How To Erase and Reset an M1 or Apple Silicon Mac back to factory default

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I show you how to erase and reset a M1 or Apple Silicon Mac back to factory settings in my step-by-step guide. Make sure you create a backup prior to doing this as it will completely delete all files on your Mac. #MacOS #Mac #HowTo
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Bronze Monk
Bronze Monk 3 օր առաջ
Apple makes this so complicated. Thanks !!!
nick 4 օր առաջ
thx my man i was having a insane wifi isssue and it was my mac. Fixed by esetting
Wafeeq Zuhayr
Wafeeq Zuhayr 4 օր առաջ
When I press and hold the power button, it doesn’t show loading startup option. How to get it?
Richard bryce
Richard bryce 5 օր առաջ
perfect thank you
Andrew Coffman
Andrew Coffman 10 օր առաջ
Excellent video! Worked perfectly. Thank you
SEKAF 16 օր առաջ
Aaron really love your channel. So informative. No BS, beating around the bush. You always get right to your points. Very clear. Fabulous lighting. Plus so much info. Love it!!!!! Keep up the great work. I live on a small island in southeast alaska. I can keep up with the latest top info for Mac through you. Blessings.....
morezayta Ψ
morezayta Ψ 20 օր առաջ
Sir my dad bought a macbook Pro m1 version from a friend and when we got it it had Linux installed on it Pls help on how to remove it plss 😭😭😭
Bob L
Bob L 21 օր առաջ
If you're erasing the drive and all it's data, why is it necessary to sign out of iCloud and Messages? What if you wish to keep the Mac and just want a fresh install of Big Sur for yourself because you have some corrupted system files?
Matt Halpain
Matt Halpain 24 օր առաջ
Wow, this is super helpful. I did not realize all these steps are needed to reset an M1 Mac.
Chamod Malalathunga
Chamod Malalathunga 29 օր առաջ
What about the saved wifi network? Can I forget it from the setup menu?
zollotech 23 օր առաջ
No, you cannot restore without internet
Sun Da
Sun Da Ամիս առաջ
Super helpful! Do you know if you can fully restore from a Intel Time-machine backup in recovery mode onto a M1 Mac without any problem? Since they have different architectures, so im wondering if the initial time machine back up is from an Intel Mac, can It still be put onto a M1 Mac? Thanks
Sun Da
Sun Da 23 օր առաջ
@zollotech Thank you so much for the reply! 😃 Are you sure about it? The M1 won’t just run my x86 apps under Rosetta right since my time machine backup is from an intel Mac? Or will it automatic turn everything into arm apps those that are available. The reason I ask is because I usually see you just use the migration function to transfer everything to a new Mac and not use R Command then fully restore from an time machine backup? Correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks
zollotech 23 օր առաջ
Yes, you can restore from one to the other without an issue
Ricky Kneebone
Ricky Kneebone Ամիս առաջ
What does the activation after erase do ?
zollotech 23 օր առաջ
It activates it with Apple just like an iPhone does
Erne C.
Erne C. Ամիս առաջ
Is it the same on intel? Got like 60gb of “other” on my drive and only 256gb. No way to delete. Betting its from all the updates.
zollotech 23 օր առաջ
Its very similar on Intel, but the way you get to the startup menu is different
Noah Neutral
Noah Neutral Ամիս առաջ
I wish they had more than two USB ports. 😭😭
Christian Couture
Christian Couture Ամիս առաջ
great video
Carlo A
Carlo A Ամիս առաջ
thank u for the in depth guide @zollotech ❣️
Ayush Pandey
Ayush Pandey Ամիս առաջ
My Safari is stuttering while scrolling. Shall I reset?
Ayush Pandey
Ayush Pandey Ամիս առաջ
@zollotech what do I do except for using Chrome or Brave?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
No, that should make no difference.
Deng Pan
Deng Pan Ամիս առաջ
does it also work on beta versions? When I boot into recovery, there is only one option for reinstalling the beta instead of the public release version. Can anyone tell me if I can install the public release version after fully wiping the disk?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Yes. If you follow these steps it will only install the public release.
Muhd Akmal
Muhd Akmal Ամիս առաջ
Hey Aaron, maybe for the next video you can talk about excessive memory swapping on M1 Macs SSD? Would love to hear your thoughts on it. Cheers !
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
I have been using them since launch day and use them for video editing. I haven't noticed any issues
Will Wu
Will Wu Ամիս առաջ
to prepare for returning?haha
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
I kept it, but yes, if you wanted to
Karan Joshi
Karan Joshi Ամիս առաջ
My M1 MacBook Air got bricked while doing this process and is now stuck on the exclamation mark. Had to return it to apple.
Karan Joshi
Karan Joshi 13 օր առաջ
@Runners High 11.2.1
Karan Joshi
Karan Joshi 13 օր առաջ
I tried doing everything, finally had to take it to the Apple Store. The experts say that the BIOS of the Machine have been corrupted. They will swap out the logic board 🥲
Runners High
Runners High 16 օր առաջ
which big sur version you have ? 11.x.x ?
Ulf Hettstedt
Ulf Hettstedt Ամիս առաջ
you can reenable it with another Mac with DFU
Some LaveenGuy
Some LaveenGuy Ամիս առաջ
What a complicated and convoluted process just to reset a machine to factory settings.
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
It's quite simple for a computer honestly. Much more of a pain on Windows for example.
Mohammad Yaftian
Mohammad Yaftian Ամիս առաջ
Martin Ամիս առաջ
So is there no way to recover from a USB stick? You have to activate it? Jeez...
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Kind of but you would need another computer or need to make it first. That’s harder than doing it this way. Which is pretty simple really as long as you have an internet connection.
Bill X
Bill X Ամիս առաջ
Nice video, can you also show us how to install it when no connection is available? Installing from usb?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
You can’t really on an M1 unless you had another Mac you downloaded the file onto.
Jolene Elias
Jolene Elias Ամիս առաջ
how did you know I needed this?? thank you!!!!
Sunhay Seam
Sunhay Seam Ամիս առաջ
Really helpful and understandable video, well done!
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Thank you
Eric Brett
Eric Brett Ամիս առաջ
Can I do this the same way with a 1997 IBM PC with a Pentium with MMX technology at 233 MHz?
Eric Brett
Eric Brett Ամիս առաջ
@zollotech WRONG. this is windows 94. My team is from a parallel dimension. My team is still on that product. An asteroid impact slowed world growth.
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Ugh…based on you mentioning the specs I think you know…I think you should bust out that windows 95 cd and have at it.
Jeff Hale
Jeff Hale Ամիս առաջ
👀 Very helpful! Blessings on your day 👍🏻👍🏻
thevacdude Ամիս առաջ
This is very helpful. Thanks for the video, Aaron.
Sirh Bliss
Sirh Bliss Ամիս առաջ
Where you able to login to your user after setting it up?
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JT Ray
JT Ray Ամիս առաջ
Do I hold the power button on the M1 Mac mini to get to the utility screen as well?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Arjun S
Arjun S Ամիս առաջ
Thank you so much Aaron!
Dan Mills
Dan Mills Ամիս առաջ
if you going to sell or give the M1 away after you wipe, you need to make sure you’ve logged out of Apple Music and deauthorized the computer.
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
This will log all of that out for you. The instructions are per Apple.
Timothy Ricca
Timothy Ricca Ամիս առաջ
How is this different than doing it from DFU mode with another Mac?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
You don’t need another Mac. That’s really the only difference
AndreiN Ամիս առաջ
Very important to sine out from Apple accounts before factory reset the device, otherwise you will have problems when reinstalling
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
It could be tied to find my and you would have to remove it from the find my app.
Richard van der Voort
Richard van der Voort Ամիս առաջ
So what happens when you forget this? Id imagine that when you erase everything it also forgets all this doenst it? Is this different from all the times I reset my iPhone or iPad to factory settings before I sold them?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
I mention that in the beginning of the video
Google c
Google c Ամիս առաջ
What do you do in your old device if you know how are you?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
I keep them for future comparisons, and long term testing
Hi sir my MacBook Pro laptop , time machine backup not working , when I am trying to select backup disk it’s showing only one option ( other Airport Time capsule ) my disk not showing in time machine , please help me sir
Bima Sudiarto
Bima Sudiarto Ամիս առաջ
Yeah. Useful, this. I did it several times with my previous Macs. Same methods, one by one.
Bima Sudiarto
Bima Sudiarto Ամիս առաջ
@zollotech True. With M1 we no longer have to press CTRL plus whatnot. Good lah. The rest is pretty much the same.
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Older Macs are a little bit different in the way you get into the restore menu
Muhammad Amritsari
Muhammad Amritsari Ամիս առաջ
I have a question for Mac can we update the storage chip by our self
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
No you cannot
Mainul Islam
Mainul Islam Ամիս առաջ
Wow!! So we don't need a second mac to reset M1 macs anymore!!
Erne C.
Erne C. Ամիս առաջ
I did it on a intel mac with wifi only.
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Terry Hopkins
Terry Hopkins Ամիս առաջ
What about a older Mac
Terry Hopkins
Terry Hopkins Ամիս առաջ
@zollotech thanks
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
I have a separate video for that that’s been on AM-posts for a couple years
Maynell Wackwitz
Maynell Wackwitz Ամիս առաջ
My MBA M1is on its way! Thank you so much for your informative and helpful video! I’ve saved it for future use.
Aakash Chrispin
Aakash Chrispin Ամիս առաջ
Will be getting the MBA this month. Super Excited !!!!
Stevesau Ամիս առաջ
Saved for later reference thank you. 😎
Dennis W
Dennis W Ամիս առաջ
Would this process also apply to Intel Macs running Big Sur?
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
No, but I have a separate video for that. The initial process is the same, but the part when you need to get to the startup options is different.
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Do van
Do van Ամիս առաջ
Ridiculously complicated
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
@Do van that’s the idea. The average user shouldn’t need to format their computer unless they are getting rid of it. In the many years of owning all sorts of computer I have rarely ever had to format and restore a Mac
Do van
Do van Ամիս առաջ
@Eric Brett That might have been funny 25 years ago.
Eric Brett
Eric Brett Ամիս առաջ
Just press format c:
Do van
Do van Ամիս առաջ
@zollotech all those steps is the definition of difficult, and how easy or difficult windows is is irrelevant. Apple need to make this much easier. Without instruction a novice would never be able to all that and someone who's not a novice would find it very difficult.
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
It’s actually quite simple and much easier than Windows for example.
El Gallo De Oro
El Gallo De Oro Ամիս առաջ
Thanks just stole an M1 Mac so this came in handy 😃
Erne C.
Erne C. Ամիս առաջ
iCloud bro...
Dylan Tattar
Dylan Tattar Ամիս առաջ
@Dennis W I’m sure he was just kidding but if not to the person who posted this comment you’re an idiot for publicly admitting you stole something
Dennis W
Dennis W Ամիս առաջ
It probably won't allow you to reinstall Mac OS if it is still associated with another account
AndrewJennings Ամիս առաջ
welcome on board then, I guess 😂
Sohel Pathan
Sohel Pathan Ամիս առաջ
I like your videos.
Wilian Sant'Ana
Wilian Sant'Ana Ամիս առաջ
Hello, Aaron! Great video, especially for me, since I'm a new macOS user (my M1 MBP is the first Apple product that I purchased in my whole life!). I’ve been an exclusively Windows user for the last 20 years, and one major problem with it is that the system tends to get full of junk and therefore get slower with time, needing some periodical reinstall. Do you recommend a periodic factory default reinstall or is it not necessary? Which app do you use to maintain your macs clean (I’ve been using Onyx)? Thank you!
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
You dont really need to do that. I have some Macs that have never been wiped in over 5 years and have no issues. MacOS does not have a registry like windows and tends to have less garbage overall to clean up. Any of the free apps in the App Store will work just fine for your needs in identifying old files that might take up space.
Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid Ամիս առաջ
Crazy that you would completely erase your MacBook and lose all the data, just for the purpose of the video. Loved it as usual. Thanks for the walkthrough
Deadeye Ամիս առաջ
Purpose of the video aka getting money from YT when we watching it you mean?
Sahil Tharwani
Sahil Tharwani Ամիս առաջ
Hey, I am using an M1 mac and a Samsung T7 and unfortunately, the application to encrypt it which is Samsung Portable SSD 1.0 not seems to be working and keeps crashing. I don't think it has been updated for macOS Big Sur or maybe not working with Rosetta 2. Please let me know if you are experiencing the same problem or if you can tell me anything about it.
Lawrence Flowers
Lawrence Flowers Ամիս առաջ
I’ve just got mine and loving it,not about to give it a way anytime soon but thank you for the tips I’m sure it’s going to be very useful in the future.
S H Ամիս առաջ
Hey Aaron, my charger for my iPhone isn’t charging. It shows the green symbol but the percentage doesn’t change. Any ideas? It doesn’t charge my iPad either.
Remo Koch
Remo Koch Ամիս առաջ
its because your power brick wattage is too low, when i plug in an ipad to a 5w charger it doesnt charge because its too slow
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Reboot and see if it makes a difference
Tech4now Ամիս առաջ
@S H it doesn’t matter how old. Better get a new charger than gave a defective one brick your devices
S H Ամիս առաջ
@Tech4now Oh the cable was the problem, I guess I could use a different cable xD
S H Ամիս առաջ
:/ Only 6 months old.
Clinton W Salvato
Clinton W Salvato Ամիս առաջ
I don't currently have any M1 Macs, or have any immediate plans to get one. However, I will not how to adjust to the new ways of doing things from these videos, if and when I do go that route.
Bedig Hovhannesian
Bedig Hovhannesian Ամիս առաջ
Can u do giveaways😂 Nice and helpful content as usual Aaron!
Joseph Quito
Joseph Quito Ամիս առաջ
Thanks Aaron
Eric Brett
Eric Brett Ամիս առաջ
Pal you don’t need a Mac. You just need an iPad Pro and a mouse. It’s time to Modernize dr. JOE.
zollotech Ամիս առաջ
Here is how to properly reset a MacBook that has Apple Silicon. Hopefully it’s helpful and thank you for watching.
zollotech 29 օր առաջ
@JiQoy Nicholas If you formatted it, it shouldn't be there, but it will still be associated with your account
JiQoy Nicholas
JiQoy Nicholas Ամիս առաջ
I returned my M1 before watching this. I only went through the formatting part, and reinstalled Big Sur. I'm a Windows user, and so I assumed going through the factory reset was enough. Do you think my information is still on the Mac?
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Chicken Wing
Chicken Wing Ամիս առաջ
Thank you Aaron, very cool
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