This Galaxy S20 guide explains what Galaxy S20 safe mode is, how to enter the Galaxy S20 safe mode, use the safe mode, and exit the safe mode on Galaxy S20.
Because the safe mode is one of the standard Android features, this guide applies to not only Galaxy S20 models (Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra) but also other Android phones including Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S9, and many others.
What is Galaxy S20 safe mode?
Galaxy S20 safe mode is a special mode with all third-party (non-preinstalled) apps and services suspended temporally. All system settings and pre-installed app settings and data can be used normally.
So, safe mode does not reset your Galaxy S20 to the factory state. And therefore, it is “safe” for your data.
Of course, the real meaning of “safe” is that your Galaxy S20 is shielded from any third-party apps and services.
Under Galaxy S20 safe mode, you can figure out whether some weird issues are caused by any third-party apps, or pre-installed apps (and system settings).
Safe mode is a built-in feature of Android. You can actually find it in almost all Android devices. And it works almost identically on all Android devices.
In a nutshell, Galaxy S20 safe mode allows you to check whether a problem is caused by third-party apps or services installed by you, or caused by system and pre-installed apps.
How to boot into Galaxy S20 safe mode?
There are at least two ways to boot the phone into Galaxy S20 safe mode.
Method 1: Use the Power Button menu (safe method)
This method works if your Galaxy S20 can still boot up to at least the lock screen.
Step 1: Hold the side key to access the Power-off menu
After the phone is booted to Galaxy S20 lock screen, or to Home screen, you can hold the side key (as illustrated below) for about 2-3 seconds, to call out the power-off menu (aka power button options).
Please note, as explained in the Galaxy S20 Layout page, Samsung moved the side key to the right of the phone since Galaxy S20.