Erase your Mac and reset it to factory settings

Use Erase All Content and Settings to quickly and securely erase all settings, data and apps, while maintaining the operating system currently installed.

Use Erase All Content and Settings

macOS Ventura or later

  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. Can't see this button?

macOS Monterey

  1. From the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences.
  2. From the System Preferences menu in the menu bar, choose Erase All Content and Settings. Can't see this option?


An erase assistant then opens. Follow the on-screen instructions to erase your Mac and restore it to factory settings. Before the erase begins, you will see a summary of all the settings, media, data and other items that will be erased or turned off. 

  • When asked to sign in with your administrator credentials, enter the password that you use to log in to your Mac. Forgotten your login password?
  • You may be asked to enter your Apple ID password so your Mac can sign out of Find My. Forgotten your Apple ID password?
  • You may be asked if you want to back up your Mac before resetting it. If you want to do that, you can open Time Machine and back up to an external storage device
  • Finally, you will be asked to click Erase All Content & Settings to confirm that you want to proceed.

Your Mac then restarts and briefly shows a black screen or progress bar.

  • If your Mac needs to reconnect to a Bluetooth accessory such as a keyboard or mouse, you may be asked to turn on the accessory. If the accessory doesn't connect within 30 seconds, turn the accessory off and back on. When reconnecting to a bluetooth keyboard, you're asked to choose a language.
  • You might be asked to select a Wi-Fi network or attach a network cable. To select a Wi-Fi network, use the Wi-Fi menu  in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Your Mac then activates. Click Restart.


After your Mac restarts, a setup assistant guides you through the setup process, as if you're setting up your Mac for the first time.

If you're selling, giving away or trading in your Mac and want to leave it in an out-of-box state, don't use the setup assistant or your previously connected bluetooth devices, if any. Just press and hold the power button on your Mac until it turns off.

If you can't use Erase All Content and Settings

Erase All Content and Settings is only available in macOS Monterey or later, and only on a Mac with Apple silicon or a Mac with the Apple T2 Security Chip. If this feature isn't available or doesn't work on your Mac:

If you need help, contact Apple Support.

Regardless of the model or condition of your device, we can turn it into something good for you and good for the planet: Find out how to trade in or recycle your Mac with Apple Trade In.

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