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How to: Enter Safe Mode in Jelly Bean


If your phone is ever acting extra whacky and you can’t seem to figure out the cause, you may want to try booting into Safe Mode for a bit, an option included in Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). When entering Safe Mode, your phone disables all third party apps, leaving only system apps behind.

To enter safe mode, simply press and hold your Power button as you normally would to turn your phone off. When you are prompted to either Power off, toggle Airplane mode, or adjust volumes, long press on “Power off” until you see the Safe Mode menu appear. Press “OK” and boot into Safe Mode.

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  • jeethu

    HI,i just updated my S3 to jelly bean , now unable to exit safe mode,tried restart,even did reset of the phone,but still the same :(..some one pls help

  • GazaIan

    Android has already supported this in ICS, GB, Froyo… For HTC devices, all you had to do was hold the menu button throughout boot.

  • counsel dew

    My issue ( http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=24019) occurs in safe mode with ICS. Anyone test JB yet?

  • Safe mode with networking so I can dl some antivirus?

  • The One series also has this, just hold Power+Volume Up on boot.

  • Jwhap

    I actually used this the other day when my phone got caught up in a boot loop….I saw safe mode and was confused for a second. But it made it easy to fix the issue!

  • Buckoman

    What would be the process of doing so on the Razr? I can’t find a way to do it.

  • Nicholas Sparks

    I think its a good step to prevent major issues in the future. Google is thinking ahead to when a real virus hits this platform.

  • ApplesNAndroids

    This is nice to see. I liked how jailbroken iOS devices would do this and allow the user to uninstall a rogue application without a hard restore.

  • silentmage

    Keep in mind that doing so will hose all of your widgets and you will need to reset them.

    At least that is how it was in GB (and I think ICS as well)

  • DJyoSNOW

    SO the software sucks mega? Following the likness of other Samsung phones? Is this a solid phone or yet again an epic fail for Samsung software?

    • ddevito

      what the hell are you trolling about? There is ZERO Sammy software on the GNex.

    • Buckoman

      …. What?
      – This is for diagnostic purposes.
      – It’s by all means a solid phone.
      – The software is made by Google, hardware by Samsung.
      If you’re going to make a comment, at least make your point of interest in your argument clear.

  • drew wegand

    This isn’t the post about people starting to receive email updates from Google about Nexus 7’s beginning to ship!?!?

    • Keith0606

      was hoping someone would mention that as well. Been looking at every article’s comments today hoping to see someone say they got a shipment email.

    • TuckandRoll84

      I’ve been checking my account every hour to see if it has shipped and they just forgot to tell me.

  • ddevito

    What is this…Windows 98? lol

    • Doan

      Every version of Windows has Safe Mode.

      • ddevito

        yes…thanks Professor. But safe mode hasn’t been relevant since win98 (was my point).

        • Buckoman

          What do you mean by “relevant”?

          • ddevito

            Win2000, XP, 7 and now 8 have always been solid – not much need for safe mode.

          • Joshua Dudash

            You obviously don’t work in I.T.
            Ever have a driver go bad on you?

          • ddevito

            I’m a Java Developer and Linux Server admin, so you’re right – I don’t work in Windows IT – so I don’t have these issues :p

          • Buckoman

            What you just told everyone is that you’re talking about something that you don’t know about.

          • ddevito

            what the hell are you talking about? I’ve been in I.T. (I’m sure) longer than you’ve hit puberty

          • Buckoman

            You’ve said that you don’t work in Windows IT, yet you openly claim that safe mode hasn’t been needed or relevant since Windows 98. You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about by that statement, hence my remark.

          • JoshGroff

            1 word, Vista. *shudders*

          • I can say I have used safe mode in 2000, XP, and 7 multiple times. Windows and solid do not belong in the same sentence.

          • Buckoman

            You’re kidding, right? I’ve had to access safe mode in every version of Windows, not to mention OSX as well. 2000, XP, 7, and especially 8 have needed safe mode. Think of driver failure, hardware failure, software failure, and especially viruses that prevent you from opening applications.

          • ddevito

            dude, stop surfing bad porn sites :p

          • Buckoman

            What does that have to do with anything?

          • lol that guy his hilarious. think hes trolling you….i hope

          • Buckoman

            Yes, I really DO hope he can’t be that oblivious.

        • Doan

          You are completely wrong. I work in IT, and I know very well how useful safe mode it. Safe mode has the exact same relevance that it has always had. In fact, this article explains exactly what that relevance is.

  • It’s even more like a full OS now!

  • r0lct

    I bet if the D4 ever gets JB you can do this with control+alt+del

  • 4n1m4L

    Here comes another patent suit.