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Diagnosing and Resolving MacBook Screen Flickering Issues: A Comprehensive Guide

MacBook Screen Flickering

As MacBook users, we adore the sleek design and stellar performance of our beloved devices. However, encountering screen flickering problems can be disconcerting. Before rushing to the Apple Store, let's explore some tried-and-tested solutions to address this issue on your MacBook Pro or Air.


1. Restart Your MacBook for Quick Relief

A simple yet effective solution, restarting your MacBook can eliminate many graphical anomalies. Open the Apple menu and select Restart. For optimal results, uncheck the box next to Reopen windows when logging back in. If the issue persists, try shutting down your Mac before rebooting.


2. Disable Automatic Graphics Switching

MacBook Pro users with integrated and discrete GPUs may face screen flickering due to graphics driver crashes. To disable automatic graphics switching, navigate to System Settings > Battery, scroll down to Options, and uncheck Disable Automatic Graphics Switching.


3. Keep Your Mac and Apps Updated

Ensure your MacBook's operating system is up-to-date. Open System Settings, go to General, and click on Software Update. Update your apps as well, as newer versions often contain fixes and optimizations that can address MacBook screen flickering triggers.


4. Say Goodbye to True Tone

While True Tone adjusts color and contrast based on ambient light levels, it might contribute to screen flickering. Disable True Tone by opening the Control Center, expanding Display, and turning off the True Tone icon. Alternatively, go to System Settings > Displays and uncheck the True Tone box.


5. Disable Hardware Acceleration for Browsers

For Chrome users, click the three-dots icon, go to Settings > System, and disable Use hardware acceleration when available. Firefox users, click the three-line icon, go to Settings, and uncheck Use recommended performance settings and Use hardware acceleration when available.


6. Boot Your MacBook in Safe Mode

Boot your MacBook into Safe Mode to clear the kernel cache, run automatic disk checks, and resolve underlying OS problems. For Intel MacBooks, turn it off and boot while holding down the Shift key. Apple silicon users, restart and, on the Startup Options screen, hold Shift, then select Macintosh HD > Safe Mode.


7. Run Apple Diagnostics for a Hardware Test

Determine if the issue is hardware-related by running Apple Diagnostics. Hold down the D key during startup for Intel Macs or press Command + D for Apple silicon Macs. Reference codes like ADP000 denote no hardware issues, while VFD001 to VFD007 signal display or GPU problems.


8. Reset Your MacBook's NVRAM/PRAM

Perform an NVRAM or PRAM reset for Intel MacBooks to clear hardware and software preferences. Boot up while holding down Command, Option, P, and R until you hear two chimes or see the Apple logo twice. Skip if you have an Apple silicon MacBook.


9. Reinstall macOS for a Fresh Start

If hardware checks out, consider reinstalling macOS. You can do this without losing data or opt for a clean slate by wiping internal storage. Follow our guide for detailed steps.

By diligently following these steps, you can significantly improve the odds of resolving MacBook screen flickering issues. If problems persist, it's advisable to seek professional assistance from Apple to ensure a swift and accurate resolution. Your MacBook deserves the best care, and we're here to help you achieve that.


10. Seek Professional Assistance On MacBook Screen Flickering

If the aforementioned steps haven't revived your MacBook Pro, it's advisable to contact a reliable MacBook repair center.


At Mac.Infinity, we offer service and repair for Apple and Mac devices in Singapore, with a host of benefits:

  • Service at Your Convenience: Walk-in to our conveniently located retail store at Funan Mall Level 3 unit 24, or you can make an appointment for our on-site service.

  • Assured Warranty on All MacBook Repairs: Rest easy with our warranty coverage on all repairs.

  • Usage of High-Quality Parts: We use only top-notch parts for replacements.

  • Trained Professionals and Well-Equipped Repair Centre: Our skilled technicians ensure quality service.


You can have complete peace of mind, knowing your device is in capable hands. Choose Mac.Infinity for reliable, fast, and expert Apple and Mac repair in Singapore.


Mac.Infinity offers expert Apple iPhone and Mac repair services that are both reliable and affordable. With skilled technicians, genuine parts, and a commitment to quality, we are your go-to destination for Apple service and repairs.


Funan Mall #03-24

107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105

Shop Tel : 9169 1257

Opening : 11Am to 8PM

[included weekend & Public Holiday]

Connected by underground pathway from CityHall MRT Station.


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