Smartphone manufacturers have this habit of releasing a new smartphone each year hoping that smartphone owners will flock to their local or online retail stores to buy them when they are available, and now with a growing issue of some older smartphones power buttons getting broken, we can see why we are being somewhat coerced with these breathtaking ads to go buy their new smartphones.
This seems to happen to some smartphone brands more than others, and it seems to happen mostly to smartphones running the Android OS. Without any facts I am assuming that some Android OEM’s might simply be using cheap parts from China to manufacture their smartphones.
In this article I will outline Six ways to power on a smartphone that has a broken power button. Most of these methods have been tested only on Samsung smartphones, so there is no guarantee that these methods work on all Android smartphones, but I would recommend that you try the methods that are practical for your smartphone before ruling them out.
#1 Simply Connect To A Power Source
The most obvious way to try powering on a smartphone that has a broken power button is to connect it to a power source which in this case will be it’s charger. In all reported cases this will charge the smartphone, but only in a few cases will it power the device on. But as I mentioned above, don’t assume this won’t work for your device until you have tried it.
#2 Place Your Smartphone On A Wireless Charging Pad
Again, this is one of those methods that seems to work only for some smartphones, especially due to the fact that many smartphones don’t support wireless charging. But if your device supports wireless charging you should try this method.
#3 Plug Charger Into Your Device And remove After Three (3) Seconds
It was allot of fun trying this method and I was actually blown away when it worked since it was one of the methods that require a little bit of accuracy and at the same time a very simple method. I am positive that you won’t get this correct the first try, so you have to be persistent. And again, this won’t work on all Android smartphones, and I personally have only tried it on a Samsung Galaxy S2. All you have to do is connect the charging cable to your device and disconnect it immediately after three seconds, the Samsung logo will appear and the device will boot.
#4 Connect Device To PC Via USB Cable While Holding Volume Up and Volume Down Buttons
This is another method that has been tested only on Samsung devices. While the device is completely powered off, simply hold down both the volume up and the volume down buttons, connect the USB cable to your PC then to your smartphone. This will load you Samsung device to the download mode warning screen, and give you an option to press volume down to restart the phone. And I repeat, this has only been tested on Samsung devices which support this mode, but it is very possible that other manufacturers might have very similar method of implementing a similar mode, so feel free to try this method before ruling it out.
#5 Do A Super Quick Battery Pull After Connecting Charger To Device And Allowing It To Charge For A few Seconds
This is a method that I found out for myself while messing around with my Samsung Galaxy S2 that currently has a broken power button, I am pretty sure this might work for other devices. All you have to do is connect the charger to your smartphone and allow it to load into its charging state, then simply remove the charger, flip the device over then slightly eject and replace the batter into the device. This has to be done within a second, so you obviously cannot take the battery all the way out of the device, you simply need to disconnect it (the battery) from its contacts and replace it in its former position and you have to do this within a second which is super fast. If you do this correctly, your device should restart.
#6 Fix Broken Power Button (This requires very good soldering skills)
The last method which is also the only method guaranteed to work, is also the method that is not within the reach of all smartphone users and for obvious reasons. Replacing a broken power button requires very good soldering skills due to the size of the button that needs replacing. If you think this method is practical then you can use the video below as a guide.
I do hope that one of these methods worked for you because having a smartphone that you cannot power on due to a broken power button is a very frustrating ordeal.
If any method in this video worked for you please leave a comment below stating which device you tried it on, also if you know of any other methods of powering on a smartphone that has a broken power button please feel free to leave a comment below.