How to Fix USB Port on Mac Air/Pro

Aug 29,2019 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions

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Are you having trouble fixing your USB port in your Max Air Pro? Not to worry as there are ways to overcome the challenge of a non performing port. To start things off, you need to realize that if your USB port is not working, the fault may either be down to the port or the USB flash drive. Either way, we have some helpful tips in this article that you can follow to fix USB port on Mac Air Pro.

For other Mac models, you can turn to the page for solutions: Simple Fixes to Mac USB Port Not Working.

Overview of the USB Port Problems:

Like we pointed out in the paragraph above, the problem may be as a result of the port being damaged or an internal fault in the flash drive. To be sure that the port is not to blame, consider connecting the USB to another Port. If it doesn’t work try another Mac computer to see if it works. If the first option works it means the first port is to blame. If the second option works, it means the ports in the first computer are no longer functioning.

What to do if Mac USB devices are not working

There are some few steps you can take to fix this kind of problem and they are listed below

Way 1. Reset System Management Controller

If you reset the SMC your USB hardware issues may be resolved. To do this here are the steps to take

Resetting for Macbook

  • Shutdown the MacBook
  • Disconnect then Re-connect Power cable
  • Press down Shift – Control and Option including the Power button at once
  • Release all keys held down at once
  • Allow Mac to boot for SMC to reset
  • Resetting for Mac mini, Mac, Mac Pro, iMac

  • Shutdown the Mac
  • Remove Power cord
  • Hold down power key for 5 seconds then release
  • Re-connect Power and switch system on
  • Way 2. Check Updates

    Try updating system by visiting Apple store and checking for updates. If you find any updates click the update for each application to update all drives.

    Way 3. Reset NVRAM/PRAM

    NVRAM (Non voatile RAM) and PRAM (Parameter RAM) contain information of all USB components. If you reset them they could resolve USB issues. The process is easy and can be completed within minutes. Here is how to go about it

  • Shutdown Mac
  • Restart system by pressing down Command+Option including the (ALT)- P-R
  • Hold these keys down till the screen comes alive and you hear a sound
  • Let Mac boot
  • Way 4. Uninstall conflicting Applications

    If you notice the USB problem after a recent update or after you recently downloaded an application it may be because the update or application in question is causing your system to malfunction due to potential malware. Un- installing the application might just fix the Issue. Visit the Apple Store to remove the application from your system. One quick way to get this done is to use a Finder or an effective method such as a “CleanMyMac” tool. To use this tool

  • Download it for free
  • Click the uninstaller button in the menu
  • Pick the app you want to uninstall
  • Click removal in Smart selector panel
  • Tap uninstall
  • To Uninstall apps manually

  • Open Launchpad
  • Identify app you want to uninstall them click the Icon till it begins to jiggle
  • Click X at the corner of the app then tap the delete button
  • To Uninstall using Finder

  • Open Finder App and navigate to applications
  • Locate the app you wish to uninstall them drag the icon to trash (You need to input admin credentials to get this done)
  • Click trash icon to empty is
  • Fixing a USB port issue on Mac can be very frustrating but not impossible. With patience and a keen observation you can fix it on your own using any of these steps.

    But keep carefule when resetting MacBook Air or uninstalling programs, which will easily cause data loss. Go to use Recoverit for Mac files recovery.

    Sue Wen

    staff Editor

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