It is not often the case that you would see Mac users complaining about their device. Apple has done a brilliant job in making this machine. Unfortunately, some Mac users are facing an error while trying to update or reinstall their operating system. As soon as they try to start the process, they receive a message stating “The recovery server could not be contacted“. It is indeed a frustrating error to see, but luckily, fixing this error isn’t as difficult as you may think. Here is what you can do about this error.

Date and Time Settings:

One of the reasons why you could be facing this issue is your Mac’ date and time settings aren’t being synchronized with the Apple recovery servers. You will be required to update these settings and here is how to do it.

1. Click the option Go on your desktop.

2. Hit the option Utilities.

3. Now double click on the option Terminal.

4. Now you will need to type “ntpdate -u time.apple.com” and then press Enter on your keyboard.

5. This process will take some time to finish so do not indulge in any other action before it completes.

6. Once the process is finished, you can try updating your OS and you won’t face the error that you were facing before.

While most of the Mac users got their issue addressed with this technique, some Mac users didn’t get the issue fixed with this technique. So, if you have tried this technique and failed then do not worry. All you need to do is to repeat the same process, but when you are typing “ntpdate -u time.apple.com” in the terminal, simply add the word Sudo next to it. You will just need to type “Sudo ntpdate -u time.apple.com” and then hit Enter.

It is not often the case but sometimes Apple Servers are down and that becomes the reason why your update doesn’t go through. The best way to deal with this issue is to wait a few hours and then try the update. Apple’ servers being down means that they are processing other users download request and hence they will be back to normal once the load is eased. Another way to deal with this error is to change the internet connection as sometimes, network provider’ servers are blocking the Apple updates and that is why users see that error on the screen.