If Your Android Phone is Running Slow or Freezing, Try Safe Mode
If your Android phone is running slow or crashing frequently, the safest and easiest way to diagnose the root cause of the issue is by enabling Safe Mode. When you boot an Android device in Safe Mode, it disables all third-party apps and widgets, allowing you to determine if any of these apps is responsible for the problem. In this article, we explore how to turn off Safe Mode on Android devices and different methods of troubleshooting Android devices using Safe Mode.
3 Ways to Turn Off Safe Mode on Android Devices
If you accidentally enabled Safe Mode on your phone, do not panic because there are various methods for turning it off. Here are three methods to turn off Safe Mode on an Android device:
Method One: Restart Your Phone or Tablet
The easiest and most common way to turn off Safe Mode on an Android smartphone is by restarting the device. Here is how to do it:
- For Samsung and Google Pixel 5a and earlier devices, press and hold the Power button until you see the power options.
- If you have a OnePlus phone or a Google Pixel 6 and newer device, press and hold the Power and Volume up buttons together for a few seconds.
- Tap the Restart button to restart your device.
- If you don’t see a Restart button, hold down the Power button (or Power and Volume up) for about 30 seconds, and your phone will restart automatically.
Method Two: Use the Android Notification Panel
If your Android device supports this feature, you can turn off Safe Mode using the notification panel. Here are the steps:
- Pull down the notification panel.
- You’ll see a persistent notification showing that Safe Mode is enabled on your device. If your Android device supports this feature, tap the notification and select the Turn off option.
Method Three: Disable Safe Mode with a Factory Reset
This is an extreme option and should only be used if the above methods don’t work, and some weird error is forcing your Android device into Safe Mode, which requires a factory reset. However, before you proceed with this step, remember that it’s a drastic method and will wipe out all of your data on your Android device. Therefore, keep a backup record of your Android device to avoid losing necessary data.
- Launch the Settings app on your phone and open System.
- Tap Reset options and choose the Erase all data (factory reset) option.
- When prompted, tap the Erase all data button and confirm with your password, pattern, or PIN.
How to Troubleshoot Your Android Device with Safe Mode
If you want to troubleshoot errors on your Android device, Safe Mode is an excellent feature that can help you do so. Here’s how to use Safe Mode:
- Make a list of the apps you recently downloaded.
- Boot your Android device in Safe Mode.
- Delete an app’s cache and storage and restart your device to turn off Safe Mode. To delete cache and storage, go to Settings > Apps, choose an app, and tap Storage & data.
- If the issues disappear, the app was causing the problems. Delete and reinstall the app. However, if the issues continue, repeat the steps with other apps until you find the culprit app.
- Once you find the responsible app, uninstall it and reinstall the other apps on your device.
- Deleteing app storage removes user data, which means you will have to set up the app again.
More Options to Troubleshoot Your Android Phone
Safe Mode is a handy feature that can help troubleshoot issues on Android devices. If you’re still experiencing issues, try other troubleshooting methods such as checking for updates or booting your phone in recovery mode. You can also contact the manufacturer’s customer support for further assistance.