How to Open Mac in Safe Mode

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode that allows you to start your Mac with only essential system processes and software. It can help you identify and resolve issues that may be causing problems on your computer.

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to open your Mac in Safe Mode. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Shut Down Your Mac

To begin, you need to shut down your Mac completely. To do this, go to the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen and select Shut Down.

Step 2: Start Your Mac in Safe Mode

Once your Mac is fully shut down, press the power button to turn it on. As soon as you press the power button, immediately hold down the Shift key on your keyboard.

Your Mac will now start up in Safe Mode. You may release the Shift key once you see the Apple logo or a progress bar.

Step 3: Troubleshoot in Safe Mode

In Safe Mode, your Mac will only load essential system files and disable unnecessary software and login items. This helps isolate issues related to third-party software or incompatible drivers.

You can now use your Mac in Safe Mode to troubleshoot any problems you are experiencing. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Check for Software Issues: Use this time to identify any problematic software that may be causing issues on your Mac. Try uninstalling recently installed applications or running diagnostic scans on existing software.
  • Delete Cache Files: Cache files can sometimes become corrupt and cause issues on your system.

    Use this opportunity to clear cache files by deleting them from the relevant folders.

  • Repair Disk Permissions: Disk permissions can sometimes get corrupted and cause problems. In Safe Mode, you can use the Disk Utility application to repair disk permissions and fix any issues.
  • Run Hardware Diagnostics: If you suspect that a hardware component may be causing problems, you can run hardware diagnostics in Safe Mode. This will help identify any faulty hardware and allow you to take appropriate action.

Step 4: Restart Your Mac Normally

Once you have finished troubleshooting in Safe Mode, it’s time to restart your Mac normally. Simply go to the Apple menu and select Restart.

Your Mac will now start up in its regular mode, loading all software and login items as usual.


If your Mac keeps booting into Safe Mode even after restarting normally, there may be an underlying issue that requires further investigation. It is recommended to consult Apple Support or visit an authorized service provider for assistance.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to open your Mac in Safe Mode.

This troubleshooting mode can be incredibly helpful in resolving software-related issues on your computer. Remember to always restart your Mac normally after troubleshooting in Safe Mode.

We hope this tutorial was informative and easy to follow. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out!

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