How to Reset NVRAM/PRAM on macOS Big Sur/Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, EI Capitan, Yosemite

Last Updated on Feb 26, 2021

Your Mac is running on the latest version of macOS and facing the problem of not saving data for volume control level, Screen resolution, Disk selection, and useful information that should be stored in memory when your Mac(MacBook Pro, MacBook Retina, iMac, iMac Pro) not on plugged with power or Shutdown. Apple store all the setting and data those set by device owner and not should be changed when it will come to work. Here I explained about NVRAM (non-volatile random-access memory) & PRAM (Parameter RAM), in which case you should reset and how to do it.

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Note: Data Storage way in NVRAM, setting, and options might be different depending on which Mac model you have. But you can reset NVRAM/PRAM on Mac OS X using the below-given steps. Both the RAM stores the Same information.

  • NVRAM:- nonvolatile random-access memory
  • PRAM: – Parameter RAM

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In which case you need to Reset NVRAM memory and the whole setting

  • > Selected Screen resolution not saved
  • > Speaker volume not saved
  • > Disk selection should be changed on each startup
  • > Kernel Panic information not be saved

Step to reset NVRAM on macOS: MacBook Pro, MacBook Retina, iMac, and other

In this process, you need to use shortcuts for NVRAM setting reset or PRAM resetting.

M1 Apple Silicon MacBook Doesn’t need to Reset PRAM/NVRM, Because This M1 Macbook Reset Automatically when you Restart your Mac [Apple Logo from Top Mac Menu > Restart], Follow the Below steps for Intel MacBook Pro/Air.

  • Step 1: Put your Mac Shutdown, Go to “Apple Logo” > “Shut Down“.
  • Step 3: Turn it on, “Use Power Button” to “start your Mac”.
  • Step 4: Before hearing the startup sound on your Mac device, Press and hold “Command + Option + P + R”.

Four Keys Command to Reset NVRAM on MacBook pro Air iMac Pro

Note: Windows Keyboard on Mac users can use this keyboard Shortcuts: “Alt + Windows + P + R“.

  • Step 5: Wait to restart your device automatically, continuously hold keys and release all the keys after listening to the startup sound on a second-time release of all the keys.

In the whole process, your Mac restarts two times.

Now you erased all the primary data that saved in NVRAM memory as a Speaker Volume, Screen Resolution, Startup disk selection, and Time Zone information.

Note: Reset NVRAM might resolve the Wi-Fi connectivity issue after update your OS X.

→ Using the Same steps you can also “Reset PRAM” (Parameter RAM) on Mac.

How to Reset NVRAM/PRAM/SMC on M1 Silicon MacBook

Okay, Here Apple M1 Silicon MacBook Pro/Air doesn’t allow to reset PRAM & NVRAM and SMC as Well [Clear RAM] on Users Request, This Mac Machine Reset and Re-Built all the Data on Every startup of your Macbook. To reset NVRAM and PRAM On SILICON Mac, Restart your System.

  • Apple Logo from Top Mac Menu > Restart. That’s it.

reset NVRAM Not Working? What to Do?

If Startup Sound not playing or Keyboard Shortcuts for Reset NVRM or PRAM Won’t be responding. Try to follow these tips,

if your Mac Using “Firmware password“, Then these key doesn’t work. Turn Off Firmware Password from macOS Recovery, To Reset NVRAM on Mac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air.

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Now you need to reconfigure all the settings erased by this process likes speaker volume, screen resolution, Start-up disk, and your Time Zone selection.

If you are not a success on Reset NVRAM on Mac OS X devices iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, Air, and others, then you feel free to contact online apple support.

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [email protected] [OR] [email protected]

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