How to factory reset the Apple MacBook Air

How to factory reset the Apple MacBook Air
August 16, 2021 12:30pm CommentKunal Khullar

Whether you are planning to upgrade to a new machine by selling or trading your current device, or just want to pass it on to a family or friend, it’s recommended you do a complete factory reset of your MacBook. Not only does this process ensure your data is safe and doesn’t end up in the wrong hands, a factory reset can also help you fix any performance issues by resetting all of the settings.

Today we’re going to explain how you can completely reset your MacBook Air to a brand new state. Users with a MacBook Air running the latest macOS Big Sur all the way through macOS X Yosemite (10.10) should be able to reset their laptop via the following guide.

Create a backup

The first step is to create a complete backup of your MacBook Air that will include all your personal data, including apps, music, photos, email, and documents. You can create a backup using Time Machine, the built-in backup feature of your Mac. All you need is an external storage device compatible with macOS and enough storage to back up all your data.

Sign out of iCloud and other services

Once you have successfully created a backup, it’s time to sign out of all services such as iTunes, iCloud, and iMessage. This is a necessary step especially if you are planning to sell your MacBook Air.

How to factory reset the Apple MacBook Air

Factory Reset

We can finally move on to the factory reset process of your MacBook Air where all your data, apps, and settings will be removed.

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PC building enthusiast currently exploring the gaming industry. My love for tech began at an early age and I also have a keen interest in photography, music, PUBG Mobile, automobiles and a knack for keeping things clean. Email: kun[email protected]