All the ways you can start up your Mac

We’ve talked quite a lot about Recovery OS, an underestimated feature of OS X that makes it easier to troubleshoot your Mac even if it refuses to start up properly.

But as you’ll see for yourself in this post, Recovery OS is but one of the more than dozen different ways to start up your computer, aside from OS X’s regular startup mode. In this tutorial, we’ll list all the ways you can start up your Mac and detail each one.

19 useful Mac startup key combinations you should familiarize yourself with

Most of the time, your Mac just works—until it refuses to start up properly due to an unforeseen system error, a misbehaving app, a broken system component and what not. Beyond system errors, different people have different needs when it comes to starting up their computer.

For example, you could be a pro user who dual boots between OS X and Windows on a daily basis. Others might be wondering about booting a Mac from a disk other than their designated startup disk. Or perhaps you’re looking to isolate the cause of a software issue in OS X’s Safe Mode or boot straight into Recovery OS as the last option?

For those of you who have wondered about the many ways you can start up your Mac, here’s a quick list of the keyboard shortcuts you can invoke to access handy OS X features which are only available at boot time.

How to place Apple TV in recovery mode

If your Apple TV won’t start up properly, or you are a developer who wants to install a tvOS beta, you must put the device in recovery (DFU) mode. In this post, you’ll learn how to put an Apple TV in recovery mode so you can restore it to factory settings if it’s acting up or install beta software on it.

Using Safari in OS X Recovery Mode

OS X’s built-in Recovery Mode is great for bringing your Mac back to working order. Invoked at boot time, it gives you more access to the system than you get in regular boot up.

The tools at your disposal in Recovery Mode let you repair disk errors with Disk Utility, reinstall OS X, restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup, set a firmware password, choose a startup disk, use Terminal and more.

Recovery Mode also includes a stripped-down version of Safari: use it to go online and search for solutions to your problems if the startup disk is corrupted and you cannot get past OS X’s login screen.

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to enter OS X Recovery or Internet Recovery Mode and use Safari to browse the web when your Mac won’t start up properly.

Installing or reinstalling macOS in Recovery Mode

Invoked at boot time, Recovery Mode helps you check your connected disks for errors, get help online and reinstall macOS. This tutorial covers entering Recovery Mode and taking advantage of it to erase, install or reinstall the latest version of macOS that was previously found on your Mac.

How to repair Mac disk errors in macOS Recovery Mode

The built-in recovery partition on your Mac’s startup disk contains recovery tools, like Disk Utility. Recovery Mode makes it easy to repair your Mac’s disk in situations when the machine won’t boot properly and load the desktop in the first place. We show you how to repair disk error using Recovery Mode.

How to start up your Mac in Internet Recovery Mode

In addition to the startup volume which holds a bootable copy of the operating system along with your applications and data, your Mac’s disk contains a hidden recovery partition that you can boot from in order to reinstall macOS, perform a quick check of connected disks and more.

But what it the recovery partition gets damaged? Enter Internet Recovery, an Internet-based version of Recovery Mode found on newer Macs, which loads recovery tools from Apple’s servers.

With Internet Recovery, you can reinstall macOS and troubleshoot issues in the unfortunate scenario of your Mac’s startup disk having become corrupted or completely unreadable. In this tutorial, you’ll learn everything there is about Internet Recovery Mode and how it can be used to your advantage if your disk encounters an issue or the startup drive has been replaced or erased.

How to start up your Mac in Recovery Mode

macOS’ startup modes can be quite helpful for troubleshooting complex issues that might require more than fixing disk permissions. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to enter Recovery Mode at boot time and use the built-in recovery tools to bring your Mac to perfect working condition.

Apple now lets you restore deleted iCloud files, contacts, calendars, and reminders

Apple quietly added on Thursday a new feature to that lets you restore deleted files, contacts, calendars, and reminders. Available from the Settings tab of, this feature archives your deleted iCloud files for 30 days, as well as versions of your contacts, calendars, and reminders at various intervals, making it an easy back up plan in case something goes wrong.

How to Downgrade iOS 5.0.1 to iOS 4.3.3 For Untethered Jailbreak

If you absolutely must have an untethered jailbreak at this very moment, there is always the option of downgrading back to iOS 4.3.3.

Assuming you saved your SHSH blobs for the last firmware susceptible to an untethered jailbreak, you can follow this video tutorial and downgrade to iOS 4.3.3 in about 10-15 minutes. Inside we show you how, step-by-step…