Many users put their Android device into safe mode when the default apps start crashing or showing other types of issues or other problems on the device that can be caused due to third-party apps. But there are some users who don’t know how to enable and disable safe mode on Android. If you are also one of them then this guide will is for you, here you will learn all the important things related to safe mode.
So, let’s start!
What Is Safe Mode On Android?
Safe mode is a very easy method to identify the problem on your Android phone or tablet by disabling all 3rd party applications. If you enter your device into safe mode and you see a significant jump in performance, there is a high chance that any of your third-party apps is the culprit for it.
Before you boot your Android smartphone in safe mode, you should check if other users are also facing the same problem like crashing of specific default app. This will save you time as you don’t need to test each third-party app and you can easily uninstall the faulty app.
If safe mode doesn’t provide a performance boost then it is possible that the issue is with your Android device itself.
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Why You Boot Your Android Device Into Safe Mode?
Sometimes the downloaded third-party applications may affect the performance of your smartphone or cause it to misbehave. In this situation, safe mode helps to know whether any of the downloaded application is causing the issue.
When your device boot into safe mode then it only starts with software and all the apps get disabled except the apps that you get pre-installed when you first purchased it. If your device works fine in safe mode then any one or multiple third-party apps are causing this issue.
How To Boot Android Into Safe Mode?
If you think that the steps to enter safe mode are very hard then you will be happy to know that it is a very easy process.
Note: Safe mode will remove some Home screen widgets.
Steps To Boot Android Into Safe Mode (If Phone Is On)
Step 1: Press and hold the Power button of your phone unless you see some options on the screen.
Step 2: Now, tap on Power Off option.
Step 3: Once “Safe mode” appeared at the bottom of your phone’s screen, wait to check if the issue goes away.
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Steps To Boot Android Into Safe Mode (If Phone Is Off)
Step 1: Press the Power button of your phone.
Step 2: Once the animation begins, you need to press and hold your Volume Down key unless the animation ends and your device starts into safe mode.
Step 3: You will view the text “Safe Mode” at the bottom of your phone’s screen.
When your phone/tablet boots into safe mode then Airplane mode will be enabled automatically. You can disable it to use features like Wi-Fi, mobile data, GPS, making phone calls and texting.
Once you activated safe mode, check the issue that you were facing is gone away or not.
Check If The Issue Is Solved
Use your smartphone and see if the problem is occurring or not. If it is fixed then the installed app is likely causing the issue. In this situation, you need to disable safe mode and then uninstalled the recently installed apps or the apps that you have downloaded and from then the problem started occurring.
But if the error or issue is not solved then the downloaded apps are not the culprit for the problem (that you are facing on your phone). Your device operating system or phone’s hardware or software is the culprit for it. In this situation, factory reset your phone.
If this failed to fix the problem then contact your carrier, retailer, or phone manufacturer and know about repair or replacement of your phone.
So, now we will learn how to exit safe mode on Android.
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How To Disable Safe Mode On Android?
You can easily turn off safe mode by restarting your device. It may restart, as usual, so you can use the restart method that you generally use.
Some Android phones provide the fastest way to remove safe mode. You may get a notification in the top menu with the line “Safe mode is on — Tap here to turn safe mode off.” Hit on that notification and your mobile will reboot out of safe mode.
You can also follow the below steps to deactivate safe mode on Android.
Step 1: On most phones, press and hold the Power key for a few seconds or unless your device restart.
Step 2: Or you may need to hit Restart/Reboot option.
Once you disabled safe mode, you can again put the removed home screen widgets.
What You Need To Do In Safe Mode?
Once your device entered Safe Mode, delete the recently installed applications. After uninstalling each app, restart your phone and then check whether the problem is solved or not.
Once you delete the app that was causing the error, you can again download and install other applications that you have uninstalled.
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What To Do If You Can’t Exit Safe Mode
If you can’t turn off safe mode by restarting your phone then you should try the below tips one after another. Check after each action and then try the next one.
- Remove phone cover/protection case as it can interfere with the phone’s keys and due to this you can’t restart your phone.
- Check that the Power, Volume and camera keys are working properly and not stuck in one position.
- Make sure you hit on Power off when you restart your phone instead of touching and holding it. If you tap and hold the Power Off option then it can boot your device into safe mode in some Android phone models.
So, this guide was all about how to enable and disable safe mode on Android. Along with it, we have also discussed what is safe mode, why you need to enter your device into safe mode, and what you do if you failed to exit safe mode.
We hope you can easily boot your Android phone or tablet into safe mode and fix the issue that you are facing.
Jasper Madison is a passionate technical writer with more than 9 years of experience. She has a keen interest in Android and iOS and everything surrounding it. She is a technology enthusiast and fascinated with technology since her childhood days.