How to Reset Mac Desktop to Factory Settings

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to reset your Mac desktop to its factory settings? Maybe you’re experiencing performance issues or want to start fresh with a clean slate.

Whatever the reason may be, this tutorial will guide you through the process step by step. Let’s get started!

Before You Begin

Before proceeding with the factory reset, it’s important to back up all your important files and data. Resetting your Mac desktop will erase everything on your hard drive, so make sure you have all your files safely stored in an external storage device or cloud storage service.

Step 1: Restart Your Mac

To begin the process, ensure that your Mac is powered on. If it’s already on, go ahead and restart it. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and selecting “Restart” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Access Recovery Mode

Once your Mac has restarted, press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys simultaneously until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe. This will boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.


If you are prompted to enter a password, enter your administrator password.

Step 3: Erase Your Hard Drive

In Recovery Mode, you’ll see a Utilities window. From the menu at the top of the screen, select Disk Utility. This will open the Disk Utility application.

In Disk Utility, select your main hard drive from the list on the left-hand side of the window. It should be named something like “Macintosh HD.” Once selected, click on the Erase button at the top of the window.

A new window will appear. Choose a name for your hard drive and select the file format.

For most users, the default format of APFS is recommended. Click on the Erase button to proceed. Please note that this action cannot be undone, so double-check that you have backed up all your important files.


If you have multiple drives or partitions, repeat this step for each one.

Step 4: Reinstall macOS

After erasing your hard drive, close Disk Utility to return to the Utilities window. From here, click on Reinstall macOS, then click Continue.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reinstallation process. This may take some time, so be patient and ensure that your Mac is connected to a stable internet connection.


You have successfully reset your Mac desktop to its factory settings. Your Mac will now restart with a fresh installation of macOS and you can begin setting it up as if it were brand new.


If you are planning to sell or give away your Mac, it’s essential to securely erase your data by selecting “Security Options” during the erase process in Disk Utility. This will ensure that your personal information cannot be recovered by anyone else.

In conclusion, resetting your Mac desktop to its factory settings can help resolve performance issues or provide a fresh start for a new user. Just remember to back up all important files before proceeding and follow each step carefully. Enjoy your refreshed Mac experience!

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