Android phones and tablets, like any computer device, can become sluggish if they are left on for an extended period of time. Simple: more and more applications are continuously operating in the background. These idle apps eventually consume memory and waste other system resources. The resources available for the apps you actually use are constrained as a result.
Restarting your gadget is typically the easiest fix. Your system’s memory is emptied and you start over with a clean slate when you turn it off and back on. However, sometimes a simple restart is insufficient.
You may need to do a hard reboot if your machine completely refuses to restart. You might even need to perform a factory reset if that doesn’t work. Thank goodness, we can assist. Using this step-by-step tutorial, you can reboot your Android smartphone or tablet. Starting with the simplest solutions, we’ll work our way up to the most radical ones.
Step 1: Perform a System Reboot
You might need to reboot your Android if your apps are slow or keep crashing without warning. Pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds is the simplest way to accomplish it. Although it could be different, this is often located near the top right of the device. The button, for instance, will be on the back of a biometric phone.
You’ll eventually come across a menu with alternatives to shut down or start over. Your phone or tablet will automatically turn off and then turn back on after a restart. It will switch off when you hit the power button, but to restart it, you must press it one more.
Step 2: Perform a Hard Reboot
The power-off menu may occasionally not show up. When your phone has fully frozen and won’t launch any new apps, this typically occurs. You’ll need to execute a hard reset in this situation. Keep in mind that a factory reset, which we’ll talk about in a moment, is not the same as this. Even if it doesn’t function the same way on all Android devices, it is also simpler to execute.
Holding down the power button allows you to initiate a hard reboot on some devices. You’ll need to exercise patience and wait for things to happen because this could take up to 20 seconds. Try pressing the power and volume up keys simultaneously if there is still no reaction after 30 seconds. After approximately 20 seconds, the gadget needs to shut off as a result. You can then restart your Android device as usual at that point.
Step 3: Remove The Battery
If your phone won’t hard reboot, the operating system has probably completely locked up. In that scenario, cutting off the power will make it shut down. If you can avoid it, avoid doing this because doing so repeatedly can wear down the internal circuitry. Having said that, it serves as a good backup strategy when everything else fails.
On some smartphones, removing the battery could be simpler than on others. You can usually remove the battery by just popping it out. You might first need to activate a lock or a release switch, though. Restart your device after removing and replacing the battery. If you use a tablet, it’s likely that the battery can’t be taken out. Then, your only option is to wait till the battery runs out naturally. You ought to be able to recharge it and restart your smartphone at that point.
Step 4: Perform a Factory Reset
The procedures listed above ought to take care of your issue in most circumstances. However, there are several circumstances where your apps might keep breaking. This typically indicates that a system update went awry in some way. It may also be brought on by malicious programs damaging your system files. You’ll need to conduct a factory reset in this situation.
The phrase “factory reset” means precisely what it says. Your phone will be returned to the condition it was in at the time of purchase. You will therefore just have the pre-installed apps, and any locally stored data will be lost. Remember that this isn’t a significant amount of data for the majority of Android users. Your emails, settings, and contacts ought to be secure in the cloud. Nevertheless, some locally saved photographs and some app data could be lost.
You must first charge your battery to at least 75% before you can perform a reset. It won’t have enough power below that to complete the process. If at all feasible, simply leave your phone charging while you work. You won’t have to be concerned about the battery level getting too low that way.
Resetting your gadget is a fairly simple process if you can turn it on. You choose “factory data reset” from the “Backup & reset” menu after opening your settings menu. By doing this, the factory reset procedure will start.
Not all hope is lost if your phone or tablet won’t fully boot up because it gets stuck during the boot-up process. You might still be able to reach the recovery mode on your device. Hold down the volume up button when turning on your phone as well as the power button. Hold these buttons together until you see the Android logo on your screen. An options menu will now show up. Press the power button after using the volume buttons to scroll down to “Recovery.”
If “No Command” is the sole choice on the menu, hold down the power button while pressing the volume up button. You’ll land in the reset menu either way. Here, scroll to the “Wipe data/factory reset” option using the volume down button. When you press the power button to select it, you will be prompted to confirm. The reset will begin after you press the power button one more to confirm.
The home button on some Android smartphones is physical. You will then need to adhere to a somewhat different process. Press the volume up, power, and home buttons all at once to begin. Release your grip on the power button when the phone starts vibrating. After another vibration, the menu will show up. From here, carry out the steps we outlined earlier.
There may not be a dedicated power button on all Android smartphones. In that scenario, you’ll need to utilize the side button in place of the power button to proceed. There are other odd designs that you can encounter in the future. If none of what we said applies to you, see the help page for your manufacturer.
What if My Phone is Bricked?
Your phone could, in the worst situation, be bricked. This indicates that it completely ignores your commands. There are, however, two distinct types of bricking: soft bricking and hard bricking. The phrase “hard bricked” refers to a gadget that has physically been rendered inoperable. Its utility has now decreased to that of a brick or a paperweight.
But the character played by Billy Crystal in the film The Princess Bride had a great line. He asserts that “largely dead” and “completely dead” are not the same thing. A soft-bricked phone still functions to some extent but is completely dead. So how do you distinguish between them?
A hard-bricked phone or tablet won’t switch on any longer and won’t be recognized by your PC or Mac. An active phone has been soft-bricked. It might start up in part before restarting itself repeatedly.
Any time you actually attempt to launch an app or place a call, it can crash. In this instance, either a custom app had a problem or recovery mode had a problem. By flashing your smartphone and installing a fresh copy of Android, you can restore a soft-bricked handset to working order. This is a more difficult method that is not covered in this article.