Use the Safe Mode feature on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A to start the Android OS with the system default software. Safe Mode provides access if you modify your device with software that causes an issue and prevents the device from starting properly.
To turn on Safe Mode, follow these steps:
- Power the tablet completely off, ensuring that there are no lights lit.
- Press and hold the “Power” button to turn the Tab A back on.
- When the Samsung logo appears on the screen, press and hold the “Volume Down” button.
- Continue to hold the “Volume Down” button until the tablet completely starts. You’ll know you’ve done everything properly if you see the words “Safe Mode” appear in the lower-left corner of the screen.
While you are in Safe Mode, normal use of the device may be prohibited since not all software is loaded. It just loads the bare minimum software necessary to access the device. This will allow you to access the tablet so that you can undo whatever is causing your problems starting the device.
To turn off Safe Mode, follow these steps:
- Simply press and hold the “Power” button to bring up the “Device options” screen. From there, select “Restart“
- Tap “OK” to confirm the shut down.
- Once the device has completely powered off, you can press the “Power” button again to turn the Galaxy Tab A back on. It should then disable Safe Mode, and start in a normal mode.
Why can’t I get my device out of Safe Mode?
If your device seems stuck in Safe Mode, your “Volume Down” button may be broken or stuck. Try tapping it a few times and remove any cases from the device to ensure the “Volume Down” button is not pressed.
This didn’t work for me. Instead, I get a “Warning” screen that prompts me to install a custom OS. Why do I get this?
Cancel out of that screen. You held down the “Power” button a little too long. Only hold the “Power” button down for 2 to 3 seconds then release it, but continue holding “Volume Down“, and it should work properly.