How to Reset PRAM On Your Apple M1 Device?

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Resetting the PRAM (Parameter Random Access Memory) on an Apple M1 computer can help resolve various issues, such as display problems, startup glitches, or system performance issues. Although the M1 chip is a new addition to Apple's lineup, the process for resetting PRAM remains similar to previous Mac models.

To reset the PRAM on your Apple M1 computer, follow these steps:

1. Shut down your Mac completely. This can be done by clicking on the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen and selecting “Shut Down.”

2. Once the Mac is turned off, press and hold the following keys simultaneously: Option, Command, P, and R. It's crucial to press and hold these keys immediately after turning on your Mac.

3. Keep holding down the keys for about 20 seconds. During this time, your Mac might appear to restart, and you may hear the startup sound multiple times. This is normal, so don't worry.

4. After about 20 seconds, you can release the keys. If your Mac plays a startup sound, you can release the keys after the second startup sound.

5. Your Mac will now continue starting up as usual. You have successfully reset the PRAM on your Apple M1 computer.

Resetting the PRAM can help resolve certain issues by clearing out certain settings and preferences stored in the PRAM. These settings include display resolution, volume, startup disk selection, and other system-related configurations.

It's worth noting that resetting the PRAM should not be the first step in troubleshooting. It is generally recommended to try other troubleshooting steps, such as restarting your Mac, checking for updates, or running diagnostic tests, before resorting to resetting the PRAM.

Resetting the PRAM on an Apple M1 computer can be a helpful troubleshooting step for resolving various issues. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily reset the PRAM and potentially resolve any glitches or performance problems you may encounter on your Mac.

How to Do a PRAM Reset On Mac M1?

To perform a PRAM reset on a Mac M1, follow these steps:

1. Shut down your Mac completely.

2. Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold the following four keys together: Option, Command, P, and R.

3. Keep holding the keys for about 20 seconds. During this time, your Mac may restart, and you might hear the startup sound again.

4. After 20 seconds, you can release the keys.

It's important to note that Mac M1 computers do not have a startup sound, so you can release the keys after about 20 seconds without waiting for a second startup sound.

By performing a PRAM reset, you are clearing the parameter random-access memory (PRAM) on your Mac. This can help resolve certain issues related to settings such as display resolution, startup disk selection, time zone, and more.

Remember to only perform a PRAM reset if you are experiencing specific issues that can be resolved through this process. It's not necessary to perform a PRAM reset as part of regular maintenance or troubleshooting.

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How Do You Reset Your PRAM And SMC On Your M1 Mac?

To reset the PRAM and SMC on your M1 Mac, follow these steps:

Resetting PRAM:
1. Shut down your Mac completely.
2. Press the power button to turn on your Mac.
3. Immediately press and hold the Command (⌘), Option, P, and R keys together.
4. Continue holding the keys for about 20 seconds, until you hear the startup sound for the second time.
5. Release the keys, and your Mac will restart.

Resetting SMC:
1. Shut down your Mac.
2. On your M1 Mac, locate the power button and press and hold it for about 10 seconds.
3. While still holding the power button, plug in the power adapter.
4. Continue holding the power button for another 10 seconds.
5. Release the power button and wait for a few seconds.
6. press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

By following these steps, you can successfully reset both the PRAM and SMC on your M1 Mac.

How Do You Reset The SMC On Your M1?

To reset the System Management Controller (SMC) on a M1-based Mac, follow these steps:

1. On the built-in keyboard, press and hold down the (left side) Shift, Ctrl, and Option (Alt) keys simultaneously.
2. While holding down these keys, press and hold the power button as well.
3. Keep all the keys and the power button held down for a duration of 10 seconds.
4. After 10 seconds, release all the keys and the power button simultaneously.
5. press the power button once to turn on the computer.

Please note that resetting the SMC may help resolve certain hardware and power-related issues on your M1-based Mac.

How Do You Reset Your Apple M1?

To reset your Apple M1, follow these steps:

1. Ensure that your computer is completely shut down. If it's still running, go to the Apple menu in the top-left corner and select “Shut Down.”

2. Press and hold the power button on your computer. Keep holding it until you see the Apple logo appearing on the screen.

3. As soon as the Apple logo appears, you'll notice text appearing just below it. This text instructs you to continue pressing the power button to access startup options. Keep holding the power button until you see the text changing to “Loading startup options.” This process usually takes around five seconds.

4. Once you see the “Loading startup options” message, release the power button. Your computer will now boot into the startup options menu.

5. In the startup options menu, you'll find various options to choose from. To reset your Apple M1, select the option labeled “Options.”

6. After selecting “Options,” you'll be presented with additional choices. Look for the option called “Reinstall macOS” and click on it.

7. A new window will appear, providing you with information about the reinstallation process. Read through this information carefully, as it may contain important instructions or warnings.

8. When you're ready to proceed, click on the “Continue” button. This will initiate the reinstallation process.

9. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset process. You may need to choose the desired installation disk, agree to the software license agreement, and enter your Apple ID and password.

10. Once you've completed the necessary steps, your Apple M1 will begin reinstalling macOS. This process may take some time, so be patient and ensure that your computer remains connected to a power source.

11. Once the reinstallation is complete, your Apple M1 will restart, and you'll be guided through the initial setup process, just like when you first got your computer.

Note: Resetting your Apple M1 will erase all your data, so it's crucial to have a backup of your important files before proceeding with the reset.

Conclusion

Resetting the PRAM on an Apple M1 Mac computer is a simple process that can help resolve various issues and improve overall system performance. To reset the PRAM, you need to shut down your Mac and then turn it on while immediately pressing and holding the Option, Command, P, and R keys together. Keep holding these keys for about 20 seconds, or until you hear the second startup sound on Macs that play a startup sound.

Resetting the PRAM can be particularly useful if you are experiencing problems with your Mac, such as issues with display settings, settings, or startup disk selection. It can also help resolve issues related to system preferences and certain hardware configurations. By resetting the PRAM, you essentially reset certain system settings to their default values, allowing your Mac to start fresh and potentially fix any glitches or inconsistencies.

It's worth noting that on Apple M1 Macs, the PRAM is now called NVRAM (non-volatile random-access memory). However, the process for resetting it remains the same. Simply follow the steps mentioned earlier to reset the NVRAM on your Apple M1 Mac.

Resetting the PRAM (or NVRAM) on an Apple M1 Mac is a valuable troubleshooting technique that can help resolve various software-related issues and optimize your system's performance. If you encounter any persistent problems or need further assistance, it's always recommended to reach out to Apple Support or consult an authorized service provider for professional guidance.

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