1. What is Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode?
Most Android users probably never use Android safe mode because of the improvement in each version of Android. But sometimes, safe mode can solve your problem without modifying your settings or changing your files on the phone.
Some Android vendors may implement safe mode in a slightly different ways. So, in different Android devices, the way to access safe mode may be slightly different.
Samsung fully implemented Android safe mode in Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, similar to previous generation of Galaxy devices.
Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode may be launched automatically if the system detects some miscreant apps or operations are trying to crash the system. But this happens very very rarely nowadays.
Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode is a special state of your Galaxy S6: all third-party apps (apps that are installed by you, not pre-installed) are disabled. Some settings are also temporally rolled back to default settings in Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode.
2. When will you need Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode?
Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode temporally turns off all user-installed apps. Only pre-installed apps are available in safe mode.
You will need Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode:
- when you need check some weird behavior of your phone. Such abnormal behavior is usually caused by some buggy or incompatible third-party apps.
- when you are locked in kids mode and forget the password to exit kids mode.
- when your Galaxy S6 thinks it should enter safe mode because of the abnormal behavior or operations of certain apps.
3. How to boot into Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode?
To boot Samsung Galaxy S6 into safe mode, you may follow these steps:
Step 1: Power off the phone.
If your Galaxy S6 is on now, you need power off the phone first.
Press and hold the power button for 2-4 seconds to get the power menu on the screen as shown below.
Tap Power off as shown below.
Tap POWER OFF in the confirmation window as shown below. This step is to avoid powering off Galaxy S6 accidentally.
This will turn off Galaxy S6.
Step 2: Wait one or two minutes.
After Samsung Galaxy S6 is turned off, it ‘s better to wait one or two minutes before proceeding to step 3.
Like any consumer electronic products, some residual electromagnetic field or residual heat may affect the life span of your Galaxy S6 if you turn on Galaxy S6 immediately.
Step 3: Press and hold volume down button AND the power button.
To boot into Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode, you cannot just press power button to turn on Galaxy S6.
Instead, you need press and hold two buttons on Samsung Galaxy S6: Volume down button and Power button.
Once screen lights up, you can release power button.
But you should NOT release the volume down button.
Step 4: Hold the volume down button until you get the lock screen
You must continue to hold the volume down button until you get the Galaxy S6 lock screen.
Before you can unlock the phone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode will change your Galaxy S6 theme to the default one. This will eliminate possible issues due to third-party themes.
You will notice there is a Safe mode icon in bottom left of the lock screen as shown below.
Step 5: Unlock Galaxy S6
Unlock your Galaxy S6 lock screen.
Please note, Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode does not change your lock screen settings. You have to unlock the phone normally. So, if you forget your screen lock, safe mode is NOT your solution.
But if you forget your kids mode password, you can use this method to remove kids mode as detailed in this guide. In Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode, kids mode will be disabled.
Once you unlock the lock screen, you will enter Galaxy S6 home screen.
But now, you are in Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode.
You will notice:
- All third-party apps installed by you disappear from Galaxy S6 home screen.
- All third-party apps installed by you disappear from Galaxy S6 Apps screen.
- There is always a Safe mode icon in bottom left of the screen.
If your Galaxy S6 behaved abnormally before entering safe mode, you can try it now.
If you want to exit kids mode, you can now uninstall kids mode app.
Once finishing your job, you can reboot the phone. Please read on.
4. How to exit Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode?
You can exit Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode by tapping the notification as shown below.
Tap Safe mode enabled as shown below.
You will get the confirmation pop up:
Turn off Safe mode
To turn off Safe mode, your device will restart. All your apps will then be available.
Tap OK as shown below to exit Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode.
Your Galaxy S6 will then reboot into normal mode and you can use all apps.
5. How about Samsung Galaxy S6 edge safe mode?
Safe mode in Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is identical to that in Galaxy S6.
So, the guide above works for Samsung Galaxy S6 edge safe mode as well.
Can you use Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode? Do you know how to boot into Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode, or exit safe mode?
Please let us know in the comment box below, if you have any questions or encounter any problems on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6 safe mode in your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge.
We will try to help you.
For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.