Is your MacBook Pro giving you trouble? Are you noticing a delay, or a slower rate of speed while running an application? If that is the case, and you want a pristine installation from which to work, you may eliminate any problems with your MacBook Pro by resetting it to its original settings. If you intend on selling or giving away your Mac, a good precaution to take is to do a factory reset to ensure that no one else can access your personal information and accounts.
If you’re intending to sell, trade, or give away your old MacBook Pro instead for a newer one, it’s a good idea to wipe all of the data and settings before you do so. This is to prevent any of your information or passwords from falling into the hands of another party. Even if you’re just sending it to a recycler, you want to factory reset a MacBook Pro, and ensure the factory settings are fully reset prior to handing over possession.
Learn how to restore your MacBook Pro to factory settings with these easy to follow instructions.
Make a replica
Making a copy of everything on your MacBook Pro is the first order of business. Unless you want to risk losing vital information, don’t skip this step. This includes all of your files, programs, media, emails, and more. Macs have an in-built backup system called Time Machine that may be used to transfer data to a new computer. You just need a macOS-compatible external storage device with enough capacity to back up all your stuff.
- Please link the portable drive.
- Click the Apple logo, then choose System Preferences, and then click Time Machine to see the Time Machine preferences.
- Create a backup of your Macintosh using Time Machine
- Encrypt backups and use disk will appear once you choose the external storage device.
- Time Machine needs to start the backup right away when you choose the disk to use for it.
- Time Machine’s menu bar option Backup Now starts a manual backup. The interface that lets you monitor the progress of a backup also lets you bypass it if you need to.
- Stop using iCloud and any other services by signing out.
- It is advised to log out of all Apple accounts, including those for iTunes, iCloud, and iMessage, prior to completing a system reset.
To prepare for the reset:
- Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu in the top left corner.
- If you’re running macOS Catalina (11.5) or later, choose Apple ID from the menu. To access iCloud from an earlier version of macOS, choose it from the menu.
- Choose Overview from the menu on the left, and then click the Sign Out link towards the bottom of the page.
- After you’re done, sign out of Apple Music, or iTunes, if you’re using a MacBook Pro with macOS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacOS) Mojave.
- Launch Apple’s iTunes music player.
- Withdrawal of Apple Music Permissions
- You should be able to find the Account link on the main menu.
- To deauthorize a computer, choose the option from the pull-down menu and click it.
- To verify, you’ll be prompted to enter the Apple ID and password.
- Signing out of Messages is the last step.
- Launch Messages from your MacBook Pro’s main menu, then choose Messages > Preferences.
- If you go to the tab labeled “iMessage,” you should be able to see a “Sign Out” button next to the Apple ID.
To Reset to Default Settings
You may now proceed with wiping your MacBook Pro clean of all user information and software installations.
- Activate the recovery mode on your MacBook Pro. To achieve this, just power on your Mac and then simultaneously hit and hold the Command and R keys.
- In the event that you are prompted to do so, choose a user whose password you know and enter that user’s administrator password.
- Choose Disk Utility and then click Proceed from the Utilities menu. Click herefor more technical information on Disk Utility options.
- Select the Apple Macbook Erase Recovery Disk
- On Disk Utility’s sidebar, choose “Macintosh HD,” then hit the Erase button.
- On Macintosh 10.13 High Sierra as well as later, choose APFS as the disk format. Even modern SSDs benefit from this change. You should choose Mac OS Extended if your MacBook Pro is from 2008. (Journaled).
- Choose the Audio Track to Delete. In the event that you do not see this option, choose Erase. Choose any further internal levels in the left pane, and then use the Delete Volume icon on the toolbar to permanently remove the selected volumes.
- After you’re done wiping your drives, close Disk Utility and go back to the main utilities window.
- To reinstall Mac OS X, open the Utilities window, choose Reinstall macOS, then click Proceed and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Keep the lid open when installing the operating system.