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How to Factory Reset MacBook Pro with MacOS

If you are looking to sell your MacBook Pro or any other Mac, or you just want to start with a fresh MacOS, you need to factory reset your MacBook Pro or other Mac’s. As the days goes on, you may feel that your MacBook is getting slower and slower. You may sometimes experience the lag too, and that could be frustrating at times. Like every other PC’s, MacBook is also prone to glitches, and it’s quite normal to get slower with time. So if you are looking to factory reset your MacBook Pro or any other Macs, then this guide will be a perfect match for you. By following this guide, you will be successfully able to factory reset your MacBook Pro, Air and more.

If you are resetting your MacBook in order to sell it or give it away, then you must keep in your mind that your MacBook had stored all your personal data, media files, important documents and so on. So you will need a backup after the reset.

And before you proceed to factory reset, there are some of the tasks you need to perform like deauthorize a Mac, Sign out from iCloud and so on. So to perform all this necessary task follow the steps given below.

Take a Backup of MacBook Pro

Factory resetting your MacBook will erase all your personal data including media, documents, files and so on. So it’s better to take a backup before proceeding to factory reset.  Take a backup using Time Machine or any other application, using a 2×2 rule with 2 clouds and 2 physical backups. You can also use a drive cloning app like Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper, ChronoSync or any other which you would prefer.

These apps are trustworthy and are fully bootable backups. Accidentally if anything goes wrong with your MacBook, you can just boot your MacBook using these clones.

Turn Off FileVault if Enabled

Most of the MacBook doesn’t have this feature turned on. But it’s better to be sure. To prevent unauthorised access to information on your startup disk, FileVault is used. You have to disable it before resetting the MacBook. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: At first, go to System Preferences.

Step 2: In System Preferences, Go to Security and Privacy.

Step 3: Now click on the FireVault tab.

Step 4: Now select the lock button.

Step 5: You need to enter Administrator and Password.

Step 6: Now you can turn off FireVault.

Step 7: Reboot and you are done.

Remove iTunes Authorization

Before factory resetting your iTunes, it’s better to remove authorization of iTunes from your MacBook. To do so follow below given steps.

Step 1: Go to iTunes.

Step 2: In iTunes, Go to Account.

Step 3: In Account, Authorizations.

Step 4: Click Deauthorize this computer.

That’s all you need to do. You have successfully removed iTunes authorization and deauthorized your computer.

Sign Out of iCloud

Note: If you have enabled Find My Mac, be sure to make copies of your iCloud data before proceeding.

Step 1: Click Delete from Mac, in order to delete all your personal a from iCloud.

Step 2: Go to Apple Menu’s top left of your screen and select System PreferencesiCloud – Click Sign Out

Step 3: All your iCloud data including iCloud contacts, calendars, etc. will be deleted from your iCloud.

That’s all you need to do. You have successfully signed out from iCloud.

Factory Reset MacBook Pro and other Macs Using MacOS Recovery

Once you have done with all the above tasks, you can factory reset your MacBook Pro or any other Mac’s using MacOS Recovery tool.

Note: Follow this reset process is only if you are keeping your MacBook. If you are selling or giving away your MacBook, then follow the next method.

Step 1: At first restart/reboot your MacBook, and press and hold Command (⌘) + R Keys.

Step 2: When you see Apple logo on your display, release those keys.

Step 3: Now you can use Disk utility, in order to erase your internal Hard disk and Startup disk.

Step 4: Select your drive from the left side list and click on Erase.

Step 5: Now in the Format Menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Step 6: Now type a new name for your disk, ( recommended the default name Macintosh HD).

Step 7: Now click on Erase.

Step 8: Thus erasing is a lengthy process, it will take some time to complete.

Step 9: Once the process gets successfully completed, you can quit Disk Utility.

Step 10: Now in Recovery menu, choose to reinstall MacOS.

Step 11: Now you should follow the On-screen instructions.

Step 12: Once the process gets completed, MacBook automatically restarts to an setup assistant.

Step 13: Enter the respective credentials as requested.

That’s it! You have factory reset your MacBook running MacOS.

Factory Reset if You are Giving Away or Selling your MacBook

If you want to perform a factory reset in order to sell or give away your MacBook, you can follow the below-given step.

Step 1: At first restart/reboot your MacBook, and press and hold Command (⌘) + R Keys.

Step 2: When you see Apple logo on your display, release those keys.

Step 3: Now you can use Disk utility, in order to erase your internal Hard disk and Startup disk.

Step 4: Now you can select your drive from the left side list and click on Erase.

Step 5: Now in the Format Menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

Step 6: Now type a new name for your disk, ( recommended the default name Macintosh HD).

Step 7: Now click on Erase.

Step 8: Thus erasing is a lengthy process, it will take some time to complete.

Step 9: Once the process gets successfully completed, you can quit Disk utility.

Step 10: Now in Recovery menu, choose “reinstall MacOS”.

Step 11: Now you should follow the On-screen instructions.

Step 12: Once the process gets completed, MacBook automatically restarts.

Step 13: As you are giving away or selling your MacBook, you don’t need to proceed, and follow the setup options. You can just press Command – Q and then Click on Shut down.

The setup and the information will be filled by the person to whom you are selling or giving away your MacBook.

This is all you need to know about factory resetting your MacBook Pro or any other MacBook.

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