How to factory reset a Mac

Looking to reset your computer to its factory settings? macOS Ventura makes it a little easier than before, but you have options no matter your Mac or OS version.

  1. From the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen, choose “System Settings”.
  2. Click “General” in the sidebar.
  3. Click “Transfer or Reset” on the right.
  4. Click “Erase All Content and Settings”. Don’t see this button?

Read more: Erase your Mac and reset it to factory settings, Apple

Resetting macOS will also remove some of the pre-installed apps; and can be installed from the App Store, if you want:

  1. GarageBand
  2. iMovie
  3. Keynote
  4. Numbers
  5. Pages

After you reset your macOS you may want to custumise the system settings:

  1. Finder > Settings > Advanced > When performing a search > Select “Search the Current Folder”
  2. System Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode > Select “Only on Battery”
  3. System Settings > Trackpad > Toggle “Tap to click”
  4. MacBook getting started tips [for new users and setups]
  5. The ultimate MacBook battery guide