Android is an excellent operating system, known for its simplicity and performance. Whichever version of the operating system you have, you can sometimes have a problem. When we see a problem, we usually think we should go to the repairer or invest in a new phone or tablet. The good news is that you can solve most problems yourself, especially if a third party is responsible. Android comes with a very useful tool – safe mode. This helps us determine if any of the applications we have downloaded are the source of the problem. This time, we are going to show you how to start Android in Safe Mode.
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What is Safe Mode on Android?
Before showing you how to start Android in Safe Mode, let's explain what Safe Mode is.
Safe Mode is a handy troubleshooting tool that helps Android users determine if any of the apps they have downloaded are causing the problem on their device. Believe it or not, third party apps can cause tons of problems. If improperly coded, they can be responsible for heating, GPS problems, lag, freezing, battery drain, and many other problems.
When you restart your device in safe mode, all third party applications will be disabled. This means that you can only use the applications that came with your phone or tablet.
Use your phone or tablet in safe mode for a while, such as a few hours, or all day. See how your Android device behaves in Safe Mode. If you notice overheating or shifting, use your device for a while to see if it is still running slowly or if it is heating up. If this is not the case and everything is working properly, one of the applications is definitely responsible for the problem. However, you will not know which application is guilty. You will need to remove third-party applications one by one or perform a factory data reset. On the other hand, if the problem persists, you can try other troubleshooting steps for that particular problem, opt for a factory reset and, if nothing works, visit a repair shop.
How to start your Android in safe mode?
Now that we know what this tool is, let's see how to start Android in Safe Mode for Android 4.1 or later. The steps are quite simple.
- Press and hold the power button
- You will see the menu with several options
- Press and hold dye
- After a second or two, you will be asked if you want to restart your device in safe mode
- Press OK
- Your device will restart and you will see Safe Mode in the lower left corner of the screen.
Now that you are in Safe Mode, use your device normally. If it works without any problems, you can be sure that one of the applications is causing the problem. The only solution is to remove third-party applications one by one. If you have too many apps and want to give your device a new start, you can opt for a factory reset (explained below).
To delete applications, follow the steps below:
- Navigate to settings
- Tap Apps (on some devices, the option is Google Apps Manager, Manage apps, etc.)
- Then press the "Download" section
- Tap the app you want to remove, then tap Uninstall
If you have tons of third-party apps and find them one by one to take time, you can do a factory data reset. Also, you can try this if the problem persists in safe mode. This will erase everything on your device, not just the apps but the settings and data. That is why you must have saved everything.
- Go to settings
- Then press Save and reset
- Press Factory data reset
- Tap Reset phone or Reset phone
How do I turn off Safe Mode?
When you are ready to exit safe mode, press and hold the power button, and then press Restart. Your device will start in normal mode and you can use it as usual.
Third-party apps can cause issues on all Android devices, including LG G3, LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung S3 Samsung S6, Samsung S7, HTC One M9, HTC 10 and all other models offered. Using Android Safe mode, you can easily determine if an application is causing overheating, delay, or some other problem. If so, delete the apps. You can always install them later, one at a time, and see which one is causing the problem.
When downloading apps from Google Play, pay attention to the comments section. See what other Android users had to say. If they complain a lot about battery consumption or other issues, don't download this app. The good thing is that there are tons of apps on Google Play, so you can find a similar app that works perfectly!