Step by step guide to factory reset Macbook Pro

Complex machines like laptops may be difficult to understand but not at all difficult to understand its working and so is Apple’s Macbook Pro. Read the following guide carefully to learn how to factory reset Macbook Pro.

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How to reset Macbook Pro?

Before we start, we should understand as why we need to reset the Macbook Pro. There can be a few reasons, where the primary being that you wish to pass on your laptop to your friend or family member, the laptop has become slow or you simply want to sell it. So, get your Macbook Pro and follow the below mentioned steps carefully.

Factory reset Macbook pro without losing your data and without using password

  1. Back up all your files, on a separate hard drive so that you do not lose your data.
  2. Another way of backing-up your data is to use iCloud folder, where you can simply drag and drop your files in it.
  3. Next, open iTunes and from the “Account” tab, click on “de-authorize this computer” and after getting its confirmation, just close the app.
  4. Then open iMessage and make sure that you sign out of the app and close it.
  5. Further open your web browser(s) and make sure you sign out of all the websites and delete its history by clicking on “History” tab and then clicking on “Clear History and Website Data.”

You have just backed up your data and are now ready to Factory Reset Macbook Pro.

How to factory reset Macbook Pro?

Basic requirements – To reset your laptop first you should make sure that that your laptop’s battery is charged more than 80% or your device is connected to the power cable. Next you should have a powerful hi-speed internet connection so you can download the latest version of Mac OS to install on the machine. You do not require a CD or a DVD to install the operating system as compared to Windows or Linux based systems.

Carefully follow the steps so that you can also Reset Your Touch ID Settings on MacBook Pro

  1. Shut down your laptop (Macbook Pro)
  2. Press Restart your laptop in recovery mode; there are two ways to do this. Choose the appropriate mode as per your requirement. But regardless of which method you use, keep the keys held down until the Apple logo appears.
  • The first way is to hold down “Command” and “R” as the MacBook boots up. This will open the standard version of Recovery Mode and will allow you to install the latest version of Mac OS.
  • The second way is to hold down “Shift,” “Option,” “Command” and “R.” This will install the version of Mac OS that came with your computer, or the closest (new) version available if that OS can no longer be downloaded.
  1. Next when the laptop starts in the recovery mode, a window will appear, select “Disk Utility” to move forward.
  2. Then click on “View” and then select “Show All Devices” here you have to select the drive that is titled as “Macintosh HD.”
  3. Now click “Erase” and wait for the process to complete, make sure that the process is not interrupted as it will take some time to complete.
  4. After the targeted disk has been erased, close that window and you will again return to “macOS Utilities. Here you have to now select “Reinstall macOS.”
  5. Follow the simple on-screen instructions to install the operating system which may take several hours, depending upon your internet speed.
  6. After the operating system has finished installing, the laptop will ask for Apple ID and password.
  7. In the final step, just press “Command” and “Q” together so that it will shut down and will open again afresh.

You should not simply reset your Macbook as the process is lengthy and you will have to back up all your data unnecessarily. There are other things that may go wrong like the battery indicator, keyboard backlight, power button malfunction etc. So for all these you will need to reset the SMC of your laptop. So here is how to do it.

How to reset SMC on Macbook Pro?

SMC or System Management Controller is responsible for managing the hardware and related functions of your laptop. These include power button and display lid response, battery and thermal management and even keyboard and ambient light sensing.

So before we proceed on how to reset SMC on Macbook Pro, you need to know that is SMC the real cause of the problem or no. Following is a checklist of issues that you may face if SMC needs resetting.

  • Fan running at high speed / Mac is unusually slow even though it isn’t under heavy use or even or shuts down and you can’t turn it back on.
  • The keyboard backlight or status/battery indicator light (if present) behaves incorrectly.
  • Display backlight doesn’t respond correctly to ambient light changes or when you close or open the lid.
  • Your Mac doesn’t respond when you press the power button.
  • The battery doesn’t charge properly or it doesn’t recognize external devices that are plugged in through ports.

So if you find any of the above problems, only then try and reset the SMC on Macbook Pro

  1. Click the Apple logo on the menu > Shut Down and wait for your Macbook to shut down.
  2. Press “Shift,” “Control” and “Option” on the left side of the built-in keyboard, then press the power button at the same time.
  3. Hold these keys and the power button together for 10 seconds. (If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch ID, the Touch ID button is also the power button.)
  4. After 10 seconds, release all keys.
  5. Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

Hope by now you must have understood how to solve SMC issues on your Macbook. If you do not understand, please take it to your nearest authorised Apple service and repair center.