How to Unlock Your Mac’s Locked Keyboard?

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Are you having trouble with a Mac-locked keyboard? You’re not alone! This is a common issue for Mac users, and it can be frustrating to try and type when the keys aren’t responding. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to get your keyboard back up and running.

First, confirm that your laptop isn’t just frozen. If the cursor isn’t moving or your laptop isn’t responding at all, give it a few moments, and then try pressing the power button to restart it. If that doesn’t work, you may need to press and hold the power button until your Mac shuts down completely.

Next, check for physical damage on your keyboard or individual keys. If something has been spilled on the keys or they look warped in any way, that could be causing the issue. Cleaning off any dirt or debris from between the keys may also help fix the problem.

If there doesn’t seem to be any physical damage, try rebooting as normal. When your laptop powers on again, try pressing one of the keys on the keyboard to see if it responds correctly. If not, you may need to uninstall your keyboard drivers in order to reset them and get them working again.

Finally, if none of these steps have worked so far, you may need to take your laptop to an Apple store or authorized technician for more checking and repairs. It could be a hardware issue that needs professional attention in order to get fixed properly.

We hope this guide has been helpful in getting your Mac-locked keyboard back up and running!

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Unfreezing a Keyboard on a Mac

If your keyboard is frozen or unresponsive on your Mac, the first step is to restart your computer. If that doesn’t work, try disconnecting any external devices or peripherals connected to your Mac, as they could be causing the issue. If the problem persists, try resetting the NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory). To do this, shut down your Mac and press and hold the power button until you hear a second startup chime. Then release the power button and wait for your Mac to boot up. Finally, if neither of these steps works you can try resetting the System Management Controller (SMC). To do this, shut down your Mac and then press and hold down both the power button and either of the Control/Option keys for about 10 seconds. Then release them and wait for your Mac to boot up. If none of these steps work then you may need to take it to an Apple store or authorized repair shop for further diagnosis.

Unlocking a Locked Keyboard

If your laptop keyboard is locked, the first step is to make sure that it isn’t simply frozen. Look for any physical damage on your keyboard or individual keys, and make sure the keyboard is clear of any obstructions. Try rebooting your laptop as normal; if this doesn’t work, you can try uninstalling the drivers for your keyboard and rebooting to reset them. If these solutions don’t work, you may need to contact a professional technician to help you unlock your keyboard.

Unlocking a Mac Keyboard When It Is Not Working

If your Mac keyboard is not working, you can try the following steps to unlock it. First, press and hold down the Control (Ctrl) and Option (Opt) keys on the left side of your keyboard, and the Shift key on the right side. Keep them held down for seven seconds. Then, press and hold the power button for another seven seconds. Finally, release all of the keys and wait a few more seconds before turning your MacBook back on again. This should help reset any settings that may have caused your keyboard to become unresponsive and allow it to start working again.

Keyboard Lock Command Availability

Yes, there is a keyboard lock command that you can use to lock your keyboard. To lock your keyboard, press the Ctrl+Alt+L keys at the same time. Once you do this, the Keyboard Locker icon will change to indicate that the keyboard is locked and all input from the keyboard will be disabled, including function keys, Caps Lock, Num Lock, and most special keys on media keyboards.


In conclusion, if your Mac’s keyboard is locked, the cause could be anything from a frozen system to physical damage on the keyboard or individual keys. To resolve this issue, you should first check for any physical damage and make sure that your keyboard is clean and free of obstructions. If the problem persists, try rebooting as normal and uninstalling any keyboard drivers that may be causing the issue. If all else fails, you can always roll back your Mac a few saed backups using the Recovery Tool. By following these steps, you should be able to successfully unlock your Mac’s keyboard.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.