Call of Duty (COD) Black Ops Cold War (BOCW) – Safe Mode bug – How to fix

One of the most anticipated games of 2020, Call Of Duty (COD) Black Ops Cold War (BOCW) has finally released and we have to say that everything about the game feels awesome so far.

Unfortunately, the game is not completely free from performance issues. People have already started complaining about various bugs, glitches and errors. But today we are here to talk about a bug that is quite a serious one and is giving trouble to a huge portion of the community.

We are talking about the Safe Mode bug. Looks like a lot users are experiencing the Safe Mode bug in Cold War. And here are some steps to fix it.

Call of Duty (COD) Black Ops Cold War (BOCW) – Safe Mode bug – How to fix

What is the Safe Mode bug in COD Black Ops Cold War

It is a bug that is causing the “Safe Mode” message box pop up every time the players are launching the game after it had experienced a crash. The message says:

You game did not shut down properly during your last session, would you like to start in Safe Mode?

Note: Safe mode will change you Graphics Settings

This message shows up if the game had exited abruptly previously due to some reason. No matter what the reason behind it is, the game will always think that the exit was due to the change in the game settings. And if you choose to run the game in safe mode then the game will just start with the settings recommended by the game.

How to fix the Safe Mode bug

Okay let me start by saying that I have witnessed this bug a lot of times so far on my personal PC. I am using a gaming rig that has a RTX 2060 Super, Intel i5 9400f, 16 GB DDR4 3200mhz RAM, a 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD and a 256 GB SSD. So you can be sure that this bug not is happening because of your system hardware. With that being said, whenever I got asked whether I want to start the game in Safe Mode or not, I selected “No change” and the game booted normally without any issue. So just select No Change and you should be alright.

Now if you have already clicked Yes and wondering how to get out of Safe Mode, then let me tell you it is very easy.

How to disable Safe Mode

Here is how to do it.

  • Start the game in safe mode
  • Go to Options
  • Select Graphics
  • Change Display Mode to Fullscreen
  • Set Render Resolution to 100
  • Select the resolution that is the native resolution of your monitor
  • Make sure Aspect Ratio is set to Automatic
  • Click on Apply Settings

But if the game is constantly exiting for you and you are getting the ‘Safe Mode’ message constantly. Then there is something wrong and you need to fix the game. There are plenty of ways to do it.

Lower video settings

The easiest way to deal with this bug is to make sure that your video settings are set for optimal performance. Just follow our optimal video settings guide for COD BOCW.

Turn off any Auto Hot Key (AHK) script

A lot of users over Reddit have already claimed to have fixed this issue by just turning off any Auto Hot Key script or software that was running in the background.

Update your OS to the latest build

Check whether you have pending Windows updates or not and then update your OS. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Update & Security
  • Click on Check for updates
  • Wait for the updates to get installed
  • Restart your PC

Disable Crossplay

It looks like a lot of users are facing this issue due to the Crossplay feature of the game. Try turning it off. Here is how to do it:

  • Go to Options
  • Select the Account tab
  • Disable Crossplay

Update your drivers

If you didn’t know, both Nvidia and AMD have released their latest graphics card drivers bringing launch-day support for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. You can download them from the links given below:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

Repair the game

  1. Launch Battle.net
  2. Select Call of Duty : BOCW from the left side bar
  3. Click on Options
  4. Select Scan and Repair
  5. Wait for the process to be done
  6. Restart the launcher

These are all the steps or methods that you can follow in order to fix the “Safe Mode” bug in Black Ops Cold War. One thing to keep in mind, none of these methods are advanced and are pretty basic. There is no guarantee that these steps will fix your problem 100%. If the problem you are facing is a serious one then the best option would be contacting the support. I would suggest that you take a look at the official Black Ops Cold War Reddit. You will find a lot of players discussing about these exact same issues.

The recent COD titles have been very unstable during the initial days after launch. Call of Duty Modern Warfare launch back in 2019 was a nightmare for PC users. But thankfully, they all became stable with more and more update. Pretty sure same thing will happen with Black Ops Cold War.


If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, you can check out the other Call of Duty : Black Ops Cold War guides on Frondtech. Good luck!


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