Do you need help starting a Mac in safe mode?

Safe mode is a built-in operating system utility that will come in handy when you are troubleshooting your Mac for hardware or software issues, for instance printer drivers or virus infections. If you’ve never used safe mode on a Mac before, figuring out how to start your Mac in safe mode can be a challenge, since there are no visible clues to access safe mode. The actual process is dead simple, so read on to find out how…

How to start your Mac in safe mode…

Please read through this section fully before attempting to start your Mac in safe mode as this process is time sensitive, and so it will be important to be ready before you begin. Also note that this article is for starting your Mac computer in safe mode.  If you are looking for help with a Windows computer, then read the previous Tech Help article, how to start a Windows computer in safe mode.

To start your Mac in Safe Mode:

  1. Completely shut down your Mac, and be sure that it is fully powered down.
  2. Power on your Mac by pressing the power button.
  3. As soon as you hear the startup tone finish, hold down the shift key. Be sure to press and hold the shift key as soon as you can after the startup tone, and not before.
  4. Once you see the grey Apple logo screen with the progress indicator, you may release the shift key.  This will now start your Mac in safe mode.
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Hold the shift key during startup to enter safe mode

There is no special process for exiting safe mode other than to restart your Mac once you are done. The next time you start your Mac, it will startup back in normal mode, so long as you aren’t holding any keys during the startup process.

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- By Jim Sabellico