How to start your Android phone in safe mode

Safe mode has been a staple for troubleshooting system problems on computer equipment for decades. Unsurprisingly, it comes in handy if your Android device is acting up too.

Booting your Android phone in safe mode will prevent third-party apps from running. Safe Mode helps you diagnose any issues with your Android operating system so that you can identify the source of the problem.

But how exactly do you start Android in safe mode? There is no safe mode option visible directly in your device’s settings or during normal boot. To boot in safe mode, you need to use a different method. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how to do this.

What is safe mode and how is it useful?

You probably have several apps installed on your smartphone. Usually that shouldn’t be a problem as developers optimize most apps for phone hardware. However, some apps are poorly made and can contain bugs and glitches that can destabilize your system.

If your Android phone freezes or stops working as smoothly as before, it can be difficult to find the culprit. Is the malfunction due to something faulty with the Android OS itself or one of your downloaded apps?

That’s exactly where Safe Mode comes in handy. Booting an Android device in safe mode will only load system apps and services, preventing the activation of third-party apps. If your Android performs perfectly in safe mode, then it proves that the problem is with another application, then what to do remove

Steps to Boot into Safe Mode on Any Android Phone

Previously, there were differences in how safe mode was implemented by different manufacturers. You had to contact the company’s customer support to learn the exact process for your particular smartphone model.

However, as of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the process is standardized. All phones with Android OS can now be booted into safe mode using the same method. Whether you own a Samsung Galaxy, a Google Pixel or another smartphone brand like Sony or LG, the steps are the same.

  1. Press and hold the Current button of your smartphone. For a device like the Pixel, you may need to press the power button and the volume up button at the same time. The usual power menu options appear.
  1. Instead of tapping the Disable option, tap and hold the icon. You do this with the Restarting option too.
  2. The Safe mode prompt should now appear. It will be worded differently based on the manufacturer, but the gist is the same – tap OK to confirm and let your phone reboot into safe mode.

That’s all well and good, but what about older Android phones? Besides going to the manufacturer’s website to find the device-specific method, there is another way that usually works on most Android devices.

  1. Turn off your phone normally.
  2. Press and hold the Current until the manufacturer’s logo appears on the screen.
  3. Now this step varies for different devices. For some models, holding down the volume down button is enough to boot into safe mode. In others, you have to press and hold both the power and volume down buttons at the same time.
  4. You’ll know you’ve been successful by the words “Safe Mode” appearing in the lower-left corner of the screen.

How to disable safe mode?

Safe mode can be very useful for troubleshooting your Android device, but you don’t want to be stuck in that mode forever. So how do you exit safe mode?

It’s dead simple: just reboot your phone and it will boot into normal mode by itself. In some models, you may even see a notification or popup on your home screen so you can exit safe mode that way.

When should you boot your Android device in safe mode?

If you find that your Android phone is not working properly, there could be many reasons. The phone’s hardware may have developed bugs or the Android operating system itself may have issues. But most of the time it is a third party app that is at the root of the problem.

Starting your Android in safe mode is an easy way to determine where the problem is coming from. If your device works fine in safe mode, it is most likely an installed app that is causing conflict. An app can even be malware, in that case you should remove it immediately

If you recently installed an app before the problems started, try uninstalling it. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you should try more radical methods. You can keep uninstalling apps one by one to find the culprit or do a reset. A factory reset will return the phone to the state it was shipped in, removing all third-party apps and data from the device.

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