It’s Christmas; which means it’s that time of year when thousands of laptops are purchased and gifted. In January hundreds of people will be looking to sell their old gadgets to make some cash and recover from December spending. Which means lots of you will be wondering how to wipe your Mac properly ready for sale!
While we endeavour to ensure your devices are all wiped clean and are data free when they get to our offices; we do encourage all of our customers to ensure their devices are wiped clean prior to sending them to us.
Unfortunately, although we use a reputable and reliable courier we can’t be responsible for the loss of any gadgets during transit. While the product itself can be compensated by the courier in some way; your personal data cannot. So, to ensure you’re never in a position where your data is exposed, we encourage everybody to wipe your Mac prior to sending it to us.
How To Wipe Your Mac, MacBook Air, Macbook Pro or iMac
Make sure you make a backup of all of your documents before you proceed to the next stage. While we always encourage you to make sure your data is wiped, we’d hate for you to loose anything important to you.
If you’re not sure how to back-up your Mac, Apple has created a simple guide offering several options including iCloud. We would also advise taking a copy of all of your documents and media on an external hard drive, just to ensure you have a hard copy should anything go wrong.
documents and media on an external hard drive, just to ensure you have a hard copy should anything go wrong.
Make sure you sign out of your iTunes account; this will ensure nobody can access your iTunes account or payment details linked to it. Open iTunes, within this window, choose Account > Authorizations > Deauthorize This Computer. You will be asked for your password and account email address, to deauthorize you will need to enter these.
Sign out of your iCloud; this will ensure nobody can sign into your account and purchase apps. To sign out select the Apple () menu which is in the top left of the home screen. Choose > System Preferences, click iCloud, and then click the Sign Out button.
Following this, your computer will ask you if you’d like to keep a copy of the data on your device. You will be reformatting the hard drive in a later step so don’t worry too much.
Sign out of iMessage, this step is important to keep all of your conversations private. If you’re using OS X Mountain Lion or later you will need to sign out of iMessage. In the Messages app, choose Messages > Preferences, then click Accounts. Select your iMessage account, then click Sign Out.
Now You’ve Signed Out Of Everything
If you have any bluetooth devices like an iWatch, and you’re not selling them to us at Cash In Your Gadgets; you will need to unpair them. This is done in the bluetooth section of your settings menu; click the X remove button next to the device name and select that you are sure.
*If you are using an iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Mini; you will need to use a wired keyboard and mouse for the following steps.
Now you’re ready to erase your hard drive and reinstall MacOS; you will need to erase your hard drive and reinstall macOS to ensure it’s completely clean. After the installation is complete your Mac will open on the welcome screen and ask you to choose a country or region.
At this point you can press the Command Q to shut down the Mac and pack it up securely to post to us.
So you’re all set, you now know how to wipe your Mac ready for sale. If you’re still worried about your personal data, don’t worry; once your Mac reaches our offices we use MOD standard wiping licenced software.