How To Factory Reset Macbook Pro Without Password

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As an Apple user, there may be instances where you need to factory reset your MacBook Pro. This could be due to slow performance, wanting to sell your device, or just wanting a clean slate. However, what if you do not have access to the password for your MacBook Pro? In this article, I will provide step-by-step instructions for factory resetting your MacBook Pro without a password.

Why would you need to factory reset without a password?

Before we dive into the steps, let’s take a moment to understand why you might find yourself in a situation where you don’t have the password to your MacBook Pro. One possibility is that you inherited or purchased a used MacBook Pro and the previous owner did not provide you with the password. Another possibility is that you simply forgot your own password. Regardless of the reason, it’s important to follow the correct steps to avoid any potential consequences.

Step 1: Shut down your MacBook Pro

The first step in the process is to completely shut down your MacBook Pro. Press and hold the power button until the screen goes black and you no longer hear any sounds coming from the device.

Step 2: Start your MacBook Pro in Recovery Mode

Once your MacBook Pro is powered off, press the power button to turn it back on. Immediately press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys together. Keep holding them until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe icon.

This will boot your MacBook Pro into Recovery Mode, which provides a set of built-in tools for troubleshooting and repairing your device.

Step 3: Access Disk Utility

After your MacBook Pro enters Recovery Mode, you’ll be presented with a set of options. Click on “Disk Utility” and then click “Continue.”

Disk Utility is a powerful tool that allows you to manage and repair your Mac’s hard drive. In this case, we will be using it to erase your MacBook Pro and reset it to factory settings.

Step 4: Erase the hard drive

Once Disk Utility is open, you will see a list of available drives on the left-hand side of the window. Select your MacBook Pro’s internal drive, usually named “Macintosh HD” or something similar.

Click on the “Erase” tab at the top of the window, and then click on the “Erase” button. This will permanently delete all data on your MacBook Pro’s hard drive, including the operating system and any personal files.

Be absolutely certain that you have backed up any important data before proceeding, as it will be permanently lost.

Step 5: Reinstall macOS

After erasing the hard drive, close Disk Utility and return to the main Recovery Mode menu. Click on “Reinstall macOS” and follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the operating system on your MacBook Pro.

This process may take some time, so be patient and let it complete.

Step 6: Set up your MacBook Pro

Once the reinstallation process is finished, your MacBook Pro will reboot and you will be guided through the initial setup process, just like when you first got your device. Follow the instructions to create a new user account and set up your preferences.


Factory resetting a MacBook Pro without a password may seem like a daunting task, but by following these steps, you can successfully restore your device to its original factory settings. Just remember to back up any important data before proceeding, as it will be permanently erased. If you ever find yourself in need of a factory reset and can’t access your MacBook Pro with a password, these steps will help you get back on track.