When you’re looking to sell or trade-in your computer, whether it’s an iMac or a MacBook, it’s a good idea to return it to its factory settings. This means factory resetting the computer and re-installing the latest macOS software.
Prerequisites: Must have a Mac or MacBook
Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus
Estimated Time: Less than 10 Minutes
Expected Outcome: Your Apple Computer will be reset and updated to the current OS version
Tools Required: External Hard Drives if backing up first, Internet Connection
Steps to Perform
- Restart your computer: hold the power button > select Restart when it appears
- While the computer restarts, hold down Command + R
- Once you see the Apple logo appear, release Command + R
- When you see a Recovery Mode menu, select Disk Utility
- Make sure the ‘Macintosh HD’ startup disk is highlighted in your Disk Utility window > select Erase
- A pop-up window should appear. Change the Format to macOS Extended (Journaled) > select Erase again
- Select Quit Disk Utility in the Disk Utilities menu.
- A window will then appear giving you the option to reinstall macOS > select Install MacOS
- After the new macOS is installed, your computer has been successfully factory reset