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macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 30, 2018
Ok, I think I've seen this question asked/answered here before, but I'll be darned if I can find it with the forum search function.

My new 2018 15" MBP boots up when I'm cleaning the keyboard and trackpad.

I do not want it to boot up when I press a key on the keyboard or touch the trackpad.

So... is there a way to force the 2018 MBP to boot ONLY by pressing the power/touchid button?

What say you, oh masters of the MBP universe?


macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 30, 2018
Use the following command in Terminal:
sudo nvram AutoBoot=%00

to turn it back on

sudo nvram AutoBoot=%03

Thanks @Checkpoints168
That prevents booting when the lid is opened. But, it doesn't prevent booting when a key is pressed, or the trackpad is touched.

After a bunch more Googling, it seems that it's just not possible to completely disable booting when a keyboard key is pressed, or the touchpad is pressed.

Anyone knows any different... please chime in.


macrumors 65816
Jul 23, 2013
Sorry, can't help. But that is interesting... that is new behavior with the MacBook Pro 2018. Previous models didn't do that:

On MacBook Pro models from 2016 and newer, Touch ID (power button) is on the right side of the Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard.

Your MacBook Pro (2016 and newer) or MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017) also turns on when you do these things:

  • Open the lid of your Mac, even if it's not connected to power.
  • Connect your Mac to a power adapter while its lid is open3.
  • Connect your Mac to a power adapter while its lid is closed and it's connected to an external display.
Additionally, MacBook Pro (2018) turns on when you press any key on the keyboard or press the trackpad.


macrumors 65816
Nov 13, 2015
Yeah this has become the bane of my existence as I clean my computers frequently and it is impossible do without turning it on!

It isn't too bad when the computer is locked which is what I usually just do. Leave it locked and take off my watch so it stays locked while cleaning.


macrumors Penryn
Feb 20, 2009
maflynn wrote:
"I really don't get the mindset. Off used to me off, now its not"

The new MBPro is the "1984" of laptops.

Always on, you can't turn it off (just like the telescreens).
We'll decide what you can install or remove (system integrity protection, t2).
We're always listening, like Siri.
We're always watching! :)

Newtons Apple

Mar 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
This "feature" is the only complaint I have about my 2018 MBP. It is not a huge issue but Apple should give people an easy choice in a menu.

Do not know what Apple was thinking.:mad:
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