How to Fix Safe Mode Stuck or Won’t Turn Off

If safe mode will not turn off for some reason on your Android phone, do not panic and follow the methods given in this guide. These methods will help you get out of safe mode on your Android device.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Nov. 19, 2020

Safe mode is an excellent place to troubleshoot various issues on your Android-based device. You can use this mode to resolve many types of issues on your phone, such as the ones related to your apps and widgets. What safe mode basically does is this mode only loads the operating system files to boot-up your phone.

In some rare cases, you might find that your phone is stuck in safe mode. This can happen due to a variety of reasons. If this is happening constantly and you cannot find a way out, the guide below is going to be of great use to you. It tells you why your phone gets stuck in safe mode and what you can do about it.

Why is Your Phone Stuck in Safe Mode

There are various reasons why your phone might get stuck in safe mode. The major reason is that the Volume buttons on your phone are stuck and so your phone keeps rebooting into safe mode.

There could be other system issues as well that can cause your phone to go into safe mode but those are very rare and you will hardly see them.

What to Do When Safe Mode Won’t Turn Off

Initially, it will feel frustrating and almost impossible to come out of safe mode on your Android phone. However, there are quite a few ways to try and potentially fix the safe mode stuck issue on your device. Some of the ways you can try to get rid of your issue are as follows.

Method 1. Use the Power Menu to Turn Off Safe Mode

If you are not already aware, the easiest way to come out of safe mode on your phone is to use the power menu. The power menu is what allows you to easily exit safe mode and bring your phone back into normal mode.

Restart the device to fix safe mode stuck issue

Restart the Device to Fix Safe Mode Stuck Issue

On most Android phones, you simply need to press and hold down the Power key for a few seconds. You should then see the power menu on your screen. Tap the option that says Restart and this will reboot your phone but in normal mode.

Method 2. Use the Notifications Menu to Turn Off Safe Mode

While the power menu is a great way to turn off safe mode on your Android device, it does not always work. If you find that that menu is not helping you come out of safe mode, you might want to find and use an alternate method. And luckily, there is one.

You can make use of your notifications menu to disable safe mode on certain Android phones. You just need to pull down from the top of your screen, find the option that says Safe mode is on, and tap on it.

Disable Safe Mode from the Notifications Bar

Disable Safe Mode from the Notifications Bar

That will disable safe mode and reboot your phone in normal mode. Just keep in mind this option is not available on all phones.

Method 3. Get Rid of Suspicious Apps from Your Phone

If your Samsung tablet or any other device gets stuck in safe mode after you have installed an app, that app might be the reason why your phone is stuck. You cannot prove this until and unless you remove the app from your phone and then see if your phone still gets stuck in safe mode.

Whether in normal mode or safe mode, you still have the ability to uninstall apps from your phone. You can get rid of the suspicious app or apps from your device and that should fix the issue for you. Here we show how to do that.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your phone and tap Apps & notifications.

Step 2. Find and tap the app that you think is causing the problem.

Step 3. On the following screen, tap Uninstall to remove the app from your device.

Remove Suspicious Apps from Your Android Phone

Remove Suspicious Apps from Your Android Phone

Step 4. Reboot your phone normally and see if it then boots back up in normal mode.

If it was that app that was causing the issue, the issue should now be resolved.

Method 4. Take the Battery Out of Your Phone

If your Android device will not come out of safe mode no matter what you do, you can actually do one thing that will force the phone to quit safe mode. That method is to pull the battery out of your phone and this will turn your phone off.

Pull the Battery Out of Your Phone

Pull the Battery Out of Your Phone

Keep in mind that this procedure only works for devices that have removable batteries. To do this, simply open the back cover of your phone, pull the battery out of your device, keep the battery out at least for a minute, and then put the battery back in.

Turn on your phone and it should be stuck in safe mode.

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Method 5. Delete Files from the Cache Partition

In some cases, the cache files stored on your Android phone can actually cause your phone to remain in safe mode. This is not always the reason but it is one of the reasons that can get an Android device to be stuck in safe mode. To be sure of this, what you can do is you can wipe the cache partition on your phone. Once that is done, your issue should hopefully be fixed.

Step 1. Turn off your phone.

Step 2. Press and hold down Volume Down and Power keys at the same time to reboot into recovery. The key combination differs with each device so make sure to find and use the right key combo.

Step 3. Once you are in recovery mode, tap Wipe cache partition and follow the on-screen instructions.

Wipe Cache Partition Using Recovery

Wipe Cache Partition Using Recovery

You can then reboot your phone and see if the issue still persists.

Method 6. Reset Your Device to the Factory Settings

Sometimes, it is the core files of your phone that cause the phone to be stuck in safe mode. If you believe this is the case with your phone, an easy way to fix this is to reset your phone to the factory settings. Performing this method is easy but keep in mind you will lose everything that you have stored on your phone.

If you are ready, the following is how you fix it when your phone is stuck in safe mode by resetting the phone.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app, scroll all the way down, and tap System.

Step 2. Tap Reset options to view various ways to reset your phone.

Step 3. Select Erase all data (factory reset) and this will reset your device to the factory settings.

Erase Data and Reset the Device

Erase Data and Reset the Device

When your phone is reset, it should reboot in normal mode.

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How to Disable Safe Mode on Android

On some phones, you actually have a way to disable safe mode so that, even when you press the right key combination, your phone will not enter safe mode. The following shows how to disable safe mode on Android devices.

Step 1. Power off your device.

Step 2. Press and hold down the Power button and let go of it when you see a logo on your screen.

Step 3. Press and hold down Volume Down for a few seconds and that should disable safe mode on your device.

You can use the same steps to enable safe mode on your device.

The Bottom Line

Most new users start panicking when they find their phone is stuck in safe mode. However, there are some effective ways to get around this issue and to get your phone out of safe mode. We hope the guide above helps you turn off safe mode so that it does not bother you anymore.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.