Booting into safe mode with an Android device may be a feature that is unfamiliar to many people yet is something that had been in our units for some years now—since Android 4.1 to be exact.

Known as a nifty feature for troubleshooting software-related problems like crashes, freezes, and unidentified battery problems in an Android device, booting into Safe Mode is mostly a real tech-savvy’s business.

But even casual users like yourself can easily get the gist of what safe mode is about (uninstalling misbehaving or suspected applications) so long as you know how to boot into it.

The bad news: not every phone unit share the same method of booting into safe mode.

The good news: all of them are identified.

How to switch Safe Mode on and off in Android devices

1. Automated

An Android unit is not considered a “smart” device if not for its intuitive capabilities that render it autonomous. Luckily, part of the device’s being smart involved its volition to automatically boot to “safe mode” when it experienced trouble at previous boot.

Accessing “safe mode” via this method is as simple as shutting the device down and booting it up again.

2. Via the Notifications Panel

Not every Android device may have the option to toggle between enabling and disabling the safe mode option. When it does, however, it can be seen via the notifications panel as you swipe down on its tray.

3. Volume Down + Power Button During Boot

This is an old method of booting to safe mode that is designed for certain smart devices like the Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones. For this to work, however, the device must be shut down first. Instead of booting up a device via the normal method of pressing and holding down the power button, booting into safe mode requires pressing and holding two buttons at the same time: the volume down button and the power button.

4. Removing and placing in the battery again

This is only conspicuously applicable to a smart device that has a removable battery in it. While there is no such thing as an “unremovable” battery, technically-speaking, the process involved is more technical than your smart device which are designed with a removable battery.

To boot into safe mode via this method, simple remove the battery from the unit and let the device discharge its retained battery for some time, then place the battery again.

So, that’s it. We’ve listed above the most common methods of booting into Safe Mode in Android. In case we missed anything or if you have a suggestion, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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