Boot a Galaxy S7 in Safe Mode and Turn Off Safe Mode

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 is an outstanding phone when the power button works. Unfortunately, sometimes, the power button doesn't work; or it only works occasionally. In fact, power button issues have been a huge problem for Galaxy S7 Edge users. However, if you can get your power button to work from time to time, then the easiest thing to do to make it work more often is to boot your phone into the safe mode. This will allow you to uninstall, or delete, applications that may be causing the problem; but the mode also resets some internal data points and your power button starts working fine again. Unfortunately, if your GS7 or S7 Edge power button is not working at all, you're going to have to follow our tutorial on how to turn your Galaxy S7 on and off when it has a broken power button. Everyone else can read on to learn how he or she can put his or her Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge into the safe mode.

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When You Need Safe Mode

Some of you may be wondering when or even why you would need the safe mode in the first place. The answer is pretty straightforward, and there's more than one reason that you might need the safe mode for your Samsung Galaxy. We'll explain that below.

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  • If your phone is behaving strangely or you find that buttons are not working properly, then it's usually because of a third-party application. When you experience these problems, you may need to boot into the safe mode to fix the phone. Unfortunately, if your power button is not working, then you will find getting into the safe mode to be a little more difficult than it would otherwise be. If you have that problem, then make sure you visit our tutorial on how to turn your phone on and off when you power button isn't working.
  • Far too many people who have the kids mode installed on their GS7 have inadvertently locked themselves into the kids mode. Once you're locked in the kids mode, your phone becomes more of a toy and less of a phone. There is a feature that automatically disables the kids mode, but it doesn't always work. The safe mode always works and allows you to disable the kids mode, which we discuss in our article on how to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S7 locked in the kids mode.
  • The safe mode can start all by itself if your Samsung Galaxy S7 has detected a significant enough problem that it's decided to restart itself. This can be caused by applications, a problem with the phone, or the phone system. If your phone has gone into the safe mode for this reason, you may want to consider resorting to a factory reset, as this is a pretty serious issue. However, you may just go ahead and turn off the safe mode to see if the phone works, which we will show you in the sections below.

Using the Power, or Lock, Button

If you are having a problem with the power, home, or volume buttons not working on your Samsung Galaxy S7, then you will need to boot into the safe mode. This requires use of the power button, or lock button. By following our steps, you'll see that even though a required button seems not to be working, it will work unless you have a hardware issue (which is extremely rare). In order to enter the safe mode using the power key on your S7, please follow the steps below.

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    Press and hold the power button for a few seconds to bring up the power menu
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    This will show you a list of icons.
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    Press the power down icon one time
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    This will bring up the main power down icon.
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    Now, press the larger power down button to turn off your Samsung Galaxy S7
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    Wait until your phone has been powered down completely.
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    After the phone has been completely powered down, press and hold the power button.
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    When you see the Samsung logo for 'Galaxy S7', release the power button, and immediately begin pressing the volume down button.
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    Continue pressing down the volume down button until your phone has finished starting itself up
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    If you have completed these steps correctly, you will see 'Safe mode' shown in the lower-left corner of your screen.
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Turn Off the Safe Mode

Once you have fixed whatever problem your Samsung Galaxy S7 may be experiencing, you will want to turn off the safe mode. Exiting safe mode is very easy to do. Follow the steps below to exit the safe mode.

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Disable Safe Mode from the Notification Panel

The easiest way to disable, or exit, the safe mode is to use the notification panel. However, we have had reports that some users do not have this option. If you don't have the option to exit, or turn off, safe mode with the notification panel, then just skip down to the next section of this guide. We will show you how to do it the old-fashioned way.

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    The easiest way to disable the safe mode is to swipe down from the top of your unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 to access the notification panel.
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    Once the notification panel has been opened, simply tap on the safe mode notification
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    One tap on the safe mode icon will bring up a menu asking if you would like to disable safe mode.
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    Simply tap on the 'RESTART NOW' option in the lower-right corner of the menu that appears
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    Your phone will now be restarted in the normal mode.
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    You will know that your phone has been restarted in the normal mode by spotting no text in the lower-left corner showing that the phone is in the safe mode.
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Disable the Safe Mode with the Power Button

If you are one of the unlucky users who does not have the option to disable the safe mode from the notification panel, then you'll need to do it the old-fashioned way. It's easy; so, don't worry. Just read on, and we'll show you how to do it.

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    Press and hold the power button until the power menu appears
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    This should only take a second.
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    You will now see the power menu
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    Tap one time on the red-and-white 'Power off' button.
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    The 'Power off' button should now appear as the only button on the screen
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    Tap once more on it to power down your Galaxy S7.
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    Wait until your phone has been powered down completely
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    There should be nothing on the screen.
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    Press and hold the power button to turn the phone on
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    When you see the 'Samsung Galaxy S7' logo, press and hold the volume down button until the phone has finished rebooting itself.
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    Once your phone has booted itself up, you will no longer see 'Safe mode' listed in the bottom-left corner
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    You have now successfully exited the safe mode.
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Additional Tips

  • Keep in mind that some of these steps require you to press or hold buttons in different orders at different times. Sometimes, pressing the wrong button or not pressing or releasing a button fast enough can cause some of these steps to fail. If this happens to you, don't worry. Just try again.
  • In certain instances, your phone may have a more serious problem. In the event that you do have a more serious problem with your phone, you will need to follow some of our other tutorials to correct them. If you are unable to get help from our tutorials, then in most cases you will need to take your phone to a repair shop.
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Questions and Answers

My phone does not respond to taps and is in safe mode, how do I fix it?

How do I get my phone out of safe mode

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The volume button can not function I need you to turn it off?

I need your help to solve this problem. I have tried: Many times but the system of volume button can not function. I think it was caused by: I think the many applications I have downloaded

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I keep restarting/disabling safe mode but every time it boots up it still is in safe mode is there another way to disable safe mode?

I keep restarting/disabling safe mode but every time it boots up it still is in safe mode is there another way to disable safe mode?. I have tried: I keep restarting/disabling safe mode but every time it boots up it still is in safe mode is there another way to disable safe mode?. I think it was caused by: My volume down button is permanently stuck down I don't know if this would affect anything?

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Volume down button not working, phone is in safe mode. How to disable it?

Volume down button not working in S7, phone is in safe mode. How to disable

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Is there any way to deactivate Safe Mode without restarting or without a volume button?

I have restarted my phone over and over again and it still is in Safe Mode. My down volume button does not work. So I can't get out of Safe Mode at all. I have a lot of apps that I need. Half the storage on my phone are in those specific apps and I really need them. My down volume button doesn't work. When I restart my phone, that also does not deactivate the Safe Mode. I have tried: Restarting my phone about ten times out of desperation. I think it was caused by: I'm not very sure. It just went through an update and all of a sudden, it has safe mode activated. It should be manual, not automatic.

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See more questions like this: Safe mode won't go off, my volume down button broke, any help please?

My Galaxy S7 edge is stuck in safe mode how can I turn it off?

My phone went into safe mode on its own and I can't stop it no matted how many times I restart it or turn it off?

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How do I get the safe mode off my Galaxy S7.. I've tried both options available but my volume button is jammed?

I tried the rebooting from the notification screen and it didn't work. I can't do the volume down bottom because it is permanently jammed. Are there any other options to get it off.

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The screen on My Samsung Galaxy S7 is so dark that I can only see shadows. I can not power down and it is now running safe mode?

Screen has gone so dark that I can only see shadows. I can't even go into settings. I tried powering down but the of button won't shut it. After that I tried holding the volume buttons down at the same time I held the off button down. Doing that, I can get the phone to power down for a split second, but it immediately powers back by itself, now it is running in safe mode. Right now on my screen I can see the date, time and safe mode. The article doesn't mention anything about the screen going dark or what I can do if the phone shut off. I can't try anything that article suggests because I can see well enough to get to any functions. I have tried: I tried turning it, but as I said it won't turn off. I can't try anything else because I can't see the icons well enough to what is what. I think it was caused by: I have no clue. I don't know what more you want regarding this matter. I am completely in the dark, literally.

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