How to enter Mac Recovery Mode

George Herman
George Herman
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By starting your Mac in Recovery Mode you can troubleshoot issues on start up, go back to an older version of macOS, do a restore from a Time Machine back up, fix any disk issues, and more. To enter Recovery Mode, simply follow these steps:

1. First, you must click on the Apple logo, situated at the top left corner of the screen.

2. Select Restart from the drop-down menu.

3. Immediately after Step 2, you must hold down the Command and R keys, until the Apple logo or a spinning globe shows up.

4. At some point your Mac will display the Recovery Mode menu on your screen.

You will see 4 options displayed on the Recovery Mode window:

  • Restore From Time Machine backup
  • Reinstall Mac OS
  • Get Help Online
  • Disk Utility

You can also enter Recovery Mode via Installation Disk

1. Insert the gray disc that came with your Mac and restart the device.

2. Press and hold down the C key on your keyboard until you hear the boot sound.

3. Follow through the Setup Wizard that will help you get into the Mac Recovery Mode.


Recovery Mode is known to not be available for some Mac devices. You can find out if your Mac is one of them, by checking the List of Mac devices that have Recovery Mode available.

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