How to launch the game in safe mode

Game Versions:RS_Rune_final.png These steps are for the Java client.

Launching RuneScape in Safe Mode bypasses the Auto Graphics Setup and allows the game to run without using Open GL or DirectX.

If you are trying to play using an older laptop that doesn't have a dedicated Graphics Card, then Safe Mode should allow you to get into game. 

Check your specs meet our recommended and minimum specs and see what kind of performance to expect from your system when playing.


The below steps will launch RuneScape in Safe Mode. Old School RuneScape only uses Safe Mode, so will automatically start in this mode.

How to launch RuneScape in safemode  





 Open the client 



As soon as you see the game window loading, click on the window



Hold down the following key(s) until the game has finished updating:

Windows the 'S' key  


Mac both the 'S' key and the Apple key (⌘)


When the loading circle finishes and the login screen is shown release the button. 

RuneScape will now have opened in safe mode. 

Can't run RuneScape in safe mode?
Make sure you hold down 'S' as soon as you see the client open, right up until you see that login screen.

If you're having trouble opening the client at all, check these common Java client issues.


Hopefully you're able to access the game now. However, if safe mode didn't improve anything, it might be worth checking out our graphical and connection solutions.


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