How to reset and prep Macbook Air for selling on eBay

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. Don’t see this option?

An erase assistant then opens. Follow the onscreen 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. Forgot your login password?
  • You might be asked to enter your Apple ID password so that your Mac can sign out of Find My. Forgot your Apple ID password?
  • You might 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.
"You are about to erase all content and settings from this Mac" popup window

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 might 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 upper-right corner of the screen.

Your Mac then activates. Click Restart.

macOS  "Your Mac is activated" window

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.

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