Apple has changed the Mac restore process to factory settings for Apple silicone devices. Anyone who needs to reinstall macOS on an Apple MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, or Mac mini M1 should follow these steps. You should think about these changes when buying a new Mac.
These steps are part of a larger process to follow if you decide to sell your Mac or want to reinstall macOS Big Sur for some other reason.
Reinstall macOS on Mac M1:
Which Macs are included? What to do first Restore your Mac to factory settings
Which Macs are included?
These instructions are for late 2020 Macs using the Apple M1 on-chip (SoC) system only. These include all late 2020 MacBook Air models and some late 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Some Mac mini (2020) also use Apple silicone.
To find your Mac version
You can verify your computer version by following these steps:
Click on Apple icon in the upper left corner. Select For this Mac from the menu.
Confirm chip version in the pop-up box. Compatible devices have “Apple M1” next to them Chips.
If you’re using a Mac Apple M1, you’re ready to continue and follow these instructions.
What to do first
Before you begin, back up your Mac to restore a new copy of your data if necessary. You can restore this information as part of the overall macOS reinstallation process.
Restore Mac to factory settings
To reinstall macOS on your Apple M1 computer and restore it to factory settings:
Turn off Mac.
Hold on power button Mac until you see startup options.
Please select Choice.
Click Follow in the Options section.
Select a user from a list with administrative authority.
Please select next one
Log in to the site user account using a password.
Please select Reinstall macOS list.
Follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall a new copy of MacOS.
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