Guide to Factory Reset a MacBook Pro/Air or any Mac with macOS


So you have finally decided to restore your Mac, as you want to pass your Mac over someone, or you just want to sell it, or you want to wipe out the data, whatever the reason is. Performing a factory reset will not only re-install a clean macOS but also it will boost your device performance.

In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can factory reset your Mac easily. Just follow the explanatory guide that we’ve managed to provide you on how to factory reset a Mac. Here’s everything you should know.

Guide to Factory Reset a Mac

There’s so much personal and other data present on your Mac, as time passes your Mac somehow gets sluggish. But performing a factory reset will resolve the performance issue, here’s how to do it.

To perform a factory reset a Mac, users need to do the following:

Step 1: Restart your Mac

First, just restart your Mac, this the major thing you should do. Hold down the power button till a window is shows up and displays “Are you sure you want to restart your computer now?” Click on Restart, to restart your Mac.

Guide To Factory Reset A Macbook Pro/air Or Any Mac With Macos

Or simply, you can just press Control + Command + Eject (or power button) to restart your device alternately.

Step 2: Open in Recovery Mode

While your Mac is turned off, just press Command + R on your keyboard till the Apple logo appears on your screen, just release the keys and let your Mac boot up, this might take some time. Your Mac will boot into Recovery Mode, just choose the user profile and enter a password.

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Guide To Factory Reset A Macbook Pro/air Or Any Mac With Macos

As we have to restore your Mac completely, just select Disk Utility and tap to Continue.

Step 3: Erase the Data

Once you’re on the Disk Utility window, just click on Erase located at the top of the Disk Utility window. A dialog box will appear, change the Format to Mac OS Extended (Journal). Then click on Erase. After the process is completed visit the Disk Utility menu located at the upper-left corner and choose Quit Disk Utility.

Guide To Factory Reset A Macbook Pro/air Or Any Mac With Macos

Note: While doing this step, your data will be wiped out permanently, and there’s no way t recover any deleted data. If there’s any important data is present on the disk that you don’t want to lose, then it’s recommended to create a backup on an external drive or iCloud.

Step 4: Re-install macOS

This is the final step, return back to the macOS utility screen, click Reinstall macOS and click on continue, and follow the on-screen instructions to install a clean macOS.

Guide To Factory Reset A Macbook Pro/air Or Any Mac With Macos

Once the installing prorcess is completed, you have a clean macOS just like brand new. If you want to restore a backup on your Mac, just visit macOS Utility and click on Resore From Time Machine Backup. Select the required backup and reinstall your saved files.

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