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macOS Recovery Console the expert help guide!

MacOS Recovery Console help by Keith Thomas – Apple Specialist and Mac Computer Expert.

Get professional MacOS IT support from Keith Thomas on how to use the MacOS recovery console on a Intel Apple Mac computer.

If you have a newer Apple Mac computer that has an Apple Silicon CPU or you have an Apple M1 Apple Mac computer the MacOS recovery console support is by using the power button on your Apple Mac computer to enter the MacOS recovery console on an Apple Silicon non-Intel Apple Mac computer. The Command (⌘) and R does not work on the newer Apple Mac computers.

Mac Recovery Console support – expert macOS help.

Find out how to use and understand the macOS recovery console.

Read our free guide on how to use the Apple Mac recovery console or simply contact a Apple Mac specialist for expert help and assistance on how to use the Apple Mac recovery console on your Apple Mac computer.

The Apple Mac recovery console is installed on all Apple Mac computers that have Apple MacOS Lion 10.7 or later installed.

Command (⌘) and R – macOS Recovery Console for Intel Apple Mac computers

The Apple Mac Recovery console for Apple Mac OS Lion to Apple Mac OS Catalina is very similar, however starting with Apple Mac OS Big Sur, the Apple Mac Big Sur Recovery console has now changed, and the way to enter the Apple Mac recovery console has changed too.

Apple Mac computers that have an Intel CPU use the Command (⌘) and the R key to start up a Intel Apple Mac computer into the Apple Mac OS Recovery Console.

If you have a newer Apple Mac computer that is not Intel and it is Apple M1 Apple Silicon start here to use the MacOS recovery console.

Apple Silicon computers – Power off the computer and keep the power button held down for macOS Recovery Console.

For the Apple Mac Silicon Apple M1 Mac computer power off the computer first, then power on the Apple Mac computer with the Power button pressed held down to start the Apple Mac OS Recovery console. The iMac only has one power button a the rear of the computer its to the far left from a front view or far right from a rear view!

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The Apple Mac computers do not come with any Apple MacOS operating system disks or media, the last Apple Mac computers to support media was Apple Mac OS Snow Leopard 10.6 and Apple MacOS Lion with a Apple Lion 10.7 recovery USB media memory stick.

The Mac OS Recovery console history.

All Apple Mac computers since Apple MacOS snow leopard have an Apple MacOS recovery console, the Apple MacOS recovery console is used to fix and repair an Apple Mac computer startup problem and to fix and repair software issues and problems with either the internal Apple Mac computer storage volume or can be used to fix and repair an external storage volume.

The Apple MacOS recovery console can also be used to restore an Apple Time Machine backup and to re-install the Apple MacOS operating system software.

The Apple MacOS recovery console can also be used to troubleshooting a Apple Mac internet connection issue and problem by testing the Apple Mac computer from the Apple Mac recovery option of “Get help online” from the Apple Mac recovery console.

The Apple Mac recovery console modes and options.

  • Apple Mac Time Machine Restore.
  • Re-install MacOS operating system.
  • Get Help online – Mac recovery Apple Safari edition.
  • Apple Disk Utility.
  • Reset the Apple Mac computer password.
  • Install Apple MacOS to an external storage volume or memory storage device.

Apple Time Machine restore from the recovery console.

To use the Apple Mac recovery console to restore a Apple Time Machine backup from the Apple Mac recovery console connect the Apple Time Machine backup drive to the Apple Mac computer and restart the Apple Mac with the Command CMD ⌘ key and R keys held down. For Mac OS Big Sur or newer macOS simply switch off the Apple Mac computer and press and hold down the Power Button, and keep the button held down until you get the option to either start the Apple Mac computer from the internal storage volume or enter the Apple Mac Big Sur recovery console.

This will start the Apple Mac computer to the Apple Mac recovery console so that the Apple Time Machine backup can be restored to the Apple Mac computer. This will erase and delete any data that is on the internal storage volume of the Apple Mac computer.

If your Apple Mac computer will not enter the macOS recovery console, simply shut down the Apple Mac computer, wait a few minutes and try the process again. Often this simply to do task works.

How to startup to the Mac recovery console for Mac OS Lion to Mac OS Catalina for Intel Apple Mac computers

  1. switch off your Apple Mac computer.
  2. Power on your Apple Mac computer.
  3. As soon as you get the startup Apple logo press and hold down the Command (⌘) + R keys on the keyboard (2 keys).

Apple Mac recovery console startup keys and options for Mac OS Lion to Mac OS Catalina.

  • Command (⌘) + R keys – startup to the Apple Mac recovery console.
  • Alt Key or Option Key – Start up the Apple Mac computer showing the available bootable disks.
  • D Key – Starts up the Apple Mac computer to the Apple hardware diagnostics menu.

macOS Internet Recovery Mode startup keys!

Information – macOS Internet recovery mode keys do not work on non-Intel Apple Mac computers!

Did you know that some Apple Mac computer models support a feature called the macOS internet recovery mode?

This is useful if the macOS recovery console does not work or if you have had a new storage volume fitted to your Apple Mac computer and you need to install macOS. With MacOS Monterey if you need to reset your Apple Mac computer use the built in macOS reset option to reset your Apple Mac computer. If you need to start again.

  • Command (⌘) – R – Reinstall the same macOS operating system that was installed on your Apple Mac computer.
  • Option-⌘-R – Upgrade to the latest Apple Mac operating system that is supported for the Apple Mac model.
  • Shift-Option-⌘-R – Reinstall the original Apple MacOS operating system that was supplied with your Apple Mac computer.

Apple Mac OS Big Sur • MacOS Monterey Recovery Console startup keys.

  1. Switch off the Apple Mac computer.
  2. Press and hold down the power button on the Apple Mac computer.
  3. Keep the power button held down until you get the option to enter the recovery console.

Apple Mac Internet Recovery mode information.

The Apple Mac Internet recovery mode is available on newer Apple Mac computers, this allows the Apple MacOS operating system software to be installed should the Apple Mac recovery console partition become damaged or corrupted, or if you need to put back the original Apple Mac operating system software version that is supported on the Apple Mac computer model. The Apple Mac Internet recovery console is used by holding down specific keys on the Apple Mac keyboard from a power off status.

The reinstall from MacOS recovery is also known as Apple MacOS internet recovery, it is not recommended that you downgrade from a newer Apple MacOS operating system software version. Starting with MacOS Monterey a new macOS feature can reset macOS user data without having to erase and re-install macOS.

How to use the Apple Mac Internet recovery mode for Mac OS Lion to Mac OS Catalina.

  • Switch off your Apple Mac computer and immediately hold down one of the keyboard options
  • Command (⌘)-R | Reinstall the latest Apple Mac OS operating system software on your Mac.
  • Option- (⌘)-R – Upgrade to the latest Apple Mac operating system that is supported on your Apple Mac.
  • Shift-Option-(⌘)-R – Downgrade the Apple Mac operating system software to the earliest one available.

Apple Mac recovery console menu items.

  • Restore from Apple Time Machine Backup.
  • Reinstall MacOS.
  • Get Help Online.
  • Apple Disk Utility.
  • Terminal Menu.

How to restore from Time Machine backup.

To restore you entire Apple Mac computer from a Apple Time Machine backup, connect your Apple storage volume to your Apple Mac computer if this is a USB or USB c or Thunderbolt external storage volume, or ideally connect your Apple Mac Time Capsule to the Apple Mac computer using a ethernet cable, and following the same steps to enter the Apple Mac recovery console. It is also possible to boot the Apple Mac computer from the Apple Mac Time Machine backup.

The Time Machine restore also has the ability to restore from a NAS Network attached storage volume by entering in the path to the NAS server from the Network button. a SMB network server path is required.

Keith Thomas is an Apple Support Specialist that worked at Apple Computer UK as a senior Apple Mac computer engineer and Apple IT support consultant. Providing Apple computer technical support services to the general public and to Apple Authorised Service Providers, and Apple Authorised Premium Resellers in the UK United Kingdom.

Today Keith Thomas is one of the leading Apple computer consultants in the UK, providing • onsite • remote • telephone Apple Mac computer technical support service and Apple IT consultancy to a wide range of companies • small businesses, and also for the general public.

How to get help with using the macOS Recovery console?

If you need to give away or you need to sell an Apple Mac computer, then you need to follow the Apple guidelines on how to give away, or sell or recycle an Apple Mac computer. With MacOS Monterey and newer MacOS versions, newer Apple Mac computer support erasing the computer by using a feature of MacOS Monterey to reset the Apple Mac computer, this works in the same way as how you reset an Apple iPhone or Apple iPad, however, newer Apple Macs support MacOS Activation Lock, and this needs to be sign out of before you erase a newer Apple Mac computer.

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