Boot Android in Safe Mode and Fix Common Errors

When your Android mobile starts behaving abnormally, or causes operational errors, or causes application crashes, or becomes too slow to even perform simple tasks, and you have no idea about what is causing these problems then you need to reboot your Android mobile into safe mode and try resolving those issues by analyzing the symptoms. Following are various methods using which one can boot Android in safe mode and fix some of the above mentioned common Android problems.

Boot Android in Safe Mode

One can argue that these common problems can be solved by simply factory resetting an Android mobile. But they fail to notice that whole user data will be lost when someone factory resets their Android mobile. All the data including contacts, messages, call logs, Wi-Fi passwords, applications data etc will be gone forever.

Hence, it is always recommended to boot Android in safe mode and try fixing the problems without loosing any data before going for a factory reset.

Before we proceed, we should first learn about the safe mode and its application in Android operating system.

Safe Mode

According to the Wikipedia article, safe mode is a diagnostic mode of an operating system (OS). That means safe mode is a technique using which one can identify the nature of the problem by examining its symptoms. Safe mode is intended to help fix most, if not all problems within an operating system.

Thus, when you run your Android mobile in safe mode, third party applications and games that you install separately and their processes does not run in background. Hence, you will be able to diagnose your Android mobile in safe mode, locate some or all operating system related problems and try resolving them.

Boot Android in Safe Mode and Fix Common Errors

Following are some of the easiest methods using which one can boot Android in safe mode and try fixing some of the common Android errors. Try other method(s) if the previous one does not boot your Android mobile in safe mode.

Method 1 – Volume up, Volume down buttons

In this method, we will be using volume up and volume down key combination of Android mobile to boot Android in safe mode.

Not all Android mobiles supports volume up and volume down key combination. If your Android mobile does not boot in safe mode even after trying the following method then you can try Method-2.

  1. Switch off your Android mobile and wait for a few seconds.
  2. Then press and hold Power button for a few seconds to start booting your Android mobile.
  3. When you see boot animation, release the power button and then press and hold Volume Up and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
  4. That’s it. Your Android mobile will now boot into safe mode.

Method 2 – Home button

This method uses home key of Android mobile to boot Android in safe mode.

This method should work for most of the Android mobiles that does not support volume up and volume down key combination. If your Android mobile still cannot boot into safe mode then follow Method-3.

  1. Switch off your Android mobile and wait for a few seconds.
  2. Then press and hold Power button for a few seconds to start booting your Android mobile.
  3. When you see boot animation, release the power button and then press and hold Home button.
  4. That’s it. Your Android mobile will now boot into safe mode.

Method 3 – Power button

This method uses power button of Android mobile to boot Android in safe mode.

You don’t need to power off your Android mobile while using this method. You will be able to boot Android in safe mode by simple using power button while the mobile is switched on. It will automatically reboot your Android mobile in safe mode.

  1. Press and hold Power button for two seconds. DO NOT switch off your mobile.
  2. If you single click on ‘Power off’ option, your mobile will switch off. DO NOT single click on it.
  3. To enter into safe mode, press and hold ‘Power off’ option for a few seconds.
  4. When your mobile asks you to confirm whether you want to boot into safe mode, click on OK.
  5. That’s it. Your Android mobile will now reboot into safe mode.

Method 4 – ADB (root)

This method only works for rooted Android mobiles. So, ensure that your Android mobile is already rooted before trying this method.

You can use this method while your Android mobile is running or even from the custom recovery. It depends on your choice.

Download ADB Tools

Download and install Android SDK Platform Tools (includes ADB) on your computer.

https://developer.android.com/studio/releases/platform-tools

Enable Developer Options

  1. To enable ‘Developer options’, go to Settings > About phone and continuously tap on Build number. You can now see ‘Developer options’ under ‘Settings’.
  2. Again go to Settings > Developer options and enable USB Debugging option.

Install Device Drivers

  1. Install appropriate device drivers of your Android mobile on your computer.
  2. Now connect your Android mobile to computer via USB cable and open command prompt.
  3. Type adb devices and hit enter to verify whether your Android mobile is recognized or not. If your mobile is not recognized, install proper device drivers of your Android mobile or use another working USB cable.

Mobile Switched On

  1. Make sure your Android mobile is switched on and connected to your computer.
  2. Open command prompt on your computer.
  3. Now type the command adb shell and hit enter. We will now get access to the interactive Linux command-line shell.
  4. In the command-line shell, type the command su and hit enter. Check your Android mobile and grant superuser permission (if asked).
  5. To enable safemode, type the following command and hit enter.
    setprop persist.sys.safemode 1
  6. Alternatively, you can use the following command if the above command does not work.
    echo "1" > /data/property/persist.sys.safemode
  7. Now enter the command adb reboot and hit enter to reboot your Android mobile. Your mobile will now boot into safe mode automatically.

Custom Recovery

  1. Boot your Android mobile in custom recovery and connect it to your computer.
  2. Now mount system and data partitions using recovery options.
  3. Open command prompt on your computer and type the command adb shell and then hit enter.
  4. To enable safemode, type the following command in the command prompt and hit enter.
    echo "1" > /data/property/persist.sys.safemode
  5. You should now change the permissions of the updated file to the permissions of other files under /data/property/, else you might get stuck in a bootloop. To do this, type the below command and hit enter.
    chmod 600 /data/property/persist.sys.safemode
  6. Now that everything has been done, use recovery options to reboot your Android mobile. Your mobile will now boot into safe mode automatically.

Verify Safe Mode

To verify safe mode, you just need to check for a Safe mode watermark on bottom left corner of your mobile screen. If you can’t find the watermark, you are not in the safe mode and you need to follow above methods again to boot your Android into safe mode.

Verify Android Safe Mode

Now that you have booted into safe mode, you have to fix those common Android problems that were causing in normal mode. As the third party applications and games does not run in the background in safe mode, it will be easy for you to uninstall them.

Fix Common Errors

  1. Uninstall the app that refused to uninstall while in normal mode.
  2. Uninstall the malware app that was running in background in normal mode.
  3. Check for the app that was using more RAM and was causing problems.
  4. Check for apps that were the cause for sluggish behavior.
  5. Clear the cache that was causing problems.
  6. Remove widgets that were causing problems.

After finally fixing some common Android errors, you need to boot your Android mobile in normal mode. To do this, just press and hold Power button and select Reboot. Your mobile will now boot into normal mode.

That’s it for today! Hope this might have helped you in addressing some of the common Android issues. Share this post with your family and friends. Subscribe to our newsletter for post updates directly in your email inbox.

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