I have previously talked about some of Android’s special boot modes which are available on the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. These have specific purposes but the next one I want to show you is more about troubleshooting random issues. It’s called Safe Mode and this guide will walk you through how to boot into and out of it.
Now, you should already know that the Android operating system is a rather complex platform. Google takes an existing OS (specifically the Linux kernel) and modifies it in a way that benefits the modern smartphone necessities. To accomplish those needs (think WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.), we then need to add on additional layers to the already complex OS.
As you can tell, this creates a number of conflict points that can cause a variety of common bugs.
To counteract this, Google has included a few ways to troubleshoot some of these more common issues. Today is one of those ways and it involves booting the OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro into Safe Mode. What we’re doing here is checking to see if a 3rd-party application is causing the bug(s) that you are currently experiencing.
These issues can be anything from poor battery life, lag and stutter from poor performance, overheating, force closes, and more.
How to Boot the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro into Safe Mode?
- Press the Power button to bring up the Power Menu
- Then tap and hold the Power Off option
- Lastly, tap the OK button when the new OnePlus 7 Safe Mode prompt appears
You may be asking yourself how does Safe Mode help us troubleshoot those issues on the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. What we are doing here is disabling every single 3rd-party application, game, and service that we have running on our smartphone. This can actually be very useful because of how much “power” these apps can have over a device.
If OnePlus 7 Safe Mode fixes any issues that you’re experiencing then your next step is to locate and uninstall the offending app/game.
How to Fix OnePlus 7 Overheating Issues?
Overheating generally occurs when something is making the CPU or GPU run at max (or near max) speeds for an extended period of time. Now, there are times when a case and/or the ambient of where you are. But things are completely different when smartphone overheating gets to the point where it is happening all the time.
Apps and games tell the OS that it needs CPU or GPU resources and then gives it as much or as little as it needs (this will depend on which CPU/GPU scheduler is used). An application or game that is poorly coded, glitches out, or is just too much for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro to handle can make the CPU and GPU run at max speeds all the time.
This is where Safe Mode comes into play as it lets us stop these apps from doing it.
So, you should be trying to use the OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro as you normally would (as much as possible) when you are troubleshooting the overheating issue in Safe Mode. It should be very easy to spot if the smartphone reaches the same temperature as before or if Safe Mode is allowing it to finally cool down.
How to Fix Bad OnePlus 7 Battery Life Issues?
Sadly, there isn’t an end-all-be-all solution to poor battery longevity with the OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro. In fact, this goes for all smartphones due to the fact that virtually no two people use the exact same phone in the exact same situation, under the exact same circumstances. So it’s incredibly difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.
It can be due to poor WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular signal strength, the firmware, or those 3rd-party apps and games.
So again, we’re going down the same route to fix OnePlus 7 battery life problems as we did with overheating issues. And this goes for all of the suggestions listed here (and more that I am unable to write about). These third-party applications can be the cause of so many common issues that people have come to experience with a smartphone.
Naturally, you will be wanting to use the phone as you normally would (again, as much as possible) to see if you experience the same battery drain that you had before. This one will take longer (maybe even a full day of usage) to troubleshoot and will depend entirely on the severity of the drain that your battery is currently experiencing.
If the culprit is a third-party app then you’ll see increased battery life while in Safe Mode.
How to Fix Poor OnePlus 7 Lag Issues?
Assuming you have read the above sections, you are likely starting to understand how useful Safe Mode is when troubleshooting these common issues. Similar to the overheating issues, sometimes an app or game doesn’t require the CPU/GPU to be at full speed but instead is using a lower percentage of your hardware resources.
Whether it is 10% or 70%, the end result is the same. Having an application that is constantly using generous amounts of CPU or GPU resources can reduce the overall lagging of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. That is, only while the application or game is running in the background. So as you can see, disabling them all with Safe Mode is a quick way to check.
You’ll want to find areas that are constantly stuttering or lagging beforehand in order to test.
That way, once you boot the OnePlus 7 into Safe Mode you can check those exact same areas for issues. Scrolling through long menus (Play Store, Settings, etc.) is a common area where Android smartphones show this lag very visibly. Other examples including open/closing apps, switching between apps, enabling/disabling certain hardware modules (WiFi, NFC, Cellular, etc.).
How to Boot the OnePlus 7 Out of Safe Mode?
The very last thing I wanted to talk about here today is how to get out of Safe Mode once you are done troubleshooting. Whether or not this troubleshooting step was useful, you’re going to want to get out of Safe Mode so you can use your favorite apps and games again. It’s easy to do but not always apparent.
- Press the Power button to bring up the Power Menu
- Tap the Reboot option to restart the OnePlus 7
And that is all there is to it. You simply need to restart your OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro in order to exit Safe Mode. You just want to let the smartphone reboot like normal (don’t hold any buttons down during the boot cycle) and that should take you back into the Android OS. Android is programmed to reboot back into normal mode after rebooting out of Safe Mode.
However, some people have said that they are constantly rebooting back into Safe Mode.
This should only happen if you’re holding down some buttons during the boot cycle. . .or when Android has bugged out and forgets to trigger the event (has to do with a file within the system) that takes you back into the regular Android OS. If you are in this Safe Mode loop cycle then your only way out is to root the phone or to perform a factory reset.