How to Turn Off Safe Boot Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

How to Turn Off Safe Boot Mac

The Safe Boot feature on Mac allows you to troubleshoot and diagnose issues with your system by starting up your computer with a minimal set of system software. However, there might be situations where you need to turn off Safe Boot and boot your Mac normally. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of turning off Safe Boot on your Mac.

Step 1: Shut down your Mac

To begin, make sure you shut down your Mac completely. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and selecting “Shut Down” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Start up your Mac

Once your Mac is completely shut down, press the power button to start it up again.


If you have a MacBook with a Touch Bar, press and hold the Touch ID button until you see the startup options appear on the screen.

Step 3: Reset NVRAM or PRAM (optional)

In some cases, resetting the NVRAM (non-volatile random-access memory) or PRAM (parameter random-access memory) can help resolve issues related to Safe Boot. This step is optional but recommended before proceeding further.

  • Press and hold the Command + Option + P + R keys simultaneously immediately after pressing the power button to start up your Mac.
  • Continue holding these keys until you hear the startup sound for the second time or see the Apple logo appear and disappear for a second time. Then release the keys.

Step 4: Access Startup Disk preferences

Once your Mac finishes starting up, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. In the System Preferences window, click on “Startup Disk.”

Step 5: Unlock Startup Disk preferences

In the Startup Disk preferences window, you may see a lock icon in the bottom-left corner. If it is locked, click on it and enter your administrator password to unlock it.

Step 6: Select your startup disk

After unlocking the preferences, you will see a list of available startup disks. Select your regular startup disk from the list by clicking on it.


If your regular startup disk is already selected, you don’t need to make any changes. Safe Boot will be disabled automatically when you select your regular startup disk.

Step 7: Restart your Mac

Once you have selected your regular startup disk, close the Startup Disk preferences window and restart your Mac for the changes to take effect. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of the screen and selecting “Restart” from the dropdown menu.


If prompted, save any unsaved work before restarting your Mac.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned off Safe Boot on your Mac. Your computer will now start up normally with all system software enabled.


In this tutorial, we walked you through the step-by-step process of turning off Safe Boot on your Mac. By following these instructions and selecting your regular startup disk in System Preferences, you can disable Safe Boot and boot up your Mac normally. Remember that Safe Boot can be a useful troubleshooting tool, so only disable it if you are confident that your Mac is functioning correctly.

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