AT&T Drive Mode, The Anti-Texting While Driving Mobile Solution (video)

We’ve showed you a few anti-texing while driving apps like Sprint’s Drive First and PhoneGuard. AT&T also has a solution called DriveMode, which like the others, can disable incoming calls and text messages while driving and even send auto-text replies to let people know you’re currently driving. The app is available for free in the Android Market for AT&T customers. Download links are right after the break as well as how the app works with a video. Texting and driving is absolutely a bad idea, so take advantage of this free app to help you keep your phone out of your hands while driving.


  • Once downloaded, customers can manually enable the app prior to driving, activating the auto-reply feature.

The app also provides the option to send calls directly to voicemail, and to send an auto-reply to incoming emails. When the app is turned off, user can view the calls, messages and e-mails as they normally would.

AT&T DriveMode also offers additional safety and convenience features, including:

  • The “Allow List” lets users select up to five contact numbers – such as roadside assistance and family members – to send and receive calls while the app is running.
  • 911 is always accessible with just a touch of a button, regardless of whether the app is turned on.
  • Music and Navigation settings allow one music and one navigation app to run while AT&T DriveMode is enabled.
  • By downloading the app, customers are also automatically taking AT&T’s “It Can Wait” pledge, joining the thousands who have made the commitment to not text while driving.
  • For more information and downloadable educational tools related to AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, please visit:

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About the Author: Harold Williams

Harold was born and raised in Whitehall, NY (supposedly the birthplace of the US Navy). His first real smartphone experience belonged to Nokia and Symbian. Following came years of being a happy BlackBerry follower with a brief moment on Windows Mobile. Once a Droid X landed in his hands, he was forever converted to the dark side of the force. Memories of a Star Tac filled his head with happiness and once again joining Motorola in a new revolution. When not playing guitar he's following the tech world via Twitter and the mobile web trying to fill his need to have and know about the latest and greatest tech. Being grateful for all the free tools Google has provided, he is now sold on Google for life. In the real world he is filling his dorky needs as a project manager for a medical technology company.

  • Sohale Razmjou

    FYI…This app was an idea thought up by a customer service rep in a call center in Detroit.  She submitted the idea in AT&T’s Innovation Management system called “The Innovation Pipeline” (or TIP) which is powered by a company called Spigit (@Spigit). 

    Pretty cool that her idea got recognized and converted into an actual downloadable app.  Also pretty awesome that AT&T crowdsources for ideas that can impact their business

  • Nick099

    SafeLinx for Android. Performs similar functions but is more for parental control of a teen’s phone to prevent texting and smartphone usage while driving. Works well. 

  • Fida Molok

    Is it available for iPhone yet?

  • J

    In Android Settings, you can use the block feature to achieve similar things without the auto-reply feature, and that doesn’t interfere with GPS apps.

  • Matthew

    The app came preloaded on the Note Edge and definitely has at least one issue. To place a call to a number in the allowed list, the call has to be attempted twice using the bluetooth connection from the car. The first call goes into limbo and puts up a message on the phone that it couldn’t be completed. Once I stop driving and exit DriveMode, the phone then completes the first call that initially failed. I disabled the app since I don’t text and drive anyway.