How to Erase All Content and Settings on M1 Mac? Let’s do it.

Last Updated on Jun 17, 2021

Resetting Mac is always being hard when compared to iOS devices. That time is long gone when you want to follow a lengthy procedure to reset the Mac. With macOS Monterey and M1, Apple has added Erase All Content and Settings in the System Preference of the Apple menu. Till now, we’ve struggled a lot just to wipe the Mac in case of the system crashing or selling the Mac; however, now Mac can also be factory reset in few clicks. Whereas erasing a Mac earlier needed to format the disk and then reinstalling the MacOS, which could take your whole day if you’re not very much familiar with the process.

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Like iOS/iPadOS, the Erase All Content and Settings on Mac removes all the third-party installed applications and system settings without affecting the operating system which is running currently. As mentioned on Apple,

System Preferences now offers an option to erase all user data and user-installed apps from the system while maintaining the operating system currently installed. Because storage is always encrypted on Mac systems with Apple silicon or the T2 chip, the system is instantly and securely “erased” by destroying the encryption keys.

Here’s how to Erase All Contents and Settings in M1 Mac, MacBook

The process takes no time to wipe out the Mac; nevertheless, you should be aware that once the Mac is reset, there is no way to restore the data back; therefore, ensure to back up the Mac-like Photos, Videos, Contacts, etc. to avoid such situations. You can visit our detailed guide to explore different ways to backup your Mac.

To factory reset Mac,

Keep note that erase all content and settings is exclusively available only for M1 Mac running macOS Monterey or newer but not available for Intel-based Macs.

  1. Click on the “Apple Logo” menu > “System Preferences“.finder-system-preferences-option-on-mac-2
  2. Select “System Preferences” from Tope Menu > “Erase All Content and Settings“. if you can’t see then check your Mac is M1 and macOS Monterey installed.erase-all-content-and-settings-on-system-preferences-settings
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions and Ready to Erase your Mac like a new That’s it.

Note: This option quickly fixes all the internal software issues and Bug due to installed software and custom settings.

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  1. This option available on macOS Monterey or later macOS update.
  2. This option is available on all M1 Silicon or T2 Intel chip Macbook, iMac, Mac Mini systems. Make sure and Know your Mac is M1 or Intel processor.

if your Mac is not m1 and you want to Erase all the content and settings on intel mac then Try to Clean install MacOS. This process will erase all the contents and install a new copy of macOS.

🗣if you planning to sell or Gift someone or in your Family then Remove Mac from your Apple ID – that means Remove Mac from the Find my on Web or iPhone/iPad settings app that is signed in with the same apple id.

There are many instances where we want to factory reset the Mac; most of the tutorials suggest restoring Mac to factory defaults in case of the app crashing or something bigger issue. Also, we always restore Mac before selling or giving them away to anyone, just to secure our personal data.


Now All the Apple Devices, iPhone – iPad – Apple Watch, And Mac has their own settings to Erase all the data and settings. That’s too time-consuming.

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