How to Fix an Unresponsive Android Device

You turned off your Android smartphone, and now it won’t turn on? You press the power button repeatedly thinking that maybe you just didn’t push hard enough, but nothing happens. Before you start to hyperventilate, there are some tips you can try to resurrect your phone and not have to buy a new one.

Remove the Battery or Long-Press the Power Button

Sometimes, but not always your Android tablet or smartphone can freeze in power-off mode. If this is your case, you can press the power button a thousand times, and it’s not going to help you at all. What can you do? Try taking out the device’s battery (if it has a removable battery) and wait for a few minutes. What this does is that it eliminates all power to your device so the power cycle ends. Once those few minutes are up, reboot your device and hopefully things are now back to normal.

What if your device doesn’t have a removable battery? In this case, you can try pressing the power button for about 10 seconds, but some users have reported having to press down the power button for a whole 30 seconds. So, be prepared.

Try Charging your Android Tablet or Smartphone


Still nothing? Try charging your device. I know this may sound obvious, but sometimes you think you had a certain amount of power when that was not the case. So, plug in your Android device and leave it alone for a few minutes and after you have managed to leave your phone alone for so long, try turning it on.

Doing a combination of the two tips I have mentioned can also help. Let your Android charge for a few minutes and try pressing the power button for at least 10 seconds. This isn’t a guaranteed fix, but it’s worth a try.

Do a Factory Reset from Recovery Mode

A factory reset will delete everything on your Android device, but sometimes it is the only way to get things up and running again. Since your Android won’t turn on completely, you can’t do a reset the old fashioned way so you will need to boot into recovery Mode.

To boot into recovery mode, you need to to a combination of buttons and the right mix is going to depend on of the type of phone or tablet you have. To get the right button combination for your device, perform a simple Google search with the keywords recovery mode and your device’s name. For example, let’s say you have a Galaxy S6, the button combination for that particular device is Volume Up +Home +Power.

Replace The Firmware

What’s the firmware? Your device’s firmware are the apps and the operating system that control how it works. If your phone first started to act strangely by crashing, random restarts or other types of weird behavior, then replacing the firmware is a good idea. For example, if your Android device in from Samsung then you could get the firmware from Sammobile.

Bloated Battery


Back in the day when I had my Galaxy S3, it would only stay on for a few minutes and then die. After sitting in disbelief for a while, I decided to check the battery and man was it bloated. I went to the store bought a new one and voila! Problem solved. Check your device’s battery and if it’s a little chunkier than what it should look like, get it replaced.

Faulty Charging Cable or Bad Wall Socket

What if your phone or tablet is not at fault? Many have a tendency to always blame their device for this problem and the majority of the times; it’s to blame, but what if it was innocent? To prove your device’s innocence, you can try a different charging cable or a distinct wall socket.

Have You Been Rooting Your Device?

Some users may say that their phone won’t turn on because it won’t go past the boot screen. If you have been rooting your device, then you have soft-bricked your phone, and you need to find the appropriate software to unbrick it. If you have recently received an update, then you could try going into Recovery and wiping cache partition and doing a data wipe/factory reset.


As you can see, there are various reasons as to why your Android tablet or phone won’t turn on, but hopefully, you were able to find a solution. Are you still having problems?  Let me know in the comments and I will do my best to help you.

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