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How to Enter macOS Recovery Mode on new Macs – M1 and M2 (Apple Silicon)


macOS Recovery Mode is a built-in system on all modern Macs with Apple Silicon that provides various utilities that can be accessed before the operating system boots up. These utilities can be helpful for troubleshooting issues with your Mac if it is not functioning properly.

Some of the actions that you can perform in macOS Recovery Mode for Apple Silicon Macs include repairing your Mac’s internal drive, reinstalling macOS, restoring data from a Time Machine backup, starting up in safe mode, transferring files between two Macs, and changing security policies for different volumes.

How to Enter macOS Recovery Mode on Apple Silicon Macs
How to Enter macOS Recovery Mode on Apple Silicon Macs

These apps are available in macOS Recovery:

  • Time Machine: A tool for creating and restoring backups of your Mac’s data.
  • Install macOS Ventura: A utility for installing a new version of macOS on your Mac.
  • Safari: A web browser for accessing the internet and downloading files.
  • Disk Utility: A tool for managing and repairing storage devices connected to your Mac.
  • Startup Security Utility: A utility for configuring the security features of your Mac’s startup process.
  • Terminal: A command-line interface for executing advanced tasks on your Mac.
  • Share Disk: A utility for sharing files between two Macs over a network connection.
  • Startup Disk: A utility for selecting the boot volume for your Mac.

Enter macOS Recovery Mode on Apple Silicon Macs

  1. Shut down your Mac by clicking the Apple symbol in the menu bar and selecting Shut Down.
  2. Press and hold the power button until the “Loading startup options” message appears on the screen.
  3. Click the Options button, then click Continue.
  4. If prompted, select the volume that you want to recover, then click Next.
  5. Select your administrator account, then click Next.
  6. Enter your admin password, then click Continue.
  7. After a short period of time, the Recovery app will appear in the menu bar, and you will be able to select options and launch apps from the window or the menu bar.

Note that if the Wi-Fi icon appears in the top-right corner of the screen and contains one or more bars, your Mac is connected to the internet. If the icon does not contain any bars, Wi-Fi is turned on but not connected to a wireless network. You can change the Wi-Fi status and join a network by clicking the Wi-Fi icon, after which you can download and reinstall macOS if needed.

When you have finished using the utilities in macOS Recovery Mode, you can quit by clicking the Apple symbol in the menu bar and selecting Restart or Shut Down. Additionally, you can choose a different startup disk before restarting.

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