How to Safeboot Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you having trouble with your Mac and need to start it in safe mode? Safe booting your Mac can help you troubleshoot various issues, such as software conflicts or startup disk errors. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of safe booting your Mac.

What is Safe Boot?

Safe boot is a diagnostic mode on Mac that allows your system to start up with the bare minimum requirements. When you boot your Mac in safe mode, it performs a series of checks and only loads necessary software and drivers. This helps isolate and resolve any issues that may be causing problems on your computer.

How to Safe Boot Your Mac

To safe boot your Mac, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Shut Down Your Mac

The first step is to shut down your Mac completely. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and choose “Shut Down” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can press and hold the power button until your Mac turns off.

Step 2: Start Your Mac in Safe Mode

Once your Mac is off, press the power button to turn it back on. As soon as you press the power button, immediately press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard. Keep holding the Shift key until you see the Apple logo or a progress bar appear.

  • If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch ID, release the Shift key when you see the login window.
  • If you have an iMac Pro or a Mac mini with Apple Silicon, continue holding down the Shift key until you see a progress indicator.
  • If you don’t see the Apple logo or progress bar after holding the Shift key for a while, try pressing and holding the power button again to turn off your Mac. Then repeat step 2.

Step 3: Log in to Your Mac

After a successful safe boot, your Mac will start up with a limited set of features. You may notice that the screen looks slightly different, and some processes may take longer than usual. Once you reach the login window, enter your username and password to log in.

Step 4: Troubleshoot the Issue

Now that you are in safe mode, you can start troubleshooting the problem that led you to safe boot your Mac. Use your computer normally and see if the issue persists. Safe mode disables unnecessary software and extensions, so if the problem disappears in safe mode, it is likely caused by third-party software or drivers.

  • Check for any recently installed apps or updates that might be causing conflicts.
  • Remove any startup items or login items that could be causing problems.
  • Run disk utility to check for any disk errors.
  • If you suspect hardware issues, perform a hardware diagnostics test on your Mac.

Exiting Safe Boot

Once you have finished troubleshooting and resolved the issue, it’s time to exit safe boot mode and reboot your Mac normally. Simply restart your computer by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting “Restart” or by pressing Control + Command + Power button.

In Conclusion

Safe booting is a useful feature on Mac that allows you to troubleshoot various issues by starting up your computer with minimal software and drivers. By following these steps, you can easily safe boot your Mac and resolve any problems you may be experiencing. Remember to exit safe boot mode once you have finished troubleshooting.

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