Internet Recovery

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

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

Note: It is advised to be wired to Ethernet for this mode.

Note: Internet Recovery only works if the Macbook has OS X 10.12.4 or later installed due to a BootROM update

Things you can do in Internet Recovery Mode:

  • Restore from Time Machine back up
  • Reinstall macOS
  • 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

Internet Recovery (installs latest compatible macOS)

Key Combination: Option + Command + R

Supported on devices from Mid 2012 and newer (as well as some older models with firmware updates, information here).

This will install the latest compatible macOS version on the device.

Internet Recovery (installs original macOS version)

Key Combination: Shift + Option + Command + R

Supported on devices from Mid 2012 and newer (as well as some older models with firmware updates, information here).

This will install the version of macOS that came on the device from the factory (or the closest version still supported)


If you cannot startup in Recovery Mode by using this startup combination, the current version of macOS may be too old, the internet connection may be faulty/insufficient, or the keyboard may be faulty. Try a wired keyboard, built-in Recovery, a different startup disk, or bootable installer.