Where Is the Power Button on MacBook Pro?

Finding the power button on your MacBook Pro is a basic task, but if you’re new to Apple devices, it may not seem as straightforward as it is. This has also been changed on more recentmodels of Macbook too, so you may have noticed the old power button disappear from its previous position.

Let’s look at whether the power button is on your Macbook Pro so you can turn it on and off again.

Locating the Power Button on Different MacBook Pro Models

Apple’s MacBook Pro has undergone several design changes, each affecting the location and appearance of the power button. Generally, the power button is integrated into the top right of your keyboard, but this has varied over the years.

MacBook Pro Models from 2016 Onwards (With Touch Bar)

The introduction of the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro models from 2016 onwards brought a significant change in the power button’s location. On these models, the power button is integrated with the Touch ID sensor.

You can see the fingerprint sensor doubling up as a power button here.

You’ll find it on the top right corner of the keyboard. This button is flat, and can be used with your finger to log into your device.

MacBook Pro Models Before 2016 (Without Touch Bar)

For MacBook Pro models manufactured before 2016, the power button is a physical button located on the top right corner of the keyboard. It’s separate from the function keys and is usually marked with the power symbol.

It’s actually in the same position as it is now, but prior to 2016 there was no fingerprint sensor integrated into the keyboard of Macbooks.

How to Use the Power Button Effectively

Knowing where the power button is located is one thing, but using it effectively is another. The power button on your MacBook Pro is not just for turning your device on and off. It also facilitates several handy functions.

Turning Your MacBook Pro On and Off

The first function is very simple -switching your Macbook on and off again. To turn on your MacBook Pro, simply press the power button. To turn it off, you can either use the power button or go through the Apple menu.

You can also choose to hold down the power key for a few seconds if you want your Macbook to shut down immediately.

Sleep, Restart, and Shutdown Options

In comparison, if you tap the power button on Macbook models without a Touch Bar then you’ll bring up a dialog box with options to Sleep, Restart, or Shut Down your MacBook Pro.

On newer models with a tough sensor, these options are accessed through the Apple menu in your Menu bar.

Touch ID

If you do have Touch ID, the power button also serves as a fingerprint sensor. You can use it for unlocking your MacBook Pro, authorizing purchases, and much more.

You can go ahead and set up Touch ID through System Settings, under the Touch ID section.

Troubleshooting Power Button Issues

If you find that you’re having issues with the power button, there’s a few reasons why this can occur. If you find it not working or unresponsive, it’s usually assumed that this is a hardware fault.

Before you take your Macbook to Apple to get it fixed, it’s a good idea to try these troubleshooting steps:

1. Check the Power Supply: Make sure your MacBook Pro is charged or connected to a power source.

2. Reset the SMC (System Management Controller): This can resolve issues related to power management, battery, and other system functionalities. This can be done by restarting your device.

3. Seek Professional Help: If the problem persists, it’s best to contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Store for professional assistance.


The power button on your MacBook Pro can make using your Macboom quick and easy. Though its location and functionality have changes with newer models of Pro and Macbook Air models, it’s still typically on the top right corner of your keyboard.



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