How to Reset a Mac: Reset a Mac Book Air or Mac Book Pro to Factory Settings

how to factory reset macbook air

Your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro may be getting on in age. Do you have a problem that, despite your efforts, you can’t seem to resolve? Or would you like to sell your MacBook while erasing all of its personal data? To resolve any of those problems, follow this guide on how to reset a MacBook or any other Mac device.

The steps to completely factory reset your MacBook (or iMac) to a like-new condition are detailed here. For macOS Big Sur and the majority of earlier versions of the operating system, follow the steps below (with a few minor adjustments here and there depending on your specific computer).

Make sure to back up your data before you do this. Make careful to sign out of iMessage, iCloud, and all other accounts if you’re selling your MacBook before you reset. Concerned about data loss? The actions you should perform before factory resetting your MacBook are listed at the bottom of this article.

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Resetting a Mac Book Air or Mac Book Pro

1. To start the Mac, hold down the Command and R buttons on the keyboard. When the Apple logo appears, let go.

2. Choose a language, then proceed.

3. Click Continue after selecting Disk Utility.

4. From the sidebar, select your startup disc, which is by default called Macintosh HD, and then click the Erase option.

5. Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the dropdown menu and then click Erase after deciding on a name for the disc once it has been erased. (Select “Journaled, Encrypted” if you want to encrypt your disc for added protection. You will be asked to set up a password.) Consider using GUID Partition Map.

6. Click Done and then Exit to close the window.

7. If you haven’t already, connect to WiFi in the top right corner of the screen the same way you would on a Mac.

8. Select Reinstall macOS from the main menu, then click Continue.

9. Click on Continue. There will be a pop-up window; select Continue there as well.

10. Click Agree after reading the software license agreement.

11. Click Install after deciding on your boot disc.

12. Attend the installation’s opening phase. (Now would be an excellent time to stop and stretch your legs. Sandwiches are recommended but not required.)

13. After restarting, the computer, installation will resume.

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How to Prepare Before Restarting Your Mac Book

Although the aforementioned tutorial is concentrated on resetting your MacBook, there are recommended steps to follow before factory resetting that you should be aware of. When you switch from one MacBook to another, these tips will make sure that you don’t lose any personal files, pictures, or apps.

Before you reset your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, take a look at the following.

a MacBook backup The significance of this action cannot be overstated. Your most important files will be protected if you make a backup. Your data will be lost when you execute a factory reset if you didn’t back it up first.

Log off iTunes. Deauthorize This Computer under Account > Authorizations. You can skip this step if you’re using the most recent version of macOS.

iCloud sign-out. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu, then select Apple ID. From the side panel, select iCloud, then deactivate Find My Mac. Click Overview and Sign out after that.

iMessage must be closed. Open the Messages app and select Preferences from the menu. To sign out of iMessage, click it.

Bluetooth device de-pairing Select Bluetooth under System Preferences in the Apple menu. Keyboards, headphones, and other Bluetooth-capable accessories can all be unpaired from this page.

You now understand how to restart a Mac computer, including a MacBook!

There is no need to worry about the new owner accessing your files or programs if you are ready to sell your computer at this point. Follow the instructions as if you were first configuring your MacBook to return to the desktop.

If your old Mac is still giving you trouble and you’ve decided you want to change, have a look at our list of the finest MacBooks currently on the market, or contact us if you need assistance choosing between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.


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