Fix Boot Loop, Black / Blue Screen, Restart Loop, Screen Won’t Turn on Issues in Android

There are many boot problems that Android users face. Some users wake up to find their phone that keeps restarting. Some other times, the phone just remains black even though some of the LED lights are flashing. Some other times, you will be greeted with a blue screen that just won’t go away. Whatever be it, boot-related issues are always scary and they always make us think of the worst, throwing away our phones!

Well, though boot issues are indeed troublesome, most of them are easily solvable, without you having to run to a service center. You can try various solutions just by yourself, at home, to quickly fix most of your boot issues. In this article, we have explained in detail all the possible solutions that you can try to get your boot issue fixed, in a matter of seconds.

Note: The steps below are for all Android devices, though the button combinations used might slightly vary.

Solution 1: Force Restart your Android Device

Force restarting your Android is the easiest way to get out of any kind of booting troubles. The trick is to get the force restart to actually happen. For different Android devices, the button combinations to be used vary. We have listed down the possible combinations of buttons that you need to press, to get your phone to force restart and thus solve the boot problem that you are facing.

Before you start, though you definitely might know, let me just tell you what the side buttons are for, in your Android device. But again, the keys could be placed in different locations in different phone models.


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All the methods listed below are for force restarting Android devices for different brands and models. Try out the methods one by one to find out which one works for you.

  1. Press and hold down the Volume down button and the Power button. You need to keep them pressed down till the logo of your device appears.
  2. For some devices, you just need to press and hold down the Power button alone till the logo of your device comes up.
  3. If still no luck, press and hold down the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons. Again, keep them pressed down, till the logo comes on your screen.
  4. Another key combination you can try is the Volume Up, Volume down, and Power buttons. They all need to be pressed down together till the logo comes.
  5. If your device has a physical Home button, then you can try pressing and holding down the Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons this time.

If none of the above methods worked for you and you couldn’t force restart your device, then you can try googling the key combination for your device to force restart it. For example, if your phone is Samsung Galaxy Note 9, then you can google with the keywords Force restart keys Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This will immediately bring up the key combination you need to press to force restart your device.


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Solution 2: Keep your Device Plugged in and then Force Restart

If force restart doesn’t happen for you or does the trick, then plug in your device and put it on charge for 5 minutes. After that, while the device is charging, force restart your device. For force restarting, you can refer to the same steps mentioned in Section 1.


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Solution 3: Try Freeing all the Physical Buttons on your Device and then Force Restart

If you could not force restart, it could be because some of your physical buttons are stuck. So you need to make sure your buttons are all free. For that, press all the buttons in and out many times. Concentrate on one button at a time and repeatedly press in and out. Repeat the same for all the physical buttons. Once you are all set, try to force restart your device following the steps in Section 1.


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Solution 4: Make Sure the Power Button is Not Jammed

Sometimes the Power button could still be jammed and that’s why you are unable to force restart your device. In that case, cover your phone with a tissue or a small towel where the power button comes and then hit something else, probably a tissue box or something similar, with your power button. Do this for some time, this should free your Power button if it is stuck. Once done, force restart your device. You can follow the steps mentioned in Section 1 for force restart.


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Solution 5: Tap the Device All Over and Force Restart

If you are still facing the issue, it could be because you might have dropped your phone leading to some loose connections inside. In that case, using your fingers, tap your phone all over. Make sure you tap both the sides and around the lens area as well. Tap a little hard, this is to get back any loose connections right in their place. Once you are all set, try to force restart your device following the steps in Section 1.

Solution 6: Press Hard on Both Sides of the Device and then Restart

If the tapping did not work for you, now is the time to try pressing your phone. Use your thumbs to press hard on your phone on both the sides, and around the lens. Press hard. This method also intends to fix loose connections inside your device, if there are any. You might hear some clicks in between, which is totally fine. Try force restarting your device by following the steps in Section 1, once you are done.


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Solution 7: Smack the Device on both Sides and then Restart

Next solution is to smack your phone a bit. Take your phone in one hand and smack it in your other hand. You will have to smack a bit hard. Smack both the sides and then try force restarting your device. Section 1 can be referred for the force restart steps.


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Solution 8: Clean Charging Port

Sometimes, the issue could be because your charging port has some obstacles in it. To clear off those obstacles, use a toothbrush to clean your charging port. Blow out once the cleaning is done. You can also try using a wooden or plastic toothpick to clean around your charging port. It’s recommended not to put any metal inside the charging port.


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Once you are done cleaning the charging port, make sure your charging cable and adapter are working fine. Then put your phone on charge for 10 minutes. And while it is plugged in, perform a force restart by following the steps from Section 1.

Solution 9: Physically Remove the Battery

In this solution, let’s drain your phone of any charge present, and then try to force restart it. If your phone’s battery is removable, remove the battery, press and hold down the power button for a minute to drain any charge left, and then put the battery in. Press the power button down to boot your phone. See if this fixes your problem.

If the battery is not removable, then wait till your phone battery dies. This might take some time. Once the battery is completely drained, press and hold down the Power button for a full minute to completely drain your phone. Then put your phone back on charge and wait for 5 minutes. While it is plugged in, power it on and check if your issue is resolved or not.

Solution 10: Put the Device in a Freezer

Okay, we admit that this method is going to sound a little odd, but as one of the last resorts, put your phone in a freezer for 30 minutes. Of course, you better cover it up with a thin zip lock cover or something similar. After 30 minutes, take out your phone from the freezer, of course it is going to be cold, so don’t panic, and then try to force restart your device by following the steps from Section 1.

Solution 11: Wipe Cache Partition from Recovery Mode

Let’s now try to wipe your cache partition from the recovery mode. The recovery mode of an Android device can be entered by pressing a combination of keys and these key combinations are different for each device. You can, though, easily figure out this key combination by googling with your phone model. For example, if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, then you can search Google with the keywords Samsung Galaxy Note 9 recovery mode buttons. Follow the instructions exactly to enter the recovery mode of your device. Once you are at the recovery mode, you will have the following options.


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You can use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to move up and down the menu options available. Move to the option Wipe cache partition. Once the Wipe cache partition is highlighted, press the Power button once to select it. You might be asked for confirmation, for which you can again choose Yes using the Volume Up/Down buttons and make the selection using the Power button.

Wait for your device’s cache partition to be wiped clean. Once it is all done, your issue would most probably be fixed.

Solution 12: Factory Reset the Device from Recovery Mode

If none of the solutions listed here worked for you, we now have only the factory reset option left. But please remember that this will completely wipe your phone clean, deleting all your data. So go ahead with this method only if you are left with no other option.

Just like in the previous method, first we need to enter the recovery mode of your device. You can find out which buttons you need to press on your device to enter the recovery mode by googling with the keywords recovery mode and your phone’s model. For example, if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, then you can search Google with the keywords Samsung Galaxy Note 9 recovery mode. Follow the instructions from Google exactly, to enter the recovery mode of your device.

Once you have entered the recovery mode, you need to use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to navigate through the list of options available. You need to highlight the Wipe data/factory reset option this way. Once the option is highlighted, hit the Power button to make your selection. Choose Yes for the confirmation question.


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Once your phone is wiped clean and brought to its factory reset state, your issue should be resolved. Enjoy!


Please tell us in the comments section which method/combination of methods worked for you, we are definitely waiting to hear from you!

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