Are you about to sell/give away your existing Mac and want to factory reset MacBook Pro? Then you’d want to factory reset your MacBook Pro so that the new owner doesn’t have access to your personal information. Before you factory reset your MacBook Pro or any other device, make sure that you have a current backup.
If your Mac is running on macOS Mojave and earlier, you have to deauthorize your Mac in iTunes. Visit Account → Authorizations → Deauthorize This Computer.
Sign out of iCloud, iMessage as well as FaceTime too.
How to factory reset MacBook Pro?
- Restart the computer: Hold the power button > click on Restart
- While it restarts, hold down the ‘Command ‘and ‘R‘ keys together
- After you see the Apple logo, release the ‘Command and R keys’
- Then you will be able to see a Recovery Mode menu, click on Disk Utility
- Make sure the ‘Macintosh HD’ startup disk is selected. Then in the Disk Utility window > click on Erase
- A pop-up window will appear. Change the Format to macOS Extended/Journaled > click on Erase again
- Click on Quit Disk Utility in the Disk Utilities menu.
- A window will appear, which will give you the option to reinstall the macOS > click on Install macOS
- After the new macOS is installed, your computer will then successfully reset to its factory settings.
- Apple notes in a support document that resetting the NVRAM is important to perform as it wipes out user settings and restores security defaults.
- Shut down your Mac.
- Then turn it on and immediately press and hold Option, Command, P, and R keys together.
- Release the keys after about 20 seconds.
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