How To Factory Reset A MacBook Air?



Does your MacBook Air take a little too long to show its tooth? Or is there a problem that you can’t put your finger on? Well, one possible way to solve this issue is to reset your MacBook Air.

When it comes down to factory data reset, there can be many simple reasons. The common reasons can be you want to sell, trade in, or simply give it to others. Some users also want to factory reset the Mac to fix minor issues.

How to Reset a MacBook Air?


Reconfiguring the Mac operating system is considered a way to solve any problems that you cannot deal with conventional methods. Before we start with resetting the MacBook, ensure that you have backed up your data.

However, if your data is lost in the worst-case scenario, you can take help from iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac. It is one of the best in both daily and professional support with data recovery.

Now that you have backed up your data, we can start to reset MacBook Air to factory settings.

Step 1: Restart your Mac in Recovery Mode


Once you have backed up everything, you are ready to start erasing everything from your Mac. Enter macOS Recovery mode based on your specific macOS and device type.


You can Click on Apple icon at the left top corner of menu bar, choose “Restart” and hold down key combination Command + R immediately. Then, stop pressing the keys until you see the Apple logo. And your MacBook Air will boot into macOS Recovery mode (The screen is different if you use macOS Big Sur).


Step 2: Erase the Macintosh drive


When you enter Recovery mode, there will be several options. Choose the Disk Utility. Once you clicked the Disk Utility, select the startup disk and then click the erase button.



After erasing the drive, you can go to the Disk Utility menu at the top to quit it.


Step 3: Reinstall macOS and restore



Once the internal drive is clean wiped and reformatted, you can start with reinstalling macOS. For this, Apple has offered a detailed guide, you can click here to proceed.

If you are planning to sell your MacBook. This is where you stop. Once you have factory reset your MacBook and reinstall the macOS, keep it like that. The next owner will be responsible for setting up the device.

However, if you plan to keep the MacBook for yourself, your next step would be restoring all your previous data. Before you start with restoration, ensure that your MacBook is hooked up with power supply cords and connected to the internet. Here you have two options. One is to restore your data with Time Machine back up, the other is to copy files from your previous backup.

The bottom line


If you can follow the instructions step by step, you can easily factory reset your MacBook Air. From here, you are all good to sell, trade in, or give out your Mac device. You do not have to worry about the next owner getting hold of your data, files, and applications.

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