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How To Turn Off Android Safe Mode – A Step-by-Step Guide

Safe mode is an inbuilt function found on all android devices. It fires into action when your device detects something isn’t quite right in order to prevent any potential damage. This could be an operating system glitch, malware, an app error from one of your ah-hem more exotic apps or could simply be a button sticking.

Now you have a simple understanding of what safe mode is, do you want to know how to fix it? Of course you do! This article will give a step-by-step guide on how you can turn off safe mode on your android device without affecting its usual functionalities.

STEP 1: Restart Or Reboot Your Android

Yes, this old chestnut! Restarting or rebooting doesn’t only turn off safe mode but may fix other issues with your android phone as well. This step is pretty simple and easy to do: You need to press and hold the power button on your Android until device options pop-up, and then tap reboot or restart. If a restart option doesn’t appear, keep on holding down the Power button for about half a minute.

STEP 2: Go Through The Notification Panel.

You can switch off safe mode from the notification panel in some devices. Follow these steps:  You need to pull down the notification panel and then press the Safe Mode enabled notification to switch it off. Soon after your device will automatically reboot or restart and switch off Safe Mode.

STEP 3: Make Use Of Hardware Buttons.

When it comes to the use of hardware buttons, here are the things you need to do: Switch off your Android phone. As soon your device is off, then press and hold the power button tightly. Soon after a logo will appear on the screen, then leave the power button and quickly press and hold the volume down button. After these steps, you should see a Safe Mode: OFF message or something akin. This method could be hit-and-miss, depending on your android mobile phone.  

NOTE: watch out for any sticky volume buttons -there may be a prize for the best excuse for sticky buttons (keep em clean folks). A stiff volume button makes your device think you are pressing and holding that button. A situation like that can force your device to boot into Safe Mode every time. If that arises, you need to visit your local repair shop. 

STEP 4: Check On Offending Apps.

You cannot use third-party applications when your device is in Safe Mode; if app data and cache are not blocked off with your Android phone’s setting. That is great; since there is a possibility, an application you downloaded is forcing your device into Safe Mode. If that is what you are going through, it would be best to deal with the app itself instead of regularly rebooting your device. You have three approaches to deal with this complication: wiping the app data, uninstalling the application and wiping the cache.       

Let us begin with wiping the app data: NOTE: Erasing an application’s storage clears the cache and user data for that application. Here is how to erase an application’s storage: Go to Settings, tap Apps & notifications, and then click See all apps. Click the offending application’s name. After that click storage, and then tap Clear Storage.

However, if this trick is not working, then you can go a step further by considering wiping the cache. You can clear the cache in this way:  Go to Settings, click Apps & notifications, then click See all apps. Click the offending application name. Tap storage, and then click clear cache.

If clearing the app storage and cache didn’t work, all you have left is to uninstall the application in this way: Go to settings, click on Apps & notifications, and then tap See all apps. Click the offending application name. Click uninstall, and then click on OK to confirm.

STEP 5: The Nuclear Option

Android safe mode nuclear option

The final option and definitely the last resort is to carry out a factory reset on your android phone. This approach will erase all of your internal data. This means videos, photos, gaming apps, all of those passwords you have cleverly saved in notepad (yes we know you do that!), EVERYTHING! so ensure you have tried everything else before opting for this step. Ensure you back up all of your data before carrying out a factory reset. Say a prayer to your god of choice or cross your fingers and toes then push the button.

Factory Reset Instructions

Go to Settings, scroll down and click on System, then press Advanced. Click reset options, then click Erase all data. Press reset phone at the bottom. If required, put in your PIN, pattern, or password. Click on erase everything, and then you are good to go!

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