What is safe mode on Android and how is it activated and deactivated

Android is a box of surprises. The Google operating system hides a good number of secrets that some users ignore and that, on more than one occasion, can be very useful. A good example is a safe mode, an advanced option included in the system, which not everyone knows about.

And the truth is that Android’s safe mode is a functionality that all system users should consider. It is a protection method that helps us fix certain problems caused by third-party applications or even threats downloaded from the Internet. Next, we will explain what safe mode is and how it can be easily activated and deactivated.

Safe mode on Android, what is it?

As we mentioned, safe mode is a protection measure incorporated into the operating system, which reduces the device’s functions to the most basic ones. Thus, any application that was not included in the system from the beginning is prevented from running.

Although this measure is intended to solve problems or uninstall applications that could not otherwise be removed, it is possible that on some occasions, we have accidentally accessed this mode, with the subsequent surprise to see that none of our applications is available. This is because the safe mode is started by pressing a certain combination of keys during the ignition of the mobile.

How to enable safe mode

How to enable safe mode

Until now, Android did not include direct access to a safe mode that would serve all terminals, but each manufacturer decided to do it “in their own way.” However, after the arrival of Android 7.0 Nougat, the process to access safe mode is the same for almost all devices:

  • Press and hold the “power” button on your mobile until the options “Shut down” or “Restart” appear.
  • Make a long press on the option “Shut down” until a pop-up window appears.
  • From this window, we will restart the device in safe mode if we click on “OK”.

How to remove safe mode

How to remove safe mode

If we have accessed the safe mode, either intentionally to fix a problem or unintentionally, of course, we can straightforwardly exit this mode.

In fact, all we have to do to get out of safe mode is to restart the device, and once it has been completely turned on, we will see how our applications will return to the same place as usual.

If, for whatever reason, the safe mode of your Android is activated, do not panic; your Android has not been broken, nor is it a virus. Restart the mobile or press and hold the power button for 30 seconds, and everything will return to normal. You see, the safe mode activated only indicates that you have made a mistake with the buttons when turning on the mobile.

As you can see, both entering and exiting safe mode on Android is a very simple process, but it can help us fix the odd problem caused by malicious applications or threats from the Internet. We hope this tutorial has been helpful, and now, as always, we encourage you to leave your opinion in the comments.

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