How to Reset MacBook Air

As everyone know, Mac systems are largely reliable, but at times things can go wrong with it as well. The issue might seem unsolvable at times, no matter how hard you try. This is where you can reset your MacBook Air before spending some long hours on getting things fixed.

But before you begin with Factory resetting MacBook Air, there are few instructions you must make sure to follow.  Either you are selling it or want to reset MacBook Air due to some other reason, follow the tips below before you proceed with the resetting steps:

Instruction to follow before you reset your MacBook Air:

  • Firstly, create a backup of all your important files and folders before the reset. It is a critical step as all the data within your system gets erased with the Factory reset.
  • Secondly, sign out of iCloud. For doing that, click on the Apple menu, navigate to System Preferences and then click on the Apple ID. From the side panel, click on iCloud and then Turn off Find my Mac. Further, click on Overview and then finally sign out.
  • Thirdly, sign out of iTunes. For doing so, navigate to the following path: Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer. (The latest macOS Catalina users can skip this step).
  • Unpair all your paired Bluetooth Devices. Open the Apple menu and then navigate to System Preferences > Bluetooth. Here you can unpair all the Bluetooth devices.
  • Lastly, Sign out of iMessage. For doing so, open the Message app and choose Messages then Preference. Now click on iMessage and then Sign Out.

Steps to reset MacBook Air:

  • Firstly, press the COMMAND and R keys altogether and turn on the MacBook. Keep holding the key combination until you see the Apple logo on the desktop screen.
  • Select a preferable language from the drop-down and then click on the arrow (->) icon.
  • Further, select the option Disk Utility and then click on the Continue tab.
  • Now from the left pane menu, click on your Startup disk (named Macintosh HD by default) and then click the Erase button from the top vertical menu.
  • Once you’ve chosen a name for the disk after it’s erased further from the drop-down menu, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and then click on Erase. (You can also select the Journaled, Encrypted options if you want to encrypt your disc for extra security. You will further be got asked to create a password). Further choose GUID Partition Map.
  • Now click on Erase and then click on Done and then exit the window.
  • Connect the Wi-Fi from the top-right corner if you haven’t already.
  • Now select Reinstall MacOS from the main menu and press Continues, now it will prompt a pop-up. Click on Continue there as well.
  • After that, click on Agree. (Make sure you read the software license before that).
  • Further, choose your boot disk and select Install. Let it process on its own; it might take a while.
  • Your system will now begin to restart and will continue the installation process.
  • Once the system restarts, it would reset as well.

This is how you can reset your MacBook Air. You can consider the same process if you are planning to sell your MacBook. It is recommended to remove all your essential files before selling the device to other users for privacy and safety reasons.

In case you do not have any important data in your MacBook Air, you can reset it completely and get rid of all the temporary files within no time. We hope you will find all the above information helpful and relevant. After reading this article, if you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below comment box.

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