Unlocking the power of safe mode in Android

On Android phones, the user activates safe mode to analyse and troubleshoot issues
A representational image. — Freepik
A representational image. — Freepik

Smartphones are remarkable devices, constantly evolving and improving. Furthermore, even the most advanced phones can encounter crashes, glitches, and performance issues. It can be distressing to identify the root cause when such problems occur.

On Android phones, the user activates safe mode to analyse and troubleshoot issues. It blocks third-party apps and isolates the device. Improved performance indicates a problematic app.

How to enter safe mode on an Android phone:

Method 1: Safe Mode via Power Options

  1. Swipe down twice on the notification shade and tap the Power Options button.
  2. Press and keep holding the Power Off option.
  3. Select OK, when the Reboot to Safe mode prompt pops up.
  4. Users will see a safe mode indicator in the bottom-left corner when the device restarts.

Method 2: Safe Mode with Hardware Buttons

  1. Hold the power button until the power menu appears, then choose Power Off to turn off the device.
  2. Securely press and hold the Power button, once more.
  3. Press and hold the Volume Down button immediately when the user releases the Power button.
  4. Keep holding it until the device boots up.
  5. Let go of the Volume Down button when the user sees the "safe mode" label in the bottom-left corner.

Exiting safe mode

  1. To exit safe mode and restore the device to regular operation, follow these steps:
  2. Access the shutdown menu by tapping the Power Options button from the notification shade.
  3. Select the Restart option.
  4. When the Android device restarts, it will exit safe mode.