How to check if my Mac has a T2 security chip?

Updated by Tim to Mac Data Recovery Tips on October 28th, 2020

How do I know if my Mac has a T2 security chip?

You can use System Information to check if your Mac has a T2 security chp.

Step 1: In the Finder, click the Apple menu and select "About This Mac".

Step 2: Click the General tab, then click "System report" button.

Step 3: In the sidebar of the System Information window, select either Controller or iBridge, depending on the version of macOS in use.

Step 4: If you see "Model Name: Apple T2 chip" on the righthand side column, your Mac has the Apple T2 security chip. If you don't see this message, you have an older Mac model without this Apple T2 security chip.

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If your Mac is equipped with Apple T2 security chip, M3 Data Recovery is the only software to recover lost data from your Mac.

To recover lost data from a Mac equipped with Apple T2 security chip, you need to run M3 Data Recovery in macOS recovery mode.

Which Macs have the Apple T2 security chip?

The following models of iMac Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air have Apple T2 security chip:

iMac Pro

iMac 2020

Mac Pro 2019, Mac Pro 2020

Mac mini 2018, Mac mini 2019, Mac mini 2020

MacBook Air 2018, MacBook Air 2019, MacBook Air 2020

MacBook Pro 2018, MacBook Pro 2019, MaBook Pro 2020

How to disable T2 security chip?

Mac computers equipped with a T2 chip have an added feature called secure boot. It prevents unsigned operating systems from running on your Mac.

To turn off Apple T2 security chip, follow the below steps:

Step 1: When starting up your Mac, press Command + R together. You will see the macOS Utilities window.

Step 2: From the menu bar, choose "Utilities" > "Startup Security Utility". You will need to provide authentication via a Mac administrator username and password.

Choose startup security utiliy

Step 3: Choose "No Security", it will disable secure boot.

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Step 4: Restart your Mac. Now you should be able to disable Apple T2 chip.

About Apple T2 security chip

The T2 security chip is a hardware component designed by Apple which enables various security features, such as APFS internal storage encryption, secure boot, Touch ID and microphone security, as well as integrating several other controllers that are found separately on computers without the T2 security chip.

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