How to Turn Off Safe Mode on Android: 10 Ways to Exit Safe Mode

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23 May 2020

If you have been using Android for some time now, then you would have definitely come across safe mode. Sometimes, we find ourselves in a situation where we enter safe mode, intentionally or unintentionally, and get stuck in there.

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It is important to understand something here. Safe Mode is not a bad thing in itself, nope. Actually, it comes in handy when you need to solves certain issues on your Android. Nonetheless, there are times where it definitely gets to the point of annoying the heck out of you.

But, all is not lost. If you have somehow ended up in the safe mode and stuck there for quite a while now, then this guide will come in handy for you.

There are tons of ways available on the web to turn-off Safe Mode on Android. Out of all of them,  we are listing some which we have found to be working for most people. Let us start off with something simple. If the ones that are simple does not work for you, then we recommend going for the subsequent ones (Nope, they are not very complex themselves).

Turn Off Safe Mode on Android

While the Safe Mode is not exactly a bad thing in itself, there are times where it seems like there is no way to actually get out of it. But here are some ways to help you out.

1. Restart

Sounds too simple, eh? Not so surprisingly, restarting smartphones seems to solve most of the problems in them. Phone slows down? Restart. Poor cell reception? Restart. Display flickering? Restart.

Like all the above problems, most of the times, restarting your device seem to help in getting out of Safe Mode on Android as well.

Step 1. Press and hold the power button. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-Android-Restart-1

Step 2. Tap on ‘Restart‘. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-Android-Restart-2

Step 3. Wait for your device to restart.

Well, there’s pretty much it for this method. If your device is not yet in Safe Mode, then try the next methods.

2. Using the Notification Panel

All right, you have restarted the device and you are still in Safe Mode. The magical step that seems to solve most of the smartphone issues does not seem to work. Do not lose hope, yet.

Now that restarting did not work, let us take a different approach here. In most of the Android devices, there will be a notification when you are in Safe Mode. Time to make use of it.

Step 1. Pull down the notification panel and see if you have dark mode notification in there. I have seen this kind of notifications on the Samsung Galaxy devices I have owned. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-Android-Notification-1

Step 2. Once you tap the Safe Mode notification, you would get a popup as shown in the below image. Simply tap on OK and your device should restart into normal mode. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-Android-Notification-2

It is important to note here that I have seen this type of notifications only on Samsung Galaxy devices. So, if you own one, then it would be worth giving a shot. I have used this particular method and my results were always positive.

3. Key Combinations

In Android, you could get a lot of things done by using the key combinations. Some of the things are rebooting to download mode, safe mode or recovery mode. Well, the same old key combination trick might just come in handy here as well.

Step 1. Switch off your device.

Step 2. Press and hold the power button until you see the device logo. Once you see the device logo, release the power button and quickly press the Volume Down Button and hold it down for a few seconds until you a message stating ‘Safe Mode Off’ or something similar to that. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-Key-Combination-1

Once you see the above message, release the buttons and your device should start in normal mode. Please bear in mind that this particular trick might give different output on different manufacturers’ devices.

4. Remove Battery and SIM Card

Even after you have switched off your device, it does not mean that the device is completely off. There might still be some residual energy left on the device as long as the battery is attached. Well, that is what we are going to take care of it now. While we are at it, let us also take of the SIM card as well.

Please note that this method is feasible only on old device with removable back cover. While it is still technically possible in new devices as well, it would require a lot more work and the process is complex. So, we do not recommend this method for devices with non-removable back cover.

Step 1. Switch off your device and wait for a few seconds to make sure it is completely switched off.

Step 2. After making sure the device is completely switched off, safely remove the back cover of the device.

Step 3. Once the back cover is off, safely remove the battery out of the phone. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-Remove-Battery-1

Step 4. Remove the SIM card as well so that any SIM card settings will be reset. Let us not leave any stone unturned. This has proved to work out well for a lot of people.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-Remove-SIM-Card-1

5. Wipe App Cache

If you suspect any particular app is causing this issue on your Android device, clearing the cache of the app might help. This way you get to keep the app and not even loose it’s data.

Please note that the steps to Wipe App Cache might be slightly different from what we have shown below. This is because, different manufacturers organize the settings differently. But the steps should be very similar.

Step 1. Open Settings on your Android device.

Step 2. Scroll down until you see Apps and tap on the same. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-cache-1

Step 3. Look for the app which you think might be causing the issue. If I were you, I would be looking for the most recently installed app. Once you figure out the app, simply tap on the same.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-cache-3

Step 4. Once you are in the App information screen, click on ‘Storage‘. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-cache-2

Step 5. Inside the Storage setting, you will have two options. Simply tap on ‘Clear Cache‘ and you are good to go.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-cache-4

Now, simply restart your device once manually and see if your able exit safe mode.

6. Wipe App Data

If clearing the cache of the app did not solve your problem, we shall take it one step further. For the same app, we could try clearing the data. This way, even though you may loose the data (which could always be synced again), you get to keep the app.

Please note that the steps to Wipe App Data might be slightly different from what we have shown below. This is because, different manufacturers organize the settings differently. But the steps should be very similar.

Step 1. Open Settings on your Android device.

Step 2. Scroll down until you see Apps and tap on the same.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-data-3

Step 3. Look for the app which you think might be causing the issue. If I were you, I would be looking for the most recently installed app. Once you figure out the app, simply tap on the same.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-data-2

Step 4. Once you are in the App information screen, click on ‘Storage‘.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-data-1

Step 5. Inside the Storage setting, you will have two options. Simply tap on ‘Clear Data‘ and you are good to go.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-clear-app-data-5

Now, simply restart your device once manually and see if your able exit safe mode.

7. Uninstall the Corrupted App completely.

So, you have an idea which app might be causing the issue on your Android device. You have already tried clearing the data and cache of the app but none of the options helped.

Then we are left with only one option, remove the app completely from your device. Don’t worry, you can always re-install the app from Google Play Store.

Step 1. Open Settings on your Android.

Step 2. Look for a menu called ‘Apps‘.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-uninstall-app-1

Step 3. Tap on the app which you think is causing the issue on your device.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-uninstall-app-2

Step 4. Simply tap on ‘Uninstall‘ and you are good to go.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-uninstall-app-3

Next, just restart your device once manually and see if your able exit safe mode.

8. Wipe Device Cache Partition

All right, if you have come this far, then it’s time to get into real action. If none of the above steps have worked out for you, we shall try a few (little) advanced things. Our best bet at this point is to try clearing the device cache partition completely.

In order to clear the cache partition of the entire device, you must reboot your Android device into Recovery mode. Now, there are a couple of ways to do it. But the easiest way is to find the key combination to boot your device into recovery mode.

The key combination to boot your device into recovery mode changes from one manufacturer to the other. Google is your friend.

Once you are in recovery mode, look for an option called ‘Wipe cache partition‘ or something similar to that.

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Once you have found this option, you can use the hardware volume buttons to navigate to that particular line and the use the power button to make the choice.

9. Factory Reset

Still you are unable to turn off Safe mode? Time to use the ultimate trick but this one’s gonna hurt.

You will lose all the data on your device in this process. We highly recommed backing up the data before proceeding.

Also, the steps to Factory Reset Device might be slightly different from what we have shown below. This is because, different manufacturers organize the settings differently. But the steps should be very similar.

Step 1. Go to Settings.

Step 2. Tap on General Management. how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-factory-reset-1

Step 3. In the next screen, tap on Reset.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-factory-reset-3

Step 4. Now you will be presented with a bunch of options. In this, please tap on Factory Data Reset.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-factory-reset-4

Step 5. In this next screen, scroll down and tap on ‘Reset‘.how-to-turn-off-safe-mode-factory-reset-2

Please note that the above process is irreversible. This process might take some decent amount of time; stay patient and wait for the process to complete.

10. Visit the Service Center

At this point, we have tried everything and nothing much is left to try. The reason for the constant Safe Mode saga on your device could also be physical damage (water damage).

We do not advice manually cleaning your device by opening them using your own tools. Especially, the latest devices are way too complex for us to play around with.

We strongly recommend visiting a brand authorized service center. They might be able to figure what is causing this issue and if you still have your warranty, you will get the issue resolved for free (or even get a new device altogether!).

Final Thoughts

More often than not, you should be able to turn off Safe Mode by simply restarting your device. We highly doubt whether you’d need to use anything else. There are tons of reasons why this Safe Mode bug happens. Faulty hardware keys, buggy software updates, physical damage to the device, etc could all lead up to device getting stuck in Safe Mode.

But it is important to note here that Safe Mode is a built-in recovery mechanism that kicks-in when something abnormal happens to the device. It’s not your enemy. When none of the methods work, visit the nearest service center to get your device checked!

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