5 Ways to Start Your Android Without Power Button

How to start your phone when Android power button not working
How to start your Android when the power button is not working

If your power button on Android is not working, don’t panic. There are a few tricks you can use to start your phone again. Follow the steps below to start the phone that seems completely dead when its power button doesn’t seem to be doing well.

5 Steps to Follow to Start Your Android Without Power Button

1. Use the Phone Charger

In many cases, when the phone seems dead, plugging it into a charger makes it breathe again. But if this does not work, move on to the next step.

2. Use the Volume and Home Buttons

Start Your Android Without Power Button
Use the Volume and Home Buttons

Pressing down both volume buttons on your device for a long time can often create a boot menu. From there, you can choose to restart your device. Your phone may use a combination of holding the volume and home buttons, so be sure to try this as well.

3. Call your phone to wake him up

 Call your phone to wake him up
Call your phone to wake him up

If your phone is on but in sleep mode, getting a call can make you active. Ask your friend, or you may do so by phone and call your number.  If there is a physical home button instead of a touchscreen button, pressing this will usually wake up an Android phone. If you have a physical camera button, this should also activate the phone.

4. Download an app

If any of the above tricks have activated your Android, your next step really should be downloading one of several apps that you can use to turn on your phone again without the power button. Here are a few you can use:

1. Gravity Screen (free)

Gravity Screen App

Using the in-phone sensors to detect when you have picked up the phone, this app then switches on the device. The effectiveness of the app will depend on how good the sensors in your phone are, so it may not be the best option if your phone is an old or budget model

2. Proximity Actions (free)

Proximity Actions 
Proximity Actions 

Using the proximity sensor to trigger a certain action. While powering on the phone is not the default action for this app, you can select it in the settings.

3. Power Button to Volume Button (free)

Power Button to Volume Button
Power Button to Volume Button

This app switches the function of your volume button to that of a power button. This app is only helpful if you have a physical volume button on your Android phone.

4. Volume Unlock Power Button Fix

Volume Unlock Power Button Fix
Volume Unlock Power Button Fix

Yes, this app is called Volume Unlock Power Button Fix. First, install it on your phone. Now, open the app and grant it access to Device Administration. Giving it access is necessary; otherwise, it won’t work. Open the app and turn on “Enable Volume Unlock” and “Screen Off” using the toggles on the right. If you’ve enabled both options then you’ll be able to turn off your screen from the notification panel and turn it on by using any volume button.

In the app settings, you can also enable functions like auto start on boot and auto on/off, which work by setting a time interval between when the app will work.

5. Gravity Screen

Gravity Screen
Gravity Screen

Gravity Screen is a handy app if your power button is broken. It automatically turns your screen OFF when you put it in your pocket or on a flat surface. You can keep the screen ON while the device is in motion. The gravity screen allows you to set your parameters to calibrate its various sensitivities to your preference.

5. Hard Reset Your Android Phone

Or there could be nothing wrong with your power button but your smartphone’s software. In this case, consider resetting your device to restore things to working condition.

Check your manufacturer’s website to see if they created a device reset tool that will work for your phone. I found one for my Sony Xperia when I soft-bricked the device while installing a custom ROM.

The above apps will help you get your phone working, but for a permanent solution to your problem, you can hire a service technician to fix it. Right?


Which app can I use instead of the power button?

There is a Moden Android UI ship with a double-tap to wake and lock feature. You can enable this and use your device. Otherwise, apps like Gravity Screen, Screen Lock/Unlock, and Power button to Volume Button can do the job.

Why is my power button not working?

There could be plenty of reasons why your power button is not working. It could be due to a bad connection between your motherboard and the power button cable, and it could also be due to the wear and tear of the power button connector.

Can the power button be repaired?

Like any other phone part, the power button can also be replaced or repaired. However, the difficulty of the job depends on the device and its manufacturer.

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Kamal Kaur