Recovery Mode

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Recovery Mode

This covers the start up mode using Command + R keys.

Note: Recovery Mode takes longer to boot - this is normal.

Things you can do in Recovery Mode:

  • Restore from Time Machine back up
  • Reinstall the last macOS that was previously installed
  • Go to Apple Support help online
  • Use Disk Utility to partition, repair, erase, format drives
  • Add or remove an EFI password (must know password if removing)
  • Troubleshoot network connection
  • Open Terminal from Recovery Partition (reset user password, disable/enable SIP, change date, etc.)
  • Select a different startup disk
  • See the Installer Log

If you cannot startup in Recovery Mode by this startup combination, the recovery partition may be corrupt or non-existent, keyboard may be faulty, or the Mac was running an older OS (10.6 or older). Try a wired keyboard, Internet Recovery, a different startup disk, or bootable installer.