We all know that the Android platform is an open source system which can be easily customized, optimized and personalized. While this is great when talking about tweaking methods, it also imply in dealing with quite numerous problems. The main issue is that Android isn’t as secured as its users might prefer, not to mention all the others software related issues that might ruin a perfectly happy and relaxed day.

An extremely common issue reported by many users is the ‘Android device won’t turn on’ issue. This is a general problem that can be caused by different situations. Usually it is related to a software malfunction which means that it can also be easily addressed, if you know exactly what to do. Unfortunately, it might also mean you manage to hardware brick your smartphone / tablet, case in which you will have to take your Android device back to service where to ask for official technical assistance – do note that this can get quite expensive, especially if you can’t reclaim your phone’s warranty no more.

As you can already tell, during the following guidelines you can learn how to fix the ‘Android device won’t turn on’ problems only if we are talking about software related issues. Anyhow, before deciding whether to take your device back to stock or not, check and test all the troubleshoot solutions from this step by step guide. As you will notice, all the steps can be easily applied, so you won’t risk anything by trying everything out.

Now, such an issue can be caused by a malware, by an irresponsive app or process or by other unauthorized access that you might try to achieve. And when thinking about an unauthorized access I am also referring to various custom operations such as gaining root access, flashing custom ROMs, installing custom kernels, removing bloatware, overclocking the CPU frequencies and so on. That’s why it is important to use only tested tutorials and third apps, as else you can easily end up in soft bricking your Android based device.

Also, in order to avoid any unpleasant situations, before completing operations such as the ones mentioned above, you should first sync your data with your account. In this way you can backup what is essential such as contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, market apps, audio files, EFS, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. The backup can also be completed by using free distributed cloud storage platforms or other backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Good; now since we detailed a little bit the reasons why you might be experiencing the ‘Android device won’t turn on’ problem, it’s time to see how to actually resolve this annoying issue, which can also be associated with a boot loop, a screen freeze error or a total blackout situation.

How to Fix ‘Android device won’t turn on’ problems

First, try to charge your device

As strange as it might sound, this problem can be solved if you properly charge your device. Some smartphones or tablets have a little problem in term of battery usage – after going under 20% of battery power the device gets turned off and you cannot turn it on until you charge it for a while. Basically, even after plugging in the charger you won’t be able to turn on your device. So, you will have to be patience and to wait a few minutes before trying to power on your Android handset. As for the future, just try to observe if something similar is happening after the battery level goes under the 20% threshold. As a solution, just plug in the charger more often and usually before noticing the 20% data displayed near your battery icon.

Force restart your device, or remove its battery

If charging your Android device isn’t resolving the total blackout issue, or the ‘Android device won’t turn on’ problem, then try to remove the battery. In this way you can somehow reset your phone in case it got in a boot loop state during different processes (like the ones mentioned in the introduction of this step by step guide). Basically, you only have to remove the battery for a few moments, to reinsert it and to retry to reboot your device.

If you have a device that has an in built battery, don’t panic. You can still force restart your smartphone / tablet. All you have to do is to press and keep pressing the power button for about 20 or 30 seconds. Afterwards your device should boot up perfectly fine.

The display is bricked as your phone is actually on

This situation is quite common. In fact, your Android device is on and is working perfectly fine, but the display isn’t showing anything. You can test this by pressing the power key (for a longer time); if a sound or if a vibration are implied it means your device is just working normally. Unfortunately, in this situation I can’t really help you out. What you can do is to take your Android device back to service in order to ask for a proper evaluation of the situation.

Hard reset your device and clear its app data cache

If your Android device got stuck in a boot loop or if your smartphone or tablet just won’t turn on, you can try to factory reset it and to clear its app data cache. By doing such a dedicated operation you can remove malicious apps or unresponsive processes, or you can just restore your Android device to its initial state, meaning that you can easily address the “Android device won’t turn on” issue. Anyway, here is what you need to do:

  • Enter recovery mode on your Android device – the method is different from one OEM to another; just follow the mentioned guide and learn how to reach recovery on your device.
  • Once in recovery, use the Volume Up and Down buttons to select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  • When done, go back to main menu of recovery.
  • From there select “reboot system now”.
  • Your device should run perfectly fine now.

Enter Android Safe Mode

After making a hard reset you might still experience some minor problems which might mean that not everything was fixed during the factory reset process. So, you should access the Android Safe Mode from where to diagnostic any other issue and from where to remove any other unresponsive program or from where to uninstall a malicious app. Here is how you can enter your Android device into safe mode:

  • Hold down the Power button for a few seconds.
  • Next, press the Volume down button until you are prompted to access Android Safe Mode.
  • Tap on Ok when asked.
  • There you have it; now you are in Safe Mode.

Reinstall the Android OS

The last solution that you can apply is implying in reinstalling the Android OS. I am talking about a clean install which might fix all the software related issues that are running on your Android device. If you have a Samsung branded device then use Odin for resuming the flashing process. Also all the other OEMs have dedicated flashing tools through which you can easily complete a clean install of Android OS.

However this last solution might not be what you need as if the methods from above aren’t having any effect, it probably means you managed to brick your Android device so I recommend you to take your handset back to service.


So, have you managed to fix the ‘Android device won’t turn on’ problem by using the guidelines from above? If you have, or if you are still dealing with the same issue, share everything with us by using the comments field from down below. Also, stay close for further Android related tips and tricks.

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