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A hidden trick to fix Android only techies know

A hidden trick to fix Android only techies know

When your computer keeps crashing or freezing, one of the best tools to fix it is Safe Mode. This starts a stripped-down version of Windows so it's easier to remove or change problem programs, drivers or settings.

The thing is, modern smartphones and tablets are basically mini computers, and they can crash and freeze as well. It might be you downloaded a bad app or changed the wrong setting. So, is there a Safe Mode for Android?

You bet. Android's safe mode loads up just enough to get Android running so you can remove problem apps or change settings. Of course, getting to Safe Mode on Android isn't as easy as some might wish.

There's a slightly different version of the Android operating system software for just about every brand and model of smartphone and tablet, so it shouldn't be a surprise that each one has a different way to get into Safe Mode.

Here are the instructions for gadgets from several major manufacturers: Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and OnePlus. If you don't see your gadget on the list, try the instructions for whichever gadget is closest to the one you have. If none of these works, check your gadget's manual.

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