If you are planning to buy a pre-owned Mac, chances that you want to find out how much the Mac being purchased has been used. In reality, macOS allows you to go inside the state of the Mac’s battery. However, it is not enough if you want to make sure that everything is secure. Luckily, there is a simple way you can use to figure out when exactly the original owner has first completed the initial macOS setup.
In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to find out when macOS was first re-installed on a Mac. Before we begin, note that the below-mentioned guide aims to use a quick Terminal command to figure out when macOS was last re-installed on any Mac.
Steps to find out when macOS was last re-installed on any Mac
Step one: First off, you need to launch the Terminal app from the Utilities folder on your Mac. You can find it inside Mac’s applications folder or use Spotlight on your Mac to initiate Terminal command
Step two: Once you are in, all you need to do is to enter the following command line into the Terminal window: ls -l /var/db/.AppleSetupDone. Make sure that you enter it correctly before moving to the next step
Step three: Once you are done, you simply need to press Enter key to initiate the command
Steps to determine a Mac’s battery cycle count
Step one: Head to the Apple Menu and choose About This Mac to proceed
Step two: Once you are done, all you need to do is to click the System Report and move to the next step
Step three: You are now supposed to select the Power tab under Hardware option. You will find the Cycle Count in the right panel.
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