How to Boot Apple Mac M1 in Safe Mode

Last month, Apple announced its first-gen silicon powered Macs, in the form of MacBook Air M1, MacBook Pro M1, and Mac Mini M1. And the way to access safe mode on the newer M1 based Macs are different in comparison to the Intel-powered Macs. If you’re using Apple Silicon powered Mac system and want to boot your Mac M1 in safe mode, then here’s the step by step guide by which you can boot Apple Mac M1 in Safe Mode.

What is Safe Mode?

Safe Mode on macOS also known as Safe Boot mode. Safe Mode on Mac allows you to resolve problems easily. If you’re experiencing any issues on your Mac, then you can boot up your M1-powered Mac into Safe Mode and isolate the problems easily. When you boot your M1 Mac into Safe Mode, then it prevents loading some startup items (like system extensions, login, and some other things) and it also helps checking the startup disk.

In this article, we cover how you can boot your Apple Intel-powered Macs or Apple Silicon M1-powered Macs into the safe boot mode. Not only this, but you also find the way to exit safe mode easily.

Now let’s dive right in to the steps.

How to Boot into Safe Mode on Mac M1

Safe boot mode typically allows you to access the diagnostic programs by which you can easily troubleshoot the problems. You cannot access all features after booting your system into the Safe Mode. In case you’re facing any issues on your system and you want to boot your Apple Mac M1 in safe mode, then you can follow these steps.

  1. Boot your Mac, then move your cursor to address bar and tap on the Apple logo > Shut down.
  2. After shut down, wait for 10 seconds.
  3. Now press and hold the power button until the startup disks and options window pops up.
  4. Then, press and hold the shift key and click on Continue in Safe Mode.
  5. That’s it.

With these simple steps you can boot into safe boot mode on M1 Apple Silicon Macs.

How to Boot into Safe Mode on Intel Mac

In case you’re using the Intel-powered Apple Macs, then the process to boot the system is different. If you want to boot into the safe mode, then you can follow the below steps.

  1. Boot your Mac, then move your cursor to address bar and tap on the Apple logo > Shut down.
  2. After shut down, wait for 10 seconds.
  3. Now press the power button then immediately press and hold the shift key.
  4. Release the shift key when you see the login screen.
  5. That’s it.

Now let’s take a look at the steps to exit Safe Mode on Mac.

How to Exit Safe Mode on Mac

After troubleshooting the issues, you can easily exit the safe boot mode. If you want to exit Safe Mode, then you can simply click the Apple Menu from Address Bar and click on the Shut Down option. Now you can boot your system in normal mode by tapping the power button, this time there’s no need to hold any other key while booting the system into normal mode. It works with both Intel-powered Macs and M1-based Macs.

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Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across his work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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