Are you planning to sell or trade your MacBook? Do not forget to prepare the device for this. Follow our guide and make sure you do not forget any important things before selling a MacBook.
Selling a MacBook: This is how you prepare your Mac to sell
If you use a MacBook for years and it has full of personal data, passwords and other data that is private. If you have bought a new MacBook, you want to transfer this data permanently, so that valuable data is not lost. In the five steps, you can switch and empty your old MacBook as smoothly as possible. The steps below are identical for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac.
5 Steps to do before Selling your MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac
Follow all the steps below to secure all your data and other stuff.
1. Make a backup of your Mac
Always make sure that you take a backup of your Mac. Especially when you are selling your old MacBook and buying a new one, it is important that this process goes well.
That’s why it’s better to buy a new MacBook first, transfer the data and then do away with your old model. If this does not work, make sure you make a good backup. For this, you need an external hard drive with sufficient capacity.
You can take a backup of your Mac via Time Machine:
- Go via Finder → Programs to Time Machine or use the Mac search function to open the program.
- Select ‘Configure Time Machine‘.
- Turn off Time Machine, then turn it on with the slide.
- Select a hard disk to set up the backup.
- The program is now backing up your Mac, which can take a while.
2. Log out of iCloud and all other services
To make sure that a future owner does not have access to your iCloud account and all your data, we recommend logging out. You do this as follows.
- Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner.
- Choose System Preferences.
- Click iCloud.
- Click ‘Log out’ in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Besides iCloud, you can also log out for iMessage and FaceTime in the app choose ‘Preferences’ and ‘Log out’.
3. Remove the device from external software
By logging out of iTunes and other software, you will make it easier to log in again on your new Mac. How this works varies per app, even though iTunes does it as follows:
- Open iTunes on your MacBook.
- Click on ‘Account’ in the menu bar.
- Choose “Permissions” and “Enable permissions for this computer.”
4. Transfer data to a new Mac
Now it’s time to safely transfer all your data to your brand new MacBook or iMac. This is best done before you sell the old Mac. During the startup of your new Mac, the option to use the Migration Assistant appears.
Follow the steps on the screen to transfer your data via an external hard disk (where you saved your backup in step 1).
5. Return your old Mac to factory settings
Have all your data been transferred or do you have a good backup? Then finally you can completely restore the old Mac to the factory settings.
- Restart your Mac via the Apple menu, and keep the key combination ‘Command + R‘ pressed.
- Choose ‘Disk Utility’ and then click your startup disk on the left side of the screen.
- Go to the ‘Clear’ tab, select ‘APFS’ (or Mac OS Extended for older Macs) as file system and click ‘Clear’.
- Close the Disk Utility, and choose ‘reinstall MacOS’ from the menu that appears.
- After following the installation process, your Mac starts as if it were the first time.
Do not forget to disconnect your Mac from your account via the Apple ID website. You do this by logging in to the Apple ID website and clicking ‘Delete’ on your old MacBook via ‘Devices’.
That is it! You are done with your old Mac and ready to sell your Mac to others. If you have any other queries regarding the MacBook selling let us know them in the below comment box and we will sort them for you.