If you find yourself getting frustrated with your MacBook, or if it just doesn’t feel like it’s holding up as well as it used to, or you are looking to sell your MacBook then a factory reset is the best.
Far from the “Turning Off and On” tip of troubleshooting, a factory reset will wipe all available data on the system and restore its software to the state it was when leaving the factory.
In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of how to factory reset your MacBook in 10 simple steps that will be safe and easy. Hopefully, after following these steps your MacBook will start performing better than ever and you can get to proceed to sell it off or trade it with greater peace of mind that your information is not leaked.
How to Factory Reset Mac or MacBook (Intel-based Mac/ Pre MacOS Monterey)
First off, if you do not want to lose the files you have saved on your MacBook, you need to back them up. You can back the files up with Apple’s official backup application, Time Machine will copy all your files into an external drive or you use Migration Assistant to move your files to your new Mac. You can also back up onto iCloud, or manually move the files you want to save onto an external storage device.
- If you’re selling off, giving away, or trading your Mac ensure you sign out of iTunes, iCloud, and iMessage there’s a chance some data will remain on the drive after you reset it, and you don’t want anyone accessing your account.
- Restart your MacBook by pressing the power button to turn it on, then immediately press and hold the Command + R keys. Keep holding these keys until you see either the Apple logo or other image.
- After a few seconds, the macOS Utilities window will appear
- From the utilities window, Select “Disk Utility” and click “Continue.”
- Select the startup disk, or else its renamed, its labeled Macintosh HD in the sidebar of Disk Utility.
- Click the Erase button at the top of the screen, fill out the requested details: Name: Choose your desired name Format: APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- Next, Click Erase or Erase Volume Group button.
- Once the erase is done, click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen, and click “Quit Disk Utility” to return to the utilities window.
- At the utilities window, select if you want to restore your files from Time Machine Backup. And if you want to reinstall macOS, select Reinstall macOS then click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall macOS.
- Once the new macOS is installed, your MacBook has been factory reset successfully.
How To Factory Reset Mac Using Erase All Content and Settings in System Preferences(macOS Monterey)
Before you start anything, use an external storage drive to back up your files or you back the files up with Apple’s official backup application, Time Machine will copy all your files into an external drive and you can use Migration Assistant to move your files to your new Mac. Whichever you want to pick, make sure you back up your files before resetting
- If you’re selling off, giving away, or trading your Mac make sure you sign out of iTunes, iCloud, and iMessage there’s a chance some data will remain on the drive after you reset it, and you don’t want anyone gaining access to your account.
- Unpair Bluetooth devices: If you own a Mac with Bluetooth-paired keyboard, mouse, or trackpad, there is a way to unpair it so as to prevent accidental input when the two devices have separate owners. If you do this on a Mac that does not have a built-in keyboard or trackpad, you must connect an external USB keyboard and mouse in order to complete the remaining steps. To unpair a Bluetooth device, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth. Move your pointer over the device that you want to unpair, then click the remove (x) button next to the device name.
- While your MacBook is on, Click the Apple icon at the top-left corner of your screen then Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
- From the System Preferences menu, select “Erase All Content and Settings”
- The Erase Assistant pops up and request you sign in with the password you use to log in to your Mac, then click OK.
- Click Continue to allow your settings, media, data, and the other listed items to be removed.
- Select the “Erase All Content & Settings” to confirm that you want to proceed.
- Right there, Your Mac shows a black screen and restart. You might be asked to select a Wi-Fi network or attach a network cable. To select a Wi-Fi network, use the Wi-Fi menu in the upper-right corner of the screen. After joining a network, your Mac activates. Click Restart.
- After restart, a setup assistant guides you through the setup process, as if you’re setting up your Mac for the first time.
Tip: Do not turn off the computer during the resetting process.
NVRAM is memory that saves settings that it needs before loading MacOS: things like screen resolution, time zone, volume level and startup-disk selection. To give your Mac a fresh start, reset the NVRAM, shut down your Mac.
Turn on your Mac and immediately press and hold Option, Command, P, and R keys together. Release the keys after about 20 seconds. This clears user settings from memory and restores certain security features that might have been altered.
After resetting NVRAM, your Mac starts up to the setup assistant again. To leave the Mac in an out-of-box state, press Command-Q to shut down instead of continuing setup.
If your MacBook is having issues and you’re not sure how to fix it, or if you just want to start over fresh with your computer, then this guide is for you! In just 10 simple steps, you will know how to factory reset your MacBook in a safe and easy way.
This method is guaranteed to work and won’t damage your computer in any way. Let us help you get back on track quickly and easily.