How to Boot the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T into Safe Mode

OnePlus 5 Safe Mode

A great troubleshooting step for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T is booting into Safe Mode and today I want to show you how that’s done.

3rd-party applications installed from the Play Store can drastically change how our smartphones look and function. To enable this type of flexibility, Google has given 3rd-party applications a lot of power when it comes to what they can do on our smartphones. This is generally a great thing because it gives us so many customization options, but it can also be bad. If an application has bugs or isn’t optimized, then it can really effect our devices.

These poorly coded applications can cause a lot of different issues. The most prevalent example that I can think of is poor battery life. If an application isn’t using the Job Scheduler that Google has embedded into Android, then an application or game can keep your device from going into deep sleep mode. If an app keeps your CPU/GPU at full blast, this can also cause overheating and poor performance on your OnePlus 3 as well.

The best way to check if a 3rd-party application is causing any of these issues, or any other random bug that you may be experiencing, is to boot into the OnePlus 3 Safe Mode. So let me show you how that’s done.

OnePlus 3 Safe Mode

  1. Press and Hold the Power Button
  2. Then Tap and Hold on the “Power Off” Option
  3. When Prompted About Save Mode, Press the OK Button
  4. Wait for the OnePlus 3 to Boot into Safe Mode

Explanation


I gave three examples of bad things that 3rd-party applications can do to your OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There really are hundreds, if not thousands of random things that poorly coded applications and games can mess up with our smartphones. I’ve heard of people being unable to launch certain apps, hearing random notification alerts (with no new notifications), and putting ads in your notification panel or lock screen.

So if you ever find your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T is doing something odd that it wasn’t doing before, the first step to troubleshooting the issue is to boot into Safe Mode. To do that, you just have to press and hold on the Power button for a few seconds. This will bring up the Power menu and from here you want to tap and hold on the Power Off option. You’ll then see a dialog box pop up that asks if you want to Reboot to Safe Mode.

Safe Mode

Watermark shown at the bottom left of the screen when in Safe Mode.

Tap on the OK button and you will see your OnePlus 3 powering down and rebooting. When the OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T boots back up, you’ll see the Safe Mode watermark at the bottom left of the screen at all times. This is used as a reminder so you understand why your 3rd-party applications are disabled. Speaking of, you’ll also notice all of your 3rd-party applications are grayed out instead of being in full color. If you try to launch one of them, you’ll be told the app is disabled while in Safe Mode.

While you’re in the OnePlus 3 Safe Mode, go ahead and use the device as normally as you can. Naturally, you won’t be able to use your 3rd-party apps, but this is a good thing. If you still notice that odd behavior while you’re in Safe Mode, then the issue lies within the core Android OS. However, if you no longer notice the issue while you’re in Safe Mode on the OnePlus 3, then you should definitely examine each of those apps you’ve installed from the Play Store (or elsewhere).

You might even need to uninstall all of these 3rd-party applications one at a time until you find the culprit.

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Doug

I'm working to create an organized and easy to follow central repository of Android tips, tutorials, guides and everything you need to know. With a focus on device specific tutorials now, my goal is to branch out and do more universal tips and tricks that will work on all Android devices.