How to get Android out of safe mode

This Tutorial addresses:
  • Safe Mode
  • Android
  • Devices
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Safe mode is an invaluable part of Android operating systems. It allows you to troubleshoot app or OS issues, tackle malware and remove viruses or other nefarious code that can infect mobile devices. Sometimes though, things can go awry. Occasionally devices get stuck in safe mode and no matter how many times you try, the device won’t reboot normally. If that is happening to you, here is how to get Android out of safe mode.

Boot Android out of safe mode
For the sake of this post, we are assuming you have tried rebooting the device a few times and it hasn’t worked. Here are a few things to try.

If your device has a removable battery:
1. Take the battery out to force a cold reboot.
2. Leave it 60 seconds or so for all residual voltage to run out.
3. Replace the battery and restart the device.

Some users have reported success doing the same with the SIM. Repeat the same process but remove the SIM and not the battery.

1. Turn off the phone.
2. Press the power button and volume down key and hold.
3. Let the phone reboot.

If that doesn’t work, let’s wipe the cache:
1. Navigate to Settings, Storage & USB, Cached data and select Clear cache.

Clear app data:
1. Navigate to Settings, Apps and select a running app.
2. Tap Clear data.
3. Rinse and repeat for running apps.
4. Reboot the device.

Uninstall any apps you installed just before the issue began happening:
1. Navigate to Settings, Apps and select a running app.
2. Tap Uninstall to remove it.
3. Rinse and repeat for any apps you installed around the time you began having issues.

Clear device cache:
1. Power off the device.
2. Hold the power and volume buttons to boot into the Fastboot menu.
3. Select Recovery using the volume buttons and use the power button to select it.
4. Release the power button but continue holding volume up and home until the Android logo appears. You should now see the recovery menu.
5. Select Wipe cache partition with volume down and select using the power button.

One of these methods should definitely get Android out of safe mode. If not only a factory reset will do anything useful before you need to start troubleshooting hardware. I hope it doesn’t get to that!

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