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How To Exit Safe Mode On Mac If Stuck

The causes of problems in your Mac are almost always solved with safe mode or safe boot. But sometimes it would get you in even more trouble if it stays in that certain mode and you have no idea how to get it back to its normal state. So, here’s what you’re supposed to do if your MacOS is stuck in safe mode.

Unnecessary devices are disabled when you enter safe mode which is why it’s an option to choose if you want to fix problems in your computer. Leaving this mode is pretty simple. You can simply restart your Mac without even pressing any key and by simply going to the Apple menu and selecting restart and don’t hold up any keys as your computer boots back up.

Keep in mind that recovering or leaving the safe mode might boot your computer longer than it usually does. But for some reason that it doesn’t work, here’s what you can do:

  1. Pressing the shift key as you turn on your Mac will bring you safe mode. To get you to safe mode, turn on your computer and press and hold the shift key as soon as you hear the startup tone and release the key as soon as you see the Apple logo appear.

But if you’re having troubles with your shift- whether you knew about it or not-, it’s more likely the reason why you’re entering safe mode because it’s stuck and you were unaware of it. Check the key so you would know if it’s causing the problem and then have it fixed if it is.


  1. If there aren’t any problems with your shift key, then it’s time to reset your PRAM (or NVRAM). PRAM (Parameter Random Access Memory) stores your system setting. Resetting this may mean changes for your time zone, sound volume, and etc. It will only reset small setting, but it may help you resolve the issue of your Mac still being stuck in safe mode.


  • Shut down your computer.
  • Locate the Options, Command, P and R keys on the keyboard.
  • Turn on the computer.
  • Press the keys that the Options, Command, P and R keys simultaneously.
  • Hold down the keys until the computer starts up again and you hear the startup tone for the second time.
  • Release the keys as soon as the computer has already started up.


  1. If it still doesn’t work, then maybe it’s time to use the terminal app that will lead you reverse the safe mode. While still on the safe mode, do the following steps:


  • Go to the terminal app. (Applications > Utilities > Terminal)
  • Enter this command:

sudo nvram boot-args=””

  • Press enter.
  • Enter your admin password and then restart your Mac.

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