MacBook Pro Touch Bar Unresponsive? This Is How You Can Fix It

MacBook Pro Touch Bar Unresponsive? This Is How You Can Fix It

The MacBook Pro Touch Bar is an OLED multi-touch strip lying at the topmost layer of your MacBook’s keyboard. It is a special feature for MacBook Pro Models and is currently unavailable for other models like the MacBook Air.

The MacBook Pro Touch Bar adds on to the existing utility the keyboard and the force touch trackpad already bring. What’s beautiful about this new feature for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro is its ability to provide a new set of functionalities based on the app you’re using. For example, it allows you to use Touch ID for Apple Pay or manipulate brightness or the color gamut in Photoshop. Like most things, it’s great when it’s there and frustrating when it’s unresponsive. Noobie gives you step-by-step instructions on how to fix a stuck MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

Fix that Stuck MacBook Pro Touch Bar Fast

 

Force Quit the Application


Most of the time, the Touch Bar just needs to refresh its connection with the application. A hidden process which crashed may be the cause of the error, so the first thing you should try is force quitting the app. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Go to the Apple menu on your screen. You can find it in the right corner on the upper part of your screen.
  2. Choose Force Quit and select the application you’re using with the Touch Bar.
  3. Confirm Force Quit.

Refreshing the MacBook Touch Bar

Refreshing the MacBook Touch Bar | MacBook Pro Touch Bar Unresponsive? This Is How You Can Fix It

If merely stopping the app doesn’t work, the problem is in the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. You can troubleshoot the issue by updating the touch bar. There are two ways to do this. First, you can go to the command console of your Mac or through the Activity Monitor.

Refreshing the MacBook Touch Bar through the Terminal

The Mac’s Terminal is the system’s command line interface. Users can type commands and get direct responses from the system itself.

  1. Go to Applications and then choose Utilities. You can open Terminal from there or you can use Spotlight Search.
  2. Once you see the Terminal screen, type the command verbatim: kill “Touch Bar agent”.
  3. Press Return and refresh your Touch Bar.

Updating the touch bar through MacBook Touch Bar the Activity Monitor

The Activity Monitor is the app on your Mac which lists all the processes running in the background on your computer. Here, you’ll be able to see apps and how much processing power they consume. Likewise, you will be able to terminate processes from there as well.

  1. Go to Applications and then to Utilities.
  2. Open the Activity Monitor.
  3. You’ll see a list of programs. Check for Touch Bar agent and click on it.
  4. Force stop the application.
  5. Refreshing the Control Strip

Refreshing the MacBook Touch Bar Control Strip

Refreshing the MacBook Touch Bar Control Strip | MacBook Pro Touch Bar Unresponsive? This Is How You Can Fix It

The MacBook Touch Bar Control Strip can also be the source of the issue. If you see the control strip has gone blank, you can fix it by performing the following:

  1. Go to Applications and then to Utilities.
  2. Open Terminal. You can likewise use Spotlight Search to look for Terminal.
  3. When Terminal opens, type this command verbatim: kill all control strip
  4. Press Return. The Control Strip will relaunch after.

 

The MacBook Pro highlights Apple’s commitment to design, performance, and ingenuity. Apple didn’t skim on the quality of the parts like the quad-core processors, the Radeon Pro graphics card, the GB SSD or solid-state drive, the retina display, and the lithium-polymer battery for the 10-hour battery life.

It’s a great model but it’s not flawless. Some errors here and there shouldn’t damage your view of the product. Knowing how to fix errors like this one on Macbook’s touch bar can help you enjoy your computer more and empower you to make your experience a little closer to seamless.

Has your MacBook Pro Touch Bar been unresponsive lately? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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MacBook Pro Touch Bar Unresponsive? This Is How You Can Fix It

Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on October 4, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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