Apple Thunderbolt not working

Apple Thunderbolt not working as it should? Try this easy lifehack!

After spending quite a bit of time fixing an issue with my Thunderbolt, that was shutting down randomly, I finally figured out a fix without going to Apple repair. Hope this will be of help to you too!

Update your Mac to the latest version of OS X

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left menu;
  2. Click on About This Mac in the drop down menu;
  3. Click on the Software Update;
  4. Click on the Update button next to the latest OS X version in the Mac App Store.

Reset SMC

Intel-based Macs have a System Management Controller (SMC) that can be reset as a possible fix for Thunderbolt Display issues.

  1. Shut down the Mac;
  2. Plug in a MagSafe or USB-C power adapter to a power source and to your computer;
  3. On the Mac’s built-in keyboard, press the left side Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button simultaneously;
  4. Release all the keys and the power button at the same time;
  5. Press the power button to turn on the Mac.

On Macs with MagSafe power adapters, the cable’s LED might change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC.

Reset Your Mac’s NVRAM or PRAM

  1. Shut down the Mac;
  2. Turn on the Mac while pressing and holding the Command-Option-P-R keys;
  3. Keep holding these keys until the Mac restarts and you hear the startup sound for a second time;

Power Cycling

Shut down and disconnect both your Mac and Thunderbolt Display from AC power 30-50 seconds.

  1. Disconnect the Thunderbolt Display’s cable from your Mac;
  2. Disconnect the Thunderbolt Display from AC power;
  3. Disconnect all USB peripherals and any cables plugged into the Thunderbolt Display;
  4. Wait at least 30 seconds before powering on your Mac and Thunderbolt Display.

Thunderbolt firmware update (for older OSX)

Follow this link to download the Thunderbolt Firmware update

Separate Thunderbolt cable

Apple thunderbolt display cables
Apple thunderbolt display cables bending damage

It is not unusual for the thunderbolt cable to get damaged over time (due to bending). Try connecting using standalone thunderbolt cable (can be purchased from Apple).