MacBook factory reset tips and tricks you should know

MacBook factory reset tips and tricks you should know

Has your MacBook lost a step just before the holidays? Maybe you’re looking to upgrade to one of the new ones M2 patterns released earlier this year or would you like to size up to a 14 inches or 16-inch MacBook Pro to celebrate. Regardless of your reason for upgrading to a new Mac, you may be able to lower its cost by selling your old one. However, before you charge up your MacBook, there are a few steps to make the transition to your new device smooth and safe. You will most likely want to migrate your data to your new Macand you’ll definitely need to erase your old Mac first.

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If you’re selling your Mac, giving it to a family member or friend, recycling or donating to an organization, you’ll want to delete your personal information and files before parting with it.

It’s an important safety measure you don’t want to overlook. Your Mac’s hard drive is bursting with sensitive information that you wouldn’t want accessible, even if you trust the next owner of your laptop. There is always a chance that some malware can get in and reveal your personal data.

Here’s how to remove all traces of your data and return your old Mac to its factory default settings.

1. Sign out of your accounts

After migrating your data to your new Mac or making a recent backup to save your data, it’s time to remove all your traces from the machine. First, you’ll need to sign out of all your accounts. Years ago, this was done using iTunes, but now it has to be done individually mark from three apps — Music, TV and Books. Open any of those apps and go to Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize this computer. You will need to enter your Apple ID and password and then press the button unauthorized the button.

Deauthorize an application on MacOS

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Next, you’ll need to turn off Find My Mac and sign out of iCloud. go to system Preferences > Apple IDclick iCloud in the left pane, and then deselect it Find My Mac. Next, click General overview from the left panel, and then click Go the button.

Finally, you’ll need to exit Messages. Open the Messages app, go to Messages > Preferences, click iMessage tab and then click Go.

2. Turn off Bluetooth

If you’re giving your old Mac to your child or someone else in your household, then it’s a good idea to disable any Bluetooth devices on it so your mouse or keyboard can control the new Mac and not interfere with it old. go to system Preferences > Bluetoothmouse over the device you want to cancel, click X button to the right of her name, then click Remove.

Turn off Bluetooth on a Mac

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3. Reset NVRAM

NVRAM is the memory in which your Mac stores the settings it needs before it loads MacOS: things like screen resolution, time zone, volume level, and boot disk selection. Sometimes these files can become corrupted, so give the next owner of your Mac a fresh start by resetting the NVRAM. To do this, shut down your Mac, then turn it on and immediately press and hold four keys together: option, commands, PAND R. You can release the keys after 20 seconds or more. This is! Your Mac’s NVRAM has been reset.

4. Factory reset

You need to put your MacBook in the Way of healing in order to erase all your data and reinstall Mac OS. To enter recovery mode on an older Intel-based Mac, restart it and immediately press and hold Command-R. You can release the keys as soon as you see the Apple logo. On an M1-based Mac, booting into recovery mode is slightly different. Just press and hold the power button until you see the boot options window and then click options AND Keep to go to the utilities window.)



Next, you will see the MacOS Utilities window. Select Disk Utilityclick Keep and select your startup drive — if you don’t rename it, it’s likely labeled Macintosh HD or something similar. Next, click Clear button at the top of the Disk Utility window and fill in these two fields:

  • Name: Choose a name for the new, fresh volume. Why not go with the tried and true Macintosh HD?
  • Format: Select APFS.

If you’re trying to sell an old Mac that has a mechanical hard drive instead of a solid-state drive, then choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for Forms.

Next, click Delete the volume group and after Disk Utility does its thing, quit Disk Utility. (If you don’t see the Delete Volume Group button in the lower left corner, click it Clear button in the lower right corner instead.)

You should return to the MacOS Utilities window. (If not, restart your Mac again, holding down the Command-R while it reboots.) From the MacOS Utilities window, select Reinstall MacOS and follow the instructions to install the operating system. After MacOS has been reinstalled, you’ll be greeted by the Setup Assistant, which you can then exit and shut down your Mac. Now it is ready for a new start with its next owner.

Here is how to factory reset an iphone, how to restore working AirPodsand how to reset a Chromebook in less than a minute. Plus, check out every device Apple announced at its latest event.

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