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How to Turn Safe Mode ON and OFF in Android Devices (2020)

Edited By Piyush Kashyap, Reviewed By Gulshan

Safe mode is a feature in Android that allows you to troubleshoot problems that arise from third-party applications quickly. 

In Safe mode, your phone does not allow third-party applications to run, so if you see a boost in speed, you can narrow it down to an application or a widget.       

Some of the common issues that can be solved through the safe mode are:

  • Auto-Restart
  • Freezing
  • Crashing
  • Running Slow
How to Turn Safe Mode ON and OFF in Android Devices

You can follow this easy step-by-step tutorial to turn on safe mode in your Android phone.

How to turn on safe mode in Android

The process of entering the safe mode is just a few buttons in Android.

  • First, press the power button and hold it like normally turning off a phone.
  • Click on the Power off icon and hold it for 2-3 seconds.
  • Press OK on the safe mode menu and wait for the phone to reboot.

If there is safe mode written on the bottom left of your screen after reboot, then you have successfully entered safe mode.

Using Safe Mode

Safe mode is a strong and effective feature that lets you purge troublesome apps or allows you to tap into your phone’s core functions. If your main issue has disappeared in safe mode, then you can do a deleting trial and error to find the problem (app).

If the problem persists, we suggest using the factory reset mode and then selectively adding the apps and games being careful not to let the problem resurface.

Though safe mode is a strong feature, it cannot distinguish between hardware or operating system problems. There might be an underlying issue that can cause problems like crashing and overheating.

If the safe mode does not solve your issue, then the cause might be a bigger problem, and contacting manufacturing services is a suitable option.

Another problem that crops up is the inability to quit the safe mode, and we are here to help you with that as well. Some people aren’t as tech-savvy as others and might get confused & frustrated due to being stuck.

Here’s our step-by-step guide on turning off the safe mode.

How to turn off safe mode in Android

As they say, have you tried turning it on and off again, usually as a meme, but it works here! Restarting your device is the easiest way to reset and turn off safe mode.

  • Press the power button till you get the Power menu and select Restart.
  • If your phone does not show restart as an option, continue pressing the button for another 30 seconds.

How to Turn Safe Mode ON and OFF in Android Devices

Check Notification Bar

Many Android phones have a permanent pop-up notification of safe mode as long as you are in it.

  • Pull down the notification menu.
  • When you click on the safe mode notification, you will see the option of turning it off.
  • Your phone will automatically reboot after it with safe mode exited.

Hard Reset with Buttons

You could use the function of hard reset if none of the above steps worked for you. Here is how you do it:

  • Switch off the device normally.
  • Now click and hold the power button after the device is off.
  • When the Android logo appears on your screen, stop pressing the power button.
  • Simultaneously press the Volume down button after you stop pressing the power button.

This step might not work for all devices, but if it does, you will get a message of safe mode: OFF on your screen. This method is for emergencies and does not work 100% of the time.

If you are stuck in an endless loop of safe mode, get your volume button checked. Sometimes if the volume button is perpetually pressed, it causes devices to enter safe mode repetitively.

Pay attention to the buttons, and make sure they are not broken. Get it checked at a local store if the issue persists.

Delete App Data, Cache or Uninstall

Sometimes a single app’s data & cache can cause this loop of Safe mode. It is better to solve the problem at the root. Here is how you do it:

  • Go to Settings
  • Then See all Apps
  • Tap the specific app name
  • Click Storage, then tap Clear Cache.

If the issue persists:

  • Open App Storage again and then Clear Storage.
  • Note: This will remove all data associated with the app.

Either this solves the problem, or you will have to directly uninstall the app from settings to remove it from your device as a last resort altogether.


We hope this article helps you understand the workings of the safe mode on your android devices. It would help increase the speed of your device, and prevent the disturbances in your devices. There are always hacks and tips to operate your devices faster and better.


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Piyush Kashyap is a Ph.D student at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sangrur. He is a budding editor/ writer and has been working as a part-time reviewer for online content. He loves to read tech-based articles and has a knack for reviewing such articles He likes to stay updated about the latest trends in technology. He has also been working as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He also writes articles based on science. Know More About Piyush

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