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How to start an Android device with broken power button

Android power button

A broken power button can make an Android phone unusable. Fortunately, it’s not always like that. There are many solutions that will allow you to continue using your smartphone even with the broken power button. There is no universal method for restarting Android devices that present this problem.

For this reason, in this article, I would like to put together some of the most successful techniques that can temporarily solve the problem. If you have a device with a broken power button, you will surely find the method that will work for you.

If the device should be locked on the lock screen, try one of the methods below and also read our guide on how to unlock Android phone.

Android power button

Broken power button: Is the Android device turned on or off?

The method will be different depending on whether the phone is completely switched off or if it is on and is simply in standby mode. We will start with the phones that are completely turned off.

1. Phone off

The charging method

The first thing to try is to connect the phone to a charger. Some phones start on their own with this action. If this does not work, try connecting it to your laptop via USB. This does not work for a large percentage of Android phones, but it takes so little time that it’s worth trying.

PC connection

Some smartphones show the percentage of the battery without turning on when, when switched off, they are connected to the power supply. Motorola devices behave this way. A solution that I could test on a Motorola Moto G is to connect the smartphone not to the electrical outlet but to a PC. In my case, this method worked perfectly and I could use the smartphone again.

Volume and Home buttons

By holding down the Volume Down  +  Home buttons on your device, you can often access your smartphone’s recovery. From it you can choose to restart the device. The phone may also turn on using another combination of keys, such as both the volume keys while also holding down the home button. Do the test also with this method.

2. Phone on

If the phone is on but it is in standby mode, things are a little easier. Also in this case, connecting it to a charger can wake up different types of devices. You can also use the trick of receiving a call, asking a friend to ring the phone. If there is a physical home button (instead of a touchscreen button), by pressing this, you can usually wake up an Android phone. If the phone has a physical camera button, it should also activate the phone.

Once it’s awake, an application can help you

If you have successfully used one of these methods to activate your Android phone, it is time to install a life-saving app. There are many applications that you can use to turn the phone on again without using the power button. Below I will list some that can do for you:

  • Gravity Screen (free) – Use the phone’s built-in sensors to detect when the phone is picked up. Allows you to automatically turn off the screen when you put the phone in your pocket or on a table and ACTIVATE the screen when you take it out or lift it. The effectiveness of the application will depend on the quality of the phone’s sensors. So it may not be the best solution if the phone is an old model.
  • Proximity Actions (free) – This application uses the proximity sensor to activate certain actions. Turning on the phone is not the default action on the application, but you can select it in the settings.
  • Power Button to Volume Button (free) – The application changes the function of the volume key and the power button. It’s only useful if you have a physical volume button on your Android phone.


The proposed solutions are used to turn on the phone and get around the problem of the broken power button. But they can not be a permanent solution. These solutions are useful only until you have had the chance to definitively solve the problem. Previous applications, although very useful, can put a strain on the battery, making it run out faster.

Alternatively, you can find DIY solutions for repairing the power button on the web. Keep in mind, however, that repairs carried out by themselves provide for the opening of the phone, canceling the warranty. The last hypothesis, the most obvious, is to take it to an authorized service center.

I hope you’ve found a way to fix, even if temporarily, the problem of the broken power button on your Android phone.

Ankit Bhardwaj is Founder of 'Teknologya'. He has a very deep interest in learning things related to the digital world and love to sharing his knowledge with others through blogs.

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