Mac error: The recovery server could not be reached

If you z. If, for example, you want to install an operating system using the recovery mode of the Apple Mac, this can lead to an error The recovery server could not be reached come. There are various reasons for this and, accordingly, various possible solutions. In this guide you will find help for eliminating the error so that the desired installation of macOS works. If your solution is not included below, please leave a comment so that I can add it.

The recovery server could not be reached - Here you can find the cause and solution for the Mac error when installing macOS in recovery mode.
The recovery server could not be reached - Here you can find the cause and solution for the Mac error when installing macOS in recovery mode.

Causes: The recovery server could not be reached

The Mac OS error or macOS error that throws the message "The recovery server could not be reached" can have various causes. If a cause from the following list could apply to you, you will find the corresponding solutions under the next subheading:

  1. Internet connection was interrupted, for example the WLAN connection
  2. The system time (and time zone) does not match the current time

Solving the Mac error for a clean macOS installation

Whether it's reinstalling the original Mac OS that came with the Mac, iMac, or MacBook, or installing the latest macOS onto an empty, newly installed hard drive - there are many situations in which the named error could occur. If you cannot install the Apple operating system, you can use the following solutions.

Reconnect to the Internet, ideally via LAN

Since the current models of the Apple Mac no longer have a DVD drive, the operating system is loaded from the Internet during the restoration. If the server cannot be reached, this may be due to the internet connection. So checks whether the WLAN network can be reached and data can flow. If necessary, deletes the WLAN connection and re-establishes it by selecting the network and entering the password. Alternatively, you can connect the Apple Mac to the router using a LAN cable - this is the best solution for a permanently stable connection and a fast macOS download.

Set the system time in the system settings or via the terminal

Do you have access to the system settings, then call it the point Date / time on. Is the date and time correct? And if the information in the tab is correct time zone? If not, then correct that - ideally (with an existing Internet connection) by ticking "Set date and time automatically" and selecting "Apple Europe (". If that doesn't help or you can't access the settings, just use that Port. In recovery mode you can do it via menu bar -> Utilities -> Port call. In it give the order

ntpdate -u

or the command

sudo ntpdate -u

and confirms it with Enter. The system time should then correspond to the server time again and access to the recovery server should work. Isn't that the case with you? Feel free to leave a comment with your installation problem and / or your solution for it;)

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11 Responses to “Mac Error: The recovery server could not be reached”

        1. Can't read Apfelot?

          The command line command "ntpdate" has been removed under Mojave!
          So "ntpdate -u" is no longer possible!

          1. Right, you are right. Now you can sudo sntp -sS hostname as an alternative to sudo ntpdate -u hostname use.

      1. Also look for the current Terminal command in macOS Mojave to set the time zone. Otherwise I cannot restore the MacBook

    1. Hello Stephan! The Mac recognizes a LAN connection immediately without any settings. Just plug in the cable and you're done. : D

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