What is Safe Mode and how to boot LG Android phones into Safe Mode? (Video Guide)

What is Safe Mode in Android?

Safe Mode in LG (and some other) Android phones is a special function in which the device boots into a restricted environment with only essential (minimal) system apps/services available to the end user. Just like in Windows OS, Android Safe mode is a debugging/diagnostic tool to troubleshoot a weirdly behaving phone. By default all third party (non-system) apps are disabled in safe mode including the ones which are set to auto-start at boot. Besides all user customizations (home/lock screen, themes wallpapers etc) and settings change to default in Safe mode.

Booting LG G4 into Safe Mode

LG Android Safe Mode

Why Safe Mode?

Android phones are notorious to slow down overtime with errors popping up every now and then. End result is a frequently unresponsive (hanged) phone. In a familiar scenario with Android – a novice user fires up the PlayStore in his/her new Android phone – he goes mad seeing the enormous number of lucrative apps/games – and installs everything in a frenzy – hundreds of them sometimes. As the PlayStore is a heaven for malware, adware and junk, soon the phone ends up as a brick ready to be smashed at the wall. Besides way too many apps, other causes of a problematic phone are –

Low memory (RAM and internal memory)
Rooting and tinkering with phone files/settings
Installing a custom firmware
A buggy firmware update
Malware/virus infection
Corrupt system files

Safe mode is a life saver in such scenario – it can save the phone from a hard reset. So you should always try safe mode before going for the reset option.

So how safe mode helps in such situations?

  • As stated earlier, safe mode disables all installed apps except the native ones, so it can be used to find out the problem and resolve it. If you think the problem is caused by a 3rd party app then boot into safe mode and uninstall the suspected app(s) and see if this solves the issue.
  • Safe boot also allows you use the phone normally (and avoid the hassle of a hard reset) as long as you want
  • Some adware/malware apps are too stubborn to be uninstalled normally. Such apps can be easily removed in safe mode.

How to boot LG Android phones into safe mode?

All LG Android phones have this function built-in. It is very easy to boot these into safe mode. Just follow the steps as described below (see also the video at the end of this post) –

  1. To start with, the phone must be in switched ON condition. Press and hold the power button until the “Power options” menu appears at the phone screen – release the power button now
  2. Now touch and hold (long press) at the “Power off” option until the Safe mode prompt appears. It will ask

Do you want to restart your phone in Safe Mode? While in safe mode, apps that did not come with your phone will be temporarily disabled to help you troubleshoot your phone. When you restart your phone next time, Safe Mode will be turned off and your apps will be available again.

3. Now touch OK and the phone will reboot into Safe mode. A water mark reading “Safe mode” will appear at the display until the phone remains in this mode. Note that only default phone apps will be visible in the app drawer in Safe mode. As no 3rd party apps are running now, phone will be noticeably faster and smooth to operate.

To exit from Safe mode just reboot (restart) your phone normally. All LG phones (LG G6, G5, G4, V20, V10, K series etc) have this function built-in.

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