macOS Recovery is a powerful tool for fixing problems on your Mac. It can help you reinstall macOS, repair disk errors, reset passwords, and even rescue data from a failing hard drive. However, many Mac users don’t fully understand how to use it in case of emergency. This article will provide an overview of macOS Recovery and the steps you need to take when using it in an emergency.
The M1 Macs, released in November 2020, are the latest family of Macs from Apple. In addition to featuring an Apple processor, they also require a new method for accessing the Recovery options on the device. To enter into Recovery mode, users should turn off their devices and then press and hold the power button until an Apple logo with text appears indicating that holding the power button will bring up further startup options. Once this is present, continuing to hold down the power button will give you access to the Options menu which includes a Continue item which takes you through to Recovery.
It’s important to note that traditional methods such as Command-R (⌘+R) will no longer work with these machines so understanding how to access Recovery via this method is vital if you have a new M1 Mac or one of the Pro MacBook Pro models. By doing this, you can rest assured knowing that any issues with your device can be successfully addressed by entering into recovery mode.
When looking to perform troubleshooting and maintenance functions on an Intel-based Mac, using the Recovery Mode system is a great option. This method allows you to reset your Mac to its factory settings while retaining all your data. Doing this can help solve many hardware, software and other operating system related issues. Activating the Mac’s Recovery Mode is fairly easy; simply click on the Apple logo at the top left of the screen then select “Restart”. To initiate the restart process, press and hold the Command and R (⌘+R) keys until either an Apple logo or spinning globe is displayed.
If you see a spinning globe instead of an Apple logo it may be because macOS cannot start from the built-in recovery system so it is trying to reach out via the internet for a newer version. Once it does connect however, you’ll eventually be brought to a window featuring various recovery options such as reinstalling macOS, Disk Utility utility mode and Network Utility mode.
Connect to the internet using Wi-Fi
Connecting to the internet through Wi-Fi is a convenient way to stay online. Before connecting, it’s important to ensure that your Wi-Fi is turned on. To check if your device is connected to a wireless network, simply look at the Wi-Fi menu icon located in the upper-right corner of the screen. If Wi-Fi is on and connected, one or more bars should be displayed. When the icon shows no bars, it means that Wi-Fi is enabled but not connected to any available network. If the menu icon has a slash through it then Wi-Fi is off and needs to be switched on before you can join a wireless network.
To activate the Wi-Fi function, locate the Wi-Fi menu icon and choose the ‘Turn Wi-Fi On’ option. After doing so, you’ll be able to search for available networks and select one that you have access credentials for. Once selected, enter any required passwords or login information provided by your internet service provider, then you can begin browsing the web unrestrictedly! With only a few clicks of your mouse or trackpad, you can enjoy all the benefits of being connected online anytime!
Repair your internal storage device
If issues arise with your computer’s performance or the macOS Recovery screen appears, repairing the internal storage device, specifically an SSD, may be necessary. To do this, open the Recovery app and select Disk Utility. On the sidebar, select a volume then click on the First Aid button. The First Aid dialogue will appear and you should press Run to proceed with its instructions. Once complete, you can safely close out Disk Utility by clicking Done.
Repairing your internal storage device is an important step in maintaining a healthy system performance and reliability. By taking these few steps to diagnose any existing issues, you are ensuring that your computer’s files are safe and secure while also preventing any potential damage or data loss in the future. Furthermore, addressing any underlying physical or functional problems right away gives you a greater chance of avoiding long-term issues down the line.
Use Time Machine
Time Machine is Apple’s built-in tool that allows Mac users to restore their system, applications and files to a previous version. To use Time Machine, the system must first be backed up using an external hard drive or Time Capsule. When restoring with Time Machine, it is important to make sure you are connected to the internet if your backup is on a Time Capsule.
Once you are connected, open the Recovery app and select Restore from Time Machine backup. Then open the Time Machine System Restore app that opens afterwards and follow the steps for restoring your system. Your computer will then be restored back to its original condition it had before any changes were made. This makes it easy for Mac users to restore their system in minutes without having to re-install any software or applications manually.