Steps to Reset your MacBook Pro

How to reset MacBook Pro | DIY Methods | Latest Guide 2024

If your Mac’s speed turned like a tortoise and you want the rabbit speed back, Whether you are dealing with frustrating performance issues, aspire to clear out clutter, or simply wish to optimize your laptop’s performance, we’ve got you covered. Our blog provides a comprehensive guide on transferring your data to your new Mac and wiping your old one clean. We offer invaluable insights on How to reset your MacBook Pro with techniques that will help you unlock the untapped potential of your MacBook Pro. Get ready to take your device beyond its ordinary performance. 

Easy Steps to Reset your MacBook Pro (Newer or Older Model)

Before you proceed with your MacBook Pro Reset, there are various things you need to do to avoid regrettable mistakes. Here’s a list of things to do before you reset your device:

  • Backup Your MacBook: When you reset your MacBook Pro, All your valuable data will be deleted. To avoid such tragedy, Backup everything important to you before you reset your Mac.
  • Check Manufacturing Year: The MacBook Pro Reset Methods are different for different MacBook models based on their year of manufacturing before when you reset your Mac Pro for a smoother reset process.

Following these tips will help you avoid mistakes that you would have made and regretted after resetting your device and at the same time provide a more convenient reset.

Step by Step Process to Factory Reset A MacBook Pro:

Newer MacBook Pros are easier to reset because of their Earse Assistant Feature that guides you through your resetting process. Here is a step-by-step procedure on to Reset MacBook Pro macOS Monterey models:

  • Open System Preferences: Open the Apple Logo in the top left corner and select System Preferences.
  • Select Erase All Contents and Settings: After opening System Preferences, Select Erase Content And Settings which will enable the Erase Assisting Feature that will guide you in resetting your Mac.
  • Follow Erase Assist Feature: Follow the easy steps and let The Erase Assist Feature guide you. Review the items that will be removed, including your files, settings, and accounts. 

After Completing all the steps, Your MacBook will start to reboot and be factory reset. This process might take a couple of minutes.

How To Factory Reset A MacBook Pro (Older Models)

Erase Assist Feature is absent in your device if you possess a MacBook Pro 2017 since it lacks the hardware to support it, which makes it difficult to reset your device. If your device is a MacBook Pro manufactured after 2018 but still working with Big Sur, Update your MacOS for an easier reset method or follow these steps to reset your device. 

  • Sign Out Of Your Account: Select “System Preferences” in the Apple Menu, Then select Overview in the sidebar and Sign Out of your Account from your MacBook.
  • Sign Out Of iMessage: To sign out of your Messages App, open it and Select messages in the menu bar, then click System Preferences. When the popup window appears, simply Choose Sign out.
  • Put Your Device in Recovery Mode: Restart Your MacBook, then Hold option+command+P and R to put your Device. In the Recovery Menu and select Disk Utility and proceed.
  • Erase Drive: Select Macintosh HD and click the Erase button. Leave the format type as the default unless you are familiar with the process. Follow the steps to confirm the erasure.

How to Reset SMC on MacBook Pro?

There are two ways of resetting the SMC (System Management Controller) based on the model of your MacBook Pro. Here is how you rest SMC on MacBook Pro with removable and non-removable batteries:

To reset the SMC on your MacBook Pro (Removable Battery)

  1. Shut down your MacBook Pro.
  2. For MacBook Pro models with a removable battery:
  3. Disconnect the power adapter from your MacBook Pro.
  4. Remove the battery.
  5. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
  6. Release the power button.
  7. Replace the battery and reconnect the power adapter.
  8. Turn on your MacBook Pro.

To reset the SMC  on your MacBook Pro models with a non-removable battery:

  1. Shut down your MacBook Pro.
  2. Press and hold the Shift+Control+Option keys and the power button simultaneously.
  3. Hold these keys and the power button for 10 seconds.
  4. Release all keys.
  5. Press the power button to turn on your MacBook Pro.
  6. If you still face problems with your MacBook Pro after resetting the SMC, you may need to contact Apple Service Centres for further assistance.

Important Points to keep in mind when resetting the SMC:

Resetting the SMC will not erase any of your data and at the same time, it may resolve some problems with your MacBook Pro, such as problems with the battery.

These are the points that you have to keep in mind while resetting your MacBook Pro. There are no magical tips that you need to know. Follow the procedure to get a smooth reset process.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Reset MacBook Pro:
How do I reset my MacBook Pro to factory settings?  

To reset your MacBook Pro, go to “Apple Menu,” choose “Restart,” and hold down “Command + R” during restart. Select “Disk Utility” to erase the disk, then reinstall macOS using the “Reinstall macOS” option. 

Can I reset my MacBook Pro without losing data?  

Yes, use the “Reset NVRAM” or “Reset SMC” options for minor issues. For a complete reset without data loss, perform a Time Machine backup before following the steps to reinstall macOS. 

What if my MacBook Pro won’t reset?  

If your MacBook Pro won’t reset, ensure a stable internet connection during the reinstallation process. If issues persist, contact Apple Support or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider for assistance. 

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