Android How to start your device in safe mode

Most User will remember the safe mode from their Windows PC. This mode is also present on the Android device. In this guide we will show you how to activate or deactivate the safe mode.

There are generally speaking about 85 apps installed on a device, but only 10 of them are used daily. As there are many updates for these apps, almost hourly so, there will arise software problems fastly. This can lead to the device not starting, slow reactions or there will show up other problems.

Find bugging apps with the safe mode

Like with a Windows PC, you can start the safe mode with an Android device. This mode will only contain original software, the device will be shown only with the default apps it came with. All user installed apps are deactivated temporary. If your device still shows problems, it is most likely not caused by any app.

Within the safe mode there are no widgets. Depending on the developer, they are either deactivated or deleted. If you end the safe mode you can put the widgets back onto your home screen.

Reboot in safe mode

An Android device without software modifications can be started in safe mode with the following two methods. The steps can vary due to brand and model. 

Device on

Displayed version: Android 9
Step 1: Press and hold the Power button
Step 2: Press and hold Power off
Step 3: Confirm with OK
  1. Press and hold the Power button

  2. Press and hold Power off

  3. Confirm with OK

Device off

If the device is off, the safe mode can be started by using key combinations.

  1. Press on/off
  2. As soon as the brand logo of your device appears, press and hold Volume down, until the device starts in safe mode.
  3. The bottom of the screen will now show safe mode written there.

End safe mode

To end the safe mode, simply reboot your device.


Explained step by step - 135 simulator instructions
    1. Home screen

      1. Apps & Shortcuts

      2. Folder

      3. Widgets

    1. Network

      1. Mobile network

        1. Mobile data

          1. Data warning and limit

      2. WLAN

        1. Wi-Fi Direct

        1. Tethering

          1. WLAN-Hotspot

    2. Display

      1. Status bar

        1. Font

        2. Screen saver

    3. Volume & Tones

      1. System sounds

      2. Volume

      3. Do not disturb

      4. Vibrations

    4. Storage

      1. Memory card

    5. Battery

    6. Lock screen

      1. Screen lock

        1. Settings

        2. Smart Lock

    7. Security & Privacy

        1. Fingerprint

      1. Privacy

      2. Location

    8. Apps & Notifications

      1. Screen reader

      2. Display enhancements

      3. Interaction and dexterity

      1. Date & Time

      2. Languages & Input

          1. Text correction

        1. Developer Options

  1. Functions

    1. Phone

      1. Display

      2. Settings

    2. Messages (SMS)

      1. Settings

    3. Contacts

      1. Settings

      2. Groups

      1. Shutter

      2. Settings

      1. Timer

      2. Alarm clock

    4. Browser

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