If your Android phone or tablet won’t switch on, try these tried-and-true solutions to get it working again.
Trying to turn on your smartphone and finding that nothing occurs is every smartphone owner’s worst nightmare. Your phone isn’t working. A dark screen with no sign of life is a tragedy waiting to happen.
1. Charging Issues
The most obvious cause is usually the accurate one, as is often the case.
If you haven’t seen any previous signs of your phone failing, the issue could be as simple as a lack of battery power. The majority of the time, this may be traced back to charging concerns.
Examine Your Relationships
Check the obvious points first. Did you make a point of charging your phone? Is it possible that the charger has become partially removed from the outlet? Is the power outlet switched on?
Dust and dirt
Next, make sure there’s no dust, grit, or other debris clogging the USB port on your charging cable or the charging port on your phone.
2. Reset Your Android Device
Your smartphone may power on, but you won’t be able to get past the boot process to your home screen. It’s possible that a corrupted upgrade or a custom ROM is to blame. You might try to reset your smartphone in this scenario.
Warning: When you reset your phone or tablet, everything on it will be erased. Make sure you backup your crucial Android data on a regular basis.
- Press and hold the Power button and Volume Down for a few seconds until you see the Android logo on the screen. (This key combination varies with some manufacturers.)
- Use the Volume Up and Volume Down keys to navigate to Recovery Mode.
- Press the Power button.
- Use the Volume keys to select Wipe Data/Factory Reset and press the Power button.
- Finally, select the Yes—Erase all Data option and press the Power button.
The reset process will take several minutes to complete.
3. Use Your Computer to Troubleshoot
If you still can’t get your device to come on, you might be able to use your computer to force it to turn on. You can work through a fairly confusing series of instructions provided by Google. We’ve summarized them here:
Using a USB cord, connect your phone to your computer.
Allow 15 minutes for it to charge.
Remove the cable from the device (not the computer).
Within 10 seconds of unplugging the cable, reconnect it.
Allow another 30 minutes to charge your device.
For five seconds, press and hold the Power button.
On your screen, tap Restart.
Hold the power button down for another 30 seconds if you don’t see Restart.
4. Check the Screen
Of course, your phone could be turned on without your knowledge. A broken screen can make it appear as if there is no power.
Thankfully, determining whether your screen is to blame is simple. Hold the Power button for 30 seconds to make sure your phone is turning on, then wait at least two minutes for the boot process to finish.
You can sometimes change the screen yourself, but this will void your warranty once more.
5. Perform a Power Cycle
We’ve all had our phones freeze. None of the buttons work, and the screen is unresponsive. Did you realize, though, that a phone can also freeze in its powered-off state?
Press and hold the device‘s power button for several seconds on more recent handsets that don’t have a detachable battery. You may need to hold it down for anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds, depending on your manufacturer.