Tablets : How to start your device in Safe Mode

Last Update Date : Mar 12. 2020

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Tablets : How to start your device in Safe Mode

What is Safe Mode? 

Using Safe Mode on a Samsung phone or tablet allows you to force the device to run the essential operating system, and disable most 3rd party applications. It's designed as a diagnostic tool to help solve issues with connectivity, battery life, and more. You might use Safe Mode to test whether or not a 3rd party application is causing ads to appear on your device, or maybe something is interfering with incoming and outgoing calls. A rogue app can even use up an unusually large amount of mobile data - Safe Mode will restrict mobile data access to 3rd party apps completely. You can still make and recieve phone calls and messages in Safe Mode; other apps are dependant on the specific device.


If your device functions correctly in Safe Mode, it is most likely that the issue lies with a 3rd party application that can be uninstalled to resolve the problem. If the device still has problems while booted into Safe Mode, there may be an issue with the Operating System or physical hardware with the device; it will require further diagnostics. Get in touch with Samsung Customer Care on 0800 726 786 or Live Chat with our Technical Team online.

How to start your device in Safe Mode? 

1 Power off your device by holding down the Power button and then tapping on Power off.
2 Press and Hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time, to turn the device on.

When you see the Samsung logo appear on the screen, you can let go of the Power button while the device boots up. Make sure to keep holding the Volume Down button.


Please Note: The Power key is on the right hand side of most Samsung phones, and the Volume Down will usually be on the left hand side.

3 You will now be able to see Safe Mode down the near the bottom left of the screen.

Within Safe Mode you'll be able to test for lots of different issues, navigate around the device to see if you run into any problems. You can use Safe Mode to keep an eye on your battery life or mobile data usage for as long as you'd like; however there will be apps that won't be available inside Safe Mode.


You can download the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page. For all other queries or further technical assistance, please call Samsung Customer Care on 0800 726 786 or Live Chat with our Technical Team online, services are open 24 hours, 7 days.

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