Guide to reset MacBook Air

Featuring a 13.3-inch screen, full-size keyboard, a machined aluminum case, and a thin light structure, MacBook Air was launched in 2008. This Apple product was then endorsed as the world’s thinnest notebook. No matter with how much perfection it has been developed, you might need to reset MacBook Air if it is not working properly or you are selling it.

Reset MacBook Air

How to reset MacBook Air to factory settings?

Before you do a hard reset, it is recommended to create a backup of your important data and software. This becomes necessary if you want to reuse these files or software or you want to reset your MacBook without losing data. One of the most common ways of backing up your Mac is through Time Machine. It is a built-in application that stores the music, photos, and applications available on your device to an external drive.

Steps to use Time Machine for backup before you format MacBook Air

  1. Connect your MacBook to an external storage device
    1. Make sure the device has enough storage space to accommodate your data
  2. Hit the Apple icon
  3. Go to System Preferences
  4. Open Time Machine
  5. Hit “Select Backup Disk”
  6. Choose the external drive you want to use for the storage
  7. Now, select Encrypt backups
  8. Select the option Use Disk and hit the On button in the end

Right after you click this button, Time Machine will start backing up your selected data. Please note that the Time Machine application doesn’t create a bootable clone which is needed to make your MacBook run like before.

How to Restore a MacBook Air?

You can restore your MacBook just by connecting the external storage device back to it. You can do this after you complete the reset process. As you connect the external device, your MacBook will show the data and applications stored to it. Transfer it back to your MacBook.

Log out of all your iServices

Want to reset your MacBook Air to sell? You must not want to compromise your Apple account by leaving all your accounts signed in. Therefore, signing out of all your iServices is always recommended. Here is how you can do it:

iCloud- Steps to sign out

  1. Hit the Apple icon and choose System Preferences
  2. Now, select iCloud
  3. Hit the Sign out button

iTunes- Steps to sign out

  1. Open your iTunes account from the menu
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose Authorizations
  3. Now, select De-authorize This Computer
  4. Enter your Apple account credentials
  5. Choose De-authorize

iMessage- Steps to sign out

  1. Press Command + Space Bar in one go
  2. Write Message in the search bar and hit the Enter key
  3. Choose Messages and then click Preferences
  4. Click the iMessage tab
  5. Choose Sign Out
Performing a factory reset on MacBook Air?

First of all, boot up your Mac in the Recovery mode. For this, restart your Mac and press Command + R key together. You will have to keep pressing this key until you see the Apple icon. Now, when you see the Utilities, do the following:

  1. Hit the Disk Utility option and click Continue
  2. Choose Show All Devices from the View tab
  3. Choose the hard drive you want to reset and click Erase
  4. Next is the Format field; here you have to choose
    1. APFS- for macOS High Sierra or later
    2. Mac OS Extended (Journaled)- for macOS Sierra or earlier
  5. Now, click Erase

Once you complete the reset, reinstall macOS from the Utilities menu. Here you have to choose Reinstall macOS and then click Continue. Now, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the process. For further help, contact the Apple customer support team.

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