breakage percent and a fix percentage.
      It’s a swollen battery that caused it not to work.
      Based on how many people comment that it works it works many times.
      Thanks again.

  • Matt Floreen October 7, 2014, 8:22 am

    It worked for me too! I’m glad I searched for other solutions before dismantling my MacBook Pro!

  • Hannah November 18, 2014, 10:17 am

    It doesn’t work as well as when I bought it but much better than before:) thank you!!!

  • marc February 2, 2015, 9:07 am

    yup – works – for the time being
    My guess something mechanical wearing out –
    but thanks for a great tip
    M

  • Lucie June 15, 2015, 3:27 am

    works like a charm 🙂 thank you
    LAN

  • Kiki June 18, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Ha! It worked!

  • Carolyn Jourdan June 19, 2015, 2:13 am

    God bless you! I was heartbroken thinking I some huge problem on an 18 month old MacBookPro Retina. Dreading taking it to be fixed. One 7 second press on the trackpad fixed it. Many blessings and vast riches on you sir! Thank you. : )

  • Jesse July 29, 2015, 3:39 am

    Amazing, thanks a million!

  • Jonathan July 31, 2015, 12:41 pm

    I’d just about given up on the non-clicking trackpad on my older Macbook when I found this post.

    It was driving me crazy because, although I had enabled tap to click, the trackpad shortcuts don’t work when you are trying to log in as a user. Only a mechanical click will do.

    Anyway, holding down the trackpad surface as described allowed me to click with my thumbs. Brilliant solution. Thanks.

  • mv September 13, 2015, 6:57 pm

    Seconding everyone else here – this worked! After an orange juice spill.

    thanks Clay.

  • Kapok October 24, 2015, 12:01 am

    Yay! It works now. Thanks a lot!

  • B. Bow October 30, 2015, 3:00 pm

    Trackpad stopped working at a gig and this thread helped fix it. You ROCK!!

  • bennett January 8, 2016, 7:30 am

    PERFECT! I was afraid I was going to have to take my 2011 MBP 17″ in as well. NOW I DON’T!! Thanks!

  • Dana January 12, 2016, 10:50 pm

    Yes!!!! It worked–thanks SO much!

  • Tommy February 3, 2016, 11:54 pm

    Yes thank you, this has been bugging me for ages. I only just did it so lets see how it goes but yeah great tip…

  • Robbie Conlogue February 12, 2016, 8:25 pm

    I am on a MacBook Air, and it works for me too. Thanks so much! I was so tired of clicking just right and not just on the left side.

  • Robbie Conlogue February 12, 2016, 8:27 pm

    Thanks! Very helpful, and I am on a macbook air, and it still worked! You are officially so awesome, Clay.

    • Clay Franklin February 13, 2016, 1:22 am

      Good to know. Thank you for sharing Robbie and delighted it worked for you.

  • Carolyn May 19, 2016, 6:11 pm

    Yay! Your rock! This totally–and very simply–worked! Thank you for saving me from quite a bit of frustration.

  • Danny June 3, 2016, 2:23 pm

    I was skeptical but it actually worked! Thank you!

  • ginger August 4, 2016, 10:37 pm

    OMG!!! It does work. I am amazed.. it works..
    Thank you

  • Angie B September 12, 2016, 1:44 pm

    This brilliant fix worked for me! Glad I found this before I had to resort to more drastic measures. Thanks!

  • Tate December 24, 2016, 6:48 am

    I freaking love you. Thank you!!! Holding it down seems to have done the trick; for how long, I don’t know, but long enough for me to transfer important photos and documents. Thank you.

  • Fiona January 15, 2017, 12:07 am

    Legend!! It worked!!!!!!

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