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What is safe mode on Android phones

Submitted on 07/27/2019

Even though Android operating system is quite a robust and secure one, it can still fail from time to time for different reasons: a phone hangs up, reloads, apps work extremely slowly, the response of a touch screen is poor and etc. In order to get rid of such problems a feature called "Safe Mode" was developed.


  1. What does safe mode mean
  2. When is safe mode useful
  3. How to put phone in safe mode
  4. How to disable safe mode on Android

What is safe mode on Android?

It's a separate environment designed for fixing software errors caused by the apps installed on your Android phone.

Not every gadget owner is aware of safe ,ode presence. Usually people have no clue how to detect a malfunction and bring back their devices to initial state with the help of safe mode. We're going to talk about it in this article.

When is safe mode useful

  1. When you want to test apps affecting the operation of your phone or tablet;
  2. When you want to erase any program but you can't do it in the usual way;
  3. When you can't open the menu due to the damage caused by a virus;
  4. When you want to test the speed and quality of work of the system in its "original state", without any additional programs and utilities.

Working in safe mode on Android is similar to working in the same mode in Windows: you can launch only the essential system programs and apps, i.e. contacts, call log, SMS messages, Internet browser, and all others including the ones downloaded by the user will be disabled. And if your device functions with no problems in safe mode, it means that the culprit is one of the third-party apps. You only have to find out which one it is and get rid of it. In order to do this, you have to disable safe mode and launch apps one by one, evaluating the work of the system. If the system has problems with working properly since recently, it's better to start the search from the apps which have been installed the last. You can blame it all on the program that causes failures after you launch it. It should be deleted. Create a backup copy in advance, if necessary.

Of course, this method doesn't always help. Sometimes in order to restore the functions of a smartphone or a tablet you have to perform a hard reset.

How to enter safe mode in Android

The procedure of enabling safe mode varies due to different versions of software and manufacturers. At first, let's talk about how to boot safe mode on Android version 4.1 and later.

  1. You have to press and hold the power button until you see a window with possible actions.
  2. Find "Power off" in the list, tap on it and don't let go until you are prompted to go to safe mode.
  3. Confirm the action and wait for your smartphone or tablet to boot in the selected mode. You'll see "Safe mode" mark at the bottom of your device screen.

On Android 4.0 and earlier you can enable safe mode on phone in a bit different way.

  1. First of all, you have to switch off your device.
  2. Press and hold the power and volume buttons at the same time.
  3. When the screen saver appears, remove your finger from the power button but keep on holding the volume buttons. The operating system will restart in safe mode.

Some manufacturers want you to put Android in safe mode as follows: your phone must be turned off and turned on again by holding "Menu" button. If there is no information on how to enable safe mode in the instructions for your device, give a try to one of the above mentioned methods and take into account the version of your software. If none of the methods was successful, search for the information on the official website of your smartphone/ tablet manufacturer.

How to turn off safe mode on Android

If you have enabled Safe Mode on your device by accident, you might be wondering how to exit safe mode get back to normal mode. Usually, a simple restart is enough:

  1. Hold the power button until the menu appears on your device screen.
  2. Select "Restart" and wait for the system to launch in usual mode.

If you can't get out of safe mode after performing those steps, try the following:

  1. Get rid of the app you've installed the last. In order to do this, go to Settings > Apps, find the app you need and after tapping on it, select an "Uninstall" option.
  2. Reboot the phone.

When your phone or tablet has returned to the previous operation mode, "Safe mode" mark will disappear from the bottom of its screen.


Thus, when in safe mode your device will work only with the essential system components developed by its manufacturer and which don't pose any threat to user data and the operation of the device. The operation of third-party apps installed by the user will be stopped.

Safe mode can be useful not only for testing the operation of apps, but also when more serious problems have been detected on a device, i.e. the failure of the call button or rapid loss of battery power. Even if your smartphone or tablet can't perform its basic functions in normal mode, it will operate with no problems in safe mode. Therefore, before going to the service center, make sure to test the operation of your device in this special mode.

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