Why is Command+R not working on Mac?
When Command+R is not working on your Mac, it's time to troubleshoot the issue.
This functional shortcut key combination is crucial for Mac users. If your MacBook suffers a serious failure or glitch, you'll need to reinstall your macOS or access recovery mode using the Command + R key combination.
But if you can't get your shortcut to work, you'll find yourself unable to boot in recovery mode.
Why is Mac Command+R not working?
Broken or faulty keyboard
Corrupt recovery partition
You followed the instructions incorrectly
Regardless of the reason, you'll need to fix it; head to the next section for tips.
How to fix Command+R not working on a MacBook
1. Check your keyboard
The most obvious thing to check is your keyboard, especially if it's Bluetooth. First, look for physical or USB port damage. Now, toggle your Bluetooth on and off to rule out connection issues. If your keyboard is OK, head to the next tip.
2. Check for malware
Next, it's wise to check malware on your Mac; the inability to access recovery mode or use specific keyboard shortcuts can often be attributed to malicious software. It's time to run your antivirus software.
Alternatively, you could also use the Malware Removal module from the cleaning and maintenance app CleanMyMac X. Here's how:
- Open the app (or get the free version).
- Select Malware Removal and click Scan.
If malware is found, this intuitive app will help you remove it entirely from your device.
3. Try an alternative way to access recovery mode
On the M-Series Mac, the Fallback recovery OS mode is an alternative. You can find detailed instructions from Apple on how to access this here.
On M1 or M2 chip devices, the Fallback recovery mode permits access to a second copy of the recoveryOS located on your SSD.