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How to Fix USB Port Not Working on Mac

USB port not working on Mac? Here is how to fix them.

Apple MacBook is known for its performance and the features it provides to its users. But, sometimes even Mac faces some minor issues. These issues can be easily resolved without directly contacting the Apple Support team. So today, in this guide I am going to talk about how to fix USB port not working on Mac.

Tips and Tricks on How to Fix USB Port Not Working on Mac

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USB ports are the most essential tool of your Mac as they can be used to connect many things like connecting wired peripherals like external mouse and keyboards, headphones, and also flash drives or pen drives to transfer data. It can be frustrating for you if your Mac’s USB port is not working properly. This issue can be fixed by following the tricks mentioned below.

Restart Your Mac

Sometimes there is a Software bug that may cause the USB port to not work properly. For this, you need to restart your Mac by following this workaround:

  1. Click on the “Apple” logo in the top corner of the menu bar.
  2. Now, in the drop-down menu select “Restart”.

After this, you can try connecting something to check whether the US ports are working properly or not. You can also try this by entering into the “Safe Mode” on your Mac. If your USB port is still not working then you can try the next trick.

Reset the NVRAM of your Mac

NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) is a type of RAM that stores the data for the keyboard and mouse or Trackpad and all the hardware used in your Mac. It is possible that it has stored some corrupt data that may cause the USB to not work properly. For this, you need to try and reset your Mac’s NVRAM. This will remove any corrupted data saved on your Mac’s NVRAM. If your Mac’s USB port is still not working then you can try the next step.

Force Quit and Relaunch App

It is possible that the App that is using the USB has some problem not being able to recognize the USB. For this, you can force try quitting the app by right-clicking on the app and selecting “Quit”, this will close the app and all its operations. After some time you can once again open the app and check whether the USB port is working on your Mac or not. If your Mac’s USB port is still not working then you can try the next solution.

Reset the SMC of your Mac

Try to reset your SMC (System Management Controller). SMC is responsible for your Mac’s power, thermal, fans, charging, USB ports, and much other hardware installed on your Mac. If the problem is not solved by resetting your Mac’s NVRAM, then you can reset your SMC by following these simple steps.

  1. Press and hold the “Shift+Control+Option” shortcut keys and the “power” button for seven seconds.
  2. Now, release all the keys together.
  3. Restart your Mac normally and try to connect your USB to the USB port and see if that works.

If your Mac’s USB port is still not working then you can try the next method.

Contact the Apple Support Team

If any of these tricks are not working then your USB port hardware is damaged from the inside. To resolve this you need to contact the Apple Support team. Apple Support will take care of that issue.

This is all you need to know on how to fix the USB port not working on Mac. If you are facing any issues while using your Mac’s Trackpad, then do check our guide on How to Fix Trackpad Not Working on Mac.