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How To Reset Macbook Pro


How To Reset Macbook Pro

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How To Reset Macbook Pro

How to Reset a MacBook Pro

A MacBook Pro reset can be a useful troubleshooting step or a way to prepare your Mac for sale or transfer. There are two main types of resets:

  • Soft reset: Also known as a restart, this closes all open apps and restarts the macOS operating system.
  • Hard reset: Also known as a factory reset or SMC reset, this erases all data from your Mac and reinstalls macOS.

Soft Reset

To perform a soft reset, simply click on the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen and select "Restart." You can also press Control + Command + Power Button.

Hard Reset

1. Erase all data from your Mac

To erase all data from your Mac, you will need to use macOS Recovery. To enter macOS Recovery, restart your Mac and hold down the Command + R keys until the Apple logo appears.

Once you are in macOS Recovery, select "Disk Utility" from the menu bar and click "Continue." In the Disk Utility window, select your Mac’s hard drive from the sidebar and click the "Erase" tab.

In the Erase tab, select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the format and click "Erase." Once the erase process is complete, quit Disk Utility and return to the macOS Recovery menu.

2. Reinstall macOS

To reinstall macOS, select "Reinstall macOS" from the macOS Recovery menu and click "Continue." Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

3. Set up your Mac

Once macOS has been reinstalled, you will need to set up your Mac as a new user. This includes creating a new user account, setting up your Wi-Fi network, and installing any necessary software.

SMC Reset

The SMC (System Management Controller) is a chip on your Mac’s logic board that controls power, fans, and other low-level functions. Resetting the SMC can sometimes fix issues with these functions.

To reset the SMC, shut down your Mac and disconnect all cables except the power adapter. Then, press and hold the Shift + Control + Option keys and the power button at the same time for 10 seconds. Release the keys and power on your Mac.


Q: Will a reset erase all my data?

A: A hard reset will erase all data from your Mac, so it is important to back up your data before performing a hard reset. A soft reset will not erase any data.

Q: How often should I reset my Mac?

A: There is no need to reset your Mac on a regular basis. However, you may want to reset your Mac if you are experiencing problems or if you are preparing your Mac for sale or transfer.

Q: What are the benefits of resetting my Mac?

A: Resetting your Mac can fix a variety of problems, including:

  • Slow performance
  • Freezing or crashing
  • Battery problems
  • Wi-Fi problems
  • Bluetooth problems

Q: What are the risks of resetting my Mac?

A: The main risk of resetting your Mac is that you will lose all of your data. It is important to back up your data before performing a hard reset.

Q: How can I back up my Mac?

A: There are a few different ways to back up your Mac. You can use Time Machine, iCloud, or a third-party backup software.

Q: What should I do if I have problems resetting my Mac?

A: If you have problems resetting your Mac, you can contact Apple Support for help.