How To Recover Factory Settings on Mac

How To Recover Factory Settings on Mac

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Hi dear Mac users,
I think most of us have faced situations of selling Mac, passing it to a relative or friend, fixing any issues with software, or something else, so you had to wipe it and reset Mac to factory settings. Whatever you need to recover factory settings of your Mac for, I’ll tell you how to do this.

Resetting your Mac to factory settings can be also a great idea before installing a fresh operating system. It also will prevent someone from using your personal data in case you are going to sell your Mac. So, the machine should be reset to its unblemished factory state.

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Anyway, here is a manual on how to reset your Mac.


1. Internet connection

Ensure your Mac is connected to the Internet for downloading the latest version of MacOS. If you have an older Mac, you may need an older version of the operating system as well.


2. Backing up data

Backup all your important information using Time Machine or any other software of your choice. You can also save data on an external drive or in a cloud storage. You will be able to restore your files after wiping your Mac.


3. Deauthorizing iTunes

Log out of all your accounts including iTunes and all the third-party apps.

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The way of deauthorizing depends on the app version. For iTunes 12, you should go to ‘Account’, find ‘Authorizations’, click on ‘Deauthorize this computer’. After that, it will require your Apple ID and password. In other versions of iTunes, you may have to visit ‘Store’ and select ‘Deauthorize this computer’.


4. Disabling iCloud.

Go to ‘System Preferences’, visit ‘iCloud’ and sign out. Deselect all the boxes beside to remove your data: Contacts, iCloud Drive, Calendars and reminders. Then click on the ‘Continue’ button.

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All files you have created on the Mac stored in iCloud will appear in the Home folder.

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5. Turning off FileVault

This app encrypts files on your storage drive and you don’t need it anymore when wiping your Mac. Go to ‘System Preferences’, visit ‘Security and Privacy’, find the ‘FileVault’ tab. This tab should say that the utility is turned off for a certain disk. If it doesn’t, click on a button with a lock on it, enter your admin password and turn FileVault off.

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6. Restarting your Mac in Recovery mode

While restarting it hold down Cmd+R for entering Recovery mode.


7. Disk Utility

Use this utility for erasing your hard drive. Visit ‘Disk Utility’, click ‘Continue’. Select the volume you need to erase (in this case, this is likely to be the main volume) and select ‘Unmount’, then ‘Erase’. Quit the Utility.


8. Reinstalling MacOS (if necessary)

This step is not obligatory and you can check out the instructions I shared previously.

That’s all! I hope everything is easy and understandable. However, feel free to contact me in case of questions and issues, I’ll be glad to help!