I get it, your Mac was booting up and its now suddenly stuck on a black unresponsive screen.
This problem has happened to a countless number of Apple users and it can be a very frustrating situation especially if you use your Mac for productivity.
In this article, I’m going to show you how to get rid of the Black screen so that you can your MacBook in piece again.
I’m going to start off with the most reliable solutions to fix this problem so that you don’t keep scrolling down and trying useless methods.
Let’s get started…
Why is my MacBook Screen Black?
The most common cause of this problem would be a software issue.
There’s most likely a bug in the MacBook operating system that’s stopping it from booting up normally – instead of booting up to your user account, it shows you an unresponsive black screen. Down below are a few methods you can use to fix this.
PRAM Reset your Mac to Remove Black Screen
The first and most reliable way you can try and fix this problem is by doing a PRAM reset.
PRAM stands for Parameter Random Access Memory and this is a type of memory in your MacBook that stores system settings.
Resetting the PRAM memory is one of the best ways to get rid of the black screen of death.
To reset the PRAM:
- Reboot your Mac and as soon as you hear the chime, hold down Command + Option + P + R keys
- The next time you hear the boot chime, the PRAM has been reset
- Wait for the Mac to boot up and the black screen should have gone
If resetting the PRAM memory didn’t do the trick, go to the next most reliable step.
Reset the System Management Controller
The next thing that you’ll need to do is to reset the SMC.
The system management controller is an integrated circuit (computer chip) that is on the logic board of the MacBook or MacBook Pro.
This chip is responsible for the power management of your Mac so resetting it may fix the black screen problem.
To reset the SMC:
- Shut down your mac and connect it to the charger
- Hold the Shift + Control + Option + Power button keys together for 5 seconds
- Let go of all the keys
- Your Mac should now boot up without the black screen
After you’ve tried both of the steps above, it’s pretty unlikely that you should be experiencing problems with your Mac.
If it’s still stuck on the black screen, go to the next step.
Sleep the Mac with a Keypress Sequence
The next thing you can do is to power on the Mac after putting it to sleep.
This is a little trick that can remove the black screen from your Mac if resetting the PRAM and SMC didn’t work.
To do this:
- Click on the power off button to bring up the dialogue box even though you can’t see it
- Click on S button which is a shortcut for sleep
- Hold down the power button for 10 seconds to force it off
- Wait for 15 seconds, hold the power button to turn it back on
After doing this step, you should be able to get rid of the black screen on your Mac.
If this step didn’t work, go to the next step.
Enter Password as Usual
The next step that I’ll advice you to take if the ones above haven’t worked is to enter your password as usual.
When you enter your password as if you could see the login screen, it could help your MacBook to boot up normally.
To do this:
- Enter your password as if the black screen wasn’t there
- Click enter
Once you entered your password, the black screen should have gone, and your Mac should boot up normally.
On rare occasions, you may be asked to reset your Apple ID password.
If so, reset it to what your Apple ID password was normally, and you should be good to go.
Those are all of the steps you need to take in order to fix the black screen issue on your MacBook Pro.
If none of the steps worked, comment down below and I’ll help you further.
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