How to Reset System Management Controller on Mac

How to Reset System Management Controller on Mac?

Macs are known for their smooth functioning and performance speed. However, they too can get sluggish over the time. Constant usage results in wear and tear such as battery drainage, cooling fans running at a high-speed or glitches with turning on and off the system.

Mac hardware is controlled by System Management Controller, which in turn ensures smooth functioning of the Mac. However, when it’s not in the optimum stage, it makes your Mac considerably slow. More precisely, you’ll face issues with its power consumption, battery function and battery charging, LED lighting for keyboards and displays, GPU functionality, thermal and fan activity, sleep and wake, and other hardware functionality.

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But what can you do to take care of Mac better?

You should reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac. This will help you keep your Mac optimized and ensure proper functioning of its hardware.

How to reset System Management Controller on Mac?

Resetting SMC has different methods on Mac with removable and irremovable battery. In addition, it also varies with desktop Macs and laptops. We are listing all possible methods below, for you to quickly get rid of sluggish Mac.

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SMC Reset when you have a Macbook Air, Macbook Pro Retina, or a Macbook Pro with an Internal Non-Removable Battery

  1. Turn off your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
  2. Plugin the power adapter to your Mac.
  3. Hold down Shift+Control+Option keys on your keyboard along with Power button.
  4. Release all keys and the power button simultaneously. You may see little light changing on your MagSafe adapter, which indicates SMC getting reset.
  5. Now boot up your Mac as you usually do.

Note: Boot up may take little more time than the usually after SMC has been reset.

SMC Reset when you have a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a Removable Battery

  1. Turn off your MacBook/ MacBook Pro and remove its battery.
  2. Disconnect the power adapter from you Mac and hold down Power Button for 10 seconds.
  3. Release the power button and insert the battery.
  4. Now reconnect the power adapter to your Mac and turn on your Mac.
  5. Let it boot as usually does.

Note: Boot up may take little more time than the usually after SMC has been reset.

SMC Reset when you have an iMac, Mac Pro, or Mac Mini

  1. Turn off your Mac.
  2. Unplug the power cord from your Mac.
  3. Hold down your Mac’s power button for 5 seconds.
  4. Release the power button.
  5. Plug back the power cable to your Mac and boot it up as usual.

Note: Boot up may take little more time than the usually after SMC has been reset.

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These were the methods to reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on your Mac. With these methods, you can get rid of a sluggish Mac. If these don’t help, you should connect Apple support and get bugs fixed on your Mac.

Minal Khatri

Minal Khatri is a blogger at Systweak Software. She comes up with tech solutions with her write ups and attempts to help out typical users’. Offline, she is mostly found reading about philosophies, interacting with new people and learning about different cultures.

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