If you are looking for a step by step guide on how to factory reset MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, then we are here to help. In this comprehensive tutorial we will show you how you can factory reset your MacBook before selling it or giving it away. This Mac factory reset guide can also be helpful in solving many of the problems faced by your Mac, as a clean macOS install has the potential of solving many issues with your device.
When you clean factory reset MacBook it means all of its data will get wiped. You can rest assured no one will be able to get access to it after you have given it away. With this guide you are essentially reformatting your MacBook Pro to its original state.
How To Factory Reset MacBook Pro or MacBook Air (Process)
Before you start with the step 1 of this MacBook factory reset guide, it is most important that you back up your Mac’s data to an external hard drive. After the reset and reformatting procedure has completed the data stored on your machine will be deleted.
Let’s show you how to factory reset MacBook Pro or MacBook Air in the most efficient way.
Step 1: Turn your MacBook on or restart it in case it is already running.
Step 2: As soon as you hear the start up chime or hit the key to turn it on press and hold the Command-R keys from the keyboard.
Step 3: Your MacBook will boot into macOS Recovery. When you see the macOS Utilities window click on Display Utility and then on Continue.
Step 4: Now choose your hard disk (it is usually called Macintosh HD) and click on Erase.
Step 5: Enter the name of the drive (we recommend keeping it Machintosh HD).
Step 6: Select the format for your drive such as APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled) to continue.
Step 7: Choose GUID Partition Map if scheme is shown.
Step 8: Now click on the Erase button and let your Mac reformat the hard drive.
Step 9: Finally quit the Disk Utility menu.
Reinstall fresh copy of macOS on your MacBook
Now you should be in the MacBook Recovery Mode screen. If you are not, restart your MacBook and hold Command-R keys from the keyboard to access the macOS Recovery screen. Then follow the steps below.
Step 1: Click on the Reinstall macOS option and hit Continue.
Step 2: Choose the Hard Drive in which you want to install macOS.
Step 3: Click on the Install button.
Now your computer will install the latest version of macOS that you were running on the machine when you reformatted it. Once the macOS installation process is completed you will be taken to the setup assistant screen where you will be able to set up your MacBook.
After the setup process is done you should be able to use the MacBook again. At this point you can either turn off the MacBook and hand it over to its new owner or copy your data from the backup drive to it.
So this is how you can factory reset MacBook Pro and safely delete all of your data from it. This guide is super handy for those of you who are selling or giving away your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or any other Mac. In case you are interested, we have done a similar guide on How To Wipe An iPhone Or iPad Before Selling Or Giving Away.
If you have any questions regarding this guide, then feel free to let us know in the comments section below.
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