How to Completely Wipe a Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to completely wipe your Mac and start fresh? Whether you’re selling your Mac, giving it away, or simply want to erase all your personal data and settings, this tutorial will guide you through the process. In this article, we will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to completely wipe a Mac.

Backup Your Data

Before proceeding with the wiping process, it’s essential to back up all your important files and documents. This ensures that even if something goes wrong during the wiping process, you won’t lose any valuable data.

  • Step 1: Connect an external hard drive or use a cloud storage service like iCloud or Dropbox.
  • Step 2: Copy all the necessary files and folders from your Mac to the external hard drive or cloud storage.

Erase Your Mac

Now that you have backed up all your important data, let’s move on to erasing your Mac.

  • Step 1: Restart your Mac and hold down the Command + R keys until the Apple logo appears. This will boot your Mac into recovery mode.
  • Step 2: In the recovery mode menu, select “Disk Utility” and click “Continue”.
  • Step 3: In Disk Utility, select your startup disk from the list on the left-hand side.
  • Step 4: Click on the “Erase” tab at the top of the Disk Utility window.
  • Step 5: Choose a name for your disk and select a format.

    For most users, the default format (APFS) is recommended.

  • Step 6: Click on the “Erase” button to start the erasing process. This will permanently delete all data on your Mac.

Reinstall macOS

After erasing your Mac, you need to reinstall macOS to set it up as a new device.

  • Step 1: Exit Disk Utility and select “Reinstall macOS” from the recovery mode menu.
  • Step 2: Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install a fresh copy of macOS.
  • Step 3: Once the installation is complete, you can set up your Mac with a new user account and restore your files from the backup you created earlier.

The Final Step

Congratulations! You have successfully wiped your Mac and reinstalled macOS. Your Mac is now ready for its next adventure, whether it’s being sold, given away, or simply a fresh start for yourself.

Note: Wiping your Mac will permanently erase all data, so make sure you have backed up everything important before proceeding with these steps. Also, double-check that you have the necessary installation media or access to a stable internet connection for reinstalling macOS.

We hope this tutorial has helped you in completely wiping your Mac. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us. Happy computing!

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