How to Turn Safe Mode on Android On and off

This will help you learn How to Turn off Safe Mode on Android mobile phone. its a step by step guide to help you in Switching Safe Mode Off your smartphone.

How To Know A Phone Is In Safe Mode.

When your Phone is running in Safe Mode, you will see the word “Safe Mode” in the bottom left corner of your phone screen.

While most of your apps are actually available when a phone in safe mode on Android, your mobile phone won’t be able to show widgets and some third-party applications may refuse to work.

Phone In Safe Mode
Phone In Safe Mode

What Is Safe Mode?

According to Wikipedia, Safe mode is a diagnostic mode of a computer (devices’) operating system. It can also refer to a mode of operation by application software. In Windows, safe mode only allows essential system programs and services to start up at boot. Safe mode is intended to help fix most, if not all problems within an operating system.

What’s the Use of Safe Mode On Android Phones?

Safe Mode On Android mobile Phones an advanced user environment intended to help you debug faulty and malfunctioning applications. Safe mode helps advanced users to turn off application features that are otherwise hidden in normal mode.

How to Enable Safe Mode on a Smartphone.

The quickest answer would be that it depends on what operating system your phone runs. Interestingly enough, the procedure’s the same across all iPhone devices, regardless of the OS. I’ll start with this one.

In many cases, users end up with safe mode enabled when they have not done anything to enable it. This could be the result of a damaged volume button on your phone. When the volume button is damaged, it may stay pressed and turn your safe mode on without your knowledge.

Turning on safe mode on your iPhone

Here’s a rundown on how to switch on the safe mode feature on your iPhone.

Step 1. Power down your phone by holding the power button.

Step 2. Wait until the phone’s completely powered off.

Step 3. Press and hold the power button again.

Step 4. When the screen lights up, hold down the Volume down button. Keep the two buttons pressed until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Step 5. Your phone will now boot up in safe mode. Now you can safely remove any malfunctioning applications.

That was suspiciously easy, wasn’t it? Told you that the procedure’s the same when it comes to iPhones. Now that the fun part is over, let’s see how to switch on the safe mode on your Android device.

Turning on safe mode on Android

Let me start by showing you how to switch on this feature on most Samsung Galaxy phones.

Step 1. Drag down the notification bar.

Step 2. Tap on the “Safe mode enabled” button.

Step 3. Confirm and wait until your phone restarts. Congrats! Your phone is now operating in a safe mode.

Pitch-perfect! But that’s hardly the only way to switch on the celebrated safe mode. As I might have mentioned, the procedure depends on the type of phone you have. The list below will show you to unlock the feature on your Android phone.

Safe mode on HTC phones

If you have an HTC device, here’s how to switch on the safe mode.

Step 1. Press and hold the Power key. It should be located on the right side of your phone.

Step 2. Hold the Power key for about three seconds.

Step 3. From the power down menu that appears on the screen, tap and holds the Power off icon. After a couple of seconds, a new power down option will appear on your screen – “Reboot to safe mode”.

Step 4. Hit the Restart button. Your phone will now boot up in safe mode.

Safe mode on LG phones

To switch on the safe mode on your LG phone, start by holding the Power key and select the Restart option. Once the LG logo appears on the screen, hold down the Volume Down key. To see if safe mode is enabled, take a closer look at the bottom left corner of the screen. If you followed the above-mentioned steps, a Safe mode icon should appear.

Safe mode on Moto G phones

If you have a Motorola smartphone, please follow these steps in order to enable safe mode.

Step 1. Press and hold the Power key.

Step 2. Please release the power key when the Shut Down menu appears.

Step 3. Long-press the power off button.

Step 4. When the Reboot to Safe Mode option appears on your screen, tap on OK to initiate safe mode.

Safe mode on Huawei smartphones

It’s trickier to switch on the safe mode on Huawei phone since it involves removing the battery. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1. With the phone turned on, remove the back cover.

Step 2. Remove the battery.

Step 3. Put the battery back in the slot.

Step 4. Hold down the Menu.

Step 5. Long-press the Power Key. Don’t let go of that Menu key.

Step 6. If done correctly, the message “Safe Mode” should appear in the lower part of the screen.

Safe Mode on Blackberry PRIVs

Here’s a quick guide ton how to turn off the feature on your Blackberry PRIV phone.

Step 1. Long-press the Power button.

Step 2. When the Power Off menu appears on the screen, long-tap the Power Off button.

Step 3. After a couple of seconds, a safe mode prompt will appear on your screen.

Step 4. Tap OK to confirm.

Safe mode on Xiaomi smartphones

There are two ways to enable this feature on your Mi smartphone. Check out the guide below.


Step 1. With the device powered on, long-press the power key.

Step 2. When the power menu appears, let go of the power key.

Step 3. Long-press the Power Off button.

Step 4. After a couple of seconds, the Android Safe Mode message will appear on your screen.

Step 5. Hit the Reboot button to restart the device into safe mode.


Step 1. Restart your device. You can do that by selecting the Restart option from the Power Off menu.

Step 2. When the Xiaomi logo appears on your screen, tap the Menu key.

Step 3. Continue tapping the menu key until you see the lock screen.

Step 4. The Android Safe Mode message should now be on your screen.

Safe mode on your Oppo smartphone

Oppo phones are the latest addition to the market. Can’t say I’ve had too much contact with them, but from what I’ve gathered, they’re cheap and surprisingly high-performing. So, here’s how to switch on the safe mode on your Oppo phone.

Step 1. Press and hold the Power key.

Step 2. In the Power Off menu, tap and hold the power off. Keep it pressed for a couple of seconds.

Step 3. A second power off menu till appear.

Step 4. Tap on OK to confirm booting into safe mode.

How to Turn off Safe Mode on Android

Turning off safe mode on most android phones is relatively easy. However, because most cases of safe mode on Android are actually turned on accidentally. So you have no idea what you did to enable it or what to do to disable it.

To start with I have added the following video to help you see a quick solution to fix safe mode.

For those who are stuck in Safe Mode for whatever reason, fear not! Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to turn off Safe Mode on your Android device.

Method 1. Restart your device

Restarting an Android Smartphone
Restarting an Android Smartphone

In many cases, a simple restart of your mobile phone should be enough to switch safe mode off on your Android mobile phone.

  1. Press and hold the Power button on your device until several device options pop up. (The power button is normally located on the right edge of your phone but could be all around the phone depending on its make)
  2. Tap Restart.

Method 2. Check the notification panel

Pull Down Your Phone Notification Panel
Pull Down Your Phone Notification Panel
  1. Pull down the notification panel.
  2. Tap the Safe mode enabled notification to turn it off.
  3. Your phone will automatically restart and turn off Safe Mode.

Method 3. Use hardware buttons

Phone Volume Down Button
Phone Volume Down Button

If a restart did not help and you have no safe mode notification in your notification panel, this method might help you disable safe mode by using power and volume down hardware buttons.

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Once your device is off, press and hold the Power button.
  3. When you see a logo on the screen, let go of the Power button.
  4. Quickly press and hold the Volume Down button until your phone fully starts.

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Method 4. Check for Faulty Apps

Uninstalling An App
Uninstalling An App

As earlier stated, you will not be able to use third-party apps while in Safe Mode. This means that if an app you added is the one forcing your phone into safe mode it will no longer be able to do that in this mode so you can safely remove it.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications, then tap See all apps.
  3. Choose the offending app’s name.
  4. Select Storage, then tap Clear cache.


  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Apps & notifications, then See all apps.
  3. Choose the malfunctioning app’s name.
  4. Tap Storage, then Clear storage.

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If clearing the data doesn’t help, consider uninstalling the app altogether:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications, then tap See all apps.
  3. Select the malfunctioning app’s name.
  4. Choose Uninstall, then OK to confirm.

If nothing of the methods above work for you, then you, my brother, are in deep S**t. The only available option to get your phone out of safe mode is to do a factory reset.

A factory reset should be considered your last option after all methods have failed! Even then do not reset your phone before you carry out a full back up as all your internal data will be lost.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap System, then tap Advanced.
  3. Tap Reset options, then tap Erase all data.
  4. Tap Reset phone at the bottom.
  5. If needed, enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  6. Tap Erase everything.
Phone Factory Reset
Phone Factory Reset

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