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Fix: The Recovery Server Could Not Be Contacted – Mac OS Sierra

Fix: The Recovery Server Could Not Be Contacted – Mac OS Sierra

If you are trying to install Mac OS X (while in mac os recovery mode) onto a new volume on your Mac over your LAN network or Wi-Fi, you may receive an error.

 

The recovery server could not be contacted.

 

A solution provided by a user (Brano) on our site:

1. Launch Terminal and type:

 

ntpdate -u time.apple.com

 

 

Note: If you receive "operation not permitted" put sudo in front of the command.

 

sudo ntpdate -u time.apple.com

 


2. Proceed normally.

 


The problem is, SYSTEM DATE is wrong, and CERT validation is failing (https)

First, ensure your Mac is connected to a wired or wireless network. To connect wired network, plug an Ethernet cable in. To connect to a wireless network, go to the top right corner of the screen and choose the wireless icon and connect to a network.

If you are still experiencing the issue, it is very likely that the Apple servers are busy processing download requests for other users. You may also see your installation time rise significantly but come down suddenly over time.

 

If you are currently experiencing this issue, use the comment form below to let us now.

 


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Comments

Amy on Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:43

THANK YOU!!! This worked for me!

THANK YOU!!! This worked for me!
Brad Storrs on Monday, 01 October 2018 23:08

I'm still not having any luck after trying the steps mentioned. Still it reads: The recovery server could not be contacted.
Please help!

I'm still not having any luck after trying the steps mentioned. Still it reads: The recovery server could not be contacted. Please help!
Simone on Friday, 31 August 2018 11:12

Hi, I have tried this a few times now, without success. I am trying to reinstall from Recovery Mode. And always still get the same message. Any more ideas how to crack this? Thanks

Hi, I have tried this a few times now, without success. I am trying to reinstall from Recovery Mode. And always still get the same message. Any more ideas how to crack this? Thanks
Andrew D on Saturday, 11 August 2018 18:38

thank you this help solve my problem. first I was receiving an issue but it was due to not being connected to my Wifi. thank you for the help.

thank you this help solve my problem. first I was receiving an issue but it was due to not being connected to my Wifi. thank you for the help.
milanhawkin on Friday, 10 August 2018 21:27

you are such a savior!

you are such a savior!
Laura on Sunday, 05 August 2018 21:43

I did the terminal reset thing a bunch of times, and still no luck. I also did the hosts suggestion, and still getting the error message.

I did the terminal reset thing a bunch of times, and still no luck. I also did the hosts suggestion, and still getting the error message.
Barry on Thursday, 02 August 2018 04:43

I needed to run the terminal command three or four times but it finally updated and it works a treat. Thanks!

I needed to run the terminal command three or four times but it finally updated and it works a treat. Thanks!
J. T. on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:07

Brano,
If I could kiss you I would!

Brano, If I could kiss you I would!
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