How to reinstall macOS using Internet Recovery Mode

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macOS is a relatively stable operating system. But what if you’re having trouble starting up your Mac? A recovery partition always contains a copy of the operating system with all data and settings. Sometimes, in extreme cases, Recovery Mode or Command+R is corrupted. Don’t worry, we will help you boot your Mac even when recovery mode fails using Mac Internet Recovery Mode.

What is Internet Recovery Mode?

I have to admit it’s a tense situation when MacBook refuses to boot. When this happens, we are locked out of our system with no access to files and folders. Master recovery mode often works wonders. But sometimes, the built-in recovery system fails. In such cases, Internet Recovery Mode will come to your rescue.

Internet Recovery Mode is an online version of Recovery Mode. It’s identical to the one on your Mac’s disk, however, instead of disk, the tool is hosted on Apple’s servers. Mac Internet Recovery mode is useful when the disk is damaged or unreadable. The mode works on both older MacBooks with Intel and newer ones based on Apple Silicon.

This guide will tell you how to use Internet Recovery Mode. For the sake of clarity, we’ve dedicated separate sections for Intel-based and Apple Silicon-based MacBooks.

How to restart a Mac in internet recovery mode?

Typically, MacBook enters recovery mode when you hold down CMD+R combinations during startup. Use the same method to boot into internet recovery mode. That said, the combination of keywords is different for Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.

How to enter internet recovery mode on M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra and M2?

As mentioned, opening Internet Recovery Mode is different for different Mac models.

Necessary time:5 minutes.

Follow the steps outlined below to open Internet recovery mode on Apple Silicon Mac-

  1. Hover over the trackpad and click the Apple logo in the upper left corner.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select the Shutdown option. Alternatively, you can use the power button to force shut down your Mac.

    internet reset shutdown menu

  3. Restart your Mac by holding down the Mac’s power key. Soon enough, a loading boot screen pops up.

  4. Select Options > Continue.

    internet recovery options screen

  5. Choose User Profile by clicking on it.

    select the user profile to proceed with Internet recovery

  6. Enter your password when prompted

  7. More options to reset your Mac will appear on the screen. You can reset from Time Machine, reinstall macOS, or Disk Utility. Choose the appropriate option

How to enter Internet Recovery Mode on Intel-based Macs

This section is for those who own older Intel-based Macs. Using the steps outlined below, you can enter Internet Recovery Mode on any Intel Mac model. press and hold Command + R on the startup screen. The system will enter automatically Internet recovery mode if local restore is corrupted or not accessible. However, you can manually trigger this action by following the steps below-

1. Restart your Mac. You can use the power button or the Apple menu.

2. Your Mac restarts and you should hear the signature startup tone. Now press and hole Command + Option + R to reinstall the latest version of macOS. This step works for most newer Macs.

3. Do you own an older Mac? If so, press and hold Command + Option + Shift + R to enter Internet Recovery Mode. Sometimes an older version of the operating system may not be available. In such a scenario, the latest compatible version will be installed. Alternatively, you can use an old Recovery CD that came bundled with your Mac during purchase. Select your preferred language and proceed to the next step.

internet recovery language selection

4. There’s a good chance your Mac will ask for a password. Before that select the user profile. Enter the same using your keyboard (external keyboard may not work) and hit enter.

select profile internet recovery mode on Intel Mac

5. Internet Recovery Mode requires a solid and reliable WiFi connection. A Wi-Fi menu should now appear on the screen. A list of available Wi-Fis appears. Select your preferred connection and enter a password.

Reinstall macOS from the system recovery image

6. Once connected, your Mac will download the system recovery image from Apple’s servers. Depending on your macOS version and internet speed, the process could take up to an hour. We suggest connecting your Mac to a power adapter so you don’t run out of charge.

7. The macOS Utilities window will now appear. You get more options to restore your Mac. You can restore from Time Machine, reinstall macOS or Disk Utility.

With the Time Machine option, all data and settings will be restored. However, if you want to do a fresh install, select Reinstall macOS Ventura. We recommend a fresh install if you experience persistent software problems on your Mac.

Things to note when installing macOS in Internet Recovery Mode

When installing macOS using Internet Recovery Mode, make sure your WiFi connection uses WPA or WPA2 as the security method. If necessary, temporarily change your Internet settings. Once reset, you can change the settings. In rare cases where internet recovery mode doesn’t work, you can boot macOS from USB. We hope you are finally able to use your Mac with the help of Internet Recovery Mode. Let us know if you have anything to add in the comments below.


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