What is recovery mode used for?
Sometimes Mac has strange errors that are difficult to explain and solve. In these cases, it helps in some cases to reinstall macOS on the system volume.
Even if you want to run certain terminal commands, such as repairing access rights , the Mac must be booted in recovery mode or recovery mode. How you get there depends on whether you have a Mac with an Intel chip or an Apple Silicon chip (M1, M1 Pro/Max).
Apple silicon or Intel chip?
You can find out, for example, by clicking on the Apple menu in the top left of the Finder and selecting “About this Mac”. In the "Chip" line you can then see which type it is.
Enter recovery mode on an Intel Mac
To get into recovery mode on an Intel-based Mac , proceed as follows:
- Reboot Mac
- Press and hold cmd + R when starting
- Release the keys when the Apple logo appears
Shortly after that, the Recovery Menu Options window will appear.
Enter Recovery Mode on an Apple Silicon MacIf you want to get into recovery mode on a Mac with an Apple silicon chip , this works as follows:
- Shut down Mac
- Press and hold the power button
- the Mac will now boot and display the startup disk and Options
- Here you select the "Options" to enter the recovery mode