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Samsung S21 Stuck in Safe Mode – Get Out Of It Now!

Are you stuck in Safe mode? Here are the solutions to get out of it!
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Is your Samsung S21 stuck in safe mode?

There is a safe mode on every Android device, and its purpose is to help the user (you) to troubleshoot the device in case any third-party app or service suddenly causes an issue. Once you boot your device into recovery mode, you won’t be able to use any third-party app. Also, even some Android services won’t work in safe mode.

But the problem is, users experience a random issue when it comes to their Samsung Galaxy S21 being stuck in safe mode

We know this is the same issue you are having, so don’t worry. In this guide, we will explain to you how you can get your Samsung Galaxy S21 out of the safe mode in simple solutions!

Keep reading.

Note: The solutions we have mentioned in this guide are also applicable to any Samsung Galaxy S20 and S21 models (Plus, Fe, and Ultra models).

Why is my Samsung S21 stuck in safe mode?

Why your Galaxy S21 is stuck in safe mode?

Most of the time, the reason why you are stuck in safe mode is actually a bug within the Android system. When you first boot into the safe mode, a sudden glitch could occur due to this bug. Most probably, that is the reason why you are stuck in it.

Another reason for this kind of issue is caching or a recently installed update. When your smartphone’s cache is corrupted or outdated, or the update you installed has a bug, then chances are, you could be stuck in a boot loop or safe mode.

If you wonder if there is any third-party app that can cause this problem, it is very unlikely to happen since the safe mode doesn’t allow any third-party app to run. However, if you have rooted the device or installed any unauthorized app, this case might be different.

That’s it! Now, let’s see how you can get out of the safe mode.

How do I get my Samsung S21 out of safe mode?

Although this issue may seem hard to solve, it is actually not. You can follow these five (5) solutions to reboot your Samsung Galaxy S21 to standard mode. Let’s get started!

Fix 01: Forced power off

power off menu samsung

First, you have to check if you can get the power options on the device by pressing the power button for a few seconds. If you could, then simply tap on the power off button.

If you cannot access the power options, swipe down the notification bar. At the top right corner, you will see a power button icon. Tap on it and see if it gets you the power options. After, just tap on the power button to turn off your device.

Once your Galaxy S21 is switched off, let it be turned off for around 10 minutes. Then, press and hold the power button and see if it got out from the safe mode and boots into standard mode.

Cannot access the power options in any way or still boot into safe mode? Don’t worry, let’s go to the next solution.

Fix 02: Do a Forced restart

Another way to get out of safe mode is by forcing your Galaxy S21 to restart. This method works best if you are having trouble getting the power options

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Press and hold the volume down button + power button
  2. When you see the device getting turned off, release the keys, and
  3. Wait for the device to restart

After it restarts, make sure you are in the standard mode.

Fix 03: Let the battery go down and turn off the device

This method is also known as power cycling on an Android device. When you let the battery drain, it will eventually come to a point where your device gets automatically turned off. Once it happens, and since there is no power, any glitch that causes your Galaxy S21 to be stuck in safe mode will get fixed.

You should keep your device turned off for a few minutes before plugging it into the charger. Once you do that, don’t turn on the device. Move to the next solution.

Fix 04: Clear the cache

The Android OS generates the cache. It keeps the information of the repetitive process. The cache data helps your device to work smoothly and seamlessly without any lag. However, as we said in the beginning, a corrupted or outdated cache can cause various issues, and putting your device in safe mode is one of those issues.

Therefore, before you turn on the device, you should clear the cache partition on your Galaxy S21. And here is how you can do it:

  1. Press and hold the power + volume button keys (While your device is turned off, as said in the Fix 03);
  2. Once you see a menu like the image below, release the keys. Now you have successfully booted your device into recovery mode;
  3. Use the volume up and down key and navigate to Wipe cache partition
wipe cache partition
  1. Press the power button; and
  2. Now, you will get a message to confirm it. Highlight the Yes option and press the power button to proceed with the wipe cache partition’.
Confirmation to wipe cache partition

Once it is completed, you will get the recovery menu again. Without doing anything, go to the next solution to fix any possible app issues.

Fix 05: Repair apps

As we mentioned earlier, it is rare for third-party apps to cause the safe mode issue. However, still, the system services and apps can run in safe mode. By using the repair apps, we expect the device to run app optimization and fix if there are any glitches in system apps.

Assuming you stayed in recovery mode after doing the Fix 04, here is how you can repair apps on your Samsung S21:

Note: If you turned on the device after doing the Fix 04, turn off the device and boot into the recovery menu again first.

  1. Navigate to Repair apps using volume buttons
Repair apps - samsung galaxy recovery mode
  1. Press the power button and confirm the repair

Wait a while until the app repair is finished. Then, you will see the recovery menu again. Navigate to the Reboot device now and press the power button to get out of the safe mode.

Fix 06: Factory data reset

If your Samsung S21 is still stuck in safe mode, then the only option you have is to do a factory data reset on your device.

But, there is one problem: since you cannot go back to the standard mode and are stuck in safe mode, you won’t be able to back up the data on your phone

Therefore, we recommend you to go to the nearest Samsung service center and let them take a look at the problem. They will back up your data if necessary so your device and data will be safe.


If you have any questions or need help regarding this guide, leave a comment below. Rest assured that we will be there to assist you.

We hope this guide helped you get your Samsung Galaxy S22 out of safe mode.

Have a nice day!


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