How To Factory Reset Macbook Pro Without Password

As a Mac user, there may come a time when you need to factory reset your MacBook Pro. Maybe you’re experiencing performance issues or you’re planning to sell your device. Whatever the reason, performing a factory reset can help resolve software issues and restore your MacBook Pro to its original settings. In this article, I will guide you through the process of factory resetting your MacBook Pro, even if you don’t have the password.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that factory resetting your MacBook Pro will erase all data and settings on your device. Therefore, it is crucial to have a backup of your important files and documents. If possible, create a Time Machine backup or manually transfer your files to an external storage device.

The Recovery Mode Method

If you’re unable to access your MacBook Pro due to a forgotten password, the Recovery Mode method can be used to perform a factory reset. Here’s how:

  1. Power off your MacBook Pro.
  2. Press the power button and immediately hold down the Command (?) and R keys simultaneously until the Apple logo appears. This will boot your MacBook Pro into Recovery Mode.
  3. In the macOS Utilities window, select “Disk Utility” and click “Continue.”
  4. In Disk Utility, select your MacBook Pro’s startup disk and click “Erase.”
  5. Choose a name for your disk and select the desired format (APFS or Mac OS Extended).
  6. Click “Erase” to begin the disk erasing process.
  7. Once the disk erasing is complete, exit Disk Utility.
  8. In the macOS Utilities window, select “Reinstall macOS” and click “Continue.”
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall macOS on your MacBook Pro. This will effectively perform a factory reset.

It’s important to note that the Reinstall macOS option will download and install the latest compatible version of macOS on your MacBook Pro.


Performing a factory reset on your MacBook Pro without a password may seem daunting at first, but with the Recovery Mode method, it is entirely possible. Remember to backup your important data before proceeding with the factory reset, as all data will be erased during the process. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can restore your MacBook Pro to its original settings and resolve any software issues you may be experiencing. Now you’re ready to start fresh with your MacBook Pro!