How to Get to Recovery Mode Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

If you are a Mac user and have encountered software issues or need to perform certain maintenance tasks, you might have come across the term “Recovery Mode.” Recovery Mode is a powerful tool that allows you to troubleshoot problems, reinstall macOS, restore from a Time Machine backup, and more. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to get to Recovery Mode on your Mac.

Accessing Recovery Mode on Mac

Before we begin, it’s important to note that the steps to access Recovery Mode may vary slightly depending on your Mac model and the macOS version you are running. However, the general process remains the same.

Step 1: Shut down your Mac

The first step is to completely shut down your Mac. To do this, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select Shut Down.

Step 2: Start your Mac in Recovery Mode

To start your Mac in Recovery Mode, press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys simultaneously as soon as you hear the startup chime. Keep holding these keys until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe icon appear on your screen.

If prompted, you may be asked to select a Wi-Fi network and enter its password before continuing.

Step 3: Enter Recovery Mode

Once you see either the Apple logo or a spinning globe icon, it means that your Mac has successfully entered Recovery Mode. You can now release the Command (⌘) and R keys.

Navigating within Recovery Mode

Note: To navigate within Recovery Mode, you can use either a mouse or trackpad.

Once you are in Recovery Mode, you will see the macOS Utilities window. From here, you can perform various tasks to troubleshoot and repair your Mac. Let’s take a look at some of the options available to you:

  • Restore from Time Machine Backup: If you have a Time Machine backup, this option allows you to restore your Mac from a previously created backup.
  • Reinstall macOS: This option enables you to reinstall the macOS version that is currently installed on your Mac. It can help resolve software-related issues without affecting your personal data.
  • Disk Utility: Disk Utility allows you to manage and repair your disk drives. You can use it to format, partition, and repair disks or erase data securely.
  • Terminal: Terminal provides a command-line interface that allows advanced users to perform various tasks using command-line commands.

To select an option in Recovery Mode, simply click on it using your mouse or trackpad.

Exiting Recovery Mode

If you want to exit Recovery Mode and start up your Mac normally, follow these steps:

Step 1: Restart your Mac

To restart your Mac, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select Restart.

Step 2: Start up normally

Your Mac will now start up as usual, bypassing Recovery Mode.

Note: If you do not take any action within a certain period of time, your Mac will automatically exit Recovery Mode and start up normally.

That’s it! You now know how to access and navigate within Recovery Mode on your Mac. It’s a handy feature that can help you troubleshoot problems and perform maintenance tasks without the need for external tools or assistance.

Remember, while Recovery Mode is a powerful tool, it should be used with caution. Always ensure you have a backup of your important data before performing any actions within Recovery Mode.

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