How to Factory Reset Mac

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Your Mac seems to have gone into a shell and has been running at a snail’s pace for the past few days. Due to lack of time, you have tolerated the lagging so far. But today, your patience has finally given up, and you no longer want your work to be hampered by the sluggish performance of your computer. One of the most trusted ways you can regain the enviable performance is to factory reset your Mac.

But there is one thing you should keep in mind before resetting your Mac to factory settings. Must back up your macOS device to ensure your entire data is safe as the factory setting will eliminate everything.

How to Reset Mac to Factory Settings

How to Reset Your Mac to Factory Settings

Be sure you have backed up your Mac. If you haven’t done it as yet, click on Apple menu → System Preferences → Time Machine icon → Select Backup Disk> choose which disk you want to use as a Time Machine backup → Tick the Back Up Automatically box to automatically back up your Mac to the selected disks. Once you have successfully backed up your computer, move ahead with the steps given below.

Step #1. First up, restart your Mac.

While your computer is turning on, press and hold Command and R keys at once.

Make sure to keep holding down the keys until macOS utilities window appears on the screen.

Step #2. Now, click on Disk Utility and select Continue.

Step #3. Next, click on the Startup disk. It’s named something like “Macintosh HD.”

Step #4. Next, click on Erase in the Disk Utility window and select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the drop-down menu next to Format.

Then click on GUID Partition Map from the drop-down menu next to Scheme and select Erase.

Step #5. Once you are done, click on Quit Disk Utility from the Disk Utility drop-down menu at the top left corner of the screen.

Once you have factory reset your Mac, you can choose to reinstall macOS right from the Utilities window.

How to Install Fresh macOS on Mac 

Step #1. Assuming you are already in the Utilities Window if you aren’t there restart your Mac. Press Command and R at once until macOS Utilities window show up.

Step #2. Now, you need to click on Reinstall macOS and select Continue.

Step #3. Next, choose your hard drive (Macintosh HD) and click on Install to install the operating system.

Step #4. Once the installation process is completed, Mac will restart.

Press Command and Q once the process is finished

Step #5. Next up, go ahead with the instructions to set up your Mac as usual.

That’s pretty much it!

Wrapping up

To keep your Mac in top gear, never let junk files pile up. You can take the help of a handy Mac cleaning tool like MacKeeper to help you take care of your macOS device a bit more conveniently.

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