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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:

  1. Reboot your Mac and as soon as you hear the chime, hold down Command + Option + P + R keys
  2. The next time you hear the boot chime, the PRAM has been reset
  3. 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:

  1. Shut down your mac and connect it to the charger
  2. Hold the Shift + Control + Option + Power button keys together for 5 seconds
  3. Let go of all the keys
  4. 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:

  1. Click on the power off button to bring up the dialogue box even though you can’t see it
  2. Click on S button which is a shortcut for sleep
  3. Hold down the power button for 10 seconds to force it off
  4. 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:

  1. Enter your password as if the black screen wasn’t there
  2. 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.

Bottom Line

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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  1. Early 2013 Macbook Pro Retina.
    Ongoing issue where it takes ten NVPRAM and SMC resets before the screen turns on. Still randomly goes black, even when solely connected to an external monitor. It is definitely more prone to going black when using graphic intensive softwares such as adobe suite. Sometimes I have 2 good days before the problem occurs, sometimes it barely makes it to the boot screen or occurs every 10 minutes.

    Seperately I’m running bootcamp, in windows, I had to uninstall the NVIDIA graphics driver and use the generic display driver, this seems to be more stable, but limiting in terms of graphic capabilities.

  2. I have tried resetting the SMC, but it didn’t work. I tried resetting the PRAM, but there is no chime when I turn it on. The CD drive makes a noise, but that’s it. And all of the other options mentioned earlier haven’t worked either. I also tried doing a hard reboot (command+option+R) and it didn’t work either. I am desperate for answers.

  3. I get a white apple screen that loads to a black screen. I’ve tried VRAM command option PR and the other method. Once I got Mac Utilities to come up and asked me to Restore Time machine. I didn’t go theough with it. Now I’m back to white to black screen.

  4. I tried these steps and nothing worked. This is the 2nd time within minutes i am using my laptop and then it goes dark. This time it refuses to turn on

  5. Using a 2010 macbook pro with external battery, none of these tricks work. I’ve done them repeatedly. The screen comes back on basically when it feels like. Sometimes after a dozen reboots, a couple times it will come on trying to boot into safe mood, etc. No rhyme or reason really.

  6. Usually this trick works for me, but not this time. I still get the chime Everytime I turn it on but completely black screen.

  7. Tried all the steps suggested but still turns on to white Apple screen, starts to load, and then abruptly goes to black screen. Thanks for the tips; too bad they didn’t help!

  8. Same issue nothing works.

    MacBook Pro 2017

    The Touch Bar is working and so is connecting it to an external screen.

    How do I know the VRAM is done?

  9. Non of these fixes worked unfortunately. Mine is 2018 Pro. Tool bar works. I can’t hear a beep on start up. Totally lost how to fix now.

  10. Well that really screwed me up. I was at least able to see my desktop on a second screen and access files from another computer on the network. But now, it is stuck on black screen and I can’t see or access anything after trying to reset PRAM. All that happens is I hear a voice telling me to use English press the return key.


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