What is the safe mode on android phones?

On many android mobile phones, the safe mode is available to encounter problematic third-party applications.

But, wait, what does this mean? 

Read here.

You might be experiencing problems with your device such as slow performance, hanging, or frequent restarts.

It’s likely you’ll want to learn why things seem to be spinning out of control. Most often, the third-party apps you downloaded are the ones to blame.

Mobile phones have the safe mode for that purpose.

In the safe mode, all third-party apps are temporarily blocked, (not deleted) putting your mobile phone back to default mode. It’s used to find out problems causing poor performance by only using default apps. 

If you experience significant improvements in performance, then you can blame third-party applications on your android phone. 

If you don’t notice much improvement in your performance, check for the android system webview issue.

Does safe mode delete anything from a mobile?

No, turning on the safe mode will not delete any apps or games installed on your mobile phone. 

As stated above, it only temporally disables the apps that can be reaccess once you switch off the safe mode. However, it would delete cache files besides other useless files to boost performance.

If you don’t know what are the cache files or should you delete them or not, click the link to read that blog post. 

Can I leave my phone in Safe Mode?

While you can leave your phone in safe mode, and still can use features like messaging, voice calling, video calling through sim network, and can watch videos and listen to audio using default players, also internet can be accessed using default browsers. In fact, you can almost use any feature that a standard device offer. 

However, nobody will want to keep their phone in the safe mode because of the fact we all want to use third-party apps like WhatsApp for communication, MX player or VLC player for watching videos, UC browser for a better browsing experience.

Besides third-party apps, people who love gaming on mobile phones cannot spend a long time in the safe mode since games are actually third-party apps, and that is what enabling safe mode temporarily to block access.

How to turn on safe mode on an Android device

Regardless of the android device mobile or tablet you have. all models of  Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, LG, Vivo, Sony, and others work similarly (must be the version over 6.0).

you can simply go in safe mode by following two methods.

Method to go in the safe using.

In this process, press and hold the power for about 5 seconds, a prompt will appear on the screen asking for “turn on safe mode” click on that option and your device will automatically restart in the safe more.


  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • Tap and hold Power Off.
  • When the Reboot to Safe Mode prompt appears, tap again or tap OK.

Method 2: Turning on the safe mode using keys

Some devices don’t prompt the option to switch on the safe mode. My Vivo mobile also doesn’t prompt anyways. 

So we can use volume keys, the method is as follows.

First of all, you will need to turn off your mobile device. Press the power button as normal. Restart the mobile holding the power button and press the down volume key. 

There will be a list of different options, the safe mode will also be there, take few seconds to locate that.


  • Power off the device.
  • Power on while holding the down volume key.
  • The “Safe mode” message will appear in the bottom-left corner when you let go.

How to turn off safe mode in Android

You will don’t want to keep your mobile phone in that safe mode state forever, because the apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, and games would not run. 

Here is the simplest method to exit from the safe more.

Press and hold the power button again for some seconds. This time as your device is already in safe mode, there will be a prompt asking for switching off safe mode. Tap to proceed with that and your device will restart back in the normal mode.


  • Press and hold the Power button.
  • Tap the Restart option.
  • You can also turn off safe mode by opening your notification panel and tapping the Safe Mode Enabled notification.

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