Most troubleshooting guides for Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus will recommend you to access the device in Safe Mode. That’s because this particular feature allows you to use the operating system with a minimum default software configuration, making it easier for you to identify problems and faulty third-party apps.
No matter how well your device works for now, at some point, you might have to boot into Safe Mode and after that, inevitably, to restart your device in the normal functioning mode. Say you need to securely uninstall some applications, you just can’t get rid of a third-party app that you previously installed or your smartphone keeps restarting out of the blue… All these are just a few instances when you will be advised to access the Safe Mode. In this article, you will learn how to do it and how to get back to the normal Galaxy S8 environment.
How to boot Galaxy S8 in Safe Mode
For this particular operation, you will need to turn off your smartphone before anything else. With the device powered off:
- Press the Power button and hold it until you will see the Galaxy S8 logo displayed on the screen;
- Right after you see the logo, release the buttons, then tap on and hold the Volume Down button;
- Hold the Volume Down button right until the smartphone finishes the rebooting process;
- If everything went ok, eventually, you should see a Safe Mode logo displayed at the bottom left corner of the display;
- Then, you can release the Volume Down button and start investigating your problem, as you are currently officially running your Galaxy S8 in the Safe Mode.
How to turn off Safe Mode on Galaxy S8
As long as the Safe Mode is up and running, all third-party apps and services are disabled. This gives you the time and the freedom to access the device while bypassing some previous malfunctions, to enable or to disable whatever you want, and then to get back to the normal functioning mode.
For this last stage, there are three different things you can do:
- If you’ve solved your problem, restart the device and it will turn back to the normal mode. While still in the Safe Mode, use the Volume buttons to highlight the Restart option and the Power button to initiate the Restart.
- If you haven’t solved your problem, you might want to access the Recovery Mode – this guide on how to enter Recovery Mode on Galaxy S8 will teach you everything you need to know.
This is pretty much everything you need to know about turning the Safe Mode on and off. As one last thing to remember, with some devices, you might also have to press the Volume Down button during the startup while you try to exit the Safe Mode.