How to Enter Safe Mode on Android

Follow the step-by-step guide on how to boot your Android device into safe mode.

If you don’t know what is safe mode? You can read my recent posts where I discussed in great details how it works and how you can turn it off if in case you’re having trouble to exit safe mode. I assume when searching how to do it you probably would have a little idea why and how safe mode is used to troubleshoot any issues related to third party app crashing, phone rebooting or sudden battery drainage on your device.

Enter Safe Mode on Android:

Booting into safe is much more easier than you thought! Using a few buttons combo you can easily do it. Here is how to boot your Android:

  • Power off your phone.
  • Turn on your phone and press and keep holding the power button for 2 to 3 seconds, when the Samsung logo appears on the screen, hold the Vol down key until your phone completely boots up.
  • Your phone will now clearly show “Safe mode” highlighted in black at the bottom of the screen as shown in the screenshot below:
Android Safe Mode screen

Samsung Galaxy safe mode enabled. Photo Credit: Sammobile

The above screen shows Samsung Galaxy phone in safe mode if you’re having the same screen then you have successfully booted into safe mode. Now you’ll have access to stock apps, apps installed from 3rd party sources such as Google Play won’t show up. The only feature you can access in safe mode are phone basic functionality such as SDcard, Camera, background syncing and mobile data.

Please note this method applies to all Android phones including HTC, LG, Sony, Google Nexus, Motorola, OnePlus etc but for HTC you need to have fastboot disabled from Settings > Power > Fastboot.

There is an alternative and  another easy method is well, while your phone on, press and hold the power keys to get the options keys and tap and hold on the Power off you’ll get the option to reboot your phone in safe mode as shown in the screen below:

Do you want to reboot into safe mode? This will disable all third party applications you have installed. They will be restored when you reboot again.

Do you want to reboot into safe mode? This will disable all third party applications you have installed. They will be restored when you reboot again.

That’s it guys! I hope it easy and helpful. Do let us know and share your feedback in the comment section. Your feedback will help us to improve and produce high quality tutorials that users are able to easily apply it on their device.

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Imran Aftab

Hello, I'm Imran Aftab, a tech enthusiast using Android, iOS, and Windows. Hardware expert for Gaming & Crypto mining rigs. I have been writing on tech since 2013, starting with ohguideme, then Androidcentral. I have written and published several guides and tutorials on how to root Android, flash custom ROM, recovery, and jailbreak iPhone, and have written several guides on how to bypass FRP. I also worked in a phone repair shop, so I have pretty good experience with mobile software and troubleshooting. So, all the guides you see here have been tested and confirmed to work.

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