How to Boot Mac in Safe Mode

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

One of the troubleshooting techniques for Mac users is to boot their system in Safe Mode. Safe Mode allows you to diagnose and fix problems that may be causing issues with your Mac’s performance. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to boot your Mac in Safe Mode.

Step 1: Shut Down Your Mac

Before entering Safe Mode, you need to shut down your Mac completely. To do this, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “Shut Down”. Alternatively, you can press the power button and hold it until the screen goes black.

Step 2: Start Your Mac in Safe Mode

To start your Mac in Safe Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Power Button: Press the power button on your Mac to turn it on.
  2. Hold Down the Shift Key: As soon as you hear the startup sound, press and hold down the Shift key. Keep holding it until you see the Apple logo or a progress bar.
  3. Login: Once you reach the login screen, release the Shift key and enter your username and password to log in. You may notice that Safe Boot appears in red letters at the top-right corner of your screen.


If your Mac has a firmware password enabled, you will need to enter it before proceeding with Step 2.

Determining If You Are In Safe Mode

After successfully booting into Safe Mode, there are a few indicators that confirm that you are indeed in this mode:

  • No Login Items: In Safe Mode, no login items or third-party extensions are loaded.
  • Screen Appearance: The screen might appear slightly different, with a lower resolution and a different background color.
  • System Performance: While in Safe Mode, your Mac may run more slowly than usual due to limited functionality.

Exiting Safe Mode

To exit Safe Mode and return to normal mode, simply restart your Mac without holding down the Shift key.


If your Mac gets stuck in Safe Mode or you encounter any issues while using it, try restarting your Mac again. If the problem persists, you may need to seek further assistance.

In Conclusion

Boot your Mac in Safe Mode when you encounter performance issues or are troubleshooting problems. Remember to shut down your Mac completely before starting it in Safe Mode. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily enter and exit Safe Mode on your Mac.

With this knowledge at hand, you are now equipped to tackle any issues that may arise on your Mac with confidence.

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