For the past several days, I noticed that the trackpad on Macbook Pro does not move/press down when I click with my finger. Previously, when I used to click, I felt that the trackpad moved down by a tiny bit, e.g. around half a millimeter. But now, it does not.

I went to Trackpad settings and made sure that "Tap to click" is enabled. Restarting the computer did not fix the issue either.

How can I get it to work like before?

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    How old is the Macbook's battery? Impaired trackpad movement can be a symptom of a swollen battery, and indicates the battery has failed. Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 23:26
  • @DavidSupportsMonica Mid-2015. However, there are no physical signs of swolen battery.
    – Farhan
    Commented Aug 7, 2021 at 1:22
  • The inability of the trackpad to move downward could be a physical sign of a swollen battery: swollen enough to interfere with the trackpad, but not so swollen as to visibly (from the outside) deform the computer case. Source: this occurred on my MacBook Pro several years ago. Might be the same on yours. Commented Aug 7, 2021 at 15:11
  • @DavidSupportsMonica It might be, but then why it started to work after the solution provided in the answer?
    – Farhan
    Commented Aug 7, 2021 at 15:27
  • I said it was a possible cause, not the only cause. I did not see your statement in the Answer that it fixed the issue on your machine. Commented Aug 7, 2021 at 15:30

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If nothing else has worked, try the following:

  1. Shut down the computer.
  2. Press and hold the following keys for at least 10 seconds (when computer is off):
    • Shift
    • Control
    • Option
    • Power key
  3. Turn on the computer.

What I read is that this will reset the power grid and fix the issue. It did fix the issue on my Macbook Pro.

Source: Apple Discussion

  • What model of Mac is this? Since 2015, the trackpad doesn't actually move at all -- it uses software controlled "haptic feedback" to give a sort of illusion of a click.
    – benwiggy
    Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 17:44
  • @benwiggy You are correct. Mine is of 2015.
    – Farhan
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 14:14

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