Safe Mode

Updated: 10/18/2022 by Computer Hope

Safe Mode may refer to any of the following:

1. Safe Mode is a software mode that enables users of Windows to access an altered version of Windows and correct any problems preventing Windows from booting up normally. Safe Mode differs from the Normal operating mode in that it uses default drivers and settings upon startup, and only system required programs are loaded upon startup. Below is an example of what the Windows boot menu looks like with Safe Mode selected.

Windows safe mode

How to tell if your in Safe Mode

The computer or other device prints "Safe Mode" during the boot, shows a message about Safe Mode after loading, or display "Safe Mode" in one or more of the screen corners. If the computer or other device does none of these, it's not in safe mode.

Additional Safe Mode information

2. With a program or computer game, Safe Mode refers to a state where the program is loaded with default settings. For example, in a computer game, Safe Mode would not load any mods or other add-ons that are installed. A good example of a program that uses Safe Mode is the Internet browser Mozilla Firefox, which can boot into a Safe Mode.

3. On a cell phone, Safe Mode allows a phone to load all the default settings and software included with the phone. This mode is useful if you've changed a setting, or have added a new app that prevents the phone from working. While in Safe Mode on Android phones, the words "Safe Mode" appear in the lower-left corner of the screen.

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