How to Boot Mac in Safe Mode [Easy Guide]

Tips to Boot your Mac computer in Safe Mode

In this post, we are going to discuss on “How to Boot Mac in Safe Mode”. You will be guided here with easy steps/methods to do so. Let’s starts the discussion.

Safe Mode on Mac: Safe Mode feature in your Mac computer offers you to safely power ON your Mac computer in the event that there is system issue, and can help to resolve various Mac issue. Safe Mode in Mac starts your Mac device with limited & essential startup items and services that are required to perform basic system functions. Safe Mode feature on Mac can be used to find and resolve Mac issues.

Why boot Mac into Safe Mode?

There could be reason behind Mac issues/problems and booting your Mac computer in Safe Mode may help you to fix the problem. Safe Mode in Mac loads only required kernel extensions or some of items in /System/Library/Extensions, disable all fonts other than those in /System/Library/fonts (Mac OS X v10.4 or later). When you boot your Mac in Safe Mode, all font caches moves to Trash that usually stored in /Library/Caches/, where ‘UID’ is user ID number like 501. Also, Safe Mode disable all startup items and login items and loads only essential services while you boot Mac in Safe Mode.

Safe Mode Feature on Mac also helps to fix Blue Screen error on Startup by deleting dynamic loader shared cache at (/var/db/dyld/). A cache with issues may cause Blue Screen on startup, particularly after software update. In such case, booting your computer in Safe Mode will be first steps toward resolving the issue. Let’s go for the steps.

How to Boot Mac in Safe Mode? [Intel Chipset-based Mac]

This method is to perform boot your Intel Mac (Means Mac Device with Intel chipset) in Safe Mode.

Step 1: If Mac is turn OFF, turn it ON and when booting initiates, press & hold ‘Shift’ key on keyboard

Step 2: The Apple LOGO should appear. When the login window appears, release ‘Shift’ key and login into Mac

Step 3: You may required to login twice if you have ‘FileVault’ turned ON

How to Boot Mac in Safe Mode? [Apple M1 – Chipset or new chipset based Mac]

If you have Mac device with Apple M1 chipset or newer, then you can follow below steps to do so

Step 1: If your Mac is turned OFF, press and continue to hold ‘Power’ button until you see the startup options appear

Step 2: Once Startup options appeared, select ‘Startup Disk’, and press & hold ‘Shift’ key on keyboard, and click Continue in Safe Mode

Step 3: When you see Apple LOGO on screen, release ‘Shift’ key and wait to boot your Mac in Safe Mode

How to prune your startup app list on Mac?

Some applications and services hide in System Folders. However, you can prune them but it is only for advanced users because removing kernel modules requires technical skills and in sort, it is for experts.

Step 1: Click on ‘Apple’ menu and select ‘System Preferences’ and click on ‘Users & Group’ icon

Step 2: Select your username at left and click ‘Login Items’ tab, select an item and then click ‘Minus (-)’ button beneath to remove it.


I am sure this post helped you on How to Boot Mac in Safe Mode in Apple M1 or new chipset-based Mac and Intel-chipset based Mac with easy steps. You can read & follow our instructions to do so. That’s all. For any suggestions or queries, please write on comment box below.