Mac recovery mode is a mode that helps load the default settings/in-built recovery tools when the normal OS functioning has malfunctioned or is damaged completely. macOS versions like the macOS Mojave, Sierra, High Sierra, BigSur, Leopard, Lion, and the rest have a recovery mode functionality.
Understanding what macOS Recovery Mode Means
First and foremost, you should know that the recovery tools are stored in a separate disk partition. If you want to restore a Mac to its last known good configuration or its previous edition, then you need to first boot the device in recovery mode.
Mostly, you can use the recovery mode to perform particular troubleshooting functions. You can either restore the macOS from a Time Machine Backup, reinstall a new copy of macOS, erase the hard disk, get online help, or recover the previous status/version of the device.
However, sometimes the Mac recovery mode will not work. So, what should you do when this happens? And what are the steps to follow to troubleshoot this issue?
In this article, we will look at everything you should know and what to do.
How to Check if the Recovery Mode is Working
When the recovery mode is not working as it should, you need to fix it. Here are the steps to follow to check if it is working as it should.
- Switch off your device from the Apple menu. If the machine is frozen, then you need to close all the open windows and continue.
- Switch it ON. However, before it boots, simultaneously hold the Command key (⌘) + Letter R.
- Release the key after you see the Apple Logo and follow all the recommended steps.
- The computer will boot in recovery mode. If not, then there is an issue with the recovery mode.
What Causes the Recovery Mode to Malfunction?
There are a few reasons that can cause the recovery mode to malfunction. Below are four of the most common reasons we have noted.
- Corrupted or deleted/missing recovery files
- Difference in files if you had previously upgraded the OS
- System bugs and virus
- Hardware issues on the keyboard that prevent some keys to function. The command key can be the issue for instance.
Fixing MacOS Errors if the Recovery Mode is not Working
When the recovery mode malfunctions, you can still recover all your files. You can use the recover with a time machine as an alternative to recovering files.
Step-by-step Procedure to Recover With Time Machine backup
- Restart your device
- After you hear the startup sound, immediately press and hold the option key on your keyboard.
- Next, you should connect your time machine disk drive.
- Select the specific recovery drive available on the list
- Click Use Disk and follow the instructions.
Step-by-step Procedure to Recover With Internet Recovery Mode
If there is an issue with the recovery mode, you can recover your device by using the internet recovery mode.
- Restart your device
- Press the Option key + Command button + letter R simultaneously. You will see a globe on the screen.
- Choose your network (internet connection) and wait.
- The Recovery mode will appear.
- Click Reinstall macOS and follow the next steps.