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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.

  • Anju Sethi

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

  • 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.

  • Federico Ferrari

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

  • 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!

  • 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?