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After you buy a  Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphone, you may encounter issues on occasion 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, in order to check that theory, you will need to put your Galaxy S20 into Safe Mode.

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What is Safe Mode? Basically, it’s a clean mode that only lets first-party apps run. That means 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.

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.

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

At this point, 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:

  1. Press and hold onto the power button. The phone should vibrate and you should see the “Samsung Galaxy S20” logo screen.
  2. Release the power button and then, while the “Samsung Galaxy S20” logo screen is still visible, press and hold on the volume down button.
  3. 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, to leave Safe Mode simply restart your phone by holding the power button and restarting normally.

That’s how you can apply the Samsung S20 Safe Mode.

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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.