Since I upgraded to macOS Sierra on my MacBook 15" (Mid 2014), I noticed some weird behaviour:

  • When I'm running low on power, it doesn't notify me that my battery is going to die. It just shuts down. When I plug it in, it takes a few seconds and then shows me the login window, as if I put it on sleep.
  • The battery icon doesn't indicate when it is loading
  • Whenever my screensaver starts after a few minutes (on power AND battery) it locks my screen (as intended). After entering my password I see that it tried to restart (e.g. "Your mac hasn't restarted, because Google Chrome failed to quit.")

I tried restoring the power settings to default, playing with the checkboxes in the "Energy Saver" tab and so on.


The first things I would do are reset the NVRAM and SMC. Below are the steps for doing so, as well as the order you should do it.

1. Reset the NVRAM

Older Macs had what's called Parameter RAM (PRAM), newer Macs use Non-Volatile Random-Access Memory (NVRAM). Here’s how to reset it on your particular Mac:

  1. Shut down your machine. Yes, a full shut down, not just logging out.
  2. Press the power button and then press the commandoptionpr keys. You have to make sure you press these keys before the gray screen appears or it won’t work.
  3. Hold those keys down until your Mac reboots again and you here the startup chime.
  4. Let go of the keys and let your Mac reboot normally.

Note: When you log back in you may need to readjust some of your system preferences (e.g. speaker volume, screen resolution, startup disk selection, time zone information, etc).

2. Reset the SMC

Here’s what you do to reset the SC on your particular Mac:

  1. Shut down your computer
  2. Keep the MagSafe adapter (power cable) plugged in.
  3. Press at the same time shiftoptioncontrol (on the left side of the keyboard) and the power button
  4. Let go
  5. Turn your computer back on with the power button.

Once you've done both of these, check to see whether the problem behaviour is still present. Let me know how you go.

  • First thing I notice is: The battery icon is back to normal when plugged in and when plugged out. I'll have an eye on it and let you know if it solved the other two problems. – 23tux Feb 27 '17 at 14:05
  • Unfortunately, that didn't solved my problem, it still tries to restart when the screensaver is activated – 23tux Feb 28 '17 at 22:41

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