How to Restore Mac to Factory Settings

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Restoring your Mac to factory settings can be a useful solution in several scenarios. Whether you’re experiencing performance issues, want to sell your Mac, or simply want a fresh start, restoring your Mac to its original factory settings can help achieve these goals. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of restoring your Mac to factory settings.

Before You Begin

Before starting the restoration process, it’s important to back up all your important data. Restoring your Mac will erase all the files and settings on the computer, so make sure you have a complete backup of everything you want to keep.

Step 1: Shut Down Your Mac

To begin the restoration process, make sure your Mac is turned off. If it’s currently running, go ahead and shut it down by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and selecting “Shut Down.”

Step 2: Start Your Mac in Recovery Mode

To access the recovery tools necessary for restoring your Mac, you need to start it in Recovery Mode. Press and hold the Command + R keys immediately after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac.

Step 3: Choose Disk Utility

In Recovery Mode, you will see a window with several options. Select “Disk Utility” and click “Continue.”

Step 4: Erase Your Hard Drive

In Disk Utility, select your main hard drive from the list on the left side of the window. It’s usually named “Macintosh HD” or something similar. Click on the “Erase” tab at the top of the window.

Note: Erasing your hard drive will permanently delete all data on it, so make sure you have a backup of everything you want to keep.

Click on the “Format” dropdown menu and select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” as the format for your hard drive. Give your hard drive a new name if desired, and then click on the “Erase” button.

Step 5: Reinstall macOS

After erasing your hard drive, close Disk Utility to return to the main recovery window. Select “Reinstall macOS” and click “Continue.”

Note: This step requires an internet connection to download and install the macOS version that originally came with your Mac.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reinstallation process. This may take some time depending on your internet connection speed.


Congratulations! You have successfully restored your Mac to its original factory settings.

Your Mac is now clean and ready for a fresh start or whatever purpose you have in mind. Remember to set up your Mac again by following the initial setup process, and don’t forget to restore your backed-up files.

In this tutorial, we covered how to restore your Mac to factory settings using the built-in recovery tools. By following these steps, you can easily reset your Mac without any hassle. If you need further assistance or encounter any issues during this process, don’t hesitate to consult Apple Support or visit their website for more information.

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