Some apps that you download can cause issues with your phone. Try the steps below if your phone has any of these problems:
- Restarting itself.
- Running slow.
Important: Safe mode removes some Home screen widgets. If you use widgets, take a screenshot to help you put them back.
If your phone is on
- Press and hold your phone's Power button.
- On your screen, touch and hold Power off .
- After you see "Safe mode" at the bottom of your screen, wait to see if the problem goes away.
If your phone is offTip: Airplane mode is automatically turned on when you enter safe mode. We recommend turning airplane mode off in order to continue using features such as GPS, Wi-Fi, and making phone calls.
- Press your phone's power button.
- When the animation starts, press and hold your phone's volume down button. Keep holding it until the animation ends and your phone starts in safe mode.
- You'll see "Safe mode" at the bottom of your screen.
- Use your phone normally and check if the problem goes away.
- If it does, an app is likely causing your problem. Go to step 3 below.
- If the problem doesn't go away, an app isn't causing your problem. See a list of other troubleshooting solutions.
- Restart your phone.
- On Pixel 5a and earlier: Press your phone's Power button for about 30 seconds, or until your phone restarts.
- On Pixel 6 and later: Press and hold the Power and Volume up buttons for a few seconds.
- Tap Restart .
Tip: After you leave safe mode, you can put back any removed Home screen widgets. Learn how to add widgets.
Tip: To help identify which apps are causing problems, make a list of the apps you force stop.