How to Hard Reset a Mac Mini Computer

Updated April 17, 2017

Apple's Mac Mini is a desktop computer that differs from most of the company's other consumer models in that it lacks an integrated monitor. As with any computer, you may encounter the occasional software glitch that will render your Mac Mini unresponsive to input -- requiring a restart. A basic hard reset is enough to correct most problems, but if you encounter issues with your computer not powering up properly or failing to recover from sleep, a PMU (Power Management Unit) or SMC (System Management Controller) reset may prove necessary.

Examine the rear panel of the Mac Mini. Locate the power button, installed on the left side of the rear panel.

Push the power button. Hold the button in place until the computer powers down.

Press the power button again to restart the computer.

Disconnect the Mac Mini's power cord, as well as any other cables that may be connected to the computer. Wait 10 seconds before proceeding.

Hold down the computer's power button, then reconnect the power cord. Release the power button.

Press the power button to turn on the computer.

Disconnect the Mac Mini's power cord. Hold down the power button for five seconds.

Release the power button. Reconnect the power cord.

Press the power button to turn on the computer.


If an application freezes while you are working on your Mac Mini, hold down the Command, Option and Escape keys to attempt to "force quit" the program. To attempt a reset from the keyboard, hold down the Control and Command keys, as well as the power button on the keyboard.

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