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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.

Restart phone without power button

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.

Restart phone without power button

1. 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.

2. 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.

 

111 Comments

  1. 3 of the hard buttons of my moto z is not functioning, please let me know how should i power on my phone, when i connect in adb or fast oot device doesn’t detects, please let me know how to power on phone in this circumstances. TIA

  2. I have a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus which is like the same as Galaxy J2 Prime my phone won’t totally turn on since it has a broken power button

  3. Hey! I’ve got a Moto G5+ and can’t turn it on through the root mode because to select something it has to be done with the powerbutton. Is there any other way to turn it on?

  4. I have a Samsung J3 the power button is intact but useless it won’t work and none of the above methods work

  5. I have a T-Mobil REVVL can you help. Same issue, start button quit working. I tried the volume up/down thing and no go… Help~! Kim

  6. 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.

  7. 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….

  8. 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

  9. 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??

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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 🙁

  13. 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!

  14. 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)

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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?

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

  23. 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?

  24. 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?

  25. 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!!

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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

    Emily

  30. 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?

  31. 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!

  32. 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 ?

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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?

  38. 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?

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

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

  41. 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?

  42. 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…?

  43. OMG I WANT TO THANK U SO SO SO MUCH U ARE MY HERO I THOUGHT MY PHONE WILL NEVER WORK I ALMOST THROW IT AWAY AFTER IT DOESNT WORKED 3 MONTHS AGO KFDSDFNKDSFGK MAY GOD BLESS U ILY

  44. 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?

  45. 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

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

  47. 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 :*(

  48. 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!

    • 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.

    • 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?

  49. 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.

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