How to Force Restart Your MacBook Pro?

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Are you having trouble with your MacBook Pro? If it’s become unresponsive or frozen, the best way to get it running again is to perform a force restart. It’s a quick and easy process that can get your device working in no time. Here’s how to do it:

First, press and hold down the power button on your Mac for about 10 seconds. If your laptop has Touch ID, press and hold down the Touch ID button instead. Once you’ve done this, release the power button (or Touch ID button) normally.

Next, go to System Settings in the Apple menu. in the corner of your screen. Then click General in the sidebar and select Transfer or Reset on the right side of the window. Finally, click Erase All Content and Settings to initiate a force restart on your MacBook Pro.

That’s all there is to it—once you follow these steps, your MacBook Pro should be up and running again in no time! Remember that if at any point during this process, you run into an issue or have any questions, Apple Support is always available to help out.

Forcing a MacBook Pro to Boot

To force your MacBook Pro to boot, press and hold the power button on your Mac for about 10 seconds. (If your laptop computer has Touch ID, press and hold Touch ID instead of the power button.) Then release the power button and wait a few moments for your Mac to start up. If that doesn’t work, you may need to reset the SMC (System Management Controller). To do this, shut down your Mac and unplug any external devices connected to it. Then press and hold the left-side Shift+Control+Option keys along with the power button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. Finally, release all four keys together and then press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

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Performing a Hard Reboot on a Mac

A hard reboot (also known as a Forced Reboot or Hard Reset) on a Mac can be done by following these steps:
1. Shut down the Mac by pressing and holding the power button for 10 seconds, then release.
2. Wait for a few seconds, then press the power button again to turn the Mac back on.
3. Once your Mac is booting up, you can release the power button.
4. When your Mac has finished booting up, it should be in its default state with all settings reset and any open applications closed.

Forcing a Mac to Restart Without the Power Button

If your Mac is frozen and you are unable to use the power button to restart it, there are a few other methods that you can try. One option is to press and hold down the Command (?) and Control (Ctrl) keys together for at least 6 seconds. This will force a hard reset and should restart your Mac without any data loss.

Another option is to press down on the Touch ID button until the device reboots. This should also work to restart your Mac without having to use the power button.


In conclusion, if your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is frozen, you can force a restart by pressing and holding the Touch ID button for approximately 10 seconds. This will erase all content and settings, so it should only be used as a last resort. Once the device reboots, you can go to System Settings > General and click Transfer or Reset to restore any files that were lost during the restart.

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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.