How to disable safe mode: Did your smartphone shut down unexpectedly and, at the next start, a screen appeared that you had never seen before, with the words “safe mode” ? Have you mistakenly enabled your computer’s Safe Mode and, now, don’t know how to get out of it? Don’t worry, it’s all much simpler than you think and, if you’re actually looking for a solution to such problems, you’re in the right place to start!
In the following bars of this guide, in fact, I will explain to you in detail how to deactivate the safe mode on the most popular and used devices of the moment: Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone / iPad, computers with Windows, Mac and, not least, game consoles such as the PS4.
Do not worry if you are not very expert on the subject, as the steps I am about to illustrate are very simple to apply and do not require “deep” changes of any kind. So, without waiting any longer, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
How to disable safe mode on smartphones and tablets
If you have enabled, even by mistake, the safe mode on your smartphone or tablet , know that you can deactivate it very easily: below I’ll explain how to proceed on Android and iOS.
How to disable Android Safe Mode
The “safe mode” of Android , also known as safe mode , usually activates as a result of corrupted or incompatible apps with the smartphone; however, in some cases, it is also possible to enter it by pressing (perhaps by mistake) a precise combination of keys when starting the device.
As you have surely noticed, the Android safe mode has a graphic interface rather similar to that of the operating system in the “normal” state, except for the word Safe mode clearly visible in the lower left corner of the screen and for the presence only apps installed “as standard” on Android; however, by starting the device in this way, some components of the device, both hardware and software, will not be usable.
Exiting the Android “safe mode”, if it was started by mistake, is really simple: all you have to do is press and hold the power button on the device and wait for the shutdown options to appear ; When this happens, you tap the button Shut Down (twice in a row, if necessary) and wait patiently for your smartphone or tablet to go out completely.
Finally, turn the device back on and wait for the next boot: if everything went well, you should be automatically exited from safe mode (the wording at the bottom left should therefore no longer appear).
If this procedure is not successful, it is likely that the boot in safe mode is due to some error caused by a corrupt app; therefore, delete the latest apps you installed before the device stopped working properly.
The procedure for uninstalling applications from safe mode is almost identical to the “standard” Android one: go to the Settings menu > Apps and notifications> App information / All apps (or Settings> Apps> Manage apps ) of Android, tap on the name of the application to be deleted and then on the Uninstall button , located on the next screen. For more information, please see my tutorial on how to uninstall apps from Android.
If even this solution does not have the desired result, you may have to act more drastically and restore the Android device to the initial settings : this operation will delete all the apps, settings and data present in the device memory and, in most cases, it should be decisive.
Fortunately, if you have full access to Android Safe Mode, you should be able to make a preventive backup of your data, to restore at a later time: personally, I recommend that you only archive the information and settings you actually need, leaving out installed apps (which could lead you back to the same problem).
For more information on how to make an Android backup and how to restore the operating system to the initial settings, I refer you to reading the specific tutorials I made on the subject.
Note : Your device may be automatically set to airplane mode when exiting safe mode. To overcome this small inconvenience, call up the Android notification area and tap on the airplane icon , in order to “turn it off”. More info here.
How to disable iPhone Safe Mode
Even the iPhone has a “safe mode”, called mode of recovery , it needs to perform an emergency repair of the operating system as a result of various kinds of problems. This mode could be started unintentionally by the user, by pressing a precise combination of keys, or be activated automatically following errors or malfunctions of the operating system.
In the first case, it is possible to exit safe mode in a very simple way: to start, disconnect the phone from the computer (if you had connected it previously) and, if you have an iPhone with Face ID , press and hold the side button together to one of the two volume keys , until the device turns off; if, on the other hand, yours is a device with a Home button , press and hold only the power button , until the smartphone turns off.
Finally, press the side button again to turn on the device: if everything went smoothly, at the next start, you should see the iOS home screen, a sign that the iPhone has successfully booted.
Otherwise, you may have to update the device using iTunes for Windows or the macOS Finder: to do this, connect the phone “locked” in recovery mode to the computer via USB cable, open one of the two programs mentioned above (a depending on your operating system) and wait for an iPhone in recovery mode to be detected . Now, click on the Update button and follow the instructions given to you to proceed with the update of the operating system.
If, following the update, the problem is not resolved, it may be necessary to restore the iPhone to the initial settings: in this case, the memory contents will be completely deleted and, at the first subsequent start-up, you will have to enter the iCloud password . as a security measure.
However, if you have a backup previously made via iTunes, the Finder or iCloud, you can easily restore it when setting up the device; to find out more, I refer you to reading my guide on how to restore the iPhone from off, in which I have explained everything to you in great detail.
How to disable safe mode on a computer
If you need specific information on how to disable safe mode on your computer , this is definitely the section of the tutorial that is right for you: below, specifically, I am going to explain how to proceed on the Windows 10 and macOS operating systems .
How to disable safe mode Windows 10
The safe mode of Windows 10 , called safe mode , can be started by the user by following some precise steps or it can activate itself if problems arise due to corrupt drivers or programs that prevent the operating system from starting correctly.
When the operating system enters this state, the word Safe Mode appears several times on the desktop and only the minimum drivers for the computer to work are loaded: for this reason, the screen resolution may be particularly low and many hardware components may not work at all.
In most cases, to deactivate Windows 10 Safe Mode, simply restart the computer following the usual procedure provided by the operating system: click, therefore, on the Start button (the Windows flag that resides in the lower left corner of the screen), then on the Stop button located on the left sidebar (the shutdown symbol ) and select the Restart item from the proposed menu.
If, due to the resolution, you cannot see the Start button, press the key combination Win + R , type the command
shutdown -r nowinside the panel that appears on the screen and press the Enter key on the keyboard: Windows should restart automatically, in the within a few seconds. On the next login, if everything went smoothly, Safe Mode should be automatically disabled and the operating system should work as usual.
If not, check that the execution in safe mode is not “forced” at each restart: press the key combination Win + R , type the command
msconfigin the panel that appears on the screen and press Enter , in order to start the utility the system Configuration .
Now, click on the General tab visible in the window that opens on the desktop, and put the check mark next to Normal startup ; then, move to the Boot Options tab and remove the check mark, if present, from all the boxes that reside in the box with the same name: Safe Mode , Do not start GUI , Startup log , Basic video features and Operating system boot information .
Finally, click on the Apply and OK buttons and restart your computer: if everything went well, Windows should start working normally again.
If the problem still does not resolve itself, try to complete or uninstall any pending updates , following the instructions I have given you in this guide.
As a last resort, you can restore Windows 10 to its initial state by deleting all programs, drivers and settings: fortunately, the latest edition of Microsoft’s operating system allows you to complete this operation almost “painlessly” , leaving personal files intact. To learn more about the topic, I recommend that you carefully read my guide to recovering Windows 10, in which I have provided you with all the explanations of the case.
How to disable macOS Safe Mode
How do you say? You have started the secure mode of MacOS unintentional way, and now you do not know how to put things right? Don’t worry, it is much simpler than you might think.
To begin with, check that you are actually in safe mode: once logged in, click on the bitten apple symbol visible at the top left, to open the Apple menu , and select the About this Mac item . Now, click on the System Report button that appears in the new window that has opened, click on the Software item (on the left) and check that, under the Startup Mode item , the wording Safe is present .
If so, you can get out of this particular “state” by simply restarting the Mac: click, therefore, on the Apple menu , select the Restart item visible within it and click on the Restart button . If all went well, macOS should reboot into its “normal” state.
If this does not happen, or if you had previously activated safe mode using the Terminal , do this: after opening the aforementioned program (located in the Other folder of the Launchpad or in the Go> Utilities menu of macOS), enter the command
sudo nvram boot-args=“”and press the Enter key on your keyboard.
When prompted, enter your computer password , press the Enter key again and wait for the Mac, restarting, to exit Safe Mode.
If you are still having problems, check that the shift key on your keyboard is not “stuck” or pressed by some object (pressing it usually causes it to boot in safe mode).
If not, try everything by restoring the PRAM / NVRAM , that is the portion of memory containing some important Mac startup parameters: when these are not correct, the computer could continue to boot in safe mode, despite the various steps taken to disable it. I have explained to you how to complete this operation, which in no way involves the loss of data stored in memory, in my tutorial on how to reset the NVRAM.
How to disable safe mode on PS4
Following a system upgrade, your PS4 was restarted and brought you in a never before seen screen, called Safe Mode or Safe Mode ? Don’t worry, things aren’t as bad as they seem.
An unexpected start in safe mode, in fact, denotes the appearance of a problem (temporary or not) caused by an update, software or other corrupt files; in many cases, restarting the console is enough to get things back to normal.
To do this, grab the PS4 controller , use the arrow keys to select Restart PS4 and press the X button to proceed with the restart. If the DS4 does not work wirelessly, connect it to the console via USB cable and wait a few seconds for it to be recognized.
I recommend, do not turn off the PS4 using the physical power button as, on the next reboot, you will find yourself in safe mode again.
If this method doesn’t work, you can try to rebuild the PS4 system database , which can get corrupted following a failed update, a badly installed game or a half-saved save.
To proceed, move to the option of the same name visible in the safe mode menu, press the X button on the pad and wait patiently for the operation to be completed (it may take several hours, depending on the amount of data stored on the disk). When done, restart your PS4 and check that things are back to normal. Note that rebuilding the database does not delete any files .
If, even in this way, you do not have to solve the problem, try to turn off the PS4 and disconnect all the cables connected to the console : a badly connected cable, in fact, could cause a false electrical contact and cause the PS4 to go into a state of “protection. ”, Starting the safe mode.
Either way, leave all cables unplugged for at least 20 minutes and then reconnect them in this order: power cable, HDMI cable, and USB cables. So make sure the cables are firmly connected (they must not “dance” in their respective inputs “) and turn the console on again: if the problem was actually caused by the cables, the PS4 should restart normally.
If even this option wasn’t helpful in solving your problem, try resetting your PS4 to factory defaults (your data won’t be deleted, but any custom settings will), manually updating your system software or, worst case scenario, to restore the PS4 to the factory state : if you do not know how to complete these steps, I refer you to reading the tutorial in which I explained how to exit the PS4 safe mode, in which I treated the subject with extreme precision.