Available for years on iOS, now the useful tool to initialize a device without having to reinstall the operating system has also landed on the Mac.

macOS, starting with Monterey , will make its a tool probably known to most iOS users. In fact, in System Preferences , there will be a new item, namely “initialize content and settings” . Yes, just like on the iPhone OS.

To put it in a nutshell, restoring a Mac to factory data will be far easier and more immediate . Today, to initialize a Mac you need to format the disk and reinstall macOS from scratch again to achieve the same result. A process that takes a few hours… with Monterey, on the other hand, just one click is enough .

Apple explains:

System Preferences now offers an option to delete all user data and installed applications from the system, while keeping the currently installed operating system. Since storage is always encrypted on Mac systems with Apple Silicon or the T2 chip, the system is instantly securely wiped by deleting the encryption keys.

The option in question, as mentioned, will be found in System Preferences, but is not included in the first beta of macOS Monterey now available for developers.

Lists of compatible Macs

  • iMac late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro late 2013 and later
  • Mac Mini late 2014 and later
  • MacBook early 2016 and later

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