How to Reset SMC, NVRAM PRAM for M1 Powered MacBook

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Resetting SMC, NVRAM/PRAM on an M1-Powered MacBook requires special attention.

M1-powered Macs are not immune to problems no matter how powerful and efficient they are. If something is out of the ordinary with your Mac, you might also need to reset the SMC or NVRAM/PRAM as part of the troubleshooting.
It appears straightforward, doesn’t it? However, it’s worth knowing that Apple does not provide a method to reset NVRAM or SMC on the M1 model of the MacBook. Let’s learn how to cope with troubles on a MacBook powered by the new M1 chip.

How do we ensure proper SMC?

A system management controller, or SMC, handles numerous vital parameters in the system, including power, sleep, fan speed, and keyboard backlights. SMC is a crucial feature of every MacBook, and it’s critical for the machine to work at top performance, which becomes compromised when it malfunctions.
Because only Intel-based MacBooks can run SMC, resetting it on your M1-powered MacBook is not necessary.
Resetting the SMC in MacBooks based on Intel is relatively simple. Select the Apple menu and then click “Shut Down.” Press Shift-Control-Option and power button at the same time to resume. As soon as you see the Apple logo, release all the keys.

What is NVRAM and PRAM?

Now called NVRAM (Non-Volatile RAM), PRAM is the original Mac name for this setting (Parameter Random Access Memory). It is specifically a very tiny amount of memory and not a large cache set aside to keep information such as display resolution, sound volume, time zone, the system’s hard drive, and the most recent kernel panic.
If your Mac shows signs of unpredictable behaviour or fails to boot, performing a PRAM reset generally fixes the problem.

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Modern Macs are all M1-powered; why don’t they have the option to reset SMC or NVRAM/PRAM?

To clarify, SMC does not exist in M1 MacBook; however, NVRAM does, and it functions differently. The new MacBook comes with parameter memory, allowing the user to examine and personalise settings via NVRAM. They don’t have the ability to reset the NVRAM configuration.

NVRAM/PRAM on an intel-powered Mac must be reset by powering off the computer. Next, on your Mac, hold down the Option, Command, P, and R keys simultaneously. After roughly 20 seconds, restart your Mac while holding all four keys.

Why Apple has no procedure to reset NVRAM and PRAM on the M1-powered MacBook?

As far as Apple is concerned, the M1 chip is more than capable of handling any possible PRAM problems. Despite being just one year old, M1 is in the best position to deliver a significant performance improvement over Intel. According to recent sources, the M1 chip will identify when the PRAM must be reset if your MacBook is shut down and not restarted. It hasn’t been rigourously verified, but it’s speculated that if this works as described, you need to power down your MacBook, wait a few seconds, and then restart it to resolve the majority of problems, including issues with NVRAM and PRAM.

One of the reasons Apple M1 is better in terms of dealing with challenges is because of these two facts. At the very top of Apple’s priorities, they control all aspects of software and hardware. Using this approach, Apple can integrate the chip intimately with the physical hardware, which is not achievable with Intel. Integration within the system has a significant influence on M1 Mac competency.
M1 employs the same idea as A-Series/AX-Series chips (used in iPhones and iPads) follow. Expecting the same level of proficiency from M1 as with the A-series chip is not asking too much.


StarLabs’s Mac specialists, who are famed for their ability to work flawlessly on Apple devices, could feel the imminent death of Intel on Mac. In the beginning, we’ve held nearly every iPhone model in our hands, and thus we’ve always longed for Apple to build a custom CPU just for Mac in the same category as the top-notch A-Series CPU.

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