Before you sell your Mac
If you think about selling your Mac, you should be aware that as a fact previous owners didn’t clear their machine properly before selling it. In order not to lose any valuable information, you should proceed very thoughtfully. Thus, before you Mac change ownership, determine whether you should back up the machine and disable certain features and services. Then you should do the following:
1 – Deauthorize the computer from using iTunes, if applicable, before you sell your Mac or give it away (you should do it as well before you send it in for service, or before you make major updates).
Even if the Mac isn’t working or if already you gave it away, you can still deauthorize it as long as you have remote access to it. Hovewer, in this case, you’ll need to deauthorize all computers. Besides, in this case you’ll have to sign in to iTunes using a computer, as you can’t use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for the process.
When you deauthorize a computer, you’re removing the ability to play content that you bought from iTunes. You won’t lose your content, and nothing will be deleted. And it’s easy to authorize your computer again later—just follow the steps to authorize a Mac or PC.
To see how many computers are authorized, open your account in iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID. You can also open iTunes, click Store > Sign In, and enter your Apple ID and password.
Then in the Apple ID Summary section, you’ll see the number of computers that you’ve authorized with your Apple ID. You can’t see the names of those.
2 – Archive or make copies of your iCloud data. If you accidentally delete an important document or contact, you can always retrieve it from this copy. If you use Groups, you should consider archiving your entire Contacts or Address Book database as well as exporting vCards. The vCard method above copies your contacts, but not your Groups. Archives are more complex, but, in some cases, you might not be able to properly restore data using Archives while connected to the Internet and signed in to iCloud.
2 – Copy all the files you want to save off to a external storage drive. Use drag and drop methods on your internal Home folders (Documents, Videos, Music, Pictures and so on). Of course, you may use TimeMachine, but this option will copy everything – the entire drive, all of your accounts, and you might don’t need it. Keep in mind that it will be impossible to copy and save most apps as they are usually copy protected. Anyway, applications that are non-copy protected are better off reinstalled fresh from original sources.
3 – Export bookmarks from your browsers, email addresses and any information contained in AddressBook, license keys in programs you’ve installed.
4- Erase properly vital information as the entire MacintoshHD partition containing OS X, files and programs before you turn ownership of the machine to another user. Do a Apple Menu > About this Mac and get information of what OS X version is currently installed on the machine
5 – Sign out of iCloud if applicable. When you sign out of iCloud, you’re asked whether you want to remove iCloud data from your Mac. If you chose to remove iCloud data in this way, the data isn’t removed from any of your other devices that are using the same iCloud account.
- Apple Encyclopedia: all information about products, electronic devices, operating systems and apps.
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