How to Factory reset your M1 & M2 Macbooks, iMac and Air

If you are a Mac user, you may know that in a couple of years, your device slows down. Now, in that case, you can factory reset your Mac. Factory reset includes deleting all your data and reinstalling a MacOS.

Whether you want to sell your Mac or troubleshoot it, you need to reset your device. Your Mac uses their silicon processor, either M1 or M2, instead of the Intel chip. You may not find any operational difference in regular use, but the steps to factory reset are different. If you’re a newbie Mac user, here is a step-by-step guide to factory reset your M1 & M2 Macs.

What to do before resetting M1 and M2 Mac

Create a backup for your confidential data

So, if you’re willing to factory reset your macOS, the first thing you should do is have a data backup. In factory reset, you will lose all your data, so save your confidential data in your backup.

Backup with iCloud

For backing up your data, there is software present in the market. You may use any Apple device to access your mac apps thanks to iCloud’s wireless synchronization. Follow the instructions properly to ensure a thorough, secure backup.

  • To make sure your MacBook air has the most recent updates, go to the Apple menu bar in the upper left corner of your screen and choose “App Store”> “Updates.”
  • Reopen the Apple menu, then choose “System Preferences” > “iCloud.”
  • To log in, use your Apple ID.
  • Select the option you are thinking about, such as “Use Find my Mac” or “Use iCloud for your papers and data.”

Sign out from every account

When you’re factory setting your Mac, be sure you have logged out from every account present. Even you must sign out from your iCloud account. You can always create those accounts in your new macOS.

How to factory reset the Macbooks

Once you’ve decided to clean your MacBook Air, follow these instructions to quickly and effectively do a factory reset.

  • After turning on your Mac, hit Command + R right away. Wait until an Apple emblem or an animation of a spinning globe appears on the screen before you go.
  • A little while later, the Recovery Mode utility window for macOS will appear.
  • Click “Continue” after selecting “Disk Utility”.

  • Select View > Show All Devices from the menu bar.
  • Choose the drive from the list in the sidebar of Disk Utility.
  • The “Erase” button is at the top of the screen. You’ll see a window open with various fields to fill out. Fill in the disk name > Choose format > Select the scheme if needed. Select “Erase”.

  • It will take a few minutes to remove the disc. Once it ends, select “Quick Disk Utility” by clicking the Apple symbol.

How to reinstall your MacOs?

You may restart your MacBook Air by resetting and restoring your macOS. Using macOS Recovery mode is the quickest and simplest way to restore macOS. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to reinstall your MacOS after performing factory settings in your M1 and M2 MacBook.

  • Power off your MacBook Air.
  • Press and hold the power button to switch on the recovery mode.
  • To continue, select “Options.” Press Command + Option + R to reinstall the most recent macOS version compatible with your MacBook Air. Press Shift + Command + Option + R to reinstall the original macOS version that came with your device. Press and hold Command + R to reinstall the macOS version on your built-in recovery disc.
  • Release these keys when you see an Apple symbol, a rotating globe, or the utility window.
  • Enter the password.
  • Choose Reinstall macOS from the menu.
  • Pick a disc to reinstall the OS, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Now, hopefully, you know how to perform a factory reset on your Mac. If you have recently bought your MacBook, save this article for future use.

How do you erase M1 Mac before returning it?

Before returning your M1 Mac, you must erase all your confidential data. To do that:

Open your Dist utility> Choose internal disk > Name it Macintosh HD > Select the box “Erase Volume Group”; otherwise, select erase.

The steps are described in detail in the above structure.

How do I wipe my Mac and start fresh?

Select System Preferences from the Apple menu in the lower-right corner of your screen. Erase All Content and Settings may be selected from the System Preferences option in the menu bar

How do I reset my Macbook Pro M2 2022?

On a Mac lacking the Apple T2 Security Chip that runs the Intel chip, follow the simple steps to reset.

  • Select Restart from the Apple menu.
  • Press and hold Command-R.
  • Select Disk Utility in the Recovery software box.
  • Click Continue.
  • Choose the volume you wish to delete in Disk Utility’s sidebar.
  • Click Erase in the toolbar.

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