How to boot Android smartphones and tablets into Safe Mode [Guide]

The Android operating system has been steadily gaining popularity with modders in recent years. Modifying an Android device isn’t exactly the safest thing in the world, so knowing some basic troubleshooting is a must. After learning how to boot into safe mode, you’ll be able to easily fix some basic issues with your Android device! Let’s get started.

Before We Begin

Note: To exit safe mode, simply reboot Android.

This method covers Android devices on version 4.1 and higher. Safe mode is achievable with devices running 4.0 and lower, but there’s no universal method, so it would be too tedious to cover it all here. If your device is 4.0 or lower, and you wish to boot into safe mode, it’s much more effective to just do a quick Internet search with your make and model.

How To Boot Android Into Safe Mode

Booting into safe mode is a very simple process. Simply long press the power button until the Android advanced shut off options appear. Once the advanced shut off options are on-screen, long press the Power Off option listed, and a safe mode notification will pop up. This notification will ask you if you want to boot Android into safe mode. Select ‘OK‘. When Android reboots you’ll be in safe mode.



Android’s safe mode feature is just more proof that it’s a real operating system. It’s not a toy, and learning some of it’s more advanced features is a must. Enjoy.

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  • steve

    i am using galaxy pocket model no:gt-s5300. the andoid os in my handset has been fully erased and now its not swithching on how can i boot android os without switching on my mobile

  • Kent G Pollard
  • Kent G Pollard

    Have confirmed that, as with the S4 in the linked article, tapping the [menu] spot repeatedly during startup puts the S3 into safe mode.

  • Derrik

    [@Kent G Pollard] That is very strange.

  • Kent G Pollard

    [@Derrik] Yes, including a very, very long press of more than 30 seconds.

  • Derrik

    [@Derrik] Shoot, I mean 4.1 and up.

  • Derrik

    [@Kent G Pollard] It should. Anything 4.3 and above is universal. You sure you’re long pressing the power button to bring up the options, then long pressing power off?

  • Kent G Pollard

    Doesn’t appear to work on a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.3