How to See Usb Devices on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you having trouble seeing USB devices on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to easily view USB devices on your Mac. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Check Physical Connections

If you can’t see your USB device on your Mac, the first thing you should do is check the physical connections. Make sure that the USB cable is securely connected to both your Mac and the USB device. Additionally, ensure that the USB device is powered on and functioning properly.

Step 2: Restart Your Mac

Sometimes a simple restart can resolve connection issues. Close all open applications and click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.

Select “Restart” from the drop-down menu and wait for your Mac to reboot. Once it starts up again, check if you can now see the USB device.

Step 3: Update macOS

Outdated software can cause compatibility problems with USB devices. To ensure that your Mac is up to date, click on the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”.

Then choose “Software Update” and follow any prompts to install any available updates for macOS. After updating, try connecting your USB device again.

Step 4: Use Spotlight Search

If you’re still unable to see the USB device, you can use Spotlight Search to find it. Simply click on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of your screen or press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search. Type “System Information” and press Enter.

In System Information, click on “USB” from the sidebar on the left-hand side of the window. This will display a list of all connected USB devices including their details such as name, manufacturer, and serial number. If your USB device is listed here, it means that your Mac has recognized it.

Step 5: Reset the SMC

If none of the above steps have worked so far, you can try resetting the System Management Controller (SMC). The SMC controls various hardware functions on your Mac, including USB ports. To reset the SMC, follow these steps:

  1. Shut down your Mac completely.
  2. Unplug the power adapter from your Mac and remove the battery if it’s a MacBook model with a removable battery.
  3. Press and hold the power button for at least 10 seconds.
  4. Release the power button and reconnect the power adapter (or insert the battery).
  5. Turn on your Mac by pressing the power button.

After resetting the SMC, check if you can now see your USB device on your Mac.


In this tutorial, we’ve covered several troubleshooting steps to help you see USB devices on your Mac. Remember to check physical connections, restart your Mac, update macOS, use Spotlight Search to find connected devices, and reset the SMC if necessary.

We hope this guide has been helpful in resolving any issues you were facing. Happy connecting!

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