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How To Turn On An Android Phone With A Broken Power Button

Smartphones are fragile. You can give them extra protection with special covers. You can be extra careful with how you handle them. The fact remains that they can and do break. When we think of a broken phone, we picture a cracked screen. A smartphone can and does undergo other types of damage such as a broken power button.  Other than repair, a permanent solution to a broken or missing power button does not exist. The only problem is what to do if your phone is off and your power button is gone. The good news is, you can turn on an Android phone with a broken power button.

Simulate Key Press With A Physical Object

In case your button is simply missing i.e. fell out, you can insert a thin object (like a toothpick, or a hairpin) on the exposed bump and that should get you started. If your problem goes deeper than that, you can still turn on an Android phone using the correct combination of volume and home keys, and your USB data cable.

Connect It To Your PC

This will work on very few phones but it’s worth a try. Connect your phone to your PC via the USB cable. If the battery charge is zero, allow it to charge a bit. Once the battery has enough charge to turn the phone on, there’s a chance it will turn on itself.

Use Other Hard Keys On Your Device

Volume Button And Home Keys

Smartphones don’t have physical home buttons any more, or rather, very few of them do. If your Android phone has a broken power button but you have a physical home button that you can press, the following key combination will turn it on.

Volume Keys + Home Button

Make sure your phone is charged. Hold down both the volume up and down keys, and connect your phone to your PC. Next, while still holding down the volume keys, and with the device connected to USB, hold down the Home button. Give it a few minutes. Once the menu appears, release all buttons.

You’re going to get a series of warnings and commands on your screen. If you’ve never rooted your phone, these might seem scary but don’t worry. Use the volume keys to go cycle through the options and select the restart or turn on option. Your phone will turn on.

Volume Button

As mentioned before, not all smartphones have a physical home button. In such a case, you only need your volume keys to turn the phone on. Make sure your phone battery has enough charge for the phone to actually run.

Hold down the volume down key and connect your phone via USB cable to your PC. Keep the volume button held down until you see a boot menu. Select the ‘Start’ option using your volume keys, and your phone will power on.

Samsung Devices

Samsung refers to its Bootloader as“Download mode.” which functions a little differently from Bootloader, but will suffice for our needs. Press and hold the volume down and home button as you plug your device in. For the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and any future devices without a physical home button, press volume up and the Bixby button.

If your device does not go into Bootloader using the above methods, drop a comment with your device name and model and we’ll try to figure out how to turn on your model Android Phone with a broken power button.

 Without Hard Keys – ADB

If the hard keys on your device don’t turn your phone on, you need to boot using ADB. First you need to install ADB on our computers. In order to do so, follow this guide. Once you have installed ADB and Fastboot tools. You need to launch phone into Bootloader.

Bootloader/Download/Fastboot Mode

Press volume up and/or down (varies by manufacturer) and plug your device into your computer. Use the following as an outline.

Nexus and Pixel Devices: Press and hold the volume down and plug in the device.When the Google splash screen appears, release it.

LG Devices: Press and hold the volume down until the LG logo appears, then release. If that does not work, then release the volume button for a second and press it again.

HTC Devices: HTC Refers to it as ‘Fastboot Mode’ Press and hold the volume down button, then power up the device while keeping the volume down key pressed.

Motorola Devices: Press and hold the volume down and plug it in.

If your device does not go into Bootloader using the above method, drop a comment with your device name and model and we’ll try to figure out how to work that one out.

Once the phone is in bootloader mode, run the following command in ADB (must be connected to a PC);

fastboot continue

It will immediately boot your phone.

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  • Poe

    I have a problem, it lets me into the “Fastboot mode” but I have to confirm the restart with power button, which is kinda ironic. Please. help me, I have HTC Desire 601.

    • Zyka junkies

      Same problem with me, do you got any solution?

    • Rafael Rodrigues

      Just type fastboot reboot….
      it worked for me

  • Anju Sethi

    How to restart Gionee elife e3 Mobile phone without power button. when mobile is switch off.

    • BilbobaginsRS

      Does it have a physical home button? If it has, press the Volume up + Home Button keys. This will allow access to what is called a “Recovery Menu”. Once the screen flickers and words starts to pop-up, find the “Boot system”. Your phone should be a boot-up phase.

      • I have a Samsung Galaxy S8 and I’m in the Android Recovery mode, but because my power button is not working and because I do not have a physical home screen, I cannot make the selection that I need to reboot to the bootloader. How can I make this selection?

  • Vasea

    i have samsung J5 prime and this method is not helping me

    • Hold down the volume down button. Without releasing the button, connect your phone to your PC. You will enter download mode. Cancel whatever operation you see on your screen and the phone should boot up.

  • st33v

    I did this with my ZTE Zmax Pro and it took me to the FTM screen, and I can’t do anything with it.

    • Winter Oaks

      Did you ever get it on, Or off the FTM screen? I’m having this issue with my ZTE phone as well

  • Federico Ferrari

    I have a ZTE Axon 7 with a broken Power button. I cant turn it on. Could you help me?

    • Winter Oaks

      Did you ever figure out this issue? I’m having the same problem

  • Saad Naeem

    tell me how to turn on my Obi smartphone with broken power button and it does not have physical home button! please i need the conclusion urgent,i am very sad!

  • Master Sam

    ASUS zenfone Z010D facing problems

  • Vivek Narayan

    ZTE Axon 7….help please…thanks!

    • Yazdi Madakur Mohammad Syed

      Hi, any luck with your phone? I have similar problem with mine (Axon 7)

    • Winter Oaks

      Same here! I have the Axon 7 and my power button broke. My phone shut off and I cant get it back On

  • Ozzy

    Hi guys, I tried to do eveything what you wrote but just I cant turn on my phone 🙁
    I have Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + (model should be SM-G928 if I remember rights, its for European market).

    My Power button is broken. I tried with volume keys like you wrote but nothing happens. Please give me some info is there any way to wake it up by my own?

    The problem is if I bring it to the service they will ask for service fee only for opening the Edge model, because it is not a usual phone and it might be broken easily… and this power button replacement is not so cheap.

    I hope you will read this and find some solution :*(

  • Vignesh Gunasekaran

    I have Android One phone – Micromax canvas A1 – power button is not working. Please keep me in getting the phone turn on.

  • Gabriel Blanco

    Im trying to turn it on by holding the volume keys and pluging it into my PC and it worked, but now how do i select the “Start” command if my power button does’nt work?! I have a Moto X Play

  • Smit Kiri

    I successfully entered into fastboot mode on my phone (LG G3 Stylus) but on my PC when I type fastboot continue, it says waiting for any device. Any suggestions?

  • Vivek Mahato

    htc m9 ew

  • Dylan Woodham

    Thank you so much for! I was able to turn on my phone!!! Really appreciate it! Keep up the amazing work!!!!!!!!

  • Platypi Guy

    I can’t get these to work with Samsung Galaxy s6

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  • Muhammad Fadil Mazlan

    how about zenfone c.

  • I have an Alcatel Onetouch and the power button broke off. Anyone able to help on how to get it on?

  • Vinay

    Mine is Moto 3gen as you told i just hold my down key and connect to my laptop..it shows some options like AP Fastboot Flash Mode (Secure) like that…I downloaded ADB kit to my laptop also but now sure how to install it..Is there any way ADB will open automatically once i connect to screen or what i should do ? or what should i do to get command mode…?

  • John

    Galaxy note 5. the volume down and home button doesn’t seem to work 🙁

  • Sara Smith

    An Asus Zenfone Laser 2 please

  • Shane Voss

    For a Samsung J1 would it be the same process using both volume up + down, than plug usb to a pc… and hold the home button? How long should i wait to press down the home button?

  • Sarthak Sharma

    Thanks A Lot Bro, You Are The Best. And Thanks Again For Creating A Special Section For Samsung Phones. It Worked Like A Charm!!!

  • Elsa De La Cruz

    Thank you i discovered that if you press both volume buttons and and plug it in it will turn on (for LG Aristo).

  • Audrey Long

    I’ve got a Samsung Note 2 and I it’s not coming on after I’d removed the battery earlier. It’s charged 100%. I’ve tried the down Volume & pc plug charger; an upper left button turns “red,” but that’s it. Any suggestion for getting this baby turned on?

  • Peter Kostov

    None of these are working on my device. It us stuck on boot logo and power button doesn’t work.

  • duder01

    i got into the boot menu on a pixel phone, looks like i still need the power button to work in order to start my phone, any help/suggestions?

  • Faith

    Hi. I did what you said and the menu popped up… But I’ve failed to select because the home button won’t work. Please help!

  • Faith

    Forgot to add. I have a tecno l8 plus. Please help

  • Pedro O

    Galaxy note 4 charges screen lights up but power button does not work to power on , tried other working batteries and chargers , tried the compiter and hardware key method.

  • Pedro O

    Update got my phone to turn on note 4 volume and home whilist connect ing to pc i had the steps mixed up, life saver all my data recovered now is how to fix that power button, on my way to youtube for tutorials.

  • Georg Franko

    I have a HTC One Mini 2. Power button does not Work. I have ADB and Fastboot installed.
    I have Pluged my Device in my Laptop but it does not matter how long i hold the Volume Down button it wont go into BOOT MODE. Im confused :/ Any other tips how to enter Boot mode

  • zaid

    my nokia 3 power button is not working and i can’t turn the phone on, the above idea is not helping, anyone can help?

  • mustakim merchant

    samsung galaxy note 2 it is not entering boot mode

  • Yo

    Hi. My Samsung galaxy s4 mini fell and the power button was pressed in so far that the button is rendered useless. Any ideas how I could get the phone on without using the power button ?

  • tizzerg6

    I’ve tried all the above methods and none have worked to turn on my device! It port charges and wireless charges with no issues. It’s a Samsung Galaxy G6. Any advice would be appreciated!

  • Lexi

    My zte zmax has its power button, but nothing happens when I press it to turn it off or on. Apparently this is a common issue… But it also says I have no SIM card. Help?

  • I have a huawei P8 lite phone and power button doesn’t work. Tried many ways not helped btw

  • Sururat Ibrahim

    htc one m7

  • JC Abalos

    Oppo Neo 7. Help please 🙁 Thanks.

  • Emily

    I have a ZTE phone and it took me to the ftm mode/screen and wouldn’t go away until my about a day later, are there any other ways to turn on my phone without a power or other hard buttons


    • gabriella (zte blade v8)

      did you ever figure it out? i have the same problem

  • Eliss Carroll

    Sorry anyone know how to turn a Samsung grand prime phone on the on / off button has broke. Holding the volume button / home button isn’t workin. Any help would be much appreciate d

  • Dan

    I can’t turn on my Samsung Galaxy S6 Active and the power button doesn’t work.

  • sambhav jain

    It worked, thank you

  • Sam

    holy moly! my power button broke for my LG G5 but holding the volume button and connecting usb to pc worked!! you guys are a life saver

  • Anu

    Hey…I have lenovo S660 whose power button as well as volume buttons are broken and is switched off. Anything I can do?

  • sandy

    hello pls I need help. my phone power botton is broken. TechnoL8

  • Gaby

    Well, I have a Huawei Mate 10 with volume and power buttons disabled and the fingerprint “button” doesn’t work i think it is because it works with the phone switched on. No USB debugging enabled. HELP!!! MY PHONE IS DEAD!!

  • Anjali Gothi

    i have micromax xl2 a 109 phone which does not enter in safe mode by above given mmethods

  • Garry Penoliar

    The said information above does not work for me, my device is ASUS Zenfone 5, Please help me.:(

  • Jared Gosselin

    I have the ZTE Blade Z Max phone, and you do not have Zte listed, please provide something for those phones.

  • Kristin Schoonover

    I have a Droid MAXX 2 and my power button is broken. It died while as was at work and I am on 90% now. I have tried everything listed and even did what my father did when I was in town. He took off the back and put a pin in what I think is the restart and that isn’t working. What else can I do?

  • John

    I have a cricket blade x max. None of these are helping, please help


    what to do in lava atom2

  • RI

    do this work on ASUS zenfone 5?

  • Mi-ne MI-ne Desu

    What about Samsung note 2? My power button is destroyed…

  • pls

    I have a sony experia pls help

  • Alice O’Farrell

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Core Prime with a broken power button. None of the above seemed to work (volume and home whilst plugged into a USB to the laptop). Any ideas?

  • jenkemegeleng

    I have Samsung J7 Prime, and end up in charging screen.. not working for me.. I have tried every instruction here.

  • Kaylena Steiner

    I have a Samsung S3 Mini with a broken power button and none of the suggested methods helped, do you have any further suggestions for me?

  • Camila Gomez

    I have a Nexus 5 and I get to the fastboot screen but i dont know how to move from there. Help!!

  • Kashif khan

    my phone is infocus m2 3G !!! please say me what i have to do to it??

  • Shuan Bandola

    I have a Cloudfone Thrill HD. It’s power and volume buttons are connected and both of them are broken. It also doesn’t have any hard keys. I already tried connecting it to a Pc via USB cable but it’s not working. I hope you guys have a solution. Thanks in advance.

  • iris

    I have a zte and the button doesn’t work. It goes to meta mode but I have to confirm the restart with power button, and i don’t know what to do.

  • mae

    Please help me power on my Galaxy E7 with broken power button. Thank you.

  • Gaurav Deshpande

    I have karbonn titanium s5. it’s display not working. only button lights are on but no dispaly. and power button is broken. plz help me.

  • WitheredMinion

    honor 5x

  • Hi there

    Thank You Very much!!! volume down+ home+ pc connect worked for me…

  • Sandipan Ghosh

    i have a samsung galaxy grand 2
    its power button is destroyed and i canot start it by any means

  • yra

    oppo neo 7

  • Mohammad Nasirzade

    My phone is Sony Z3 and none of the methods work on it!

    • Marcelo Naistat

      Hi, did u find a solution?

      • Mohammad Nasirzade

        Yeah! It was such a painstaking job but I made it.

  • adasd

    Samsung Grand Neo Plus

    My power button is not working and my volume down button is working as a volume up button for a reason.

    I can only use volume up button and i cant turn on my phone with it.
    I f*cking hate this phone

  • G Vl

    My Sony Xperia T3 power and volume buttons are damaged so I cannot turn it on.i need a alternative method of powering it up.Please help

  • Camisha Dorsey

    I have a ZTE and it doesn’t have a home button, and the volume key method didn’t work.

  • KT

    I have an LG G6 – I have an unresponsive power button and my phone died. It turned on when I held both volume buttons while plugging it into a Mac. BUT only when the LG symbol popped up and I unplugged it quickly. (It did not work when I left it plugged in while holding the volume buttons)

  • T Sebastien

    Thanks a lot! I actually managed to power up my phone. My power button is not working and the phone ran out of battery, but refused to start while charging. I pressed the Volume Down+ Home button and it started!

  • ruth

    my phone is a samsung galaxy s5

  • Nick Conner

    i have a zte z982

  • Marcelo Naistat

    Excelent article, but couldn’t make it through. I have a broken power button on a Sony Xperia Z3+, any suggestion?
    The adb or fastboot don’t get any connected devices. The only reaction I get from my phone is a blue light when I press up volume key and then plug it to usb connector, not much 🙁

  • Samarjit

    How to power on Motorola g4 plus

  • Nikki Marie

    i have an lg g5 and it is stuck on firmware update and it will not go away. stuck at 0%
    my power button does not work and can not figure out how to reset it. every time i get it to turn on it just goes to firmware update

  • micheal

    what if your volume buttons dont work aswell as powerbutton?

  • Angela Livaha

    an android wiko k300 and its not working any tips on how to do this]

  • syamira zainudin

    i have a problem with my power button. the reboot button did not appear after i press the volume button. Please help me. My phone is Honor 4c.

  • syamira zainudin

    the phone can turn on. but it have to select is it to continue or cancel (reboot). the volume button is function for move and use power button is for select. my power button cannot longer be used. how can i solved this??

  • effan wahyudi

    i have a sharp aquos phone SH-01F docomo phone it doesnt have any hard buttons please help me

  • Leah

    I have a zte zmax pro. The power button doesn’t work. I used to just plug it in to get it to turn on but I accidentally let the battery run down. It’s fully charged now, but can’t turn it on

  • anicc

    My cell phone is a Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

  • Magaman

    I have an Alcatel A3 Marshmallow, it is turned off and the power button does’t work. I pressed the two volume buttons then I connected it to my computer via an USB cable. The “Fast boot” or something similar to it came up (I do not know what’s that page) – (It says “Android Recovery……… Press the volume key to select, press the power key to confirm”). The page is showing the selection of 7 languages and I can’t select any of them using the power button which is not working, nor turn off the phone. The battery of the phone is part of it, it is not releasable. Help me please….

  • Aritra Saha

    I have Xiomi Max 2 set.Now the problem is in my set all three buttons that means volume up and volume down along with power button gone dead.Now i want to start it where as it has full charge. Suggest me with a solution please.

  • I have a tab 4(SM T530), Please Help