Macbook Pro Retina 13", late 2013.

Unable to enter safe mode (via holding shift key). Result as in title. Hangs after me waiting for mutliple minutes.

What troubleshooting can I do?

Need safe mode to do other troubleshootings.

Edit1: note, that the progress bar at first moves but very very slowly, compared to non-safe-mode logging-in. Maybe I should wait overnight or something? Is there a way to show any debug messages while this is running?

Also asked on Apple forum: https://discussions.apple.com/message/31699416#31699416

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    What's the longest you've waited for Safe Mode to finish booting? Generally Safe Mode will take longer to boot up. With your hardware if it's still frozen after 10 or so minutes after the progress bar has stopped, I'd say you've waited long enough. Also, do you have either (or both) FileVault enabled or a Firmware password set? Finally, are you using the built-in keyboard?
    – Monomeeth
    Apr 30, 2017 at 5:24

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The "solution" was just to wait much much longer (longer than any other boot you have seen), patiently and not assume it was broken :).

  • For anyone else who faces his - I left it for about 30 mins before it finally booted into safe mode.
    – Deem
    Apr 27, 2019 at 0:23

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