How to Restart an Android Phone

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If you have any issues with your Android phone, a quick reboot can fix some of them in a matter of seconds. The problems ranging from apps freezing up to the device slowing down to a crawl are not a death sentence obviously. Just do not try to solve them by taking your device into sleep mode.

A proper reboot closes every opened app and purges the memory of the device. This can resolve a lot of random issues you might not normally associate with rebooting. Unfortunately, with so many different Android smartphones, the process of rebooting is not always straightforward. So, it’s important to know various ways of restarting your device in different cases.

This article provides you with some ways to restart an Android device even if your power button isn't working or the phone is frozen.

How to reboot using the suspend button

This is the easiest method here. You just have to press down on the suspend button and hold it for a few seconds. Usually, the suspend button is on the right side of the Android device above or below the volume buttons.

Power Off and Reboot options screenshot

After several second, a menu should appear with the Power Off and Reboot options. Choose Reboot if it is available. If there is no such button, choose Power Off and then press down the suspend button again after the screen goes dark.

You may need to hold the button down for three to five seconds before the device turns back on.

How to do a "Hard Reboot"

And what if your Android device can’t even display the power down menu? Don’t worry, in this case, you can perform a “hard reboot” to get things back to normal.

This process can be a little trickier as not every Android device does a hard reboot in the same way. Many devices will reboot if you keep holding down the suspend button for 10-20 seconds. If it doesn’t respond after 20 seconds, move on to the next step.

You can also make your Android device power down by holding down both the suspend button and the volume button next to it. You may need to hold them down for up to 20 seconds before the screen goes black, signaling that the device has powered down.

Not every Android device will power down with this method, though. A few may require you to hold down the suspend button and both volume buttons, so if you have no luck holding down two buttons, try to press all three of them.

What if all these methods fail

If neither the simple power down button or a hard reboot work, you are left with one option — remove your device’s battery. Of course, it only works if you have a removable one. Some Android devices have a battery lock or switch which must be pressed down to pop out the battery.

This method is for advanced users who are comfortable around electronics. If you find this idea uncomfortable, you shouldn’t attempt it. Instead, you can let the battery drain until the device powers off naturally.

How to recover your data if the phone doesn’t restart

There is also a chance that you’ll exhaust all your options, and your phone still won’t start. The first thing that might come to your mind is how to save your data that is trapped in your device’s dead body. It’s imperative to have the data recovered when the device is damaged like that.

In this case, you’ll need some help from your PC and, in particular, the software called Dr.fone toolkit. This application will extract all the data stored in the damaged device and save it on your PC.

Let’s go through this process step by step:

Step 1: Connect your Android to the computer

Dr.fone toolkit screenshot

Connect your Android device to the computer, using a USB cable and launch Dr.fone toolkit on the PC. Among all the featured toolkits, select “Data Extraction (Damaged Device).”

Step 2: Choose data types to recover

Choose data types screenshot

Then you have to choose data types to recover. Android Data Backup & Restore will automatically select all the data types. So, select the ones you need to be recovered and click “Next” to continue.

Step 3: Select the fault type

There are 2 types of fault to choose: one of them is an issue in accessing the phone, and the other one is black/broken screen. Select the fault type that matches your situation.

On the next window, select model of the phone and the device name.

Step 4: Enter Download Mode on the Android device

Dowload mode screen

In order to provide Dr.fone toolkit with access to your data, you have to switch your device to Download Mode.

  1. Switch the device off.
  2. Press and hold Volume down button, power button, and home button at the same time.
  3. Then, press volume up button to enter Download Mode.

Step 5: Dr.fone toolkit analyzes the Android device

After your phone gets into download mode, Dr.fone toolkit for Android will start analyzing it and download the files you selected.

Step 6: Preview and recover your data

preview and recover screen

After the analysis is complete, all the file types will show up in categories. You can select the files to preview, choose the files and click on “Recover” to save all the data you wish to keep.

These are ways to restart your Android device in different scenarios. Was it helpful for you? Let us know in the comments section.

Edward Reid


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    4 years ago
    my was with the corious of freezing so I try to reboot it by the method of holding the two buttons sametime " the stand bottom and - volume bottom ", I'm glade because it worked my phone now works well no prblm. so Thank u for advice.
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    o your mind is how to save your data that is trapped in your device’s dead body. It’s impera
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