Mac OS how to Enter Recovery Mode

Restore/Recover Mac OS with – “Recovery Mode”

What can I do with recovery mode? What is recovery mode?

  • Use backup from “Time Machine” to Restore the Mac
  • Use “Disk Utility” from recovery mode to Scan, verify and repair the connected drives
  • Re-install stock version of Mac OS or Erase, Install.
  • Use Safari to browse the internet or diagnose connection

How to Enter Recovery Mode?

(This only works if your hard drive is not completely damaged, if it is, we need to use internet recovery mode which is the next section)

1 Make sure Mac is powered off.

2 Press the power button then immediately hold the Command ⌘ + R keys till the Apple logo appears. After awhile, the Mac OS utility window should appear, which means we have successfully entered recovery mode.

(If not, we might need to try several times to get the timing right)

How to Exit Recovery Mode?

To Exit the recovery mode, we simply just need to restart the Mac OS. If it keeps getting into recovery mode, just select the normal boot disk, we can try to restart the Mac OS again, now it should boot into normal system as expected.

How to Enter Recovery Mode over Internet connection?

If the hard drive is damaged (You might want to replace the hard drive first in this case) or volume is damaged, we need to Enter recovery mode via internet, here is how.

1 Power off the Mac

2 Press the power button then hold Command ⌘ + Option + R keys after you hear the start-up sound. Release the keys when you see the animated globe on the screen.

3 The loading speed depend on your internet connection speed, it’s a good idea to plug the power cord for your Mac.

4 When the loading is done, we should see the macOS utility window.

5 Now we have successfully entered recovery mode via internet.

How to Enter Recovery Mode with Pre-Made USB/Bootable Installer

Again, if the hard drive is damaged (You might want to replace the hard drive first in this case) or volume is damaged, we need to Enter recovery mode via internet, here is how.

1 If you don’t have an bootable USB yet, follow this guide (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372) to create a bootable USB first (You will need a working Mac for this task)

2 Power off the Mac

3 Press the power button to power on the Mac, when you hear the startup sound, press and hold the Option key. You will see the Startup Manager. Once the Startup Manager screen appears, release the Option key. The utility will look for any available drives that include bootable content including the bootable USB

4 Now select the bootable USB to boot from it, then you should be able to see the disk utility again.

How to Restore from directly connected Time Machine

1 Power off the Mac

2 Connect your Time Machine to the Mac, power on the Mac while holding the Option key

3 Select the Recovery Drive to boot Mac then click on “Use Disk to update the system storage”

Mac OS Software update Download Stuck x.xx GB – x.xx GB

The Mac OS software update might get stuck at downloading x.xx GB – x.xx GB

To resolve this issue try to download the update .dmg image directly from Apple then update the Mac OS manually.

Download links

USA – https://support.apple.com/downloads/macos

If you are not live in USA, you can select different country/language, the downloading speed might be faster for you: https://support.apple.com/choose-country-region/downloads

iPhone Not Backed Up / iPhone Backup Failed

“This iPhone hasn’t been backed up in xx weeks. Backups happened when this iPhone is connected to power, locked and on Wi-Fi”

“You do not have enough space in iCloud to back up this iPhone.”

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1 Tap on Settings icon.

iOS -> Settings icon
iOS -> Settings icon

2 Tap on your name at the top (If prompted, enter the Apple ID and password then tap Sign In)

iOS -> Settings -> Name
iOS -> Settings -> Name

3 Tap on “iCloud”

iOS -> Settings -> Name -> iCloud
iOS -> Settings -> Name -> iCloud

4 Tap on “iCloud backup”

iOS -> Settings -> Name -> iCloud -> iCloud Backup
iOS -> Settings -> Name -> iCloud -> iCloud Backup

5

 iOS -> Settings -> Name -> iCloud -> iCloud Backup -> Turn off
iOS -> Settings -> Name -> iCloud -> iCloud Backup -> Turn off

Note: Turning off the iCloud will stop your phone from backing up to iCloud automatically (Thus nor more complain about insufficient space). You might want to backup your phone manually just in case.

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  • Free
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  • Easy to install

More detail from official website: https://letsview.com/

Windows download: https://download.aoscdn.com/down.php?softid=letsview

Android download: https://download.apowersoft.com/letsview.apk

iOS download: https://download.aoscdn.com/down.php?softid=iosletsview

Completely Restore/Reset iPad (Clear/Wipe everything) With DFU(Device Firmware Update) mode

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Sometimes iPad can have problems, e.g. Screen is black or frozen. (Make sure it is not out of power)

You can try to hold Power button and Home button to reset it. (This way iPad will lose anything)

If holding the Power button and Home button doesn’t work, you might need to use DFU mode to reset it (This way, the iPad will lose everything, after it’s done, it will be like a new one)

Items you will need to have before starting:

  • The iPad with issue
  • PC/Mac with iTunes installed
  • USB cable to connect iPad with PC/Mac

Here is how:

1 Hold the power button and home button, the iPad will tun off, do not release the buttons

2 When the White Apple logo appears, only release the power button, still holding the home button.

3 The DFU mode should appear, release all buttons.

4 Connect iPad with PC/Mac

5 Open iTunes

6 It will ask if you want to “Update” or “Restore” (If the iPad is not running the latest version)

7 You can try “Update” (Update should keep the settings)

8 Fail that, you need to select “Restore” (This will wipe the iPad, you will lose everything on that iPad), it should bring your iPad to live though.

How To: Create Apple Time Machine in Open Media Vault (OMV)

(If you are using OMV 5, please follow this guide: How To: Create Apple Time Machine in Open Media Vault 5 (OMV 5) with Shared Folder (SMB Share/Windows Share/Shared Folder/CIFS))

1 Create File System (Refer to this guide How To: Create SMB/CIFs/Windows Share in Open Media Vault (OMV))

2 Install OMV Extras from here http://omv-extras.org (For OMV V4, click on here, following the http://omv-extras.org/joomla/index.php/guides (Link doesn’t work anymore) and install the plugin http://omv-extras.org/joomla/index.php/omv-plugins-4/4-stable (Link doesn’t work anymore)

3 Back to OMV, click on Plugins and install openmediavault-netatalk

4 Create Shared folder for Apple Time Machine (Refer to this guide How To: Create SMB/CIFs/Windows Share in Open Media Vault (OMV)) The steps are very similar but instead of going to SMB/CIFS, we use Apple Filing Tab this time

Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Services Tab -> Apple Filing -> Shares
Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Services Tab -> Apple Filing -> Shares

5 Make sure in the Edit Share window Enable Time Machine support, so that Mac OS can recognize the Share folder as supported Time Machine

Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Services Tab -> Apple Filing -> Shares
Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Services Tab -> Apple Filing -> Shares

6 Save settings

7 Click on Settings Tab, enable service, save settings and Apply

Creating a User

Since Mac OS require Time Machine require a password, we will create a user

1 Go to Access Rights Manager Tab and click on User

Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> User
Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> User

2 Click on Add button and Create a user and Save

Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> User -> Add User
Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> User -> Add User

Configure permission for Time Machine folder

1 Click on Shared Folders

 Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> Shared Folders
Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> Shared Folders

2 Click on previously created shared Time Machine folder then click on Privileges button

Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> Shared Folders
Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> Shared Folders

3 Tick Read/Write permission for desired user for Time Machine

Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> Shared Folders -> Privileges
Screenshot of Open Media Vault (OMV) Access Rights Manager Tab -> Shared Folders -> Privileges

4 Now if we open our Mac, click on Top left corner (Apple icon) -> System preferences -> Time Machine, configure the settings to use the Time Machine we have just created

5 From now on, it will backup your everything from Mac OS, with hourly, weekly and monthly backup routine

How to properly remove/release supervised Apple devices

*This method only suitable for Administrators who enrolled device with Apple Business Manager or Apple Business Manager and third-party MDM services.

*With this method, Mac computers can’t be added back once released.

Login to Apple Business Manager: https://business.apple.com

Click Device Assignments in the sidebar and choose the method for device disownment

Select Release Devices from the Perform Action pop-up menu, then click Done

Make sure read the pop-up carefully.

Click Release.

Click OK.

Now reset the device, the Remote Management will not show while setting up the device.

Proceed with setup, now the device is release from Apple Business Manager and MDM (Mobile device management) server.

Alternatively, you can release the device from MDM service if you have configured allow MDM server to do so.

More details from Apple:
https://support.apple.com/guide/apple-business-manager/release-devices-asmec4d28461/web