Not everyone knows, but Android smartphones and tablets have the ability to run in safe mode (and those who know, usually come across this by accident and are looking for ways to remove the safe mode). This mode serves, as in one popular desktop OS, to troubleshoot malfunctions and errors caused by applications.
In this manual - step by step on how to enable and disable safe mode on Android devices and how it can be used to troubleshoot and errors in the phone or tablet.
Enabling Safe Mode
On most (but not all) Android devices (versions 4.4 to 7.1 at the current time), to enable safe mode, just follow these steps.
- On the switched-on phone or tablet, press and hold the power button until a menu appears with the options “Turn off”, “Restart” and the other or the only item “Turn off the power”.
- Press and hold the “Turn off” or “Turn off the power” item.
- A request appears, which in Android 5.0 and 6.0 looks like "Switch to safe mode. Go to safe mode? All third-party applications are disabled. ”
- Click “OK” and wait for the device to turn off, and then restart the device.
- Android will be restarted, and at the bottom of the screen you will see the inscription "Safe Mode".
As noted above, this method works for many, but not all devices. Some (especially Chinese) devices with highly modified versions of Android cannot be loaded into safe mode in this way.
If you have this situation, try the following methods to start safe mode using the key combination while turning on the device:
- Turn off the phone or tablet completely (hold the power button, then turn off the power). Turn it on and immediately when the power is turned on (usually there is vibration), press and hold both volume buttons until the download is complete.
- Turn off the device (fully). Turn on and when the logo appears, hold down the volume down button. Hold until the phone finishes loading. (on some Samsung Galaxy). On Huawei, you can try the same thing, but hold down the volume down button immediately after starting to turn on the device.
- Similar to the previous method, but hold the power button until the manufacturer’s logo appears, immediately when it appears, release it and at the same time press and hold the volume down button (some MEIZU, Samsung).
- Turn off your phone completely. Turn on and immediately after that simultaneously hold down the power and volume down keys. Release them when the phone manufacturer logo appears (on some ZTE Blade and other Chinese).
- Similar to the previous method, but hold down the power and volume down buttons until a menu appears, from which select the Safe Mode item using the volume buttons and confirm loading in safe mode by briefly pressing the power button (on some LG and other brands).
- Start turning on the phone and when the logo appears, hold down the volume down and volume up buttons simultaneously. Hold them until the device boots in safe mode (on some older phones and tablets).
- Turn off the phone; turn on and hold the "Menu" button when booting on those phones where such a hardware key is present.
If none of the methods help, try searching for “Safe Mode device model” - it’s quite possible to find an answer on the Internet (I’m quoting the request in English, since this language is more likely to get a result).
Using Safe Mode
When you boot Android in safe mode, all applications you install are disabled (and re-enabled after disabling safe mode).
In many cases, only this fact is enough to unambiguously establish that problems with the phone are caused by third-party applications - if in safe mode you do not observe these problems (there are no errors, problems when the Android device is quickly discharging , inability to launch applications, etc. .), then you should exit safe mode and turn off or delete third-party applications one by one until you identify the one that causes the problem.
Note: if third-party applications are not deleted in normal mode, then in safe mode there should not be any problems with this, since they are disabled.
If the problems that caused the need to run safe mode on android remain in this mode, you can try:
- Clear the cache and data of problematic applications (Settings - Applications - Select the desired application - Storage, there - Clear the cache and erase the data. You just start by clearing the cache without deleting the data).
- Disable applications that cause errors (Settings - Applications - Select application - Disable). This is not possible not for all applications, but for those with whom you can do this, it is usually completely safe.
How to disable safe mode on Android
One of the most common user questions is related to how to exit safe mode on Android devices (or remove the “Safe Mode” text). This is due, as a rule, to the fact that you enter it randomly when you turn off the phone or tablet.
On almost all Android devices, disabling safe mode is very simple:
- Press and hold the power button.
- When a window appears with the item “Turn off the power” or “Turn off”, click on it (if there is an item “Restart”, you can use it).
- In some cases, the device immediately reboots in normal mode, sometimes after turning it off, you must turn it on manually so that it starts in normal mode.
Of the alternative options for restarting Android to exit safe mode, I know only one - on some devices you need to hold and hold the power button before and after the window with the items to turn off appears: 10-20-30 seconds until the shutdown occurs. After that, you will need to turn on the phone or tablet again.
This seems to be all about Android safe mode. If you have additions or questions - you can leave them in the comments.