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How to enter and exit Safe Mode on Samsung Galaxy S20 phones

Is your Samsung Galaxy S20 freezing up? You might need to enter into Safe Mode in order to fix your issue.

Published onApril 28, 2022

After you buy a Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone, you may encounter issues that will cause it to slow down or even freeze on you. It’s possible that a third-party app might be the culprit. However, you will need to put your Galaxy S20 into Safe Mode to check that theory. What is Safe Mode? It’s a clean mode that only lets first-party apps run. If your problem went away in this mode, a third-party app is the cause. Here are two ways to boot into the Samsung Galaxy S20 Safe Mode.

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You can press and hold on the power button and then the Power Off icon to access Safe Mode, or press the power button and volume down button when the phone is powered down.

How to boot into Galaxy S20 Safe Mode when powered up

The first method to boot into safe mode works when your Galaxy S20 is powered up.

  • Press down and hold on the power button until you see the power off icon.
  • Press and hold on the power off icon until you see the Safe Mode icon.
  • Tap the Safe Mode icon, and the Galaxy S20 will begin going into that mode.

The phone should come on again, and you should see a Safe mode indicator at the bottom left side of the screen. To exit Safe Mode, follow the first step above to restart the phone normally.

How to boot into Safe Mode when powered down

If the phone is powered down and you want to put it in Safe Mode, here’s what you should do with the Galaxy S20:

  • Press and hold onto the power button. The phone should vibrate, and you should see the Samsung Galaxy S20 logo screen.
  • Release the power button, and then, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 logo screen is still visible, press and hold on the volume down button.
  • Keep holding onto the volume down button until you see the home screen with the Safe Mode indicator at the bottom left side of the screen.

Like before, restart your phone by holding the power button and restarting normally to leave Safe Mode.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra screen in hand
Samsung Galaxy S20
The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are super-premium 5G smartphones from the South Korean company. No matter what you're looking for, the Galaxy S20 line likely has something to suit your needs.

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