How to enter Recovery Mode 

by Wolfgang BairdNov 27, 2020

How to start Mac in Recovery Mode on any mac

  • Open terminal
  • Run the following commands (requires admin password)
    • sudo nvram internet-recovery-mode=RecoveryModeDisk
      sudo reboot

How to start Mac in Recovery Mode (Intel)

  • Restart your computer
  • Immediately hold down the Command + R keys until you see an Apple logo
  • Eventually your Mac will show the Recovery Mode Utilities window

How to start Mac in Recovery Mode (Apple Silicon)

  • Press and hold the Power button until the display shows Loading Startup Options
  • This takes you to the Startup Options screen.
  • Select the Options icon, then click Continue underneath it.

Tools provided include:

  • Main window – Restore from Time Machine, Reinstall macOS, Safari, Disk Utility
  • Apple menu – Startup Disk, Restart, Shut Down
  • Utilities menu – Startup Security Utility, Terminal, Share Disk
  • Online help is available when you open Safari.