How to Restart in Safe Mode Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Restart in Safe Mode Mac

Sometimes, troubleshooting your Mac requires you to start it up in Safe Mode. This mode allows your Mac to perform a basic startup, loading only essential software and disabling unnecessary login items and extensions.

It can help you isolate and resolve various software-related issues. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to restart your Mac in Safe Mode.

Step 1: Shut down your Mac

Before starting the process, make sure to save any open files and close all applications running on your Mac. To shut down your Mac, click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen and select Shut Down...

Step 2: Start your Mac in Safe Mode

  1. Press the power button on your Mac.

  2. Immediately after pressing the power button, press and hold the Shift key.

  3. Keep holding the Shift key until you see the Apple logo appear on your screen.

  4. You can release the Shift key once you see the login window or desktop.


If your Mac has a firmware password enabled, you may need to enter it before proceeding with starting up in Safe Mode.

Step 3: Troubleshoot in Safe Mode

Once you have successfully entered Safe Mode, you can start troubleshooting any software-related issues on your Mac. Here are a few tasks you can perform while in Safe Mode:

  • Delete problematic login items: Some login items may cause issues with your Mac’s startup. To remove them, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.

    Select your user account, click on the Login Items tab, and remove any unnecessary or problematic items.

  • Uninstall problematic apps: If you suspect that a specific application is causing issues, you can uninstall it by dragging it from the Applications folder to the Trash.
  • Scan for malware: Although rare, malware can still affect your Mac. Use a trusted antivirus software to scan your system and remove any potential threats.
  • Verify and repair disk permissions: Disk permissions can sometimes become corrupted, leading to various problems. Use the built-in Disk Utility tool to verify and repair disk permissions.


If you encounter any issues while in Safe Mode or need further assistance with troubleshooting, it is recommended to consult Apple Support or visit an authorized service provider.

Step 4: Restart your Mac normally

Once you have finished troubleshooting in Safe Mode and resolved any software-related issues, it’s time to restart your Mac normally. To do this:

  1. Click on the Apple menu.

  2. Select Restart.

  3. Your Mac will now restart in its regular mode.

Congratulations! You have successfully restarted your Mac in Safe Mode and resolved any software-related issues that were causing trouble.

Remember that Safe Mode is only intended for troubleshooting purposes, so it’s essential to return to normal mode once you have completed the necessary steps.

Keep in mind that if your Mac continues to experience problems or if you are unsure about troubleshooting steps, it is always a good idea to consult Apple Support or seek professional help.

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