Is your cell phone stuck in Emergency Mode? Did your phone turn on but all you can see on the screen is “Emergency Mode!!”? Don’t panic! This article will explain some reasons as to why Emergency Mode popped up and better yet how to get out of the emergency mode and use your phone again.
Before we begin… this article explains what to do when a phone is stuck in “Emergency Mode” and is not intended to solve “Emergency calls only” as that is a whole other issue all together. So if your phone is getting an “Emergency calls only” error message than I suggest reading How to fix a cell phone that says Emergency Calls Only for the solution to that particular problem, otherwise keep reading and enjoy the article.
A common cause of the “Emergency Mode!!”
There are a few things that can trigger the Emergency Mode on a cell phone but often it is accessed by the cell phone user on accident.
On some Android cell phones you can access the “Emergency Mode!!” by pressing a series of key combinations while the phone is off.
For example, if you had an LG Optimus T (P509) and you held the Back button + Volume up key + Power button while the phone was off and not plugged into a charger then your phones screen would turn yellow and “Emergency Mode!!” would show in the center of the screen.
This can commonly pop up when attempting to perform a hard reset on an Android phone and it simply means that the wrong combination of keys was used when trying to access the factory reset screen.
A not so common but possible cause of the Emergency Mode
Check the physical buttons on your phone. As mentioned above, some phones allow you to access that Emergency Mode by pressing specific keys down while the phone is off. If the cell phone in question has some keys that are sticking or pressed down then this mode will pop up and you might not be able to close or get past this screen until the keys are functioning properly again. If the keys are stuck or pressed in then your phone might think that you are trying to access the Emergency Mode and is simply doing exactly what it thinks you want it to do.
So check your keys and make sure that they are responding properly, and if you are using a protective case for your phone make sure that the case isn’t causing any problems either. I recommend removing the phone from the case until you can get your cell phone out of Emergency Mode.
How to get the phone out of Emergency Mode
Standard battery pull
The first thing to try as it’s often the best solution to get your phone out of the Emergency Mode is to perform a battery pull on the device. Pull out the battery for about 30 sec to a minute and then re-insert the battery and then power the phone back on.
As long as no buttons are stuck then the phone should boot right up and be ready to use again, if not then keep reading as the next troubleshooting tip is often something overlooked and can be just the answer you’re looking for.
Battery pull trick #2
Remove the battery from your cell phone, then remove the SD card aka memory card from the phone. Note: if your phone has a SIM card then leave your SIM card in the phone. Once the memory card is out of the phone leave it out of the phone and reinsert the battery and then power the phone on without the memory card.
If the cell phone powers on correctly then the fault lies in the SD card which might need to be replaced. If you need to replace your memory card or look into upgrading your SD card then I suggest reading How to choose the best memory card for a cell phone for some good tips and features that are often overlooked when picking an SD card. But I digress.
This trick can be a life saver when rescuing a phone stuck in Emergency Mode!! as it can not only save your current phone but prevents a possible replacement phone from doing the same thing as you won’t be placing a bad SD card into a replacement cell phone and having the same issue.
Simulated battery pull
If you cannot remove the battery from your phone, for example if the phone isn’t designed to remove the battery, then try simply powering the phone off with the power key, letting the phone sit for a minute and then booting the phone back on. If that doesn’t work for some reason, some phones that have non-removable batteries will often allow you to do a simulated battery pull which can sometimes fix stubborn issues like this.
Other causes for Emergency Mode
Recently flashed or rooted phones can sometimes (rare but sometimes) have this issue; usually right after installing the software onto the device. If this has happened to you and you cannot get past this Emergency Mode screen and into your cell phone and have already tried the suggestions already mentioned in this guide, and there is no evidence that there is something wrong with the buttons on the cell phone then you might need to try to access the phones boot loader and try to re-flash the software once again. This can be a software bug as the result of a bad installation and you might need to browse some rooting forums for the best fix for your current situation.
So if your cell phone is showing an “Emergency Mode!!” error or message then don’t forget to reboot your phone without the SD card just to make sure that it’s not an issue with the memory card itself. If this seems to happen on multiple memory cards then the phone itself might be the culprit and you may want to think about filing a warranty claim or looking into your other replacement options.
I hope that this has helped you to solve the annoying “Emergency Mode!!” problem on your cell phone. If you have any suggestions or would simply like to leave a friendly remark then don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
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