Friday, August 19, 2022

How To Enter Mac Recovery Mode [Tutorial]

If you want to wipe all the data on your Mac or troubleshoot an issue, you may need to use Mac recovery mode.

You will be able to solve various kinds of problems booting into the Recovery Mode.

Follow this detailed tutorial to know everything about MacBook recovery mode.

Also read: How To Perform SSD Health Check On Mac? – Complete Guide

How To Boot Into Mac Recovery Mode?

Here is a basic guide to boot into Mac Recovery Mode. Check the steps in detail as per your MacBook!

1) Intel-Based MacBook

  • Click on the Apple logo on your Mac desktop.
  • Next click on the Restart Press and hold the Command + R hotkeys on your keyboard till Apple’s logo appears.
  • When prompted enter your username and password.
  • You will see the Recovery Mode utility window now. This includes Restore from Time Machine Backup, Reinstall macOS, Get Help Online, or Disk Utility.


2) M1 MacBooks

For the latest Mac series with an Apple processor like M1, try the following method to boot into the recovery mode.

  • Shut down your Macbook. Press and hold the Power on key.
  • Apple logo will appear now with startup options.
  • Click on Options and then on the Continue button.


Here you may need to enter your administrator account password when prompted.

  • This will open Mac OS recovery modenow.

3) Keys For Mac Recovery Mode

Now here I assemble the list of the key combinations to boot into recovery mode on Mac.

  • Command + R

Make sure that this key combination will not install the latest version that you have not upgraded.

You can only install that particular version of macOS that you have already installed on your Mac.

  • Shift + Option + R

Using this key combination you can install the same or closest version of macOS that comes with your Mac.

  • Alt or Option + Command + R

You can use this key combination to upgrade your macOS to the newest version.

4) Mac Recovery Mode Terminal Commands

You may also use Mac Recovery Mode Terminal Commands to restore from the Time machine backup, reinstall your macOS, manage the disks or add and remove the EFI firmware password.

Now follow the process to access the Terminal on your Mac:

  • Boot into the Mac Recovery Mode and click on the Utilities tab.
  • Next select Terminal from the drop-down menu. Wait until Mac boots into the Recovery Mode.


  • Now you are ready to enter a command to execute a specific function.
  • Like if you want to reset your password, enter resetpassword in the command box in the Terminal window. Press the Enter button to execute the command.
  • Enter the new password when you see the password reset window.
  • Save your changes by clicking on the Save option. Finally, restart your Mac.

Closing Up

Hope the above article has helped you to understand all the details about Mac recovery mode. For further details comment in the section given below.

Sanchita Das
Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.

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