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Your Android can enter safe mode for any number of reasons. Here's how to turn it off.

So your Android phone is in safe mode. 

That's your Android's way of telling you something is wrong. When in safe mode, your Android  temporarily disables any third-party applications from running. It's likely your Android encountered an app error, malware, or some other operating system blip. 

Safe mode can also be a way to diagnose any problems with your Android. If you manually turned on your Android's safe mode, it's likely you wanted to see if a new app was what caused your phone to crash, freeze, or run through its battery faster than usually. Essentially, safe mode lets you see your Android in a state similar to when you first got it from the store. 

Now that you know what safe mode is, how do you turn it off? 

Here's how to turn off or disable safe mode on your Android. 

Samsung Galaxy

Step 1: Swipe down the Status bar or drag down the Notification bar.

Depending on what model of Samsung Galaxy you own, swipe or drag down the status or notification bar at the top-center of your screen. 

Step 2: Tap "Safe mode enabled"

Tap the banner that says "Safe mode enabled," which will then disable Safe mode. 

Your Samsung Galaxy should now reboot into normal mode. 


Step 1: Press and hold the power key for three seconds

Press and hold the power key on your HTC One. 

Step 2: Press Restart

Your HTC One should now reboot into normal mode. 


Step 1: Tap and drag down the Notification bar.

Drag down the notification bar at the top-center of your screen. 

Step 2: Tap "Safe mode is on"

Step 3: Tap "Turn off Safe mode"

Your LG G3 should now reboot into normal mode. 

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