How to reboot your Samsung Galaxy S9 in Safe mode and uninstall problematic apps (easy steps)

You can uninstall any third-party app in your Samsung Galaxy S9 anytime. However, there are circumstances wherein you really have to reboot your phone in Safe mode before you can uninstall an app and that’s what we’re going to tackle in this article.

We started providing support to Android users since 2012 and we’ve already encountered similar issues with the previous Galaxy devices. That’s the reason why we posted this article because we know that some point, you will encounter a problem that may require you to run your device in safe mode.

In this post, I will show you how to get your phone to boot up in safe mode as well as how to uninstall an app. Bear in mind that there are apps you can’t uninstall especially apps that serve as a requirement like Gmail, Youtube, Chrome, etc. There are also apps that is used to make a feature in your Galaxy S9, such apps can also not be uninstalled, at least, not without root access. But then again, rooting is a different story.

Before going further, if you found this post because you were trying to find a solution to your problem, then try to visit our Galaxy S9 troubleshooting page as we’ve already addressed most of the commonly reported issues with the phone. We’ve already provided solutions to some of the problems reported by our readers so try to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions we suggested. If they don’t work for you and if you need further assistance, fill up our Android issues questionnaire and hit submit.

How to boot your Samsung Galaxy S9 in Safe mode


When a third-party app is causing your phone to not work properly and if it’s impossible for you to use your phone due to freezes, lags and other performance-related problems, starting it up in Safe mode is the perfectly solution. When in this environment, all third-party apps are temporarily disabled and only the pre-installed applications would be able to run. Needless to say that if the problem is due to a third-party app, then your phone should be able to work properly while in safe mode. That’s the primary goal why you have to run your phone into this environment–so that you can do what’s necessary to fix the problem. Here’s how you run a Galaxy S9 in safe mode:

  1. Turn the device off.
  2. Press and hold the Power key past the model name screen appearing on the screen.
  3. When SAMSUNG appears on the screen, release the Power key.
  4. Immediately after releasing the Power key, press and hold the Volume down key.
  5. Continue to hold the Volume down key until the device finishes restarting.
  6. When Safe mode appears in the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Volume down key.
  7. While in Safe mode, you can now uninstall apps that are causing a problem.

While in this mode, your phone may run smoother than when it’s in normal mode it’s because only the pre-installed apps and core features are running. To get out of this mode, you just have to reboot your phone normally.

How to uninstall an app from your Samsung Galaxy S9

Running the phone in safe mode and uninstalling a third-party app often go together. Third-party apps may not run in this environment but you can still uninstall them from the Applications Manager and that’s what you need to do to apps that cause issues to your phone.

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Apps.
  3. Tap the desired application in the default list.
  4. To display preinstalled apps, tap Menu > Show system apps.
  5. Tap UNINSTALL > OK.

Determining what app is causing the problem is often a challenge to many users. So, you must uninstall apps that you recently installed first or those that you installed prior to the problem. Now that you know how to run your Samsung Galaxy S9 in Safe mode and uninstall an application, I hope you could use it to fix problems caused by third-party apps.

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