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Samsung Omnia 7 WP7 Zero Battery Workaround

Using my newly acquired Samsung Omnia 7, I was understandably quite lost in checking out the apps and features for pretty much most of the night. The result was inevitable, my battery went zero. I tried to put it on charge, but there was no sign of life. I tried turning it on to get the Samsung logo at least, no effect. I have to admit that I was pretty much horrified and endured a few really depressing minutes. All this sounds familiar to you? Well, I got my phone running in the end, and the trick was absurdly simple. It might not make much sense, but all that matters is that it works, and you are sure to have your device up and running in no time at all.

Bricked Omnia 7

First of all allow me to suggest that it is better if you don’t let your battery go to zero level. Charge it before the phone turns off by itself! To improve your battery timing, check out our tips for increasing battery life in Windows Phone 7 devices.

However if you failed to stop your phone from switching off, then better hope there is a computer nearby because here is what you have to do.

  1. Remove the battery of your phone. Press and hold the power button. This will drain any reserve battery from your phone so that you can really start from scratch. (Just an optional step added as an afterthought)
  2. Attach your phone to your Computer via USB cable.
  3. You won’t see anything happening on your phone screen, but don’t worry, leave it as it is for 15 minutes.
  4. Now remove the cable and turn the phone on, and abracadabra, your phone is up and running again!
  5. Don’t forget to put it back on charging!

Remember wall charging won’t help in this situation. It has to be a computer connected via USB. It must be mentioned that not all users have experienced this issue, but quite a lot have, so I thought this tip might prove to be useful for many people.

 Update: Apparently the zero battery issue has been plaguing a few other Windows Phone devices as well, and we experienced the same problem on our Nokia Lumia 800. Most of the times you just have to leave the phone on charging for a short while (either on a computer or on a wall inlet), and the screen comes back on after a few minutes. Continue charging normally afterwards.

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