Today I’m talking about how some of us enter into safe mode and sadly, get trapped.
Android Safe Mode isn’t troubled itself. In fact, it helps us solve our device issues. However, regardless of how helpful safe mode is, sometimes it can leave us stuck with nowhere to go.
However, there is hope. The web offers a lot of methods for turning off safe mode on Android. I’ve rounded up 10 of them that are proven effective in solving this inevitable problem.
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I’m starting off with the simplest ways, so I recommend trying each method as you go down this list so you aren’t trying something unnecessarily difficult when a much easier solution would have done the job just fine.
Restart is our go-to method to solve all kinds of phone issues. If your phone lags, you immediately restart your device.
It’s also the simplest way to turn off safe mode on your Android phone.
Press and hold the power button.
From the menu presented, select Restart/Reboot. Some devices, however, only have the Power Off option.
If your phone has the Restart option, it should power up automatically after it goes off.
If you don’t, just press the power button again once it’s off to turn the phone back on.
2. Using the Notifications Panel
So what if the phone is still stuck in safe mode even after you’ve performed a restart. It’s time to pay attention to the notifications panel.
Pull down the notifications panel.
Tap the Safe Mode button to turn it off. Please note, though, that some phones don’t have this feature on their phones.
If you’re among the lucky ones whose smartphones have the Safe Mode button on the Notifications Bar, you should see that the device automatically restarts to get you out of safe mode after you disable it. I’ve seen this feature on a Samsung Galaxy phone, so if you own one, you should be seeing it on the notifications panel, too.
3. Key Combinations (Power + Volume)
Sometimes, in order to make a trick work, you should combine multiple elements. The same thing works with turning off the safe mode in Android. Pressing the Power key together with the Volume rocker might be the help you need.
Turn off the smartphone.
Once you’re sure it’s off, press and hold the Power button until you see the logo on the screen, then release.
Quickly press the Volume Down button and hold it for few seconds until you see the message “Safe Mode: OFF” or something similar.
4. Cut Off All Power
If you still cannot turn off your Android’s Safe Mode, try this. The following method rules out any residual power remaining in your phone, as well as resetting the SIM card.
Take off the back case and remove the battery. Of course, this only works for phones with a removable battery.
Dislodge the SIM card.
Reinsert the SIM card.
Replace the battery.
5. Wipe the Cache of an App
If you suspect that an app is causing your issue, but can’t bear the thought of uninstalling it, you can try this method first. It’s simple and it works in almost all Android devices.
Go to Settings and look for the Apps menu. My phone calls the Apps menu as Application Management. It doesn’t matter, though.
Find the corrupted app and select it. Let’s say, my Facebook app is corrupted. Please note that I neither have any problem with Facebook nor Mark Zuckerberg. Just kidding!
Choose Clear cache.
6. Clear App Data
While this method is similar to the last one, this approach is a little more drastic because you will clear both the cache and any personal preferences such as your login or settings.
From Settings, look for the Apps menu.
Select the corrupted app by pressing on it.
Tap on Clear data.
7. Uninstall the Corrupted App or Apps
I’m sorry it’s come to this, but any app that has you locked into Safe Mode really isn’t usable anyway. You will, at least, regain access to your other apps and hopefully, help you get out of safe mode.
Apparently, after you take out the oddball, you may want to make use of an app killer so your apps won’t be draining your battery anymore. Take a look at our list of the best app killers out there for recommendations.
Go to Settings.
Find and select the Apps menu.
Tap on the corrupted app that you want to disable.
This method is great if you’re only going to uninstall a single application, but if you can’t identify which particular app is the culprit or want to go ahead and eliminate some other apps at the same time, you can try reading our post that offers quick methodsto do so.
8. Wipe the Cache of Your Entire Device
We started out small-scale and that didn’t work. So with the next few methods we are going to pull out the big guns, so to speak, and wipe your device’s cache.
Enter recovery mode.
On many devices, recovery mode can be accessed by turning your phone off, then pressing and holding the power and volume up buttons at the same time. You can select recovery mode with the volume down button.
On a Samsung phone, you have to turn your phone off. Now press the Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons simultaneously. When the phone vibrates or when you see the Samsung logo, release the Power button only. Only when you see the Android Recovery screen appear should you release the Volume Up and Home buttons.
Use the Volume Down button to choose “Wipe cache partition” and the Power button to select it. Your device should instruct you to reboot.
9. Perform a Factory Reset
Here comes the dreaded factory reset. For starters, factory reset involves deleting everything from your phone- photos, documents, apps, contacts, and messages- and restoring the device to its original state.
Warning: Make a backup first or you will lose anything you have added to the device. You might want to look into supplemental backup apps to ensure that your photos, SMS, videos, and other data are not lost forever.
Via the Settings menu:
Go to the Settings.
Look for the Backup and Reset menu. You can create a backup of some of your data here. However, this is not a 100% backup.
Select Factory data reset or Delete all user data.
Read the disclaimer and tap on Reset Phone. Don’t panic if the phone reboots after you click on the reset option. This is normal.
Once the phone turns on, you can see that all data has been wiped out.
Via the Recovery Mode:
Enter the Recovery Mode. (Please refer to Method 8)
Once you’re in the recovery mode, hold the Power button and press the Volume Up key once and release the power button.
Press the Volume Down button until the Wipe Data/Factory Reset gets highlighted. Tap on the Power key to select it.
Once finished, choose Reboot system now.
If you check “Automatically Restore” your phone should take care of the last few steps for you.
10. Troubleshoot Hardware
Let’s say you dropped your device in water. Unless your device is waterproof, this is bad news for your phone. If you have tried the methods above, but safe mode still isn’t going anywhere, it could be that the hardware is causing the issue.
Warning: If you have a warranty, now would be the time to use it instead. Do not disassemble your phone unless you know what you are doing! If you don’t feel comfortable, let someone else handle it. If you know or you can see that something needs to be cleaned, and you feel OK about doing it, perform this step.
Remove and clean any faulty hardware.
Test the buttons, particularly the Power and Volume buttons, to ensure they are working properly and that none remains stuck. The volume buttons are often responsible for locking in Safe Mode.
Most of the time you should be able to simply restart your phone and exit Safe Mode. The rest of the methods can be useful but it’s just not quite that easy. Stuck buttons, bad updates, seedy or buggy applications, and defective hardware can all lead to this issue. Apps may conflict with each other and even the operating system itself can have issues.
Just remember that as frustrating as this experience might have been, Safe Mode is not an enemy. It has been around on desktop computers for a very long time as a means to troubleshoot or recover from a crash safely.
Which method works best for you? Still stuck in Safe Mode? Do you know a method not listed here? Tell me more about it below.
And if you’re still curious about Safe Mode, check out our Ultimate Guide to Safe Mode!