How To: Turn on Safe Mode on Galaxy S4 (and S4 Mini)

Samsung Galaxy S4

There are any number of reasons why you would need to turn on the Safe Mode on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

The other day, a friend asked me how to do that. He was installing apps and games like it’s nobody’s business, and guess what – his phone started slowing down. In fact, it was so slow that it was impossible to use. He wanted to uninstall some apps but found that to be an impossible task. Things were that slow.

So he asked me how to uninstall some of the apps that were sitting idle (and causing mess) on his S4. He needed to go into Safe Mode to be able to accomplish this. Here’s how to do it:

  • Turn the phone off and then turn it on.
  • As soon as the Galaxy S4 logo appears, press and hold the Volume Down button.
  • Keep holding the Volume Down button until the phone completely boots.
  • The “Safe Mode” sign will appear in the lower left corner of the screen.

The Galaxy S4 is now running only the basic services, and from here you can remove all of the apps that may be causing the problems.

Once you’re done deleting stuff, turn off the phone and turn it on again. You should be back to normal. If that doesn’t work, repeat the process of holding the Volume Down button to exit the Safe Mode — some S4 variants apparently need this extra step.

And BTW – these same steps should work with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. 😉

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