How to Restore MacBook to Factory Settings [Easy Guide]

If you are searching for the solution on “How to Restore Macbook to Factory Settings”, then you are in right place. Here, we are discussing about “Reset your Mac to factory settings” and providing some methods/procedures to do this. Let’s starts the discussion.

About Reset Factory Settings MacBook

Reset MacBook to factory settings” is the one possible solution to fix any bugs/vulnerability/errors on your macOS device. In case if you have seen consistently having serious troubles with the MacBook, then you can go to different recommended troubleshooting methods to fix. But before going for further steps to fix problems on your MacBook, you can try “restore MacBook to Factory settings” operation.

On other hand if you want to sell your MacBook, you need to perform factory reset operation and make sure all your personal and account details are removed. This preparation is required before MacBook to sell to new user. But if you are preparing the MacBook for a new user and performing “Factory Reset” operation, then you should make sure that there is nothing of yours personal files or data left on it as well as not software, no licenses and most defiantly not any login account details.

Preparation for Restore MacBook to factory Settings

Before performing “Reset MacBook to Factory Settings” operation, you should be sure to backup your personal files or data. On other hand, if you are selling your MacBook to new user, you should also make sure to sign out of iMessage, iCloud and any other accounts you have before performing reset.

So at first, you need to transfer your all personal files inducing photos, videos, documents and other files as well as application to some safe external device and please check if there is no any your files on your MacBook. However, sign-out or log-out iTunes, iClound, iMessage and any other accounts which you have, and unpaired Bluetooth devices like keyboards, headphones, or other Bluetooth enabled peripherals from MacBook.

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Procedure 1: Backup your all files or apps with Time Machine

“Time Machine” is built-in backup feature of your Mac to backup all types of files including apps, audios, videos, photos, email, documents and System files automatically. This feature helps you to restore files from your backup if the original files are ever deleted from your MacBook or hard drivers in your Mac is erased or replaced. To create backup with “Time Machine”, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Click on “Apple Menu > System Preferences > Time Machine”

Step 2: Now, click on “Select Backup Disk” or “Select Disk” or “Add or Remove Backup Disk”

Step 3: Select your external drive from the list of available disks. Then select “Encrypt backups” and click on “Use Disk”

 Step 4: In case if the disk you selected is not formatted as required by “Time Machine”, click on “Erase” to erase the disk operation. Once done, follow ‘Step 3’ again to backup your files to disk

Procedure 2: De-authorise your iTunes Account

 Before performing “Restore MacBook to factory settings” operation, you should de-authorise your computer from iTunes Store. In other words, we can say that you should sign-out your iTunes account. To do so, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Choose “Account” tab

Step 2: Select “Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer..”

Note: If you are using the latest macOS Catalina, then you can skip this step

Procedure 3: Turn Off FileVault

“FileVault” is Apple’s term for disk encryption that is been around in its current incarnation since Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” shipped in 2011. It secures your Mac’s hard disk using XTS-AES 128 block chipper technology. When “FileVault” is turn ON, you are required to input a password whenever your Mac starts up. It is not ON by default, but if it is being used, then we recommended you to turn it OFF before going to perform factory reset operation. To do so, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Click on “Apple Manu > System Preferences > Security & Privacy”

Step 2: Select “FileVault” tab and check “FileVault is turned OFF for the disk [name of main hard drive]”.

Step 3: If it is turned ON, then you should click on “Padlock” icon in the bottom left and enter username & password and hit “Unlock” button

Step 4: Now, click on “Turn OFF FileVault”

Step 5: You will need to enter your username & password again and you may need to wait while decryption takes place.

Procedure 4: Turn OFF iCloud

In case if you have any iCloud files that were created on that MacBook they will be archived into your Home Folder, then you should turn OFF iCloud. To do this, you can follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Click on “Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud”

Step 2: Sign-out your iCloud Account

Step 3: Uncheck the boxes iCloud Drive, Contacts, Calendars and Remainders to remove all your personal data and then click on “Continue”

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Step 4: Wait to complete the process. If you have got a MacBoo with Touch ID, you will need to confirm that your payment details should be removed from Mac. Sign-out will remove any Apple information.

Step 5: After that, enter Apple ID password and please check if iCloud is turned OFF.

Procedure 5: Restore Macbook to Factory Settings

Now, you have backed everything up, and shut off your iTunes, iCloud connections, you are ready to reset the Mac. Follow the steps below to perform “Factory Reset” operation.

Step 1: Press “Command + R” keys together from keyboard and hold down and turn ON your MacBook

Step 2: Select your language and hit “Continue” button

Step 3: Select “Disk Utility” and click on “Continue”

Step 4: Now, select your startup disk (named Macintosh HD by default) from sidebar and click on “Erase” button

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Step 5: After the disk erased, select “Mac OS Extended (Journabled)” from the dropdown menu and click on “Erase” and choose “GUID Partition Map”

Step 6: Click on “Erase” then click on “Done” and exit the window

Step 7: Connect to Wi-Fi in the top-right corner and from main menu, choose “Reinstall macOS” and click on “Continue”

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Step 8: Press “Continue” to proceed

Step 9: Now, read the software license agreement and click on “Agree”

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Step 10: In next window, choose your boot disk and select “Install”

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Step 11: Wait to complete the installation process. The computer will restart and continue installing

Step 12: Finally, you will see the “Welcome” screen.

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I am sure this article helped you on “How to Restore Macbook to Factory Settings” with easy steps. You can follow the methods/procedures mentioned above to do so. We have already mentioned the steps for creating backup of your personal files or data that is required before performing Factory reset operation. If you have any suggestions or queries regarding this, please write on comment box given below.

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