Turning on safe mode on your Android device allows you to test out your device and figure out what exactly is causing issues. Safe mode temporarily blocks third-party apps from running. If your device is experiencing speed issues turning on safe mode will help you figure out what is going on.
To place your device in safe mode or to remove safe mode follow these simple steps. This way you can test your apps and see which one is slowing your phone down.
Turning Off Safe Mode in Android
- Press and hold the Power button.
- Tap the Restart option when your screen turns black and shows the option.
- Done! You have turned your phone off of safe mode.
Turning On Safe Mode
If you own a Samsung Galaxy S10, a Google Pixel 3, or any other Android smartphone or tablet, running Android 6.0 or later, this is your process for turning on safe mode.
- Press and hold the Power button.
- When the screen goes black and shows the Power Off option tap and hold it.
- The Reboot to safe mode prompt will appear. Tap it again or tap Ok.
Your device will restart and show that it is in safe mode by having Safe Mode in the bottom-left corner of the device. This process will also work for any LG, HTC, and Sony devices.
How to Turn on Safe Mode with the Keys
The process for turning on safe mode with the keys is the same as any Android device. The following steps are how to turn on safe mode with the keys:
- Press and hold the Power button. Select the Power Off option when the screen turns black and the option comes up.
- Press and hold the Power button until you see the logo of your device.
- Release the Power button. Press and hold the Volume down button.
- Keep holding the button until your device powers up.
- Let go when you see the words Safe Mode in the bottom left corner of the screen.
What to Do in Safe Mode
Once in safe mode you can then use your phone’s basic functions and uninstall and reinstall apps to find which one is causing the problem. If you find that the issue you were experiencing is gone while in safe mode then you can assume it was being caused by an app. You can then go through each app one by one and test it in normal mode to find which one is the problem, or you can factory reset your device and reinstall apps one at a time watching out for any problem to come back after each install.
If your device does not change while in safe mode then it means the problem is an operating system or hardware problem. You can try a factory reset using the following instructions.
- You need to remove the Factory Reset Protection (FRP). This will differ depending on which phone you have. For a Samsung Galaxy go to Settings, Lock Screen, Screen lock type then choose None. For a Huawei phone go to Setting, Security & privacy, Screen lock & passwords, Disable lock screen password. For a Google Pixel go to Settings, Security, Screen lock and choose None.
- Then you need to remove your Google account. For a Samsung Galaxy go to Settings, Accounts and backup, Accounts then tap of Google, tap Remove account. For a Huawei go to Settings, Users & accounts, Google, tap Remove at the bottom. For a Google Pixel go to Setting, Accounts, Google, Remove Account. Make sure to remove all accounts that are registered with your phone.
- You will also need to remove your Samsung account if you have a Samsung Galaxy. Go to Settings, Biometrics and security, Find My Mobile. Enter your password, tap on your account, select More, Remove account.
- To finish the factory reset on a Samsung Galaxy go to Settings, General Management, Reset, Factory data reset, Reset device. On a Huawei go to Settings, System, Reset, Factory data reset, Reset Phone. On a Google Pixel go to Settings, System, Advanced, Reset options, Erase all data, Reset phone.
If this still does not correct the problem then you need to contact your retailer, carrier or phone manufacture and inquire about replacement or repair options.