Start up your MacBook Pro by opening it or plugging it in

MacBook Pro models introduced in 2016 start up when you open their lids or connect them to power. Learn more about these features.

If your MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016), MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports), or MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) is powered off, it turns on when you do these things:

  • Open the lid of your Mac, even if it's not connected to power.
  • Connect it to a power adapter while its lid is open.
  • Connect it to a power adapter while its lid is closed and it's connected to an external display.

To start up your MacBook Pro by plugging it in, make sure to use an AC adapter that provides sufficient power, like the one that came with the computer. For your MacBook Pro to start up when you open the lid while it's not connected to power, the battery must have some charge.

Sleep, restart, and shut down on MacBook Pro with Touch ID

Unlike with older Mac notebooks, holding down Touch ID (power button) on your MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016) or MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports) doesn't display a dialog with options to Restart, Sleep, or Shut Down.

To restart your MacBook Pro, choose Apple menu () > Restart.

To put your MacBook Pro to sleep, choose Apple menu > Sleep. You can also add a Sleep button to the Control Strip in the Touch Bar. Follow these steps to customize the Control Strip:

  1. Select View > Customize Touch Bar.
  2. Touch the Control Strip region of the Touch Bar to switch to Control Strip customization.  
  3. Use your cursor to drag items that you want, such as the Sleep button, from the main display down into the Touch Bar. You can also drag items left and right within the Touch Bar to rearrange them, or drag them up and out of the Touch Bar to remove them.
  4. Tap Done in the Touch Bar or click Done on the screen when you finish.

To shut down your MacBook Pro, choose Apple menu > Shut Down. If your MacBook Pro is unresponsive, you can hold down Touch ID for six seconds to shut down. Note that you'll lose any unsaved work if you do this.

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