How to enter safe mode on Android devices


Safe Mode can help you troubleshoot problems with your Android phone, here’s how to set it up.

Apps do crash, and they’re usually no big deal. However, if you’re doing them more than most people, it could be a sign of a more significant problem. If you’re trying to share an important document with your team or process an important payment, the last thing you want is a crash. Here’s how to enter Safe Mode on an Android device and hopefully find the source of your problem.

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We’ll tell you what Safe Mode is and how to activate it. We have a separate page on how to turn off safe mode again, but we finally have a quick method. Let’s do it.

What is Safe Mode for Android?

Safe Mode is the easiest way to diagnose the problem on your Android phone or tablet because it blocks third-party apps. If you boot into Safe Mode and you notice a significant jump in performance, there’s a good chance that one of your third-party apps is to blame.

Before you jump in and reboot into safe mode, you may want to do some research and find out if other users have had the same issue. Your research could potentially save you some time and headache, as you can remove the offending app without having to test each app one by one. Of course, once you reboot from safe mode, you may have to test each of your third-party apps individually to find the culprit.

If safe mode doesn’t give the performance boost, then the problem could be with your phone itself, and it’s time to get some outside help.

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How do you enter safe mode?

If you’ve decided it’s time to try Safe Mode, you might be concerned that it’s a complicated process. The truth is, it couldn’t be easier if we tried. As long as your Android device is running on version 6.0 or newer, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power button until the Power option appears.
  2. Tap and hold Power off.
  3. Press and hold until you see Reboot to safe mode and then tap on Prompt.

The exact wording of the sign may vary by manufacturer, but the process should be similar. Once you confirm reboot in safe mode wait until your phone restarts. You should now see Apps and Widgets grayed out, and you’ll only have access to first-party features.

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Enter Safe Mode with the Device Button

If you are facing laggy screen problem then you can also reboot your phone in safe mode by using hard button of your phone. It’s as easy to do, and all you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Power button, then select Power off.
  2. With the Power button on, turn your phone back on, and keep holding the Power button until you see an animated logo.
  3. Press and hold the Volume Down button when the animated logo appears.
  4. Press and hold Volume Down until your device boots up.

How do you exit safe mode?

Once you’ve finished your safe mode adventure, it’s time to fix your phone. The first thing you want to do is to reboot from safe mode. We’ve linked our guide above, but the easiest way to escape safe mode is to restart your phone. It should reboot as usual, so feel free to use your preferred restart method.

Some Android skins pack an even faster way to exit safe mode. You may find a notification along the lines of “Safe Mode is on – tap here to turn off Safe Mode” in the top menu. Tap that notification, and your phone will restart from safe mode.

There you go, a quick primer on how to enter Safe Mode on an Android phone or tablet. Hopefully, this has fixed your issues, or it may be time to contact a professional.

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