How to Fix Android Phone Stuck in Safe Mode

There is usually a good reason why your Android phone gets stuck in safe mode. Below are different methods to fix Android phone stuck in safe mode.

Android phone stuck in safe mode

Generally, Android phones boot into safe mode when there is a conflict or issue with an app installed on your device.

While your device is in safe mode, you cannot use downloaded apps and this feature is intentionally designed to prevent bad apps from running on your device.

Therefore, the first step would be to identify and remove the faulty app that is causing problems on your device.

In addition to faulty or problematic apps, there can be other reasons for your device to enter safe mode and you should be able to fix all issues using other methods as outlined below.

1. Turn OFF your device

If you haven’t installed any apps lately and your device has been working fine (so far), try turning your device off completely and turning it on again.

1. When your device is in safe mode, press and hold the power buttonuntil the Power off/Restart option appears on the screen of your Android phone.

Power off and restart screen on Android phone

2. Tap on Switch off and wait for your device to shut down completely.

3. Wait 60 seconds and turn on your device by pressing power button.

If there are no software-related conflicts, your device should exit Safe Mode and boot normally.

2. Remove recently installed apps

As mentioned above, Android phones are designed to boot into Safe Mode automatically if there is a problem with any of the apps installed on your device.

However, the problem with Android Safe Mode is that it prevents all apps from running on your device and offers no way to test apps individually.

Therefore, the best way to identify the offending app is to start with the most recently installed app, or just go with your gut.

1. When your Android phone is stuck in safe mode, open settings and tap applications.

Apps tab on Android settings screen

2. On the Apps screen, find the most recently installed one apartment and tap on it.

3. On the next screen, tap Uninstall Button.

Uninstall the app on the Android phone

4. Once the app is uninstalled, turn off your device by pressing power button and tap the Switch off Possibility.

Power off and restart screen on Android phone

5. Wait for your device to turn off completely and Start anew your device again.

Hopefully your device should now boot up and work as usual. If that doesn’t happen, try the next app on your list.

3. Check for stuck keys

Safe mode is usually activated by holding down certain keys while the device is booting.

If one of the keys to enter Safe Mode is stuck or broken, chances are your Android device keeps booting into Safe Mode.

So take a good look around volume up and volume down Buttons and make sure they are not stuck or broken.

If you are using a protective case, remove your phone from the case and test each button by pressing and using it.

4. Remove battery

If your Android phone has a removable battery, you can try removing the battery and see if that helps.

After removing the battery, wait about 60 seconds, put the battery back into your phone and turn on the device.

If the problem is due to a software glitch, your phone should exit safe mode and start up in normal mode.

5. Factory reset

If the above methods didn’t help and you’ve tried all other methods, you may need to factory reset your Android phone to fix the problem.

1. Open settings > scroll down and tap backup reset Possibility.

Backup and reset option on Android settings screen

2. On the Backup & reset screen, tap Factory reset Possibility.

Factory reset option on Android phone

A factory data reset will erase all data on your device, including faulty or corrupted software, and restore your device to factory settings.

Once the factory reset is complete, follow the on-screen instructions and complete the setup process (like you did with your new device).


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