Enabling “Safe Mode” in Samsung Galaxy S3

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Samsung is a big name in the smartphone industry with its Android phones that range from low-end to high-end devices. Among the models in the S series, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was considered to be the competitor of iPhone 4S and it did not disappoint. Launched in 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is capable of HD video streaming and 3D gaming without compromising performance.

But in case you encounter a problem and would like to put your phone on safe mode, the steps are relatively easy. For computer users who have Windows OS, encountering safe mode is not uncommon, particularly if the computer suddenly reboots or freezes. This option allows you to continue using your computer although you will not be able open some applications. Safe mode is also important if you want to trouble shoot your computer when a problem in the system occurs.

Safe Mode in Android Phones

Android smartphones, like the Galaxy S3, also has safe mode and this works similarly with the Safe Mode in Windows.  In Android, using safe mode allows you to boot your phone system and use default apps that came with your phone. This means that you cannot enjoy your downloaded apps as well as the ones you have installed.

Moreover, you will be able to remove or uninstall the applications that have been causing issues on your phone’s performance, say, a downloaded game app.

Turning On Safe Mode on Galaxy S3

First, you have to turn your phone off. Next, turn on the phone using the power button located at the side. Perform a long press until the Samsung logo appears. When it does, press the lower part of the volume button. Keep on pressing the button until you see the Safe mode notification. This might take awhile so you might want to be patient about it. Once your Samsung Galaxy S3 is in safe mode, you can now troubleshoot your smartphone. Turning your Samsung Galaxy S3 back to normal mode is much easier. Simply switch off your phone and then switch it on.

If you are still using your Galaxy S3 and would like to upgrade your OS to Android 7.1.1 nougat, there are required files you need to download.  You need to have the file Resurrection Remix Android 7.1.1 custom firmware for Galaxy S3 on your computer. Next, you also have to download GApps.

Steps to Updating Galaxy S3 to Android Nougat

First, connect your smartphone to your computer with a USB cable and copy the zipped file to the SD card. After, turn off your smartphone and remove the USB cable. Next, press and hold the Volume Up. Home and Power buttons simultaneously to boot in recovery mode. You then have to create a backup of your current OS by selecting Backup then backup and restore on ClockworkMod recovery. The next step is to wipe data task. While in CWM or TWRP recovery menu, select wipe data, factory reset and confirm. Next, wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache.

From the recovery menu, you can now install zip from sdcard and then choose zip from sdcard. Look for the Resurrection Remix Android 7.1.1 Nougat custom ROM for confirmation of the process. The last step is to reboot the Galaxy S3 into the new custom ROM.

In another development, Samsung Galaxy S6 will be getting an Android Nougat update.

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