How to Soft Reset Your MacBook for a Quick Fix?

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If you’re experiencing problems with your MacBook, one of the first things you should try is a soft reset. A soft reset is a simple process that can help resolve minor issues like slow performance, frozen apps, and unexpected shutdowns. It’s also a great way to troubleshoot software-related issues without losing any of your data. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps of performing a soft reset on your MacBook so you can get back to using it as quickly as possible.

What Is a Soft Reset?

A soft reset is essentially a reboot of your computer’s operating system without losing any of your data. This means that all of your programs and files will remain intact while the OS is reinitialized. A soft reset can help resolve many common software-related issues and should be attempted before attempting more advanced solutions like reinstalling the OS or wiping the hard drive.

How to Perform a Soft Reset on Your MacBook

To perform a soft reset on your MacBook, follow these steps:

1. Shut down all applications and save any changes to open documents or files.

2. Press and hold down the Command (?) + Option (?) + Power (?) buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.

3. Release all three buttons and wait for your Mac to restart by itself.

4. When the startup process is complete, log into your user account as usual.

If successful, you should now be able to use your Mac as normal without any further issues. However, if the problem persists after completing the soft reset process, we recommend seeking assistance from an Apple-certified technician or local IT professional who can provide more advanced solutions tailored to meet your needs.

We hope this guide helps you understand how to perform a soft reset on your MacBook so you can get back up and running as quickly as possible!

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Soft Resetting a MacBook Pro Without Data Loss

To soft reset, your MacBook Pro without losing data, start by shutting down your computer. Once the computer is off, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds to completely shut down the system. Then press and hold the power button again until you hear a startup chime. This will initiate a soft reset of your system, which should not erase any of your saved data. Your MacBook Pro should now be ready to use again.

How to Perform an SMC Reset on a MacBook Pro

SMC resetting a MacBook Pro is a process of resetting the system management controller (SMC) to its original state. This involves restoring the SMC’s various settings, such as power management, battery charging, and cooling fan operation. It can be used to fix various problems related to power, battery, fans, or other features on the MacBook Pro. To reset the SMC, you will need to shut down your laptop and disconnect all external devices from it before pressing the power button for at least 10 seconds. After that, release the power button and wait for your laptop to start up again. This should restore your SMC settings and hopefully resolve any issues you were having with it.

Performing a Hard Reset on a Mac

A Mac hard reset is the process of restarting your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro in order to fix software issues and errors. To perform this reset, you must press and hold down the Command (?) button, the Control (Ctrl) key, and the power button simultaneously. When these keys are held down, your MacBook’s screen will go blank and the computer will restart itself. This is a good troubleshooting technique to try when experiencing any type of issue on your Mac.

Resetting a Mac Without Deleting Data

You can reset your Mac without deleting data by restarting your Mac into Recovery mode. To do this, turn on or restart your Mac and immediately press and hold the Command (?) and R keys until you see the Apple logo. You should then be presented with the macOS Utilities window, where you can choose to reinstall macOS without losing data. Select Reinstall macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, or the shown version name and press Continue to start the reinstall.

Note that if you need to erase your startup disk before reinstalling, choose Disk Utility from the macOS Utilities window instead of Reinstall macOS.

Resetting the SMC on Mac: Is It Necessary?

It can be helpful to reset the SMC on your Mac if you’re experiencing power-related issues or if your Mac won’t turn on. However, before doing so, it’s important to understand what an SMC reset does and how it might affect your system.

An SMC reset is used to reset the System Management Controller (SMC). This controller is responsible for controlling various hardware functions such as cooling fans, status lights, system performance, and power supply. Therefore, by resetting the SMC these functions are all put back to their default settings. In some cases, this can help resolve any power-related issues you may have been experiencing with your Mac.

In order to perform an SMC reset on your Mac you’ll first need to determine which model of Mac you have in order to know which specific steps you need to take. Generally speaking, there are three main types of Macs: those with removable batteries (like MacBook Pro), those with nonremovable batteries (like MacBook Air), and those that don’t come with batteries (like iMac). Depending on which type of Mac you have will determine which steps you need to take in order to successfully perform an SMC reset.

If after performing the correct procedure for your particular Mac model and any power issues still persist then we recommend seeking out further advice from Apple Support.

Resetting a Mac Safely

Resetting your Mac is a great way to start fresh and improve the performance of your system. To reset your Mac safely, start by restarting your computer and holding down the Shift key as soon as you hear the startup sound. This will launch the login window with “Safe Boot” displayed in the menu bar. Log in to your Mac using your user account details and you may be asked to log in again.

Once you’ve successfully logged in, open up the Apple menu located at the top left of your screen. Select ‘Restart…’ from this menu, then click on ‘Restart’ once more when prompted. Your Mac will now restart in safe mode, which will clear out any temporary files that could be affecting its performance. Once it’s finished, go back to the Apple menu and select ‘Shut Down…’ then click ‘Shut Down’ when prompted. Your Mac should now be safely reset!

Resetting a Mac Using Buttons

In order to reset your Mac, you can use a combination of the following button combinations.

Option (?) + Command (?) + P + R: This combination will reset your Mac’s Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM) and Parameter RAM (PRAM). NVRAM stores system settings such as time zone, speaker volume, display resolution, etc., while PRAM stores information related to startup disk selection and system volume.

Command (?) + R: This combination will start up your Mac from the built-in macOS Recovery mode. From here, you can access Disk Utility to repair or erase your startup disk, reinstall macOS, restore from a Time Machine backup or get help online.

Shift (?): Pressing and holding the shift key during startup will boot your Mac in safe mode. In safe mode, only essential services are loaded and all non-essential items are disabled. This is useful for troubleshooting any issues related to login items, fonts, or system extensions that may be causing issues with the regular startup process.

D: Pressing the D key during startup will launch Apple Hardware Test if it’s available on your Mac model. This diagnostic tool can be used to check any hardware-related problems such as defective RAM or other components that could be causing issues with your computer’s performance.

The Effects of Resetting the SMC on a Mac

If you reset the SMC on your Mac, it will reset the low-level settings related to the power button response, battery management, sleep settings, thermal management, lighting settings, and video source selection. This means that all of these settings will be set back to their default values. Additionally, any changes you have made in System Preferences related to these functions may be reversed as well. It is important to note that resetting the SMC can potentially cause issues with any specialized hardware or software installed on your Mac so it is important to use caution when doing so.


In conclusion, a soft reset of your MacBook is a great way to quickly troubleshoot and resolve common issues with your device. It can be done easily by simply holding down the Command (?) button, the Control (Ctrl) key, and the power button at the same time. While this won’t solve every issue, it can help to quickly reset any software-related problems you may experience. Additionally, if your MacBook isn’t responding or appears to be stuck in an endless loop of operation, you may need to perform a hard reset by resetting the System Management Controller (SMC). Doing so will force your device to restart and potentially resolve any remaining issues.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.