+ Thursday July 18th, 2019


If you’re looking to troubleshoot some issues on your phone or perhaps you need to track some software bugs in your own code, one of the best ways to do this (other than via a SDK) is to boot the device into Safe Mode.

Safe Mode is an excellent diagnostic tool, loading Android without any of the third-party apps you have installed. In previous versions of Android the path to do so is quite clear; but the change to Android Marshmallow muddied the waters for a few of these developer options. Today we’ll clear up this one; it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Hold the power button to bring up the power off option
  2. Long press the onscreen notification seen below
  3. Select OK, confirming you do want to boot into Safe Mode

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What features have you been looking for since the move to Marshmallow?

Phil Tann   Associate

Phil Tann

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.


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    Very good guide, Thank you!

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    Does it still permantently trash all your settings and homescreen layouts?

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