Why Won’t Your MacBook Pro Touch Bar Light Up?

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The Touch Bar is a revolutionary new feature of the MacBook Pro that allows you to customize your keyboard to better suit your needs. With its intuitive display, you can access your favorite and commands quickly and easily. Unfortunately, sometimes the Touch Bar won't light up, preventing you from using it effectively.

There are several potential causes for why your Touch Bar isn't lighting up. The first is that you may have disabled the feature in System Preferences. To check this, go to System Preferences. Keyboard and ensure that App Controls and Show Control Strip are both enabled. If they are disabled, simply re-enable them and see if the Touch Bar lights up again.

Another possible cause of a dark Touch Bar is a faulty connection between the laptop and its power source. If your laptop isn't plugged in or if the power cord isn't properly connected, then your Touch Bar won't be able to receive power and will remain dark. Make sure that your device is securely plugged in before attempting any other solutions.

Finally, you may need to adjust the keyboard backlighting manually or turn it off altogether if it's too bright or distracting while using the Touch Bar. On the keyboard, press either the increase brightness key or the decrease brightness key until it reaches an acceptable level of brightness for comfortable use of the Touch Bar. If you want to turn to backlight off completely, keep pressing either key until it turns off completely. In addition, you can also adjust backlighting within the Control Strip in order to fine-tune its brightness levels even more precisely.

If none of these solutions work for getting your Touch Bar lit up again, then it may be time to seek professional help from Apple themselves as their repair structure ranges from $280 up to $1,475 depending on which MacBook model you have (so make sure not to fry a super high-end model!).

Fortunately, though, most of these problems can be solved without bringing out a professional technician as long as you follow these steps closely!

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Troubleshooting a Non-Functioning Mac Touch Bar

It is possible that your Mac Touch Bar is not lighting up because the App Controls feature may be disabled. To make sure App Controls are enabled, go to System Preferences. Keyboard and select App Controls from the Touch Bar shows dropdown list. Additionally, check that Show Control Strip is enabled. If these settings are as expected and the Touch Bar still does not light up, then it is likely a hardware issue and you should contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Activating the Touch Bar on a MacBook Pro

To get the Touch Bar to light up on your MacBook Pro, first, make sure you have turned on the keyboard backlighting. To do this, press the Increase Brightness key or the Decrease Brightness key on your keyboard. If you don't see any changes, it means the keyboard backlighting was already on. Next, you can expand the Control Strip in the Touch Bar and tap either the Increase Brightness button or the Decrease Brightness button to adjust the level of brightness for the Touch Bar.

Cost of Replacing Touch Bar on MacBook Pro

Replacing the Touch Bar on a MacBook Pro can range from $280 to $1,475 depending on your model. The price of replacement will vary depending on the type of MacBook Pro you own and what components need to be replaced. For example, if you have a high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, it may cost up to $1,475 for replacement. If you have an older model 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, it may cost around $280. It's important to note that Apple's repair prices may vary depending on the type of repair and the extent of the damage.

Troubleshooting a Black Screen on a MacBook Pro Touch Bar

If you are experiencing a black screen on your MacBook Pro Touch Bar, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue.

First, make sure that all of your cables are securely connected, and try resetting the PRAM/NVRAM. To do this, press and hold down the Command + Option + P + R keys together on your keyboard immediately after restarting your laptop. Keep holding these keys until you hear two startup chimes or see the Apple logo appear on the screen. Then release the keys and allow your laptop to finish booting up normally.

If that doesn't resolve the issue, you may need to reset your SMC (System Management Controller). Depending on which model of MacBook Pro Touch Bar you have, there are a few different ways of doing this:

1) For some models released before 2019, shut down your computer, then press and hold Shift+Control+Option+Power for 10 seconds. Then release all four keys at once and wait a few seconds for the computer to turn back on normally.

2) For models released in 2019 or later, shut down the computer and press and hold Shift+Control+Option+Power for 7 seconds. Then release all four keys at once and wait a few seconds for the computer to turn back on normally.

3) For some Macbook Air models with Touch ID released in 2018 or later, shut down the computer and press and hold the Touch ID button + Shift+Control+Option simultaneously for 7 seconds. Then release all four keys at once and wait a few seconds for the computer to turn back on normally.

If these methods do not work in restoring your laptop's display, then it is recommended that you take it to an Apple Store or authorized repair center as soon as possible so they can diagnose any further issues that may be causing this problem.

Troubleshooting Keyboard Light Issues on Mac

If your keyboard light is not working on your Mac, it may be due to a few different reasons. First, it may be that the brightness of the light is set too low. To adjust the brightness, click the Control Center icon at the top-right corner of your menu bar and select Keyboard Brightness from the options. Click and drag the slider to the right to bump up the brightness.

Another potential reason is that your Mac may not have a backlit keyboard, which means that there will be no light even if you adjust the brightness settings. If this is the case, you will need to purchase a separate backlit keyboard for your Mac in order to use an illuminated keyboard.

Lastly, if you have recently installed new or updated your operating system, this could have caused compatibility issues with your device's hardware and led to your keyboard light not working. If this is the case, you may need to reinstall or update any software or OS versions on your device in order to restore the functionality of your keyboard light.


In conclusion, the Touch Bar is an innovative feature that can help make your Mac experience more efficient and enjoyable. It allows you to quickly access frequently used functions and shortcuts, making it easier and faster to get things done. Additionally, the Touch Bar can be customized to meet your specific needs and preferences. With its intuitive design, light-up keys, and dynamic controls, the Touch Bar offers a unique way to interact with your Mac.

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