MacBook Pro Screen Flickering [7 Solutions for macOS 13/12/11]

You may occasionally get a MacBook Pro screen flickering. How can I cure my MacBook Pro screen error? This post offers 6 quick and safe solutions for resolving the flickering screen of MacBook Pro without erasing data. Continue reading and repair your macOS Ventura, Monterey, or Big Sur screen.

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A MacBook Pro screen flickering can quickly ruin a workday or relaxing night if you've ever experienced one. Fortunately, some quick remedies can assist in fixing the issue.

This article will fix whether your MacBook Pro/Air can't turn on when technology malfunctions or requires a factory reset. To help you get back to what's important, we'll show you what to do if your MacBook Pro screen is flickering.

MacBook Pro screen flickering

You can read this relative article if your MacBook screen fashes with a question mark folder.

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In the following parts, we will expose you to eight potential causes of the Mac screen glitching problem. Then you can efficiently troubleshoot by using this knowledge.

Why Is My MacBook Screen Flickering

There isn't a single problem or object that can bring on the MacBook Air/Pro screen flickering. But there are various actions or safety measures that could cause the MacBook Pro display to flicker. Let's get to the facts of the issue without further ado and discover why the Mac screen keeps flickering.

🔧Physical harms. For example, dropping it from a height, putting something pointy on it, or having liquid leak inside and injure the battery.

🍎An outdated operating system. The MacBook Pro screen problem might result in the outdated macOS being incompatible with software and system settings.

🌀Intensive applications' high GPU consumption. Long-term increases in GPU activity may result from working with various high-resolution screens, different transparency, and drop shadows.

💽Unreliable or out-of-date drivers. The external disk on MacBook Pro is outdated and has a low refresh rate, or you have set an invalid file system on the external hard disk.

🐞Bugs in the software that damage your screen. Some problematic software that loads when your MacBook boots are causing your screen to blink.

🧩An integrated graphics processor that is broken. If the display on your MacBook Pro is flickering, a malfunctioning integrated graphics processor is one potential cause.

🔋Problem with the battery. The MacBook Pro is not charging or has a poor contact issue between the peripherals. Then you will face display issues.

💻The "Flexgate" problem. The MacBook Pro was built between 2016 and 2018 may be the main factor behind the flickering screen problem. Apple claims that some 13-inch MacBook Pros from the 2016 model year may have odd bright spots at the bottom of the screen.

This is an announcement from Apple on the "Flexgate" problem.

Apple has determined that a very small percentage of 13-inch MacBook Pro displays may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

  • ✔️Display backlight continuously showing bright areas along the bottom.
  • ✔️Display backlight stops working completely. --Apple Support

Several Mac users have proved the efficacy of these causes and fixes. If one of the causes can apply to resolve the flickering screen on MacBook Pro, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms!


How to Recover Data from MacBook That Can't Boot

Your data may be lost or corrupted when a MacBook display flickers or when there are other macOS won't boot issues. If you force the device to reboot, your files and data can be lost.

Thus, the first aid for you is to recover data from unbootable Mac. In order to assist users in recovering their data, the robust software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac has created a unique and secure data recovery for Mac. Users don't need any technical knowledge to rapidly restore deleted or lost data on Mac with this program.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac

EaseUS software can help you recover data from an unbootable Mac in macOS Recovery Mode. Shut down your Mac, press and hold the power button (Touch ID) until you see "Loading startup options". Select the "Options > Continue" button to enter the macOS Recovery Mode.

Let's see the steps to get lost data back from a MacBook that can't boot using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Software in Recovery Mode

Select "Utilities > Terminal" from the top menu, and enter the command sh <(curl Hit "Return". Wait for the application to open, and it will take several minutes.

launch EaseUS software in Recovery Mode

Note: If the Terminal displays either "No such file or directory" or "Could not resolve host," you should verify that the command line you entered is correctly spelled, ensure your Mac has a stable internet connection, and confirm that your macOS version is not lower than macOS 10.15.

Step 2. Select the Volume on Your Mac Hard Drive

Select the volume where your lost data is stored, and click "Search for lost files". The EaseUS software will quickly locate all the recoverable data on the selected volume.

Select the Volume on Your Mac Hard Drive

Step 3. Choose the Lost Data You Want

EaseUS software categorizes the scanned recoverable data by file type and storage path. Find the data you want by clicking "Type" or "Path" in the left panel. Then, check the boxes in front of the data you want to recover.

Choose the Lost Data You Want

Step 4. Recover and Save Data on an External Disk

Click the "Recover" button, and a pop-up window will show up saying, "Please select a target location to save". Choose the external disk as the new storage location of your recovered data.

Recover and Save Data on an External Disk

How to Fix MacBook Pro Screen Flickering

We have 7 ways to assist you in troubleshooting the MacBook Pro screen flickering problem. Here we prepare an evaluation for each method.

7 Methods Application Difficulty Efficiency
🔎Reset the SMC Used when experiencing power-related issues, fans are running high, causing the screen to flicker. Easy Moderate
⚙️Reset the NVRAM or PRAM Used when encountering display issues, startup problems, or irregular system settings. Easy Moderate
🩺Run Apple's Diagnostics Used when suspecting hardware issues, such as GPU-related screen problems. Easy Moderate-High
🍪Disable True Tone Used when ambient lighting or color temperature changes cause screen flickering. Easy Moderate
Update macOS Used when software-related issues or an outdated macOS version causes display problems. Moderate Moderate
🎚️Disable Automatic Graphics Switching Used when the issue may be related to the MacBook Pro switching between graphics cards. Easy Moderate
⛑️Boot Mac into Safe Mode Used when troubleshooting software or driver-related issues, conflicts, or misconfigurations. Moderate Moderate

Fix 1. Reset the SMC

The SMC (System Management Controller) is responsible for managing low-level functions, including display settings. To reset the SMC, you should:

Step 1. Shut down your MacBook Pro.

Step 2. Connect it to the power adapter.

MacBook Power adapter

Step 3. Press and hold the left Shift, Control, and Option keys and the Power button for 10 seconds.

Mac Reset SMC

Step 4. Release all keys simultaneously.

Step 5. Power on your MacBook Pro and check if the screen flickering issue is resolved.

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Fix 2. Reset the NVRAM or PRAM

Non-Volatile Random Access Memory (NVRAM) or Parameter Random Access Memory (PRAM) store settings related to display and other system settings. To reset NVRAM/PRAM,

Step 1. Shut down your MacBook Pro.

Step 2. Restart it while holding the Option, Command, P, and R keys together for 20 seconds.

Restart Mac shortcut

Step 3. Release the keys and allow your MacBook to start normally.

Step 4. Check if the flickering screen issue is resolved.

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Fix 3. Run Apple Diagnostics for a Hardware Test

To determine what is causing your Mac screen to tear and fix the problem, use Apple Diagnostics to test the hardware on your Mac.

How to run Apple Diagnostics is as follows:

Step 1. Press and hold the "D" key while restarting your Mac.

Step 2. The window for Apple Diagnostics will launch and operate automatically.

Step 3. When it has finished gathering data, it will display the problem's root cause and any further root causes.

This video can help you with more details on fixing the display problem.

  • 00:29 - Restart your Mac
  • 00:54 - Update your macOS
  • 02:24 - Reset your PRAM
  • 03:12 - Adjust the Energy Saver setting

Fix 4. Disable True Tone

A built-in Mac function called True Tone automatically modifies color and contrast depending on the ambient light. But it can also very slightly make the screen shimmer or flicker on the retina display.

To disable True Tone,

  • Open your "System Settings" on the MacBook.
  • Select "Displays".
  • Uncheck the "True Tone" box.

retina display True Tone

If the screen still flickers, restart your MacBook Pro.

Fix 5. Update macOS

Make sure your MacBook Pro is running the latest version of macOS. Go to the "Apple menu" > "System Preferences" > "Software Update" and install any available updates.

Update macOS

Fix 6. Disable Automatic Graphics Switching

Some MacBook Pro models have dual graphics cards, and automatic switching between them can cause screen flickering. Here are the steps for disabling the automatic graphic switching:

Step 1. Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver

Step 2. Uncheck "Automatic graphics switching."

Disable Automatic Graphics Switching

Step 3. Restart your MacBook Pro to see if the flickering issue is resolved.

Fix 7. Boot Mac into Safe Mode

Safe Mode disables non-essential processes, which can help you determine if a software issue is causing the screen to flicker.

Step 1. Restart your MacBook Pro while holding the Shift key to boot into Mac Safe Mode.

Step 2. Release the Shift key when you see the login window.

Step 3. Log in and test your MacBook Pro to see if the flickering issue persists.

If the issue is resolved in Safe Mode, it may indicate a software conflict.

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In case the screen flickering issue persists after trying these steps, it is recommended to consult with Apple Support or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider for further assistance.


Mac screen distortion has existed since the beginning. Despite their rarity, they might be annoying and prevent you from completing critical tasks. The laptop's screen usually shimmers if there are hardware problems. However, you can resolve the most frequent problems using the 7 techniques described in this article.

The best course of action is always to recover your Mac's data when it experiences boot-related problems. The best course of action is to utilize EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, which enables bootable recovery on your MacBook.

MacBook Pro Screen Flickering FAQs

Here are 4 additional questions about the MacBook Pro screen flickering problem. Check here for the answers.

1. How do I stop my IMAC screen from flickering?

You can resort to one of these methods:

  • Reset the SMC
  • Reset the NVRAM or PRAM
  • Run Apple's Diagnostics
  • Update macOS
  • Boot Mac into Safe Mode

2. How do you reset the screen on a Mac?

  • Select "Apple menu" > "System Settings", then click "Displays" in the sidebar after your Mac has booted up.
  • Scroll down.
  • To utilize the resolution that works best for your monitor, click "Default" on the right.
  • Normally restart your Mac.

3. Why does my Mac screen flicker on full screen?

One possible reason why the display on your MacBook Pro is flickering is a broken integrated graphics processor. Working with varied high-resolution screens, varying transparency, and drop shadows may cause long-term increases in GPU activity.

4. What is a folder with a question mark on Mac?

A blinking question mark appears in the center of the screen when a Mac is turned on instead of the Apple logo. This problem affects all Apple Mac computer products, including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, and it shows that the starting drive is broken.

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