articles macOS High Sierra installer: cannot connect to recovery server

Published → Thursday, April 26, 2018 3:30 PM

Check the system date. When its not close to the present, the server will not connect*.


  1. Open Terminal:  “utilities” > terminal
  2. type “date” in the bash display, it wil display the current set system date. Mine was 1/1/x (don’t remember the set year) – because the battery was serviced and got disconnected.
  3. set the date with “date 0426172718” to set the date to april (04) 26, and the time to 17 hours, 27 minutes and the year 18 for 2018
  4. close terminal
  5. run install

(*) However it’s also very likely that you forgot that the wifi is not set yet… luckily you get a very good descriptive error message /s