How to Turn On MacBook Pro (Without Power Button)

In the majority of cases, turning on your Macbook using the power button is a simple enough task.

However, there may be times where your MacBook Pro’s power button doesn’t work.

Or with newer Macbook releases, you don’t technically have the same power button as before, instead being replaced by a touch ID button that doubles up as a power button.

The good news is that there are still ways you can turn your MacBook Pro on without having to rely on the power button.

Whether this button has become unresponsive due to hardware issues or other malfunctions, here’s the alternative methods you can use.

Opening the Lid To Turn Your Macbook Pro on

For those who usually close the lid of their MacBook Pro when not in use, simply opening the lid can wake the device from sleep mode. In the past, this didn’t work with older pre-2016 models of the Macbook.

However, fast-forward to the present, and Macbooks will now automatically turn on when you open the lid. This is a convenient and quick way to get back to work, especially if you’re in a hurry.

Turn Macbook On Using the Built-In Keyboard

If you find that you can’t wake up your MacBook Pro by simply opening the lid, the next thing you should do is try to turn it on by using the built-in keyboard. This method works perfectly if your MacBook is merely asleep and not completely shut down.

Just press any key on the keyboard, and your MacBook should wake up. However, this won’t work if your MacBook is completely turned off.

Check the Power Source

If your MacBook Pro is completely shut down and the power button is unresponsive, obviously the first thing you should do is check that you’re connected to a power source.

The most likely reason that your power button isn’t turning your Mac on is because there’s an issue with its battery. This could be the power cable or the ports on your Mac preventing it from charging properly.

If none of the above methods work, it’s time to consider seeking professional help. Sometimes, the issue with the power button could be due to a deeper hardware problem that requires expert attention.

Visit your nearest Apple Store or an authorized Apple service provider. They have the tools and expertise to diagnose and fix the issue correctly.



Full-time writer, Apple fanboy and macOS supremacist. Currently running: 16" Macbook Pro w/ 64GB RAM & M1 Max. Already wants to upgrade to the M3 😫😭

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