How to Start Safe Mode & Exit Safe Mode on Mac, MacBook? Complete Guide!

Last Updated on Dec 26, 2020

Safe Mode is recommended when you want to diagnose the Mac and MacBook for possible errors and getting correct results. When the Mac is running on Safe Mode, there are numerous functions automatically disables just to speed up the processes, and help you determine the issues. Major problems are caused by the third-party applications and extensions, and we have tons of applications, and to sort out the chaos, and find the real culprit is quite a difficult task.

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To speed up this process, Apple has added Safe Mode, which disables the advanced functions, and only keep the applications active that you would need to run the basic Mac. Thereafter, if the Mac is working correctly, you should start deleting the recently installed applications and troubleshoot the macOS.

How to Start Safe Mode on Mac, MacBook?

It’s too easy to start the Mac, MacBook in safe mode. Here’s how to.

  1. Power off the Mac.

    Shutdown mac from top mac menu

    Shutdown mac from top mac menu

  2. Turn on the Mac and when you hear the startup tone, Press and Hold the Shift Key until the login display appears.

    Shift Key to Enter Mac in Safe mode

    Shift Key to Enter Mac in Safe mode

  3. Let go of the Shift key when the login screen appears.
  4. It should start in Safe mode. You will see the Red label “Safe Boot” at the top corner of the Mac Screen. Enter login credentials.

    Enter in safe mode on Mac

    Enter in safe mode on Mac

  5. That’s it. Follow the Below steps for Exit or Turn off Safe mode on Mac or MacBook.

How to Get Out of Safe Boot Mode Mac?

There is no particular process to exit the Safe mode on Mac, or MacBook, all you have to do is, restart the Mac as you always do, and don’t use the Shift key or anything while it boots. The safe mode will automatically deactivate and all the applications will be accessible.

Restart Mac

Restart Mac

That’s it.

How Do I Know If I’m in Safe Mode Mac?

When the Mac is in Safe Mode, there are Two Ways to identify It, one from the Login Screen and another from the Software Information of the Mac.

Check Before, Turn on Your Mac

  1. Look for the Safe Boot label on the upper-right corner of the login screen.

    Enter in safe mode on Mac

    Enter in safe mode on Mac

  2. Don’t miss to check another way.

Check Safe Mode While Mac is Turned on

  1. Alternatively, if the Mac is on, Go to the Apple Logo from the top Mac Menu > About This Mac.

    About this mac to find the system information

    About this mac to find the system information

  2. Select System Information.

    Get the System Information on Mac or Macbook

    Get the System Information on Mac or MacBook

  3. Click on the Software on the side panel.  And look for the Boot Mode: Safe on the main screen.

    Get the System Information and Boot mode on Mac

    Get the System Information and Boot mode on Mac

  4. That’s it.

Mac Won’t Start in Safe Mode: Throubleshtitings

Press Option key while Booting Mac, MacBook if Won’t Start in Safe Mode.

This is the easiest way to force Mac, MacBook to restart in Safe Mode. If the Safe mode isn’t turning on, then try this step.

  1. Power off the Mac, MacBook.
  2. While holding the Option key, press the Power button.
  3. From the list of drives, choose one and press Enter.

Verify Security Settings

Sometimes the FileVault and Firmware Password won’t let the Mac boot in Safe Mode, due to security reasons. Therefore, make sure to disable them and restart the Mac in Safe Mode.

  1. Reboot the Mac, and press and hold the Command+R while rebooting.
  2. Type the Firmware password.
  3. Choose your language and open Utilities.
  4. From there select Startup Security Utility.
  5. And click on Turn Off Firmware Password.
  6. To confirm the action, enter the firmware password again.

MacBook Only Works in Safe Mode

Repair Disk from Disk Utility

In such cases, we can’t do much but using the First Aid to repair the Disk Utility could do a trick.

  1. Power off the Mac.
  2. Power on the Mac and press the respective keys according to your processor.
    • For Apple Silicon: Press and Hold the Power button until the Startup options show up and then click on “Options, and then Continue.
    • For Intel Processors: Press and hold the “Command+R” until the Apple logo displays.
  1. Select the user and enter the administrator password.
  2. Select Disk Utility from macOS Utilities Window and click Continue.
  3. Click on the View and select Show All Devices.

    First Aid or Repair macOS Volume or Drive on MacBook Mac

    First Aid or Repair macOS Volume or Drive on MacBook Mac

  4. Now select the disk and click on the First Aid button to start repairing.

These are the basic tutorial for the Mac users who want your Mac or Macbook access in Safe mode. or Exit From Safe mode after use it. Don’t Use your Mac in Always safe mode. This mac Boot mode only helps in diagnose software issues on Mac running on any MacOS.

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