MacBook Pink Screen: The Problem and How to Fix It?

Last year, Apple introduced the ARM-based M1 chip as a ‘System on Chip’ (SoC) to replace the Intel chips, used in its products since 2006. Earlier, Macs used separate chips for CPU, RAM, etc., but Apple has integrated these into a single M1 chip, making it faster and more efficient.

However, some users have reported that their M1-powered MacBook is showing a pink screen and restarting after that. Have a look at one such query posted on a tech forum.


In this article, we are going to talk about the reasons behind the Apple MacBook Pink Screen issue and the solutions to fix this problem.

Possible Reasons for Apple MacBook Pink Screen of Death

The issue of MacBook Pink Screen may occur due to any of the following reasons:

  1. Hardware Incompatibility
  2. Power Fluctuations
  3. Screen Display Malfunction
  4. Software Bug
  5. Software Incompatibility
  6. Kernel Panic

In most cases, the operating system remains capable of operation even after the occurrence of error. Nevertheless, being in an unstable state and to avoid any further risk to the system, the macOS stops to allow diagnosis of error or presents Pink Screen and restart frequently.

How to Fix the MacBook Pink Screen Issue?

First and foremost, you need to understand that despite popular belief, the problem of frequent crashing of macOS on startup is not always caused by third-party software. It may be a minor issue and can be easily fixed. Accordingly, we have provided below some effective solutions to fix the issue.

1. Do Basic Troubleshooting

Instead of jumping on to complex solutions, try the following quick fixes:

  • Disconnect the recently attached external devices and then reboot your MacBook. It will help you to confirm if the issue was only due to a temporary bug.
  • The Pink Screen issue might be caused due to a faulty graphics card or display screen malfunction. To check this, connect an external display to your MacBook. If the external display works fine, it means there is a hardware issue. You need to visit the Apple service center.

However, if the problem of the MacBook Pink Screen persists, move to the next methods.

2. Reset NVRAM Settings

NVRAM or Non-Volatile RAM is a part of RAM used for storing settings, like startup disk selection, kernel panic information, display resolution, etc. The pink screen of death may also occur due to an abrupt change in these settings. You can reset the NVRAM to fix the MacBook Pro Pink Screen problem. Follow the below steps:

STEP 1: Shut down your MacBook.

STEP 2: Press and hold Option + Command + P + R keys simultaneously while your MacBook reboots.


STEP 3: On hearing the second startup sound/chime, release the keys.

Note: In case your Mac is T2-equipped, wait for the Apple logo to appear and disappear second time and then release the keys.

Once your MacBook finishes starting up, open System Preferences and adjusts any settings that are reset.

Note: The option to reset NVRAM and SMC manually is not available on Apple M1-powered MacBook. In fact, SMC has been completely removed from the M1 MacBook. Although NVRAM is available, Apple claims that you need not worry about it as the new M1 chip can reset it automatically when you shut down and restart your MacBook.

3. Reset the System Management Controller (SMC)

SMC controls the hardware settings on the MacBook, such as power and sleep functions. If your system is struggling with power issues, reset the SMC. Here is how you can do it:

STEP 1: Shut down the Mac and unplug the system.

STEP 2: Press and hold Shift + Option + Control + Power keys and release them after about 10 seconds.