How to boot Apple Mac M1 into Recovery Mode

In November, Apple announced its newest Silicon based Mac M1 chip, and the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini get the power of newer M1 processor. The newer Mac M1 is a power efficient chip and boosts the performance on the Mac. Aside from the performance, the chip also brings a new eco-system to operate functions like macOS Recovery and Safe Mode. Yes, it’s different from Intel models. If you’re using Silicon powered Mac and want to boot into Recovery mode, then here’s the definitive guide by which you can boot Apple Mac M1 in Recovery Mode.

What is Recovery Mode?

The recovery mode (system) on Mac is known as macOS Recovery. Recovery Mode on Mac allows you to troubleshoot the problems like options to repair internal disk, reinstall the OS, recovery the backup, and a few other things as well. If you’re facing any problems or is you want to sell your Mac to someone then the macOS Recovery is all you need. Not only this, but it also allows you to sideload the OS (macOS Big Sur) even if your startup partition is not responding.

Before diving in to the steps, let’s take a look at the different options available in the macOS Recovery.

Restore from Time Machine: This option lets you restore data from a Time Machine backup. If your backup is stored on Time Capsule then make sure to connect your system to the Internet for sideloading the backup.

Reinstall macOS Big Sur: As the name suggests, the option easily allows you to reinstall the macOS Big Sur on your Mac. If you want to reinstall macOS, then make sure to connect to Internet.

Safari: macOS Recovery app has Safari app access, you can use it to browse documentations from Apple Support website. You cannot access the Safari extensions while using the browser in Recovery Mode. Obviously, to use Safari you need to connect your Mac to the Internet.

Disk Utility: If you want to repair disk or erase data from disk, then you can use Disk Utility tool from the recovery mode. Definitely, you can also create partitions in the Disk Utility tools in macOS recovery. One of the best features of the macOS recovery’s Disk Utility tool is sharing data between two Macs.

How to Boot Apple Mac M1 in Recovery Mode

In this article, we cover how you can boot your Apple Intel-powered Macs and Apple Silicon M1-powered Macs into recovery mode. Not only this, but you can also find the way to exit recovery mode easily.

Now let’s dive right in to the steps.

How to Boot into Recovery Mode on Mac M1

If you want to boot your Apple Silicon Mac into macOS recovery, then the way to access recovery mode on the newer M1 based Macs are different in comparison to the Intel-powered Macs. If you’re facing any issues on your Mac, then you can boot your system into macOS recovery and perform various actions to diagnose problems easily. You can follow these steps on Mac M1.

  1. Boot your Mac, then move your cursor to address bar and tap on the Apple logo > Shut down.
  2. After shut down, wait for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Now press and hold the power button until you see the startup option page.
  4. Then, click on options to boot into macOS recovery.
  5. Enter the password if prompted.
  6. That’s it.

With these simple steps you can boot into recovery mode on M1 Apple Silicon Macs.

How to Boot into Recovery Mode on Intel Mac

If you want to diagnose problems on your Intel Mac then you can boot your system into the recovery mode. Before diving to the steps, make sure to connect your Mac to the Internet connection. You can follow the below steps and easily boot your Intel-powered Apple Mac system in to the recovery mode.

  1. Boot your Mac, then move your cursor to address bar and tap on the Apple logo > Shut down.
  2. After shut down, wait for 10 seconds.
  3. Turn on your MacBook, then immediately press and hold command key and R button until you see the Apple logo.
  4. Enter the password if prompted.
  5. That’s it.

Now let’s take a look at the steps to exit the recovery mode.

How to Exit Recovery Mode on Mac

If you’ve restored your system or if you’ve reinstalled the macOS then your system restarts automatically. But in case you want to exit from the macOS recovery, then you can simply click on the Apple icon from the address bar and then restart or shut down your system accordingly. Now you can boot your system in normal mode by tapping the power button, this time there’s no need to hold any other key while booting the system into normal mode. It works with both Intel-powered Macs and M1-based Macs.

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