How to perform SMC reset on a Mac

Whenever you having some issues with your Mac, there are many things you can try for every problem that could be bothering you. You can restart your Mac, close some apps, uninstall them, and try additional tips for the particular issues. But when nothing seems to be working, one of the options you have is SMC reset. By resetting SMC (system management controller) you can get rid of issues related to fans, camera, battery, power, etc. Let’s see how to perform SMC reset on a Mac.

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How to perform SMC reset

The steps are not the same for every Mac out there. They depend on the battery.

If your Mac has a non-removable battery, do the following:

  • Plug in the power cord to a power source.
  • Press Shift/Control/Option keys located on the left side, and the power button – all at the same time
  • Release the power button and the other keys all at once
  • Press the power button to turn your Mac on.

If your computer has a removable battery (older models), do the following:

  • If the power adapter is connected to Mac, disconnect it.
  • Now remove the battery from your Mac
  • Press the power button and hold it for five seconds
  • Now release the button
  • Put the battery back to its place
  • Reconnect the power adapter
  • Press the power button to turn your Mac on.

If you have an Mac Mini, Mac Pro, or iMac, follow the steps below:

  • Turn off your Mac
  • Unplug the power cable and wait for 15 to 20 seconds
  • Plug the power cord back in
  • Turn your Mac on.

As you can see, performing a SMC reset is not complicated at all and it can solve a variety of issues. So, if you tried other solutions and nothing worked, this probably will so make sure to give it a try.