How to Reset a Mac Before Selling It or Giving It Away

How to Reset a Mac Before Selling It or Giving It Away

Your iMac or Macbook has served its purpose and possibly time for an upgrade. But your Apple device is probably worth some money. Whether you’re planning on giving it away or selling it, you’ll want to reset your Macbook before letting someone else get their hands on it.

When you give away or sell your old Mac, you want to make sure that all of your data is wiped from the computer. Factory resetting your Mac is a great way to make sure that no leftover data falls into the wrong hands. Before you spend big on an upgrade, try wiping away all of its memories and installing clean versions of macOS first!

Macs with Intel processors have been the same way for years, but Apple’s move onto its silicon-based chips has caused some changes in how you wipe and install macOS. There are also new features available depending on which type of machine you’re using! Here we’ll show easy steps for erasing all content from a hard drive

This article will show you how to reset a Mac before selling it or giving it away.

What to Do Before You Reset Your Mac

If you’re considering resetting your Mac, there are a few things you should do first.

  1. One is to check if you have any files that need to be backed up-you can do this by looking in your Documents, Downloads, and Desktop folders. Once you’ve found anything that needs to be backed up, you can transfer it to iCloud or iTunes; alternatively, you can use Time Machine to create a backup. If you want to sell your Mac, you should also de-authorize any paid services that are associated with your Apple ID. This includes iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store. You can do this by going to each service’s settings and de-authorizing your account.
  2. Another thing you should do before resetting your Mac is to check if you have any software that needs to be reinstalled. To do this, open the App Store and click on the Purchased tab.
  3. You should also reset your NVRAM. This can be done by going to the Apple menu and selecting ‘Restart…’. Once your Mac has restarted, hold down Option + Command + P + R until you hear the startup sound twice.
  4. Turn off iMessages: If you turn off Messages in iCloud, a new copy of your data is downloaded to your device. Any changes that you made on your device are uploaded to iCloud. And when you delete something from your device, it’s also deleted from iCloud and from all of your other devices that have Messages in iCloud turned on.

To sign out of iMessages:

– Go to System Preferences> Messages > Send & Receive.

– Tap your Apple ID at the top and press Sign Out.

– If you have multiple Apple IDs, repeat this step for each one.

Remove All Data With Erase Assistant Tool

The Erase Assistant Tool can be found in the Security & Privacy preferences pane, and it provides a quick and easy way to wipe all traces of your data from your Mac.

The only way to safely delete a volume on your Mac is with the assistance of an administrator account. Once you have been granted access and logged in, select “Disk Utility” from within macOS Recovery Mode where it will show all available drives including ones that are erased or mounted incorrectly by mistake!

Choose the partition, select the minus (-) button to get rid of it; then move onto the main drive in order from the Macintosh HD icon down towards the bottom where there’s an Erase tab available with two options: “Erase Volume Group” or just plain old erase for single file sessions as well! Make selections carefully because once click ‘erased’ all data will be lost forever.

Simply select the drive you want to erase, enter a password if prompted, and then click the “Erase” button. Your data will be securely wiped, and your Mac will be ready for its next owner. So if you’re selling or giving away your Mac, make sure to use the Erase Assistant Tool first to protect your privacy.

How to Factory Reset a Mac Using Recovery Mode?

If you’re having trouble with your Mac, you may need to reset it to its factory settings. This will erase all of your data, so be sure to back up anything you want to keep first. To factory reset your Mac using Recovery Mode, follow these steps:

1. Restart your Mac and hold down the Command + R keys while it boots up. This will open the Recovery Mode menu.

2. From the Recovery Mode menu, select Disk Utility.

3. In Disk Utility, select the Erase tab and choose a format for your drive. For most people, the “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” option will suffice. If you have APFS, I would select that.

4. Click Erase to confirm and then close Disk Utility.

5. From the Recovery Mode menu, select Reinstall macOS and follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system on your computer.

How to Reset a Mac Without Recovery Mode?

If you don’t want to lose any of your data, you can reset your Mac without erasing your hard drive. This is done by creating a bootable USB drive with the macOS installer on it. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Download the macOS installer from the App Store.

2. Connect a USB drive to your computer and open the Disk Utility app.

3. Select the USB drive from the list of drives and click on the Erase tab. Choose the “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” format and click Erase to confirm.

4. Close Disk Utility and open the macOS installer.

5. Follow the prompts to install the operating system on your USB drive.

6. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer and hold down the Option key while it boots up. This will open the boot menu.

7. Select the USB drive from the boot menu and follow the prompts to install macOS on your computer.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...