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Phone stuck in Android Safe Mode? Here’s how to disable it

Previously we discussed how to boot Android phones into Safe Mode. While accessing the Safe Mode feature is easy, at times, you may find it difficult to get out of the Safe Mode. If you are in a similar situation, this guide on how to turn off Safe Mode on Android should help you out.

If you are stuck in safe mode, you are most likely to get out of it by restarting the Android device. However, if that does not work, you can use the notification panel or the physical buttons to make it work.

In this article, we take you through multiple ways to turn off Safe Mode on Android with ease.

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1. Disable from the notification panel

When booted into Safe Mode, the notification panel will show a Safe Mode enabled message. Tapping on the same can help you turn off Safe Mode on your device.

  1. Pull down the notification panel.
  2. Tap on Safe Mode enabled notification.
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  3. Tap on Turn off to disable Safe Mode on Android.
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  4. This will Turn off Safe Mode and restart your phone automatically.

2. Restart the Android device

Another way to disable Safe Mode is to restart your Android phone. The phone should restart in normal mode with all the third-party apps working like before.

  1. Press and hold the Power button on your Android device for a few seconds.
  2. This should trigger the Power notification panel.
  3. Tap on Power Off.
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  4. If the Power Off option is not visible, press and hold the Power button until the phone is completely off.

3. Use physical buttons

If the issue persists, try using the following key combo that has worked for several other Android users with a device stuck in safe mode.

  1. Turn off the device by pressing and holding the Power button.
  2. Once the device is off, press and hold the Power button.
  3. When the logo appears on the screen, release the Power button.
  4. Next, quickly press and hold the Volume Down button as soon as you release the Power button.
  5. The phone should now restart with the Safe Mode disabled.

This is more of a workaround that is known to work on selected devices. However, do give it a try and check if it works on your Android device.


4. Uninstall Recently installed apps

Some recently installed apps can create issues and stop your phone from turning off Safe mode. One way to fix this issue is to clear the app data and cache. And if that does not work, uninstall the offending app.

Clear cache and data

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Search and open the offending app or the most recently installed one.
  4. Tap on Storage.
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  5. Tap on Clear cache
  6. Check if you can exit Safe mode.
  7. If not, go to App’s Storage option again.
  8. Tap on Clear data.
  9. Tap OK to confirm the action.

Uninstall the app

If the issue persists, try uninstalling the offending app and check if that resolves the issue.

  1. To uninstall any app, tap and hold the app icon from the menu.
  2. Select Uninstall and tap OK to uninstall.
  3. Once uninstalled, try rebooting the device and check for any improvements.

5. Check if the volume button is stuck

One of the common causes for being stuck in Safe Mode is the volume button that is used to put your device into safe mode is stuck. Check if the Volume Up/Down and the Power button is stuck.

You can use a nail cutter or a knife to pull out the stuck button. Once out, reboot the device, and that should get your device out of safe mode.


6. Battery Pull

Most of the modern Android device comes with a unibody design, which means pulling out the battery is not an easy task as the back cover cannot be removed.

However, if you are using a device that has a removable back cover, try the following.

  1. Make sure the device is on.
  2. Remove the back cover.
  3. Pull out the battery keeping the device on.
  4. Leave the device idle for a few minutes and reinsert the battery.
  5. Restart your Android phone and check if Safe Mode is disabled.

7. Factory reset your phone

As a last resort, you may have to factory reset the device to get it out of Safe mode. Factory resetting the device will wipe clean the device. As a result, you will lose all the apps installed along with media and other files in the internal storage of the device.

Before factory resetting the device, make sure you backup your Android device. Once done, here is how to factory reset Android phones to disable Safe mode.

  1. Tap on Settings.
  2. On Samsung devices, go to General Management.
  3. Tap on Reset.
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  4. Tap on Reset settings.
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  5. Select Reset Settings again. Resetting settings will only reset the phone’s settings to factory default and will not delete any data.
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  6. If Resetting settings did not work, try a factory reset.
  7. Under General Management > Reset, tap on Factory data reset.
  8. Tap on Reset and enter your PIN or pattern.
  9. Tap on Erase everything.

On non-Samsung devices, go to Settings > System > Advanced > Reset Options > Erase all data. Then follow on-screen instructions to factory reset your Android phone.

These are the best possible solutions that can help you disable Safe mode on your Android device. Follow all the steps and let us know which method helped you get out of Safe mode in Android in the comments.

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