How to enter Safe Mode in Google Pixel 3

When in safe mode, all downloaded apps and third-party services are temporarily disabled so your Google Pixel 3 will run with only pre-installed apps working in the background. The most common scenario when you have to do this is when your phone has some performance-related issues that were caused by third-party apps although we also recommend that if you don’t know the cause of the problem, it’s best to run the phone in safe mode first.

In this post, I will guide you on how to reboot your Google Pixel 3 in Safe Mode so you can troubleshoot it if you have issues. There are actually a couple of procedures you can try to do this. So, if you still don’t know how to enable safe mode on your Pixel 3, continue reading as this guide may be able to help you.

Before we move on, if you found this page while trying to find a solution to a different issue, then visit our Google Pixel 3 Help Guides for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. There could already be articles on our site that could help you fix your problem.

How to restart an active Pixel 3 into Safe Mode

If your phone is still powered up and you just want to restart it in safe mode, then it’s easy to do it. Here’s how…

  1. With the device powered on, press and hold the Power button (located on the right-edge) until the Power off prompt appears then release.
  2. Touch and hold Power off until the “Reboot to safe mode” prompt appears then release.
  3. Tap OK to confirm.
  4. The restart process may take up to 45 seconds to complete.
  5. Upon restart, ‘Safe mode’ appears in the lower-left of the unlock/home screen.

How to power up Pixel 3 in Safe Mode

The following steps in powering up the Pixel 3 in safe mode will only work if the device is completely powered down. Most of the time, we use this procedure if the phone isn’t responding. If it does respond with this, then the problem should not be that serious. Here’s how you do this:

  1. Ensure the device is powered off.
  2. Press and hold the Power button until the Google logo appears on screen then release.
  3. With the Google logo still on screen, press and hold the Volume down button.
  4. Continue to hold the Volume down button until ‘Safe mode’ appears in the lower-left of the unlock. This may take up to 30 seconds.

If you’ve successfully rebooted your phone in safe mode, you can continue your troubleshooting. For app-related issues, you may try clearing the cache and data of apps you suspect are causing the problem if that won’t work, then you have to uninstall them one by one. You can uninstall them while your phone is in safe mode or in normal mode.

I hope that we’ve been able to help you fix the problem with your device. We would appreciate it if you helped us spread the word so please share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much for reading!