Factory Reset MacBook Air 2022/2020 with 2 Simple Methods

Updated by Dany on Feb 01, 2023
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When You Need to Factory Reset MacBook Air

Have you recently seen a decline in the performance of the MacBook Air? Do you want to sell your MacBook Air? In that case, you need to factory reset MacBook Air.

If your MacBook Air is slowing down, you can factory reset MacBook Air. Apart from that, if you want to sell your device but ensure that no information is passed over, you can erase all contents and settings on MacBook Air. It will erase MacBook Air's existing data and make sure the new user gets a clean version. If you want to sell your MacBook Air, you can try to factory reset MacBook Air without password.

To help you understand more, we have included a video as well:

  • 00:13 Shut down the MacBook Air
  • 00:28 Booting into the macOS Recovery mode
  • 00:55 Select Erase to wipe out the hard drive
  • 01:23 Reinstall macOS

Method 1. Factory Reset MacBook Air Automatically

There are two different ways you can hard reset your MacBook Air. One of them is via macOS Erase Assistant.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1. Go to the Apple Menu. Select System Settings.

Open System Settings on Mac

Step 2. From the left-hand sidebar, click on "General" followed by Transfer or Reset option from the right-hand sidebar.

Open transfer or Reset Settings on Mac

Step 3. Click on "Erase All Content and Settings". Sign in with the administrator credentials. Log in to the device with your password. Click "OK".

Erase All Settings on Mac

Step 4. You can use Time Machine to backup the data if you want to backup. Select Continue. It will erase settings, media, and data. If asked, sign out and enter the Apple ID password again.

back up with time machine

Step 5. Select Erase All Content and Settings.

confirm to erase your MacBook Air

Note: These steps are applicable for macOS Monterey and Ventura. If you are using macOS Big Sur or the earlier versions, you should update your macOS base system.

Method 2. How to Factory Reset MacBook Air Manually

Apart from the above-mentioned method, you can factory reset your MacBook Air manually.

Things You Need to Do Before Factory Reset MacBook Air

There are several things you need to do before you reset your MacBook. Let's take a look:

1. Back Up Data Before a MacBook Air Hard Reset

Backing up data is utterly crucial before you reset the MacBook Air. With backup, you can protect valuable information. For this, you can use Time Machine.

2. Sign OIt of iMessage on Your MacBook Air

Here are the steps you must adopt to sign out of iMessage:

Step 1. Go to Messages. Select Messages. Go to Settings.

Open Messages Settings on Mac

Step 2. Click on the @ icon with iMessage on it. Select "Sign out".

sign out of iMessage on MacBook Air

3. Sign Out of iCloud on Your MacBook Air

Take a look at the steps you need to follow to sign out of iCloud:

Step 1. Go to System Settings. Select Apple ID.

Step 2. Scroll down and click on "Sign out". That will help you sign off from your iCloud account.

Sign out from iCloud

4. How to Sign Out of iTunes on MacBook Air

Check out these steps to learn how to sign out of iTunes on your MacBook Air:

Step 1. Go to the Music app.

Step 2. Click on Account and select "Sign Out" from the drop-down menu. Select "Authorizations".

Signout from iTunes

5. How to Unpair Bluetooth Devices Before Factory Reset MacBook Air

These are the steps you need to follow to unpair Bluetooth devices:

Step 1. Go to System Settings.

Step 2. Choose "Bluetooth" from the left-hand sidebar.

Step 3. Under My Devices on the right-hand side, move your mouse to the paired Bluetooth devices. Select the "X" button.

Step 4. Unpair all the devices to your MacBook.

How to Factory Reset MacBook Air in Recovery Mode

To hard reset your MacBook Air in Recovery Mode, take a look at the steps, and you can factory reset Mac without password by using this method.

Step 1. Go to the Apple logo. Select Shut Down

Step 2. Turn on the system.

Step 3. Now, press the Command and R keys. Hold these keys till you view the Apple logo.

Step 4. Go to the macOS utility window. From there, select Disk Utility on Mac. Select "Continue".

click the disk utility

Step 5. Now, click on the internal disk/startup disk. Select "Erase" present at the top of the window.

erase the disk on MacBook Air

Step 6. You can give a name to the disk and choose the format as APFS. Select "Erase Volume Group". It will reset the drive.

Step 7. After that, you will be redirected to the utility window. Now, you need to click on "Reinstall macOS".

reinstall macos on MacBook Air

Step 8. After that, follow the on-screen instructions. The macOS installation has been done. When Setup Assistant opens, quit it.

Step 9. Turn off the system.

Recover Lost Data with Software After Factory Reset MacBook Air

Have you lost data after factory resetting the MacBook Air? If you don't backup data, there is a chance you could lose valuable data. In that case, you need to opt for a reliable recovery tool. For this, you can check out EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

  • Recover data when you encounter deletion without a backup, malware attack, hardware failure, format during macOS update, system crash, manual error, and sudden shutdown. It can also perform a Mac Trash recovery from an emptied Mac Trash.
  • Restore various types of data. These include music files, photos, emails, videos, documents, etc.
  • You can recover deleted files Mac from Mac-based devices such as Time Machine backup drives, memory cards, fusion drives, HDD, USB drives, SSD, cameras, etc.

Do you want to know how to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac? Just follow these easy-to-follow steps:

Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or an external hard drive) where you lost data and files. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Recover Data Step1

Step 2. Go through the scanning results

This software will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display pictures, documents, audio, videos, and emails on the left pane.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

Click the data to preview, and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

Recover Data Step3

Bottom Line

Factory resetting MacBook Air is sometimes necessary. A hard reset is a way forward if you want to sell the device or optimize its performance. There are two different ways you can opt for factory resetting. You can use Erase Assistant or do it manually via the Recovery mode.

However, if you are not careful, you might lose precious data. It is advisable to back up data before opting for a factory reset. In case you lose data, opt for professional data recovery software. Are you looking for the best data recovery tool? Try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac today!

Factory Reset MacBook Air FAQs

Do you want to know more about Factory Reset MacBook Air? In that case, take a look at the questions and answers listed below:

How do I reset my MacBook Air to factory settings at startup?

To reset the MacBook Air to factory settings at startup, use Erase Assistant to wipe out the device. Restart the system and then go to Apple Menu. After that, click on Shut Down. Hold the power button till you see Loading startup options on the screen.

Click on Options and select Continue. After that, you need to follow the instructions available. Go to the Recovery app window, and choose Reinstall for your macOS release. Select Continue and do as instructed.

Can I erase all content and settings on my MacBook Air?

Yes, you can erase all content and settings on your MacBook Air. For that, go to the Apple menu. Select System settings and then click on General. After that, choose Transfer or Reset and proceed with Erase All Contents and Settings.

Does a hard reset on MacBook Air erase everything?

Yes, a hard reset on MacBook Air erases everything. It will return the device to the position it was when it arrived to you.

Can I recover lost data from my MacBook Air after a factory reset?

You can recover lost data from MacBook Air after a factory reset. However, you will need to use the Time Machine for backup. If that is not the case, you must use reliable and professional data recovery software.

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