How to boot a smartphone or tablet into Safe Mode.

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

AndroidIf you have changed a setting or installed an app that is preventing you from doing anything while in your smartphone or tablet's normal mode, it may be necessary to boot the smartphone or tablet into Safe Mode. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of different smartphones and tablets with different physical and non-physical buttons, so getting into Safe Mode is different from one device to another. Below is a listing of ways to get into Safe Mode on some of the more popular Android smartphones and tablets.

Note: The iPhone and Windows Phone do not have a Safe Mode option. They can only be hard reset, which will erase all settings.

Tip: When the smartphone or tablet is in Safe Mode, the message "Safe Mode" should be printed in the lower corner of the display. This mode should only be used to fix problems, uninstall bad apps, and perform any changes to allow the phone or tablet to load into normal mode.

Droid RAZR

  1. Turn off the phone. If you can't turn off the phone, remove the battery, wait a few seconds, and then reinsert the battery to restart the phone.
  2. Turn on the phone.
  3. When the Motorola Dual Core screen appears, simultaneously press and hold Volume Up and Down keys on the side of the phone. Continue to hold down these keys until the lock screen appears or you see "Safe Mode" in the bottom corner.

HTC phones with physical buttons

  1. Turn off the phone. If you can't turn off the phone, remove the battery, wait a few seconds, and then reinsert the battery to restart the phone.
  2. Press and hold the Menu button and then turn on the phone. As the phone starts, keep holding down the Menu button until the lock screen appears or you see "Safe Mode" in the bottom corner.

Nexus One

  1. Turn off the phone. If you can't turn off the phone, remove the battery, wait a few seconds, and then reinsert the battery to restart the phone.
  2. Turn on the phone.
  3. When the phone logo appears, press and hold the trackball on the phone until the lock screen appears or you see "Safe Mode" in the bottom corner.

Motorola Droid

  1. Turn off the phone. If you can't turn off the phone, remove the battery, wait a few seconds, and then reinsert the battery to restart the phone.
  2. Press and hold the Menu button and then turn on the phone. As the phone starts, keep holding down the button until the lock screen appears or the phone vibrates.

Motorola Moto G

  1. While the phone is on, press and hold the Power button until the options list appears.
  2. Tab and hold the Power off option until the "Reboot to safe mode" option appears.
  3. Tab the Reboot to safe mode option and let the phone restart.

Samsung Galaxy phones

  1. While the phone is turned on, press and hold the Power button until the options list appears.
  2. Tap and hold the Power off option until you see the "Restart in Safe Mode" option appear.
  3. Tap the Turn on Safe Mode option and let the phone restart.

Android tablets

Tablets with Android OS version 4.1 or later

  1. Press and hold the power button until the power options menu is displayed, then release the power button.
  2. Press and hold the power button again until the Reboot to safe mode prompt appears. Release the power button.
  3. Tap the OK option and the tablet should restart and load into Safe Mode.

Tablets with Android OS version 4.0 or earlier

  1. Press and hold the power button until the power options menu is displayed, then release the power button.
  2. Tap the Power Off option.
  3. After the tablet has powered off, press the power button to turn the tablet on.
  4. When the logo is displayed (brand name or other startup logo), press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons until the tablet loads into Safe Mode.

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