What to Know When Selling Your MackBook Pro

What to Know When Selling Your MackBook Pro

Posted by Mac Me an Offer Tech Team on Jan 11th 2023

When it comes time to make a change and upgrade your laptop, you can sell your old MacBook Pro to help pay for the new one. But your new laptop may come at a high cost. How can you maximize the value you receive for your old MacBook Pro so you can afford an upgrade? And how do you ensure you get the funds you need in time to purchase your replacement? Security and convenience are also issues — you need to protect your old computer's data while ensuring it's easy to load onto your new device.

If you are going to sell your MacBook Pro, you can take steps to make the most of the sale. Today, we'll cover what you need to do to maximize your MacBook's value, protect your data and expedite the selling process.

Back Up Your Data 

You've spent a lot of time creating data on your MacBook. It's important to remove it all before selling your laptop to a stranger. At the same time, you want to make sure you can easily put your data on your new computer. 

Before you sell, back up all of your important files using an external hard drive or a cloud-based service like iCloud or Google Drive. You'll have to clean the files off your MacBook before you sell, so backing up your data will allow you to protect your files and keep what matters to you most.

Deauthorize Your Old MacBook and Sign Out of Accounts

You should deauthorize your laptop and disconnect it from all of your accounts so the new user won't have access to them. Plus, Apple limits the number of devices you can have connected to your Apple ID at a time. Deauthorizing the old device will ensure your account has room for the next computer.

Important accounts to sign out of include:

  • iCloud
  • Apple ID
  • iMessage 
  • FaceTime
  • Apple Music 
  • Other third-party applications on your device

Disengage FileVault

Disengage FileVault

Apple's FileVault feature encrypts your Mac's information to thwart hackers. However, leaving FileVault on will prevent the next user from being able to use the device. The new owner would need to access your password to decrypt the disk.

Disengaging FileVault is easy to do. Simply enter System Preferences then click on Security & Privacy. You'll see a few tabs at the top of the window — click on the one that says FileVault. Then, click the button that says Turn Off FileVault. You'll have to enter your password to complete the process.

Format the OS

Formatting the operating system (OS) is the quickest way to erase the hard drive and reinstall the operating software so that it is like having a new model with nothing on it. 

To format your old Mac's OS, you open Disk Utility from within Preferences and select the Macintosh HD drive. Click erase and everything will be deleted while creating a new partition. You can then quit the Disk Utility space and select to reinstall from the prompts. 

Formatting your Mac OS can take some time. The computer will need to connect to the internet to get the installation files it needs to prepare your Mac for the next user who purchases this device.

Keep Your MacBook Clean

You don’t just want to clean up your MacBook internally and remove the files. The look of your MacBook and the condition it is in can affect how much you get back in return for selling your MacBook. You will get more in return if your MacBook is in good shape. 

Make sure that you have cleaned up the outer shell and inside of the laptop. Remove any outside stickers to maximize value. Clean up the dirt and dust and anything else from between the keys on the keyboard or the mousepad and try to get into every spot where dirt or dust could be. Wipe down the display to remove any spots. Clean around the USB and other ports and even the bottom of the machine. 

All of these parts will be examined when determining the value, so taking the time to clean it up can get you more money in return that can go toward paying your new model.

Find a Reliable Seller

Before you sell, you’ll want to do some research on where you plan to sell the used laptop. While you can sell your computer privately, it can take a while to find a buyer willing to pay a fair price. A third-party seller can simplify and expedite the selling process.

Look into some options and find one that will provide you with a timely estimate for the sale and is trusted to give you the best value. Check the reviews from people who have worked with the seller previously to see what kind of service they provided.

Sell Your MacBook Pro With Mac Me an Offer 

When you need a place to sell MacBook Pro and other Apple products and get the best value, turn to Mac Me an Offer.

Here’s how it works — you get in touch with us at Mac Me an Offer about a product you want to sell by selecting a product from the list of Apple products. You then complete a seller form and we will email you an offer within one business day. Once you accept the offer, we will provide you with the documentation of the sale, instructions for shipping and a pre-paid label. Once we receive the item, you will receive payment within three days.

We have worked with thousands of customers paying out millions of dollars since 1995 on MacBook Pro and Apple products that have been sold to Mac Me an Offer. You could be next to make money off of your used items. Get in touch with us today about your used Apple products that you want to sell and we’ll make you an offer.