How to Safe boot an Apple Macintosh computer – Apple Silicon hardware (M1 Processor)

As Apple transition from Intel, and start to use their own Apple Silicon processors. In this series of videos, we look at different tools that you can use that might help you to troubleshoot issues on this new hardware.

Safe Boot is a very useful mode, particularly if you need to uninstall a faulty driver or rogue piece of software that is preventing your Mac from booting. So in this video we take a look at how you place a Mac running on Apple Silicon (M1 Processor) into Safe boot mode.

Quick reference notes:

  • First power down your Apple Macintosh computer
  • Press and hold down the Power button

Notes: You need to keep the Power button held down until you see a message on your screen saying “loading Startup Options”

  • When the Option Screen loads, place the mouse pointer over the Macintosh HD icon

Notes: Do not click on the Macintosh HD icon, as this will simply load macOS. Instead you are just looking to highlight the icon. You will know that the icon is highlighted because a thin boarder will appear around the Macintosh HD icon.

  • Now press and hold down the Shift key on your keyboard. The button under the Macintosh HD icon will change to Continue in Safe Mode
  • Using the mouse pointer, click on the Continue in Safe Mode button
  • MacOS will now load into Safe Boot

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