Safe mode is indispensable when it comes to troubleshooting pesky software problems on your computer. But have you ever wished that a similar feature existed on your Android device? It does, and it’s easy to use: Here’s how to restart your Android phone into safe mode.
Press and hold your phone’s power button for a few seconds until Android prompts you to turn off your phone—just as you would normally do to power it down. Next, tap and hold Power off for a few seconds until your phone asks you to confirm that you want to enter safe mode. Tap OK, and your phone will restart into safe mode.
While in safe mode, you won’t be able to open any apps you’ve downloaded onto your phone, and a “Safe mode” badge will appear in the lower left corner of your screen. You may find safe mode useful if you’re trying to determine whether an issue you’re having with your phone is due to an app you’ve installed, or due to Android itself.
Safe mode is all-or-nothing when it comes to disabling third-party apps—you can’t disable, say, just the Dropbox app—but it’s better than nothing.
Once you’re done with safe mode, go ahead and power down your phone as you normally would by pressing and holding the power button, then turn it back on.