October 24, 2017

How to deal with a Broken Power Button of Android Phone

No matter how careful you are with your phone, one small negligence can cause a great damage to it and a hardware damage to our smartphones gives much more stinging pain. One such hardware failure is with the power button. What will you do when the power button fails or goes missing?

Of course, the permanent solution is to get it repaired in the nearest store. But there are a few temporary fixes you can do when your phone’s power button gets damaged and can not access it. When the power button is broken, your device will be in ON state or Switched Off state. Given below are the various methods to deal with with a failed power button when the device is in ON state and OFF state.

When phone is Switched Off

  • When there’s no charge on your phone, the first thing you do is charge your phone. Sometimes charging your phone may restart your mobile.
  • If your device didn’t restart, try long pressing the volume buttons along with the home button to enter boot menu. Select the reboot system now by tapping on the power button.
  • If connecting to a charger doesn’t work, try connecting your phone to a laptop or PC via USB cable to reboot the device.
  • In order to perform this action, you need to enable the USB debugging.

How to Turn ON USB  debugging on Android?

1.Open the device Settings.

2. Tap on Developer Options. If you can’t find Developer Options in your Settings, go to About phone -> tap on Build number until you see a pop-up message that says “You are now a developer”. Now you can find Developer options in your settings.


3. Enable the Developer options and USB debugging.


After turning on the USB debugging on your phone you need to install the ADB drivers to restart your smartphone using ADB commands in command prompt. First, install all the drivers and then type “adb reboot”  or “adb reboot recovery” command.

NOTE: These procedures may vary for different devices. We recommend you to follow the specific procedure by searching the web.

When Phone is Switched-On

If your device isn’t switched-off, then it is much easier to wake the phone’s screen when the device is in the switched-ON state.

  • Try calling your device from another number to wake up the screen.
  • Devices such as iPhones and Samsung Galaxy and One Plus with fingerprint sensor will wake up the screen with the fingerprint scanner or by tapping the screen.
  • Connect a charger or a USB cable to PC or laptop to light up the screen.
  • When your device wakes up, then turn on the Scheduled power ON/OFF in the settings if your device supports it. Enabling this option makes your smartphone turn ON and OFF the device automatically at a particular time every day. To enable this Go to Settings. Type “Scheduled power ON/OFF” in the search button. Enable the Power ON and set a specific time for your device to power ON every day.


  • There are apps such as Power button to Volume Button, Shake Screen On Off, Gravity Screen and Proximity Actions to compensate for the power button. These apps can perform actions such as wake up the screen, switch on or off the phone.

Shake to Lock/Unlock

As the name suggests Shake to Lock/Unlock is a simple, lightweight application which activates and deactivates the screen with a gentle shake. The shaking sensitivity level can also be set. The higher the level, the more sensitive to shaking mobile.


Power Button to Volume Button

It’s an Android app which allows you to use volume button wake up the screen instead of the power button. This app will be listed in the Device Administrator list because only the apps with device administrator permission can turn on and off the device. So, while uninstalling the app, first go to Settings> SecurityDevice Administrators and then remove the app from the list.


Gravity Screen

Gravity Screen is a popular application which automatically turns the screen off when your phone is in the pocket or on a table and turns it on when you take it out or up. There’s also a “touchscreen by motion” feature which wakes up the screen by moving it.


Did you find these hacks useful? If you know any other tricks, do share in the comments below! We would love to hear from you!



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