How to Disable Autostart of Apple MacBook Pro M2 & M1 when lid open?

Updated on: December 28, 2023

The autostart or autoboot feature on some MacBooks is annoying to some users, and stopping it will do well for them. In this post, I will answer the question of whether you can disable autostart of Apple MacBook Pro M2 Silicon & M1. The feature works so that your computer turns on automatically when you open the lid, when you plug in power or when you touch any button when the computer is off.

Users are left with nothing to do after all suggestions don't work or work temporarily. But can you really turn off the autoboot on Mac Silicon M1 and M2 versions? Let us explore this. So make sure to keep reading this article!

Why does my MacBook Pro turn on automatically?

There could be several reasons why your MacBook turns on automatically. However, if everything is normal, your computer might turn on because the autoboot is turned on or permanently enabled when you open the lid. We will look at which MacBooks you can disable this feature on and which are permanently enabled in the next section of this article.

How to disable Autoboot of Apple MacBook Pro M2 Silicon & M1?

There is no distinct way to disable the autostart of the latest Apple Silicon M2 and M1. You can only disable the feature if you have Intel-based MacBooks. We keep waiting to see if there will be any development from Apple engineers because the feature sincerely annoys some users.

However, you can disable the autostart feature on the following Apple MacBooks:

  • M1 MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Pro 2016 or new (13-inch)
  • MacBook Pro 2019 or newer (16-inch)
  • MacBook Pro 2016 or newer (15-inch)
  • MacBook Air 2018 or newer

So to disable the autostart or autoboot when you open the lid on the MacBook Pro 2016 or the latest, or the M1 MacBook Pro, I recommend following the steps below:

  1. Launch Spotlight Search by pressing the Command and Options keys at the same time.
  2. Type Terminal in the search bar, and then press Return. This will open the Mac Terminal window.
  3. Next, copy-paste or write the following command and press Return:
    sudo nvram AutoBoot=%00
  4. You will be required to enter your password. If you have not created one, you need to go back and create it, then repeat the process.Disable autostart of Apple Macbook Pro M2 Silicon & M1?
  5. Finally, close the Mac Terminal and test to see if the changes are active on your device.
  6. After that, your MacBook computer will be turned on when you press the power button on the keyboard.

Remember that the changes you made are permanent. If you would like to revert to the default setting, open the Mac Terminal as we did earlier and run the following command:

sudo nvram AutoBoot=%03

How do I fix Silicon MacBook  that keeps turning on automatically?

Sometimes, your MacBook Pro can keep on turning on automatically after you turn it off. If this has nothing to do with the auto-boot feature, then it's an issue that needs to be fixed.

Disable autostart of Apple Macbook Pro M2 Silicon & M1?

If the issue persists even after some workarounds, I recommend performing the following preliminary solutions:

  1. Check if any keyboard button is stuck
  2. Shutdown your computer instead of keeping it to sleep
  3. Disconnect external components
  4. Turn off wake for network access

1] Check if any keyboard button is stuck

If one or more keyboards are stuck or faulty, they can cause your MacBook to start automatically. So, check if you can fix it or if you need assistance from an Apple repair expert. To fix this, you can use a tool like tweezers to light up keyboard keys.

2] Shutdown your computer instead of keeping it to sleep

In most cases, if you leave your MacBook in sleep mode, it will turn on automatically if you open the lid, press any button, or plug it into power. Trying to shut it down completely and see if the issue is resolved.

3] Disconnect external components

Some hardware components, accessories, and peripherals can interfere with how your computer functions. To make sure that they are not the cause of the problem, I recommend disconnecting all of them and then seeing if the error persists.

4] Disable Wake for Network Access

The Wake for Network Access feature on Mac turns it on when there is something from the network that needs to perform tasks like sharing a file, printing, etc. If you no longer need this feature, it's surely annoying, and you need to turn it off. Follow the steps below:

  • Go to the menu bar and hit the Apple logo.
  • Next, select System Settings.
  • On the left pane, locate and click on Battery.
  • Go to the bottom-right and look for Options, and click it.
  • Finally, select the drop-down menu next to Wake for network access, and then choose Never. Press Done to complete the process.

If the solutions above don't fix the MacBook that keeps turning on automatically, try to turn off the scheduled startup and power nap, run the PRAM or NVRAM, and SMC reset command, or disable boot on lid open.

That’s it for now. I hope I have cleared the air on how to disable autostart of Apple Macbook Pro M2 Silicon & M1. If you have anything that is still not resolved, leave us a comment or contact the Apple Support team.

We hope the next update will come up with a method to disable the feature.

Is it good to turn off your MacBook Pro every night?

Turning off your MacBook Pro every night or every day is not a bad thing, but it doesn't have any significant effect on power consumption. I recommend you put it in sleep or hibernation mode if you will be using your computer within about two days. If you expect to use the computer after two days, then you can turn it off completely.

Disable autostart of Apple MacBook Pro M2 Silicon & M1?
Robert N
Robert is a problem-solver with a gift for communicating complex ideas in a clear and concise way. His background in technology makes him uniquely qualified to do this.

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