Top 8 Ways To Fix Screen Flicker On MacBook

Apple has gradually changed the size of its MacBooks in recent years. Lately the Quality control problems in hardware and software departments quietly hit users. One of the glaring MacBook problems is the unusual screen flickering out of nowhere.

The screen flicker problem occurs on retina and non-retina screens, with many Mac users finding that it can have an impact while using Terminal or with graphics on or off. In some cases it is so bad that it is impossible to look at the screen.

The problem seems to be caused by an incompatibility between the operating system, program, and GPU. If you are facing screen flicker issue on Mac, read on while we have compiled a list of methods you can try to fix your display.

1. Restart your Mac

Let’s start with the basics. Turn your MacBook off and back on using the restart option. Any device-related problem that looks serious, but a reboot can fix it. You will be surprised how often this works. Anyway, if the MacBook screen flickering problem is software related, then you should definitely try this first to test.

Tap the little Apple icon in the top left corner and choose Restart.

2. Adjust energy saving settings

If you’re using a MacBook Pro, sometimes the MacBook screen blinking is caused by the sleep mode not working properly. If you activate the automatic graphics switching in energy-saving mode, your Mac will switch between two different graphics chips depending on usage.

For light tasks, the system opts for an Intel-integrated graphics card, while the more intensive tasks are handled by the dedicated graphics card. That will only be limited to the Intel CPU that Macs carry.

To turn off automatic graphics switching on Mac, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Tap the Apple icon in the top left corner.

Step 2: Go to System Preferences.

Graphics switching

Step 3: Open the energy saving mode and switch off the option to automatically switch graphics.

3. Enter a safe mode

Safe mode under macOS deactivates many services and puts them in a low-key mode. This also affects the screen parameters. Try entering a Safe Mode to see if your screen graphics have stabilized.

Step 1: Shut down your Mac completely.

Step 2: Hold down the Shift key and turn on the device.

Step 3: Hold down the Shift key until you see the login screen.

Step 4: This is a safe mode.

By now, you should see if your Mac screen is still glitching.

4. Turn off the True Tone indicator

Apple’s bright, true-tone display from iPhone to Mac with the 2018 MacBook range. True-tone technology makes your screen colors look more natural. But sometimes color management gets out of hand.

True Tone is great and easy on your eyes, but it also requires constant GPU involvement and therefore can cause the screen to flicker.

Follow the steps below to turn off the True Tone display on Mac.

Step 1: Tap the Apple icon in the top left corner.

Step 2: Go to the System Preferences menu.

Step 3: Navigate to Display> True Tone and turn it off.

5. Uninstall third party browsers

Many MacBook screen flickering issues were encountered while using Chromium or Firefox. This is due to the incompatibility with the operating system. Uninstall third-party browsers such as Firefox and Google Chrome completely and restart your device to see if it worked.

Firefox    uninstalled

6. Change the display resolution

Another trick is to change the screen resolution. Go to Displays in System Preferences and play around with the resolution settings. Try turning off the default option that appears there.

Change resolution

7. Update macOS

After the latest macOS update, the screen flicker issue may appear. After all, Apple doesn’t have a long time delivering quality updates. However, be aware that Apple usually fixes such critical issues quickly. Update to the latest and most stable version of macOS to resolve the screen flicker issue. Go through the following steps.

Step 1: Open the System Preferences menu on the Mac.

Step 2: Go to Software Update and check for any important pending updates.

If you have them, install them all and make sure your Mac is running the latest version of macOS.

Update Mac

Restart the device and see if the screen problems go away.

8. If it is a hardware problem

Perhaps the display connector on the MacBook hinge has come loose. In this case, no other software trick will do the work for you. You need to take your Mac for service. Apple offers a free replacement program for this problem.

Fix display issues on Mac

Go through the above solutions and fix screen flicker issues on Mac. While you’re at it, let us know in the comments section below which trick worked for you.

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