Any smartphone owner’s worst nightmare is powering up their phone and realizing that nothing happens. Your phone won’t turn on. A black screen with no signs of life means a catastrophe.
What are some of the reasons why your Android smartphone or tablet might not turn on? Let’s look at some causes and solutions.
1. Charging problems
As is so often the case, the most obvious cause is usually the right one.
If you haven’t noticed any signs of your phone malfunctioning before, the problem may simply be a lack of juice in the battery. In most cases this is due to charging problems.
Check your connections
First, check out the obvious points. Have you definitely thought about charging your phone? Has the charger been partially disconnected from the socket? And is the socket switched on?
Dirt and dust
Next, make sure that neither the USB port on your charging cable nor the charging port on your phone is clogged with dust, dirt, or other debris.
Remember, the connections are tricky. The best way to remove debris from the ports is to use a can of compressed air.
Troubleshoot your cable
USB charging cables are notorious for failing on a whim. You can check the integrity of your cable by using it with another device and see if it works.
We’ve covered some of the best charging cables for Android if you want to explore other options.
2. Perform a power cycle
We have all experienced a frozen phone. The screen is unresponsive and none of the buttons work. But did you know that a phone can freeze even when it is turned off?
If your Android phone won’t turn on, one solution is to perform a power cycle. With old devices with a removable battery, it’s so easy to remove the battery, wait a few seconds, and then put it back in.
For more modern handsets without a removable battery, press and hold the power button on the device for a few seconds. Depending on your manufacturer, you may need to hold it down for anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds.
3. Check your battery
When you’re sure your charger is working and turning it off and back on didn’t solve your problems, it’s time to turn your attention to your phone’s battery. This could be the reason why your phone won’t turn on.
Most phone and tablet batteries lose quality rapidly after a few years of use. At some point they will die completely. Other types of damage can also affect the battery beyond repair. Liquids, drops on hard surfaces and extreme temperatures can make a battery unusable.
Check if the battery is receiving power
After connecting your phone or tablet to the charger, wait a minute to see if the battery icon appears on your screen.
If so, your battery is fine and you can move on to the next few steps. Alternatively, you can see a little red (or some other color) flashing light. If you do, it means your battery has insufficient power to turn on or display content on the screen. Let it charge for 30 minutes and then try again.
You don’t see a battery symbol or a light? This could mean your battery is dead and needs to be replaced.
If your phone has a removable battery, you can buy a new one on Amazon for a reasonable price. For phones without a removable battery, you either have to try to take your phone apart and change the battery yourself, or you can take it to a specialist retailer.
Note that attempting to change the battery yourself may void the device’s warranty. If you want to check the health of your Android battery, follow our guide.
4. Check the screen
Of course, your phone could be on without you even realizing it. A broken screen can give the impression that there is no power.
Fortunately, it’s easy to tell if your screen is to blame. Shut power Hold down for 30 seconds to make sure your phone definitely boots up, then wait at least two minutes for the boot process to complete.
Now just call yourself from another phone. If the phone rings, your screen is to blame. If not, you have to move on.
Remember that sometimes you can replace the screen yourself, but this will again void your warranty.
5. Use your computer to troubleshoot problems
If you still can’t get your device to boot, you may be able to use your computer to force it. Google offers a somewhat confusing series of steps for you to go through. We have simplified them below:
- Connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable.
- Let it charge for 15 minutes.
- Disconnect the cable from your device (not your computer).
- Reconnect the cable within 10 seconds after disconnecting it.
- Charge your device for an additional 30 minutes.
- Press and hold the power Press for five seconds.
- Tap Start anew on your screen.
- If you don’t see Start anew , press and hold the power button for an additional 30 seconds.
6. Reset your Android device
Your device might turn on but won’t make it to your home screen after the startup process. A damaged upgrade or a custom ROM could be to blame. In this case, you can try to reset your device.
Warning: Resetting your phone or tablet will erase everything on it. Make sure to take regular backups of your important Android data.
To reset your Android phone in recovery mode, please follow the steps below:
- Press and hold the power Button and Volume down for a few seconds until you see the Android logo on the screen. (This key combination varies with some manufacturers.)
- Use the Increase volume and Volume down Keys to navigate to Recovery mode .
- Press the power Button.
- Use the volume Select buttons Delete data / factory reset and press the power Button.
- Finally select the Yes – delete all data Option and press the power Button.
The reset process takes a few minutes.
Your Android device could be broken
If nothing worked here, it may be time to face the reality that you will need a new phone. Keep in mind that some phones are specifically designed to be used in dirty or harsh environments. If you keep encountering clogged ports, one of these devices might be your best solution.