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Cashify Explains: What is Safe Mode And How To Enter Safe Mode On Android!


­The Safe mode is a tool that allows you to figure out if there is a third-party app responsible for the problems on your smartphone or if the official software has any issues. These issues might include overheating, automatic rebooting and frequent crashes. Safe mode can help you isolate the problem and understand the reason behind a software issue.

By Akhil Taneja - 
16th Apr 2020
How To Enter Safe Mode on Android

Highlights of the Story

  • Safe mode in Android is used to disable all third-party apps and run the software on Stock firmware as it came when it was brand new
  • Safe mode helps users understand the reason behind the software issue by isolating the apps from the official software
  • Safe mode allows you to debug the issue without having to manually remove all the installed apps, it is a temporary fix to the problem
  • All Android phones come with a Safe Mode which can be turned on manually by rebooting into it and this disables all installed applications

Safe mode is a very helpful tool and helps in isolating the problem caused by third-party apps and allows you to debug the smartphone. You can check if your smartphone is experiencing issues due to the installed software or if the software itself has gone corrupt. When you boot into the Safe mode all the third-party apps are disabled and only the apps that came pre-installed such as YouTube and Gmail will continue working. If the issues that you were facing go away while you are in Safe Mode then you can narrow it down that a third-party app is the reason behind the issues.

While Safe Mode helps understand that a third-party app has caused the issue, it doesn’t let you know which specific application is behind the issues, it is not obvious which app is the culprit as you can’t disable just one app in the Safe Mode. You will have to go back to the regular mode and figure out which was the recent app installed right before the start of the issue and then that app can be disabled or removed to see if it solves the issue. Entering the Safe mode is simple and shouldn’t take more than a minute by following the instructions given below.

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How to enter Safe Mode on Android Smartphone

Entering the Safe Mode is actually very easy on an Android device, to enter the Safe Mode just press and hold down the power button, once the power off icon pops up on the display, tap and hold it for a few seconds and Select OK in the pop-up shows. This will reboot the device and when the device turns back on, you will see a Safe mode badge to the bottom left of the screen and all the third party installed apps will be greyed out.

Step-by-step instructions

  • Press and hold the power button for a few seconds
  • Tap and hold on the Power off icon that appears on the display
  • Confirm the pop-up for booting into the safe mode by pressing Ok
  • Wait for the device to reboot and look for the Safe Mode badge to the bottom left of the display
What is Safe Mode in Android

If the issue you faced still persists in the Safe Mode then it is very likely that your issues aren’t with the software but the hardware of the smartphone. You could consider sending in your device for repair. To remove the smartphone, form the Safe Mode follow the steps below.

How to Exit From Safe Mode on Android

While putting the smartphone in Safe Mode isn’t very difficult, it isn’t very obvious on how to get the device out of it and can get very frustrating especially if you are not familiar with your device. Here’s the step-by-step guide to remove the device from Safe Mode:

  • Firstly, try by restarting the device, press and hold the power button on your device until it shows up the power options
  • Tap on power off button and once the device is completely powered off, use the power key to turn it back on.
    • If you don’t see a restart option then you can continue holding the power button for about 30 seconds to force restart the smartphone

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Check the Notifications Panel

While it is not very common, some smartphones also allow you to turn off Safe Mode from the notifications, check your notifications as follows:

  • Pull down the notification panel on your smartphone to look for new notifications
  • Tap on the Safe Mode enabled notification if you have it
  • This should turn off the Safe Mode in the smartphone for the next boot
  • Your smartphone should now automatically restart, manually restart the device if it doesn’t and you will now boot into the regular version of Android OS

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Use the Hardware buttons to get out of Safe Mode on Android

If none of the above-mentioned options work for you, the last retort is by forcing the Safe Mode out using your hardware buttons. Some users have reported success by using the hardware buttons and the procedure is as follows:

  • Turn off the device by holding the power button and selecting power off option
  • Then once the device is off, press and hold the Power button
  • When the logo of the brand shows up on the screen, release the Power button and quickly press the Volume Down button after releasing the Power button.

After completing these steps, you should see a message which reads Safe Mode: Off and this would mean that your phone will now boot normally. The above guide is brand independent and while different brands opt for different methods, at least one of the above-mentioned methods should certainly work for most smartphones in the market right now. If you continue to face issues in the Safe Mode it is recommended to show the smartphone at an authorized service center, however, if the Safe Mode solves your issue then you can check the recently installed apps to try and understand the reason behind the malfunction.

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