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. Alex Sanchez says

    Thank you …. Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 had me on safe mode and did not allow me to make call going out… it said Emergency calls Only. Thanks for your fine instructions… I removed the battery and that removed the safe mode. I am OK now. Thanks.

  2. David says

    Thanks, That worked for me. I had somehow engaged SAFE MODE, and subsequently found several Apps with no icon. Some didn’t appear in the Apps list, but I found them in Applications downloaded. Could not figure out how to re-install the icons. Even tried uninstalling and then re-installing.
    This technique worked and the app icons have come back now that I am out of SAFE MODE.
    Thanks for the advice

  3. Carmen says

    I can not get my S4 out of safe mode and I followed the steps above about turning it off, taking the battery out for 60 seconds and even holding the volume down button.

  4. anthony says

    Safe mode disabled but most of the apps disappeared if anything we can do about that

  5. seleka says

    My s4 is not turning on when I reboot it and it goes on main screen its just saying emergency calls only

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