Galaxy S8 safe mode helps you troubleshooting issues related to third-party apps installed by you.
You can identify whether the problem is caused by the system or by third-party apps.
This Galaxy S8 how-to guide explains the details of Galaxy S8 safe mode in Galaxy S8 and S8, two ways to reboot Galaxy S8 or S8+ into safe mode, and how to use and exit Galaxy S8 safe mode.
What is Galaxy S8 safe mode?
Sometimes, your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+may behave in some odd ways.
And you want to find out whether such problems are caused by third-party apps or pre-installed apps.
Galaxy S8 safe mode is the right tool for such problems.
Like in other Android phones, Galaxy S8 safe mode is a special mode for Galaxy S8 and S8+. Within this mode, all third-party apps (including some pre-installed Google apps) will be disabled temporally.
So, only some essential apps from Samsung and Google are enabled in Galaxy S8 safe mode.
If you still experience the problem in Galaxy S8 safe mode, then you can conclude that the problem is caused by the firmware or some of the essential apps. You may have to reset Galaxy S8 or S8+.
If the problem disappears in safe mode, you can then conclude that the problem is very likely caused by some apps installed by you.
Unfortunately, Galaxy S8 safe mode can only tell you whether the problem is caused by third-party apps or not. It is unable to tell you which app is causing the problem.
Two ways to reboot the Galaxy S8 or S8+ into Galaxy S8 safe mode?
There are at least two different ways to boot into Galaxy S8 safe mode.
Method 1: Use power button options to reboot Galaxy S8 and S8+ into safe mode.
If your phone is currently powered, you can press and hold power button for 2-5 seconds (NOT more than 7 seconds). Power button is located in the right side of Galaxy S8 or S8+ (see Galaxy S8 and S8+ layout for the location of power button) when the screen is facing you..
After holding the power button for 2-5 seconds, you should get the power button options as shown below:
- Power off for you to power off the phone.
- Restart for you to reboot the phone.
- Emergency mode for you to enter emergence mode (if enabled).
Galaxy S8 safe mode is hidden in power button options.
Tap and hold (NOT tap) Power off for a few seconds as shown below.
Now, you will see the Safe mode button as shown below.
Tap the Safe mode button to reboot Galaxy S8 or S8+ into safe mode immediately.
Method 2: Use button combinations to boot into Galaxy S8 safe mode
If your Galaxy S8 or S8+ is powered off, you can also directly reboot/boot the phone into safe mode.
You may follow this guide to power off or reboot Galaxy S8 and S8+ if the phone is not responsive.
To directly boot into Galaxy S8 safe mode with button combinations, you may follow these steps:
Step 1: Power off Galaxy S8 or S8+.
You may check this guide to power off Galaxy S8 if the phone is not responsive.
Step 2: Press and hold the Power key.
When the phone boots up (screen lights up), do NOT release power button.
Step 3: When “SAMSUNG” appears on the screen, release the Power key, then immediately press and hold volume down key.
In reality, you can actually, press and hold volume down button slightly before releasing the power button.
But you should NOT press volume down button before phone boots up.
Step 4: Hold the volume down key until you see the lock screen
You can release the volume down key only after you are in Galaxy S8 lock screen.
How to use Galaxy S8 safe mode?
As mentioned, most third-party apps are disabled in safe mode.
So, Galaxy S8 safe mode is not designed for daily use: it is for troubleshooting only.
The disabled apps are grayed out as shown below. These apps are still in the phone.
If you tap these app icons, you will get the heads-up message:
Downloaded app disabled in safe mode.
You can only use some pre-installed apps.
How to exit Galaxy S8 safe mode?
There are a few different ways to exit Galaxy S8 safe mode.
You can hold power button for 2-5 seconds to get power button options, then choose to reboot or power off.
You can also exit safe mode from the notification message.
As shown below, once you boot the phone into safe mode, you will see the Safe mode enabled notification.
Tap the notification to disable Galaxy S8 safe mode.
As shown below, after tapping the notification, you are offered to restart Galaxy S8 or S8+:
To disable Safe mode, your device will restart. All your apps will then be available.
Tap Restart now as shown below to reboot the Galaxy S8 or S8+ normally.
Can you boot Galaxy S8 or S8+ into Galaxy S8 safe mode? Do you know how to use and exit Galaxy S8 safe mode?
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You may also check our Galaxy S8 guides:
- Galaxy S8 new features guide covers all new and unique features of Galaxy S8 and S8+.
- Galaxy S8 how-to guides give you detailed step-by-step guides on using most features of Galaxy S8 and S8+.
- Galaxy S8 user manuals lets you download official Samsung Galaxy S8 user manuals in your won language.
- Galaxy S8 camera guides covered everything related to Galaxy S8 camera is covered in Galaxy S8 camera guides section.
- Galaxy S8 accessories guides help you find the perfect accessories for Galaxy S8 and S8+.
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