For a variety of reasons, you may desire to restore your MacBook to factory settings. It’s best to complete a factory reset before selling or exchanging your MacBook. If your MacBook has issues or faults following an OS upgrade, you may use a factory reset to restore it to its previous state. We’ll go through how to restore factory settings on a MacBook in this post.
Before you reset your MacBook
- Resetting your MacBook entails erasing all data and updates before restoring the factory default settings. So, before you restart your MacBook, make sure you complete these steps.
- Make a backup of all of your stuff on a different drive or in iCloud.
- Close iTunes and log out.
- iCloud and iMessages must be turned off.
Before restarting the MacBook, you may also clear the NVRAM and unpair all Bluetooth devices that have been connected to it.
How to reset MacBook air/pro without disk (Full cleanup)
Now we’ll show you how to reset your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro in a few simple steps. Before you begin, read through all of the instructions and make sure you understand them completely. Then, one by one, follow the instructions to reset your MacBook. All data on the MacBook, including the macOS, will be erased during this operation, and you will have to reinstall the macOS.
Step 1: Open the utility window by restarting your Mac in Recovery mode.If you have an Intel-based Mac,
a.) Select restart from the Apple menu.
b.) Hold down Command + R while the system is rebooting.
c.) The recovery mode window will now appear. Activate the macOS utility window.
If your Mac is based on the Apple Silicon M1,
a)Select Shutdown from the Apple menu. Wait until your Mac has completely shut down
b)Keep the power button pressed.
d) The macOS utility window will appear.
Step 2. Erase the hard disk
a.) Select disc utility from the utility window.
b.) Choose a starter disc (where your macOS is installed)
c.) At the top of the disc utility window, click wipe.
d.) Change the format to “macOS extended (journal)” in the pop-up that displays, then click on wipe once again.
Step 3: Install macOS again.
a.) Click Quit Disk Utility once you’ve wiped the discs.
b.) A reinstall macOS pop-up will display; select Install macOS.
How to reset MacBook without losing data
As previously said, factory resetting your MacBook erases all of your data. To secure your data, you should make a backup and restore it after the reset.
Using an external disc, create a time machine backup.
You may make a backup using a USB or Thunderbolt drive by following the steps below.
1. Select the Apple option from the drop-down menu.
2.Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
3. Select “Time Machine” from the drop-down menu.
4. Select the backup drive you want to use.
5. Select the Time Machine option from the drop-down menu.
6. From the drop-down option, choose “Backup Now.”
If you have a big number of files, this procedure may take a long time.
Periodical backups can also be set up by selecting backup automatically from the options menu.
How to reset MacBook to factory settings without a password
If you forget your user password on macOS, resetting the MacBook to factory settings will solve the problem. When you try to reset your MacBook, however, if you (or the manufacturer) have put up a firmware password, you will be prompted for it. If you don’t remember your password, you’ll need to take your MacBook to a repair facility and have it reset by professionals.