Android Safe Mode Explained

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Safe Mode is a feature on the Android Operating System used to solve problems with configuration or app incompatibilities. Restarting the device in this mode will load only the System's core applications. You can disable Safe Mode by rebooting your phone.

Safe mode is designed to help you find problems with your apps and widgets, but it disables parts of your phone.

Below is how to enable or disable safe mode on any android device.

To enable safe mode

  1. While the device is powered on, press and hold down the power key.
  2. In the pop-up menu, press the Power key.
  3. touch and hold Power off until the Reboot to safe mode message appears.
  4. Tap OK to restart in safe mode.

To exit safe mode

  • When in safe mode, restart the phone.

If you can't exit the safe mode by restarting the device, try these actions one after the other. Verify after each action whether the problem was solved, before trying the next one:

  • Remove any protective case. A case might interfere with one of the physical keys of the device and prevent the device from starting properly.
  • Make sure that the volume key, power key and camera key respond properly, and that they are not stuck in one position.
  • Make sure that you just tap Power off when you restart your device, do not touch and hold. If you touch and hold Power off, it might result in a restart into safe mode in some device models.
  • Check for new software wirelessly in your device using Settings → System → Advanced → Software update  SYSTEM. However, some updates are not available for wireless download. You then need to check for new software using a computer and the Xperia Companion computer application.
  • If your Xperia device has the latest available software and the problem still persists, try to perform a factory data reset on your device. Note! All personal content on the internal memory of your device gets deleted when you perform a factory data reset. You can backup content that you want to keep. Content on an external memory card (SD card) is not deleted.