How to Enable Safe Mode {Android}

Android is a pretty stable OS, but there are times when a developer can make a mistake and create an app that makes your phone go crazy. The thing is that, when your phone start acting up, your not sure if it’s your phone or an app you installed. That’s why this method is a good place to start.

What is Safe Mode on Android

Android Safe Mode

What happens now is that it makes your phone boot with only the minimal amount of features for your phone to work. The apps you downloaded will not work in safe mode, so if an app is causing your problems, it will be neutralized in safe mode.

If you notice that your phone is having GPS issues, is overheating, lagging, batttery drain, Etc. Then there is a good chance that a third-party app is the culprit.

How to Boot Into Safe Mode for Android

There is no one universal way to get every Android device into safe mode. The method that will work will depend on the Android version your phone is running and what model your phone is. To get started let’s try the following:

Method 1

  • Press the power button for a few seconds
  • Hold the Power Off option until you see a message to boot into safe mode and tap OK.

Method 2

Still not in safe mode? Not to worry, there is still one way you can try, but this one involves pressing a few buttons. If your Android device is running a custom ROM, please make sure that the ROM has a safe mode and follow the steps for that particular ROM. What you need to do now is:

  • Turn off your Android device
  • Reboot your phone but immediately after press and hold the Volume down and up buttons at the same time.
  • Once your phone boots up, you should see Safe Mode displayed on the bottom left side of your screen.
  • If this doesn’t work you can repeate the process with only pressing the volume down button while booting.

I’m in Safe Mode, Now what?

Now, it would be wise to stay in safe mode for about a day, just to see if the freezing, lagging and other issues you were having are now gone. I know this may be difficult, especially if you need your phone for work like me, but if you can’t go a full day, at least try a few hours.

If you notice that your phone is back to normal, looks like it’s time to uninstall the apps you downloaded right before the issues appeared. I know what you’re thinking, ” I can’t even remember where my cat is much less know when I downloaded certain apps.”

If you need help, remembering the installation date for an app try an app called App Detective.


To see the installation date, tap on the second upside down pyramid and select installation date.

Of course to use this app you will need to get out of safe mode, write down the apps that you installed around the time the issues began, and then uninstall them. If you can remember the apps you just installed, then you obviously don’t have to go through this.

Time to Uninstall Apps

If you can remember what app you installed before you started to have problems with your Android device, you can uninstall them by going to Settings > Apps or Application Manager > Locate the app and tap on it > Tap Uninstall.


If you uninstalled the app that you think are causing you problems, but the problems continue, the last thing you can try is a factory reset. A factory reset will wipe your phone clean, so you might want to create a backup of your data before doing this. You can factory reset your Android device by going to Settings > Backup and reset > Factory data reset > Reset device.



Poorly coded apps can cause you one serious headache, but getting rid of that headache is as easy as uninstalling that app. If you liked the information, don’t forget to share the article on your social media accounts. Are you having issues with your Android device? Share them with me in the comments.

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