It’s been a few days since Apple announced macOS Monterey, and we’re still working on new features that weren’t mentioned during the main WWDC note, including a much more convenient way to delete a Mac.
Following in the footsteps of the iPhone and iPad, the Mac has won the “Delete all content and settings” option on macOS Monterey. The option allows you to delete all user data and user-installed applications from your Mac without having to reinstall the macOS operating system, which makes it much easier to restore the Mac to new factory settings.
From the macOS Monterey features page on the Apple website:
Delete all content and settings
System Preferences now offers the option to delete all user data and user-installed applications from the system while maintaining the currently installed operating system. Because storage is always encrypted on Mac systems with Apple Silicon or a T2 chip, the system is instantly and securely “erased” by destroying the encryption keys.
In the macOS Monterey beta, the new option can be found by opening the System Preferences application, clicking System Preferences in the menu bar at the top of the screen, and clicking Erase All Content and Settings in the drop-down menu. An administrator password is required to restore the Mac to factory settings.
Deleting a Mac running an earlier version of macOS requires formatting the boot disk and reinstalling macOS, so this new option will make it much easier to restore your Mac to factory settings, whether you just want to start over. your Mac or plan to sell or give a Mac to another person. After deleting the Mac, it will display Setup Assistant and will be ready to set up as new.
macOS Monterey is now available in beta for developers, and the public beta will follow in July.