Everything You Need To Know To Safely Boot Your Device
On your Windows PC, you can boot into safe mode to load Windows without any
third-party software. You can do the same on Android with Android’s safe mode. In safe mode, Android won’t load any third-party applications.
This allows you to troubleshoot your device – if you are experiencing
crashes, freezes, or battery life issues, you can boot into safe mode and
see if the issues still happen there. From safe mode, you can uninstall
misbehaving third-party apps.
Today, we live in a smartphone, which controls 95% of our day to day
affairs. Some we can manually manage to do, while the others are left with
the ability of ‘smart’ machines. Machines that can fix themselves with a
little or no help from us. All it needs is the installation of an app, and
off it goes!
Speaking of smartphones, some of you Android users out there are certainly
nerdy enough to try and fix it yourself, You would like to believe that
your can right anything wrong with your beloved smartphone, so
you venture out on the lonely road and soon find yourselves in an
unchartered territory whence you don’t know how to get back. Android Safe Mode– Everything You Need To Know!
What Is Safe Mode?
Safe Mode is when you enter the rear end of your phone’s managerial
functions. A place where you get to decide what survives and what doesn’t!
Remember when you entered Microsoft Windows Safe Modeoption to fix the
newly found Trojan Horse virus on your computer? And, do you also recall
what you could and couldn’t do? A Safe Mode basically renders any third-
party apps and relevant data, useless All you can do is use the back-end
managerial functions, or simply put, whatever features come pre-installed
with the Operating System.
In Android, a safe mode means much the same thing. Except, it can get a bit
tricky at times to get out of it and return back to using your dear Android
the way you have always used it. So Keep reading to find out how to enter,
and then, return to normaly!
Just like your Personal Computer’s Operating System, your Smartphone / Tablet
also works on an Operating System; it’s called Android. So, when there’s
malware, spyware, or a virus intrusion ( yes, that’s possible! ), it is
possible that your device may take one of those ‘smart’ decisions to go into safe mode automatically to prevent any further damage.
Most of these intrusions are mitigated during a software update or a device update. But, if there are some very resilient intruders residing your phone,
then you may need to get your hands dirty by putting the device on a manual safe mode option and then root out the underlying cause.
Booting Into Safe Mode
To reboot into safe mode on Android 4.1 or later, long-press the power button until the power options menu appears.
Long-press the Power Off option and you will be asked if you want to reboot your Android device into safe mode. Tap the OK button.
On older versions of Android, long-press the power button and then tap Power Off to turn off your device. Turn on the phone or tablet by long-pressing the power button again. Release the power button and, when you see a logo appear during boot-up, hold down both the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons. Continue holding the two buttons until the device boots up with a Safe mode indicator at the bottom-left corner of its screen.
Troubleshooting in Safe Mode
While in safe mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear at the bottom of your
In safe mode, you’ll only have access to the apps that came with your
device. Apps you are installed will be disabled and any widgets you’ve added
to your home screens won’t be present. Try using your device normally after booting into safe mode. If your issue – freezing, rebooting, crashes,
battery life issues, or bad performance – is solved in Safe Mode, the
problem is with a third-party app you’ve installed.
While apps are disabled, you can uninstall them normally. Open the Settings
screen, tap Apps, locate the app you want to install, tap it, and tap the Uninstall button. if you’ve installed any apps recently, you should probably
try uninstalling those apps first.
After uninstalling the apps, you can try installing them one at a time to
identify which app is causing you problems.
If you are experiencing major problems with your device, you may want to skip
all the troubleshooting and restore your device to its factory default
settings. You will lose all the data on your device – so make sure you have
everything backed up – and you will have to reinstall any apps you’ve
installed. To do this, open the Settings screen, tap Backup & reset, tap
Factory data reset, and follow the instructions on your screen.
To exit safe mode, restart your device normally. ( Long-press the power button, select Power Off, and then long-press the power button again to turn it back on. ) Your Android phone or tablet will boot and load third-party
software as normal.