Almost each software-related issue can be identified, isolated and fixed through the Android Safe Mode. This dedicated mode can be entered and used without problems on the Google Pixel 2 XL, but only by following a dedicated reboot sequence. Thus, if you don’t know how to perform it, or if you want to learn more about the Android Safe Mode, don’t hesitate and check out all the lines mentioned during this tutorial.
Android Safe Mode is quite similar with the Windows Safe Mode (I know that you are more familiar with that mode instead so that’s why I choose to make this analogy). Shortly, it’s a mode that runs independently from the regular mode and which can be accessed when troubleshooting solutions must be initiated. And that’s exactly what the Android Safe Mode does – takes your Google Pixel 2 XL into a state from where you can easily isolate and remove certain problems.
That’s possible because in Safe Mode all third party apps, processes and features are disabled by default. Thus, you will manage to perform a clean boot on your Google Pixel 2 XL – only built-in apps and features will run in Safe Mode. So, if the issue was caused by a third party tool, now your smartphone will run smoothly and you will be able to test which software is behind the malfunctions.
Usually, through the Android Safe Mode you can easily fix problems such as: boot loops, bugs, lags, force close errors, battery drain, screen freeze, hangs, signal strength issues, heating situations, total blackouts and so on. These problems are usually caused by unresponsive programs, inappropriate apps, malicious tools or malware attack.
Also, you can experience soft related problems on your Google Pixel 2 XL after trying to tweak the stock Android system – I’m talking about performing operations such as gaining root access, installing custom recovery images, flashing custom ROMs, adding new kernels and MODs, removing bloatware, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies and more.
Anyway, the best is that you can now fix all these issues by rebooting your Google Pixel 2 XL into safe mode. Don’t worry, this operation is an official one so you don’t need to use any third party or risky programs for applying all the steps from below. Moreover, you can use the steps from this tutorial even if your smartphone was tweaked or regardless of the state in which it’s currently found.
Do note that a good idea will be to backup your Google Pixel 2 XL before trying to address certain issues – your data might get wiped out during dedicated troubleshooting solutions. The backup can be applied within minutes so you have nothing to worry about – everything can be secured by initiating a sync with your Google account, or by using any other cloud storage service.
Also, it’s indicated to charge your phone before making any other changes. So, just plug in the charger for a while as otherwise your device might get turned off while you try to address the actual issues. And in that case you can end up in experiencing even more problems. Therefore, be careful and try to avoid any further unpleasant situations.
How to Reboot Safe Mode on Google Pixel 2 XL
- Begin by initiating a shut down process on your phone – press the Power key and select ‘power off’ or press and hold the Power button for a few moments.
- Wait while the shut down operation is completed.
- Press the Power key for turning on your phone again.
- When the Google logo appears start holding down the Volume Down button.
- Just keep holding down the Volume Down key until the Safe Mode icon is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
How to quit Safe Mode on Google Pixel 2 XL
- Press the Power key in order to switch off your device.
- Wait a few moments until the power off process is completed.
- Then, power on your Pixel 2 XL – in the end you should be in Android mode.
Good work; there is how you can enter Android Safe Mode on the Google Pixel 2 XL. Keep in mind that if you cannot fix the issues through safe mode you can apply other dedicated troubleshooting solutions such as: making a hard reset, clearing app data cache or reinstalling the stock Android firmware. You can also describe your problem by using the comments field from below. Based on your details we will then try to find the perfect fix for your Google Pixel 2 XL.