How To Fix MacBook Pro Screen Flickering Issue?

Well, lately a lot of people reported that they have been facing issues with their MacBook pro screen. They claim that their MacBook pro screen flickers and it sometimes it gets so complex that it becomes very difficult to even look at the screen. There arises a lot of doubts on why does it happen in the first place, so I can tell that the issue arises majorly due to compatibility issues between the new operating system and the graphics processing unit. However, you don’t have to worry for we do have a lot of ways that you can try to fix the MacBook Pro screen flickering issue. So, keep reading the article to the end.

How To Fix MacBook Pro Screen Flickering Issue? 

As mentioned in the introduction earlier we have a lot of helpful methods that you can try that might fix this issue. Keep reading till the end of this article and if one method might not work, we will suggest you move on to another method. 

1. Restart Mac 

Well, as always the first thing to do whenever you encounter an issue with any digital device is to restart it. Restarting a device can fix any temporary problems that the device might be facing and it is the most effective and the quickest way to fix such troubles. So, if your MacBook Pro is blinking that follow the steps given below to restart your MacBook:  

  1. First of all, click on the Apple logo located on the top left corner of the screen and then, click on the ‘restart’ option from the menu that appears.
  2. You can also shut down your MacBook if you like and restart it again in a few minutes. 

2. Updating MacOS 

The second method is to look for updates, Apple releases a lot of new updates time-to-time for MacOS so if your system is not set to automatically update then, I would recommend that you check for updates in your system.

Running an older version can cause such issues as flickering, once the system is updated to its newer version the problem will get fixed on its own. Also, it is always advisable to backup your data before the update into an external hard drive or iCloud, etc. Here’s how you can check for updates on your MacBook Pro:  

  1. Click on the Apple icon located on the top left corner of your MacBook pro screen, then, choose the System Preferences option from the menu that drops down.
  2. The System Preferences window will open up, click on the ‘Software Update’ option as shown in the image below.
  3. The laptop will start looking for any latest updates if they are available and if an update is available then, click on the ‘Update Now’ button which will start the downloading process and will install the update automatically. And that’s is it, once the process is over, restart your MacBook and see if the issue persists.

 3. Reset NVRAM or PRAM Chip On Your MacBook 

The NVRAM chip or the Non Volatile Random Access Memory Chip in Mac stores the system-critical information that includes the current date and time on your Mac, etc. PRAM or Parameter Random Access Memory is the name for the same chip in older PowerPC MacBooks. If you will reset this chip, it will fix the Macbook Pro screen flickering issue as it will reset some of the display settings, so here’s how you can reset NVRAM: 

  1. First of all to rest this chip, you will have to shut down your MacBook.  
  2. Now, press the power button on your MacBook to restart it, and then, you have to press and hold the Option + Command + P + R keys simultaneously for at least 20 seconds.  
  3. And then, your Mac will restart with the NVRAM reset. It will take a couple of minutes and when it’s done check if the issue continues to persist. 

4. Adjust Energy Saver Settings 

Since we are providing ways to fix the flickering issue in MacBook Pro and thus, you must be aware that the MacBook Pro comes with 2 different graphics chips. And when you enable the ‘Automatic Graphics switching’ option in Energy saver then, your Mac alternates between the two chips but there are chances that some troubles may arise and cause the screen to flicker.

To fix it, Open System Preferences and then, click on the ‘Battery’ option. And then, a window will open with all the Battery related settings, you are supposed to uncheck the box that labels ‘Automatic Graphic Switching’

Also, remember this option is available only for MacBook Pro users so, you will not be able to perform this method if you have any other older model.  

5. Turn Off True Tone 

MacBook models of 2018 and later has a new feature named ‘True Tone’ that adjusts the color of the display of the screen depending on the time of the day and majorly lighting around the surrounding.

This is a very helpful feature and is loved by many users however, it requires constant GPU and thus, this can cause the MacBook Pro screen flickering issue. So here’s how you can turn off True Tone in MacBook Pro: 

  1. Open System Preferences from the menu that drops down after clicking the Apple icon located at the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Then, click on the ‘Display’ option from the System Preferences window. 
  3. Now, you have to uncheck the ‘True Tone’ option, this will disable the feature. 

6. Reset Mac’s SMC (System Management Controller) 

Well, SMC or System Management Controller is responsible for many of the functions in your MacBook that include the battery, power management, etc. So, resetting this low-level chip that looks after the process of putting the device to sleep and its power management can help fix the flickering issue.  

  1. Switch off your MacBook/MacBook Pro. 
  2. And then, you have to press a combination of keys given below and hold them for at least 10 seconds – ‘Control + Option + Shift’.  
  3. While you’re holding those keys, simultaneously press and hold the Power button as well for another 6-8 seconds.  
  4. Leave all the keys and then, wait for a while and then, switch your Mac on.  

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Well, I hope you liked reading this article and found it helpful. You must try these ways and if none of the above-given methods proves to solve the issue then, we would highly advise you to seek technical guidance. If you still have any queries you can let us know in the comments below.  

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