Here’s How to Reset Your Mac to Factory Settings

So you have finally decided to reset your Mac to factory settings. Maybe you want to hand over or sell it to someone else, or you are facing some serious lagging issues. Whatever the reasons are, maybe resetting your Mac to a factory setting is a good choice. But this comes with a huge compromising situation, you will lose all of the data present in your Mac permanently.

In case you have different versions of Mac such a MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini/Pro, and iMac. The process of resetting Mac to its factory settings is no different.

Besides this, resetting your Mac will reinstall macOS from the scratch, this will clear all unknowing bugs and glitches present on your system. Therefore, you will no more experience any sluggish performance if you were experiencing it before.

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In this article, we will show you how to reset your Mac to factory settings. So make sure to follow the simple guide till the end that we have managed to prepared for you. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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Things To Remember before Resetting your Mac

Before heading towards our main topic there is a serious thing you should be aware of. Resetting your Mac will wipe out all the data present on your system. As mention, this process will re-install macOS from the scratch.

You never know when you will need your data in the future, so it is advised to backup your important data using iCloud or iTunes or in your external drive. Otherwise, you could lose your personal precious information permanently.

Steps to Reset you Mac to Factory Settings

This will make your Mac reset to its default original settings, your Mac will perform like a brand new one just like it was before. Follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Restart your Mac.

Step 2: While restarting your Mac, press and hold Command + R keys together when you hear a beep to open your Mac in Recovery Mode.

Step 3: Once done, the macOS Utilities screen will show up, then select Disk Utility.

Step 4: From the left sidebar, select Macintosh HD or your system is named, and select Erase button.

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From the next step onwards, all the data present on your Mac will be deleted. If you don’t want it to happen, now is the chance to stop the process. Also, recheck whether you have created a backup of important data.

Step 5: Now, a window will appear asking you for the confirmation to erase your drive. Here, a new name to your drive for example ‘Macintosh HD’. In the Formant section, choose to keep macOS . And, click on Erase.

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Step 6: Let the process of data deletion be complete, leave the system for a sometime.

Step 7: Once done, exit Disk Utility window and go back to the macOS Utilities screen.

Step 8: Now, it’s time to begin to re-install macOS, select ReInstall Mac OS (some Macs have different option names like Install macOS), and click on the Continue button.

Here’s How To Reset Your Mac To Factory Settings

Step 9: Here, you have to choose the drive name that you have kept in ‘Step 5’, in our case, it was Macintosh HD, then click on Install to begin the process of reset Mac to factory settings.

After the installation completes, your Mac will perform well as new. You will notice that there will no previous data left as it wipes all the data present on the system.

Now you can sell or hand over your Mac to your one of the family member. It is always good to erase the data before selling or giving it to someone else, because who knows your data may get compromised.


Whenever you have a doubt that your Mac is lagging, performance issues, experiencing bugs or glitches. You can always reset your Mac to its factory settings. This will not help Mac to provide a better performance, but it will also fix unknown issues.

But before performing reset on your Mac, don’t forgot to backup your data.

That’s it for now, hope this helps! If you have any queries you can mention them in the comment section mentioned below. Till then, stay tuned for more info.

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