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How to reset the SMC, PRAM and NVRAM on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar 2018

  1. How to reset the SMC, PRAM and NVRAM on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar 2018, SMC Reset Part 1: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Choose Apple menu > Shut Down.

    • After your Mac shuts down, press and hold its power button for 10 seconds.

    • Release the power button, then wait a few seconds.

    • Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

    • If these procedures do not fix the problem, move onto Step 2.

  2. How to reset the SMC, PRAM and NVRAM on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar 2018, SMC Reset part 2: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Choose Apple menu > Shut Down.

    • After your Mac shuts down, press and hold the left Shift key, the left Option key, and the left Control key for 7 seconds. Then keep holding those keys while you press and hold the power button for another 7 seconds.

    • Release all three keys and the power button, then wait a few seconds.

    • Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

  3. How to reset the SMC, PRAM and NVRAM on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar 2018, PRAM/NVRAM Reset: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Shut down your Mac.

    • Then turn it on and immediately press and hold these four keys together: Option, Command, P, and R.

    • You can release the keys after about 20 seconds, during which your Mac might appear to restart.

    • You can release the keys after the Apple logo appears and disappears for the second time, or after 20 seconds. Whichever comes first.

Conclusion

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Macbook Pro 2018, 15” (I presuming no difference in operation).

After your Mac shuts down, press and hold the right Shift key, the left Option key, and the left Control key for 7 seconds. Then keep holding those keys while you press and hold the power button for another 7 seconds.

The Macbook fires up as soon as the touchbar power button is pressed. Depressing all ⇧⌃⌥⎋ together, or depressing ⇧⌃⌥ and then adding ⎋ makes no difference. Depressing! ,-)

Icarus - Reply

got the same in MBP 2018 Touchbar!!!

Bart - Reply

Nope. Doesn’t work on a 2018 MacBook Pro with Touchbar. Pressing any key boots up the computer and holding Command-Option-P-R doesn’t have any effect as it did on previous models.

Brian Tully - Reply

Yep, new macbooks behave terribly on boot. It’s probably part of the problem. Did anyone ask for this “start on lid open” BS?

Richard Cook - Reply

SOlution: do not press the right shift key!!!! Press all the keys on the left side of the keyboard including the Shift key- otherwise it will power on your MAc normally. IF you do the left side it wont power - do this for 10 sec then release and then power on normally- this will reset the SMC on touch bar MBP

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