Samsung Galaxy S4: Turn Safe Mode On or Off

You can use the Safe Mode feature on your Samsung Galaxy S4 to access the operating system with default software. Use Safe Mode if you have installed something on your S4 that no longer allows the device to start successfully. Just use these steps.

To turn on Safe Mode, follow these steps:

1. Power the phone off.

2. Once the phone is off and all lights are emitting, press and hold the Power button to turn the S4 back on.

3. When the Galaxy S4 logo appears on the screen, press and hold the Volume Down button.

4. Continue to hold the Volume Down button until the phone completely boots. You will see the words “Safe Mode” appear in the lower left corner of the screen if you performed the steps properly.

S4 in Safe Mode

While in Safe Mode, you may not be able to use certain features or applications. The device is in a “bare bones” state where just the essential software is loaded. This allows you to get into the device quickly, enable or disable whatever you need to, then restart.

To turn off Safe Mode, powering down, then back on should do the trick. Be sure to power completely down. Do not select “Restart”. If you still have problems, remove the back cover and pull the battery from the device. Leave the battery out for about 60 seconds, then place the battery back in, assemble the rear cover and start the phone again.

Some Galaxy S4 models may require you to press and hold the Volume Down button during startup in the same manner as enabling it to exit Safe Mode.

That’s all there is to it.


  1. kim says

    I have a samsung galaxy s4mini gone to safe mode taken battery out reset but still in safe mode please help

  2. AB says

    Restart your phone and when Samsung s4 loge come hold menu and tow side light false tow or three time it should come off safe mode

  3. Teetertotter says

    By turning the unit completely off, then on again, made the “Safe Mode'” disappear. My S4 is brand new from 3 days ago. I dropped it at home and the “Safe Mode,” came on. Thank you for your instructions. Very easy.

  4. Linda says

    So nice to see that I can get an answer without trying to contact my cell provider. It worked perfectly. Thank you so much!

  5. Denise says

    S 4 in safe mode then pops up about another not adding another o on my device also my volume down button is stuck down in phone

  6. waseem says

    I tried to restart my phone to remove the safe mode but this did not work, I also took the battery out of the phone and this did not work either. Do you have any other tips?

  7. annabelle harle says

    I’ve tried everything but it still wont disable safe mode!! Do u have any other tips!!!

  8. Barbara Nichols says

    I have done as suggested powering down then up and also took out battery but no such luck in removing the safe mode. Is there anything else i can do??? this is on a galaxy S4 Zoom….

  9. Tiffny says

    I am also having trouble with getting my GS4 out of safe mode. I have tuned it off, restarted it, restarted it while holding the volume both up & down, took the battery out….


    Still in safe mode

  10. chloe says

    Thank you, this helped!!! I couldn’t play on any games I downloaded and I was flicking through for ages to find them for about 5 minutes! But I just turned it off and back on again and it went, thanks

  11. caprice says

    when i turn my phone off it keeps going back to the OS warning, but when I finally got the warning off it set itself in safe mode. I can’t turn it off because it goes back to the warning. Do have to get a new phone?

  12. Mitch Bartlett says

    If that didn’t work, then take the battery out for about 5 minutes and see if that does the trick.

  13. Diana Varela says

    I tried to restart my phone to remove the safe mode but this did not work, I also took the battery out of the phone and this did not work either. Do you have any other tips?

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