How to Factory Reset Mac Mojave

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Factory Reset Mac Mojave

If you’re experiencing issues with your Mac running Mojave and troubleshooting doesn’t seem to fix the problem, a factory reset might be the solution. This process will erase all your data and settings, reverting your Mac back to its original state.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to perform a factory reset on your Mac running Mojave.

Before You Begin

Before proceeding with a factory reset, it’s essential to create a backup of all your important files and documents. This ensures that you don’t lose any valuable data during the reset process.

You can use Time Machine or any other backup software of your choice.

Performing a Factory Reset on Mac Mojave:

Follow these step-by-step instructions to perform a factory reset on your Mac running Mojave:

Step 1: Restart Your Mac in Recovery Mode

To begin the factory reset process, you need to start your Mac in Recovery Mode. Follow these steps:

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Press and hold the Command + R keys simultaneously while pressing the Power button.
  • Keep holding the keys until you see the Apple logo or spinning globe icon.
  • Your Mac will boot into macOS Utilities.

Step 2: Erase Your Hard Drive using Disk Utility

In macOS Utilities, select Disk Utility. Here’s what you need to do:

  • In Disk Utility, select your Mac’s startup disk from the sidebar.
  • Click on the Erase button at the top of the Disk Utility window.
  • Choose a suitable format for your hard drive, such as APFS or Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  • Give your hard drive a name and click Erase.
  • Wait for the process to complete.

Step 3: Reinstall macOS Mojave

After erasing your hard drive, you can now reinstall macOS Mojave. Follow these steps:

  • In macOS Utilities, select Reinstall macOS.
  • Click Continue.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall Mojave.
  • Your Mac will restart once the installation is complete.

The Final Step: Set Up Your Mac as New or Restore from Backup

Once your Mac has restarted, you’ll be prompted to set up your Mac. You have two options:

  • Set Up Your Mac as New:
    If you want a fresh start without restoring any data or settings, choose this option. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your Mac as new.
  • Restore from Backup:
    If you backed up your files using Time Machine or any other backup software, choose this option. Connect your backup device and follow the on-screen instructions to restore your files and settings.

In Conclusion

Performing a factory reset on your Mac Mojave can help resolve persistent issues and give your Mac a fresh start. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you’ll be able to perform a factory reset with ease.

Remember to back up your data before proceeding with the reset process to avoid losing any important files.

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