Most users are aware of a Safe Mode in Windows which is a troubleshooting for fixing Windows problems. Similarly Android operating system also support Safe mode which can be used to troubleshoot problems.
Why restart Android in Safe Mode
In Safe mode, only the basic Android files are loaded. All the third party Apps are disabled by default.
Android is very popular and there is a huge list of free and paid Apps that users can choose to install. This increase the chance of problems like slow performance, device freezing up frequently, memory hog and buggy software. When you have these problems, a logical step is to restart Android device in safe mode. Since third party programs are disabled in Safe mode, if everything works fine a third party program or App is responsible for the problem.
How to check if Android is in Safe Mode
If the device is running on safe mode, safe mode will be displayed on the left bottom corner as the picture displayed below.
How to restart Android device in Safe Mode
The method is almost same for all Android devices, but varies slightly for certain manufacturers and models. One of these methods is sure to work on your Android device.
The following steps work on Huawei, Nexus, LG, HTC, Sony etc
- Hold down Power Off button
- Hold the Power Off option for a few seconds (15-30 sec) until the message appears
- Select OK to Reboot to Safe Mode window
Try these on Samsung, HTC and Nokia models
- Turn on the Android device
- Once the manufacturer logo appears, hold the volume down button for a few seconds (15-30 sec)
- The device will start in Safe mode. It is confirmed by presence of Safe Mode written on bottom left corner.
Restarting the device, automatically take you out of Safe Mode to Normal mode.