How to Start Mac in Recovery Mode [2021 Updated]

How to Start your Mac in Recovery Mode

Stuck in the middle of some significant issues on your Mac and left with no possible way to troubleshoot? And wondering how the experts fix your MacBook and relive them back to the normal? Well, you are on the right page. Recovery Mode was launched in the year 2010 with the release of OS X 10.7 Lion to let users play geeky when their Mac needs it most. Let’s walk through this step-by-step guide to start your Mac in recovery mode.

What is Mac Recovery Mode? 

In layman’s language, it is a built-in recovery system for your Mac. The feature operates through various utilities from a particular disk partition that is set apart during macOS installation. The tool can be of immense help in accomplishing numerous tasks. Let’s have a look at them;

NOTE: There are times when the function fails to work. Under such scenarios, you can use Internet Recovery Mode.

  • Erase your computer before passing it over to someone. To delete your data and remove Apple ID.
  • Completely erase your disk.
  • Restore the older macOS version.
  • Fix a startup failure issue.
  • Scan and repair disk.
  • Set up Mac to boot from an external drive.
  • Fixing Network Connectivity Error.

How to Boot a Mac in Recovery Mode? 

  1. Restart your Mac.
  2. Press and hold Command (⌘) + R. 
  3. Release the keys once you see the Apple logo, spinning globe, or another startup screen.
  4. You should be asked to enter your Mac password.
  5. Once entered, you’ll be on the recovery mode screen that should look like this!Use Mac in Recovery Mode

If you couldn’t boot Recovery Mode or the Apple logo didn’t appear, make sure you press and hold the keys in combination together when your Mac restarts. The press and release of the keys have to be in a proper manner. If still, you couldn’t use it, shut down your Mac, switch it on, and try again by holding down the same keys at the moment the screen awakes.

When your Mac finally boots loads recovery, there are four major tools on your screen.

  • Restore From Time Machine Backup: If you’ve Time Machine backup available, you can restore your Mac using this feature.
  • Reinstall macOS: This one can help you to download and reinstall macOS as per the key combination you use.
  • Get Help Online: Using this mode, you can browse the web in Safari and get help online. There are built-in Apple Support links you can access to resolve your error. However, a point to be noted here is you can not use plug-ins and extensions in the recovery mode.
  • Disk Utility:  This option can help you to repair or completely erase your disk and another compatible storage device.

Apart from these major tools, there are additional options available in the menu bar. In the Utilities Menu, you can use Startup Security Utility, Network Utility, and Terminal.

Does Recovery Mode Delete Everything on a Mac?

Loading recovery mode doesn’t delete anything from your Mac unless you step ahead to reinstall the macOS or use Disk Utility without taking a backup. Otherwise, you can comfortably boot your Mac without worrying about your data loss while stuck with a major technical issue.

How to Exit Recovery Mode

Before moving forward with one of the macOS recovery tools, make sure you have a basic understanding of each tool. Also, it’s necessary to have your Mac data backed up, if you’re proceeding with reinstallation.

If you don’t know much about these macOS recovery tools and don’t want to proceed without backing up your data, it’s safe to exit.

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top left corner.
  2. Choose Restart or Shutdown to go back to the desktop or switch it off accordingly.

You can also choose a different Startup Disk option if you want to switch to another disk from the menu.

How to Open Terminal on Mac in Recovery Mode

A terminal can be run using the Recovery mode.

  1. Run your mac in recovery mode as above.
  2. Click on Utilities in the top menu bar.
  3. Click Terminal.Select Utilities and Click on Terminal on Mac in Recovery Mode

What to Do If Recovery Mode Doesn’t Work on Mac?

Due to some reason, you may not able to boot the macOS recovery mode. However, finding the exact reason can be tricky, you can consider these workarounds and get it quickly fixed.

Signing Off

Thanks to macOS X 10.7 that introduced recovery mode and made the disk repair and macOS reinstallation process easier. As you get to know in the tutorial, starting your Mac in Recovery Mode isn’t harmful to your data in any way. It is made for providing technical support when it’s needed.

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