How to get your Android phone out of Safe Mode

Safe Mode is feature that prompts the phone to run on its original default settings, without any third party applications. This powerful option is available in the majority of Android smartphones and it is very useful when it comes to troubleshooting the device. However, if your phone is stuck in Safe Mode and you are looking for a way to turn this option off, we will guide you through some methods to disable this feature.

Restart your phone
In most cases, turning off the Safe Mode feature on an Android phone is very easy as all you need to do is to restart the device. When the phone restarts it should not be in Safe Mode anymore and you would be able to use it as normal. Restarting is the first thing you should try to get out of Safe Mode and it would work in most cases. However, if that doesn’t do the trick and your phone goes back into Safe Mode after the restart, it is important to consider the possible causes. We will take a look at the most common issues that could be affecting your phone’s normal operation and will also share some possible solutions.

The buttons may be stuck
If your phone boots into safe mode for no apparent reason, even if you didn’t try to activate this options in the first place, it may be due to one of the physical buttons being defective or malfunctioning. The button may be stuck, which is why your phone may act as if you were trying to activate Safe Mode. If any of the buttons is stuck in the pressed down position, even though you are not holding it down, you may experience issues to use the phone as normal. Take a look at the buttons and make sure that they are not in the pressed down position. Sometimes, the issue maybe related to the protective case so check that the case is not applying pressure on any buttons.

Phone damage
If the phone is no reacting to your commands, the reason could be physical damage or liquid spillage. Check for any signs of damage. Remember that you can find evidence of liquid damage by looking at the LDI (Liquid Damage Indicators), which would usually change of colour if liquid has gone into the device. Most of the time, a phone would be stuck in Safe Mode due to hardware related problems, rather than issues with the software. However, you can try to perform a reset to wipe out any bugs, viruses, etc. Keep in mind that resetting would also delete all the phone’s existing user data, so you should only try this if you have backed up.

If the above options don’t work and you are still trapped in Safe Mode no matter what you do, you may need to bring your phone for repair, or consider getting a new one. Check your warranty claim options to see if you can get a replacement. In case your warranty has expired and you can’t get a new phone, there is another fix that you may want to try in order to get your device out of safe mode.

Alternative option
If the cause of the problem is a malfunctioning key or button, you may try to remove it. While this is a drastic solution, it is also very simple and can help you to get the phone to boot up as it should. Removing the problematic button will allow you to see if dirt has accumulated under the key causing it to work incorrectly. If this is the case you can try to clean that area, but before you do so, turn off the phone, particularly if you are using a liquid.

You can use 99% isopropyl alcohol, which is a none conductive liquid, meaning that it would not cause any electrical issue. Keep in mind that while removing a button from your phone may prove effective when everything else fails, it should only be attempted as one of your last options. If your warranty is still valid, you should not try to remove any parts as this may be considered as damage or tampering and would void the warranty.

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