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 unable 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 1: Use power button options to reboot Galaxy S8 and S8+ into safe mode.
STEP 1. If your phone is currently powered, you can press and hold power button for 2-5 seconds (NOT more than 7 seconds). The power button is located in the right side of Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ when the screen is facing you.
STEP 2. 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)
STEP 2. The Samsung Galaxy S8 safe mode is hidden in power button options and you need to tap and hold (NOT tap) Power off for a few seconds and now you will see the Safe mode button as shown below.
STEP 3. Tap the Safe mode button to reboot the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ into 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:
STEP 1. Power off your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+
STEP 2. Press and hold the Power key and 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
Note: You can actually, press and hold the 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 and release the Volume down key only after you are in Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ lock screen
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:
METHOD 1: Power Button
STEP 1. You can hold Power button for 2-5 seconds to get power button options, then choose to reboot or power off.
METHOD 2: Exit Safe mode from the Notification Message
STEP 1. 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
STEP 2. Tap the “Safe mode” notification to disable Samsung Galaxy S8 safe mode.
STEP 3. After tapping the notification, you are offered to restart Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ as show below