Want to restore or sell your Mac? Applesteer.com covers the step-by-step process of backing up your files, wiping the hard drive and restoring everything on a new machine. To reset your Mac to factory settings, you have to take a few steps before you can erase your drive. This article will help you to do it easily.
Steps to Backup, Erase and Reset MacBook to Factory Settings
A Mac lasts a long time and delivers a lot more on the second hand. There will be a moment when you will give your Mac to someone else or have sold it for a nice price. How do you ensure that your Mac goes back to factory settings and that all the data is erased? These are the steps! You can see how to reset your MacBook in the following steps. We start by making the very last backup before the Mac is completely erased.
You can also choose to clone your hard disk if you want to continue with the same files at a later date. Then it is time to log out of various services and then it is time to erase the hard disk. The new owner can then perform a clean installation, in which the Mac feels as if it was just out of the box.
Step 1: Making a backup
Before you get rid of your Mac, you make a very last backup with Time Machine so you can be sure that you will not lose anything:
- Go to > System Preferences> Time Machine.
- Select a drive and make the backup.
You can, of course, copy the files and folders from your desktop and Documents to a USB stick if this is the only place where you store files.
What you can do is use an app such as SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the contents of your hard disk or SSD to an external disk. This ensures that you still have access to all your old files later on. If you store all files on iCloud or another online storage service, you can skip this step. Later you can set up a new Mac with the clone.
Step 2: Log out of various services
If you do not intend to use the Mac yourself, you will have to unsubscribe from various services. If you want to continue using the Mac yourself, you can proceed to step 3, clearing your disks.
- Make sure that your Mac is connected to the internet.
- Sign out of apps and services that require a subscription, such as Photoshop and Office. You can only use some apps and services on a limited number of devices. This applies for example to Adobe and Windows products, but also to content that you can play with iTunes.
- Turn off iCloud and ‘Find my Mac’. You can do this via > System Preferences> iCloud. Uncheck the ‘Find my Mac’ option. Then log out from an iCloud account. You may see some pop-up windows for certain services, choosing the Delete from Mac option. This will automatically delete the data.
- If you use FileVault, then with macOS recovery you have to delete a FileVault encrypted disk. This prevents the next owner with data recovery from finding your old files. You can find the FileVault settings yourself via System Preferences> Security and Privacy> FileVault tab.
- Disable iMessage by choosing Messaging> Preferences> Account in the app. Tap your iCloud account and choose Log out.
- Then you remove your Mac from the support profile and iCloud. Log in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID and go to Settings. Browse to your devices and click on the Mac that you no longer want to use. Remove the cross on this device to remove it from your iCloud.
- Disconnect your Mac from your Apple ID. Go to this web page, log in with your Apple ID and navigate to Devices. Select the Mac and click Remove Mac.
- We are almost done! Navigate to the web page to manage your support profile. Browse to View your devices, log in with your Apple ID and see if your Mac is still listed here. If not, the Mac is already disconnected from your Apple ID.
- Your Mac is probably authorized for all kinds of iTunes content. You do not need that anymore if you get rid of your Mac. Therefore, go to Store in iTunes > Enable authorization for this computer. You do not have to sign out for Apple Music.
Step 3: Erase the Hard Disk of your Mac
The next step is to safely erase the hard disk. This works as follows:
- Restart the Mac in recovery mode. You can do this by holding down the Command + R keys while you restart your Mac.
- Use the Disk Utility to erase the hard disk. To do this, follow these steps: Go to Applications> Utilities> Disk Utility and select your hard drive. Select the desired disk and indicate that you want to unmount the disk and then erase it.
- Then indicate that you want to reinstall macOS.
That is it! You are done with backing up the data from your Mac, Erasing everything of your Mac Hard Disk and resetting it to Factory settings. I hope this article helps you to do it easily in the above 3 step process. If you are facing any issues while following the above method, let us know them in the below comment box and we will sort it out for you.