How do I factory reset my Macbook Pro 2015?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

To factory reset your MacBook Pro 2015, you can follow these steps:

1. Backup your important data: Before proceeding with a factory reset, it’s crucial to back up any important files or data you have on your Mac. This ensures that you don’t lose any valuable information during the process. You can use an external hard drive or cloud storage services like iCloud or Dropbox to create a backup.

2. Sign out of iCloud and other services: It’s recommended to sign out of services like iCloud, iTunes, and iMessage before performing a factory reset. This ensures that your personal information is not linked to the Mac after the reset. To sign out, go to the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and then choose the relevant service to sign out.

3. Restart your Mac: Once you have backed up your data and signed out of services, it’s time to restart your Mac. Go to the Apple menu and click on the Restart option.

4. Enter recovery mode: As your Mac is restarting, press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys together until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe. This will boot your Mac into macOS Recovery mode.

5. Choose Disk Utility: In macOS Recovery mode, you will be presented with a few options. Select Disk Utility and click Continue. This will open the Disk Utility application.

6. Erase your Mac’s hard drive: In Disk Utility, select your Mac’s startup disk (usually named Macintosh HD or something similar) from the left-hand sidebar. Then, click on the Erase tab at the top of the window. Choose a format for the disk (typically APFS or Mac OS Extended) and click Erase. This will wipe your Mac’s hard drive clean.

7. Reinstall macOS: After erasing the disk, close Disk Utility, and you will be back in macOS Recovery mode. Select the Reinstall macOS option and click Continue. Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the macOS operating system on your Mac.

8. Restore your data: Once the reinstallation process is complete, your Mac will restart and present the initial setup screen, just like when you first bought it. At this point, you can either set up your Mac as new or restore your data from the backup you created earlier. If you choose to restore, simply follow the prompts to transfer your files and settings back to your Mac.

By following these steps, you should be able to perform a factory reset on your MacBook Pro 2015. Remember to be cautious and double-check that you have backed up your data before proceeding, as a factory reset will erase all the data on your Mac.