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
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.