Resetting macOS is an effective method to address issues like lagging or slowed performance on older MacBooks. However, it’s essential to be cautious to avoid accidental data loss or unforeseen problems. Below is a guide to factory reset your MacBook.

1. Precautions Before Resetting macOS on a MacBook M2

Before restoring to factory settings, you should take note of the following to avoid losing personal data and to prevent errors during the process.

Backup Your Data: Resetting might erase all the data on your MacBook. Use software like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper along with an external SSD to backup your data. Post-reset, Apple’s Time Machine can help retrieve your data.

Internet Connectivity: Ensure a stable internet connection. An unstable connection can prolong the reset process and cause interruptions.

Use Secure Networks: Employ networks with WEP or WPA security. Issues might arise if using proxy or PPPoE connections.

Log out of iTunes (for macOS Mojave or older): Go to iTunes > Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer > enter your Apple ID and password > Deauthorize.

Log out of iCloud (for macOS Catalina or newer): Click on the Apple icon > System Preferences > Apple ID > Overview > Sign Out. Opt for “Keep a Copy” to retain data post-reset.

Disable Secure Boot: Shut down your device > Power on and hold Command + R for Recovery mode > Utilities > Startup Security Utility > Enter macOS Password and input password > No Security and Allow booting from external media > Click on the Apple logo and choose Shutdown or Restart.

Note: The reset process for MacBook Air M2 2022 is similar to MacBook Pro M2 2022.

2. How to Factory Reset MacBook M2

There are several ways to restore macOS to its original state quickly and easily. Among them, resetting macOS directly from Apple’s Internet Recovery and through the Mac App Store are the most common methods.

2.1. Via Internet Recovery from Apple

  • Restart and press “Command + Option + R” until the Apple logo appears.
  • At the Recovery screen, access the disk utility to erase all data.
  • Choose to reinstall macOS.
  • Select the drive to install macOS and await completion.

2.2. Through the Mac App Store

  • Click the Apple icon > Restart.
  • As the device reboots, hold either Option + Command + R (for the latest macOS version) or Command + R (for the currently used macOS version).
  • On the macOS Utilities screen, Disk Utility > Continue.
  • Choose Macintosh HD > Erase.
  • Return to macOS Utilities > Reinstall macOS > Continue > Select the drive for installation.

3. Initial Setup for MacBook After Reset 

After completing the macOS reinstallation process, to continue using the MacBook Pro M2 or MacBook Air M2 2022, you need to follow these 6 setup steps:

1 – Region Selection: Upon restart, choose your desired region.

2 – Keyboard Layout: If choosing Vietnam, you’ll be presented with Vietnamese and ABC as standard input methods.

3 – Restore from Time Machine: If you have a Time Machine backup, connect the drive to restore your data.

4 – Apple ID Login: Enter your Apple ID or opt to “Set Up Later.”

5 – Name and Password: Assign a username and password to your MacBook.

6 – FileVault Option: Decide if you wish to encrypt user data on your machine. If not needed, this can be deactivated.

With the above steps, your MacBook M2 is set up and ready for smoother use. If you encounter issues, drop a comment below for assistance!