How to Enable or Disable Safe Mode in iPhone?


The “Safe Mode” pops up when your iPhone is ‘Jailbroken’. It does not pops up always on ‘jailbreak’ but in some scenario it does when a jailbreak extension causes iOS to not work properly.

Even in desktop operating systems (Windows/Mac OS/Linux) we have been using this “SafeMode” from a long time. On desktops, ‘SafeMode’ is used to eliminate corrupt files. For example, most of us would have witnessed on windows “files are being truncated 67%”. This is where SafeMode becomes useable.

SafeMode protects your iPhone from harmful processes that are being executed. It’s for a good cause only.

How do I know whether my iPhone is in ‘Safe Mode’ or not?

If you notice something like “in safe mode” on the status bar of phone where the time used to show up then it means you are officially in Safe Mode.

What does ‘in safe mode’ mean?

It means that Springboard has been crashed and all the extensions have been disabled. Press the ‘in safe mode’ on screen and it will pop up description about it. Which looks like the pic below.


What is SpringBoard?

The application that manages the home screen of iOS is called SpringBoard. Like the home screen icons can be organized, wallpaper on the background can be changed and applications can be launched. Some of the key settings during the startup of iPhone are also set by SpringBoard.

How do I exit the SpringBoard mode and return back to Normal mode?

As, we seen earlier in the photo, three options pops up in the description

  • “OK”: This doesn’t do anything here
  • “Restart”: Check step 1.
  • “Help”: List of useful information regarding SpringBoard will be described.

Steps to exit from SafeMode and return to Normal mode:

  1. Select “Restart” from the notification dialog box. Now as the system reboots, if the conditions that caused the system to go in to ‘Safe Mode’ might get resolved then you can come back into the “Normal mode”. But if rebooting still fails then try the next step.
  2. Now, try rebooting your phone by holding the ‘sleep’ button and pressing the ‘power off’ button simultaneously. If still the phone fails to exit from the ‘SafeMode’ then move on to the next step.
  3. It is quite possible that a recently installed Cydia package (It is a package manager mobile app for iOS) such as a package extension or tweak (it makes small changes that fine-line the existing software). Now find those suspected extension or tweaks and uninstall them in the SafeMode. Then continue to ‘Restart’ the iPhone.
  4. Still stuck in the SafeMode? Then search for an application that is malfunctioning using the SpringBoard settings. After finding the problematic application go ahead and uninstall the application. If you find it hard to use the inbuilt SpringBoard settings then go and install the application called “Crash Reporter”. After this; open “Crash Reporter” and select SpringBoard. If crashes are found then a list of malfunctioning will be displayed, uninstall the apps that’s been listed. Finally after uninstalling all the trouble causing application ‘Restart’ the phone again.
  5. Final step is the “Restore” your iPhone and make very sure that you do not upgrade your firmware to a version that can’t be jailbroken. Then iTunes will update your iPhone to the latest version of the operating system by default.

The above following steps will ensure that you will exit ‘SafeMode’ and come back to your preferred ‘Normal’ mode.

Next time you jailbreak iPhone make sure to cover all the safety measures, so that you would not end up in a chaos situation again. In fact there is no reason to panic if you find your iPhone to be in a SafeMode because it disables all the jailbreak extensions, add on and tweaks helping your phone to be secure from the possible hacks or malfunctioning of iOS.

Our steps cover all the aspects one has to go through to get out of Safe Mode and return back to Normal mode.