How to Enter Recovery Mode on a Mac with Apple Silicon

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MacOS Recovery Mode is the only way to fix a dead Mac. If you want to reinstall the operating system or format the drive, this is where you go. Here’s how to access recovery mode on Macs with Apple Silicon.

If you are a longtime Mac user, you may be familiar with the keyboard shortcut used to enter recovery mode on Intel Macs. You just hold down Command + R while booting. But it will not work if you are using a Mac with Apple Silicon (M1 or higher chips).

Once you’ve made sure you’re using a Mac with Apple Silicon (you can click the Apple icon in your menu bar and then select “About This Mac” to confirm.), Follow the steps below to access the recovery mode.

First, shut down your Mac. Then, hold down the Power / Touch ID button on your MacBook.

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If you’re using a stand-alone Mac, press and hold the power button on the back of the case.


Press and hold the power button until the text “Loading startup options” appears on the screen.

In a few seconds, you’ll see your Mac’s startup drive and an “Options” button. Select the “Options” button, then click the “Continue” button.

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Now your Mac will ask you to select a user. Choose the user and click on the “Next” button.

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Enter the password for the user account here.

You are now in your Mac’s recovery mode.

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It is now as usual. Here you can choose to reinstall the operating system, restore from Time Machine, use Disk Utility to format the Mac, and you can use Safari to browse the web. The steps to do all of this are the same as for Intel Macs.

Once you’ve completed your task, it’s time to boot into macOS. To do this, click on the Apple button in the menu bar and choose the option “Restart”.

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In a few seconds, your Mac will restart and you will see the login screen.

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