The Samsung Galaxy S8 safe mode can help you troubleshoot issues related to third-party apps installed by you and identify whether the problem is caused by the system or by third-party apps.
This Samsung Galaxy S8 how-to guide explains the details of safe mode in Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, two ways to reboot Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ into safe mode, and how to use and exit Samsung Galaxy S8 safe mode.
What is Galaxy S8 safe mode?
Sometimes, your Samsung Galaxy S8 or 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. Safe mode is the right tool for such problems.
Like in other Android phones, safe mode is a special mode for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ which 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 Samsung Galaxy S8 safe mode.
If you still experience the problem in Samsung 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+ to resolve the issue or restore a backup.
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, the Samsung Galaxy S8 safe mode can only help you diagnose whether the problem is caused by third-party apps or not and is <strong>unable</strong> to tell you which app is causing the problem.
Two ways to reboot the Galaxy S8 or S8+ into Galaxy S8 safe mode?
Here are two different methods to boot into Galaxy S8 or S8+ in to safe mode.
Method 2: Use button combinations to boot into Galaxy S8 safe mode
If your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ is powered off, you can also directly reboot/boot the phone into safe mode.
To directly boot into Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ in to safe mode with button combinations, follow these steps:
How to use Galaxy S8 safe mode?
As mentioned, most third-party apps are disabled in safe mode and safe mode is not designed for daily use: it is for troubleshooting only.
You will notice the safe mode watermark in lock screen, home screen and apps screen as shown below.
The disabled apps are grayed out as shown below but these apps are still installed on your 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 the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ safe mode: