Restarting your phone has many benefits. It refreshes your phone’s operating system and fixes many performance-related issues and malfunctions in Android. Suppose your phone freezes or some apps are unresponsive and crash; a quick reboot may fix the problem.
Restarting Android phones is easy, but the steps may vary depending on your phone model and operating system version. If this is your first time using an Android smartphone, we will show you different ways to restart the device.
To note: Make sure to manually close apps before restarting your Android device so you don’t lose any unsaved data.
Use your phone’s power button
Almost all brands and models of Android smartphones have a power button. Press and hold the Power button for 5-10 seconds to display the power menu. Then select To restart to turn the device off and on again.
Perform a hard reboot
A frozen or unresponsive Android device may not show the power menu when you press and hold the power button. Force restart (also known as “Hard Restart” or “Hard Reboot”) the device to turn it off and on again.
Press and hold the Power button for 15 to 30 seconds. Or long press the key Power key and Volume down key simultaneously for 7-10 seconds. Your phone will stay on a black screen for a few seconds and automatically turn back on. If nothing happens, your device probably doesn’t support the key combination. Try to hold the Able and Turn up the sound buttons for at least 15 seconds.
If you hard reboot a phone that is not frozen, the device may capture a screenshot when you press and hold the power and volume down keys. Hold the keys after the screenshot to initiate the hard reboot.
How to Automatically Restart Android Phones
Your phone may become slow and develop issues after long periods of use. Setting your phone to automatically restart on a schedule can optimize its performance. Luckily, some Android phone manufacturers (e.g. Samsung) are building an auto-reboot feature into their devices.
This allows you to schedule time periods (hours or days) that you want your phone to automatically shut down and restart.
- Open the Setting app and press Executive management.
- Faucet Reset and select Automatic restart. Or, you can move the Automatic restart swipe right and press Automatic restart to configure the automatic restart schedule.
- Make sure Automatic restart is enabled, then select the day(s) and time when your Samsung phone should restart automatically.
On some Samsung Galaxy models, go to Settings > Battery and Device Care, then tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner. To select Automating and press Automatic restart at set times. move it On toggle right and set your preferred auto-restart schedule.
Your phone will only restart when:
- It is not used.
- The screen or display is off.
- SIM card lock is disabled.
- The battery level is above 30%.
To note: The auto restart feature supports Samsung phones running at least Android v5.0 Lollipop out of the box. You might not find the option on older devices even if you upgrade them to Android Lollipop. Additionally, carrier-locked phones may not have the auto-reboot feature.
Remove and reinsert the battery
If your phone has a removable battery and it is frozen or unresponsive, remove the battery and wait a few seconds. Reinsert the battery, press and hold Power button, and wait for the screen to turn on. If your phone does not turn on, the battery is probably dead or inserted incorrectly.
Check that the battery is inserted correctly and try again. If the problem persists, plug a charger into your phone, charge the battery for a few minutes, then try again.
Restart in safe mode
Booting your phone in safe mode can help diagnose malware infection and fix performance issues. In safe mode, Android only loads system apps that come with your phone out of the box. Most third-party apps and other non-essential services are temporarily disabled until you boot into Safe Mode.
Method 1: Boot Stock Android in Safe Mode
Here’s how to boot Pixel phones and other devices running stock Android into Safe Mode.
- First, you need to turn off your phone. Press and hold the Power button for at least 5-7 seconds to reveal the power menu. Or long press the key Power button and Lower the volume touch simultaneously for 5 to 7 seconds.
- Tap and hold To extinguish until the “Reboot to Safe Mode” pop-up appears on the page.
- Faucet OKAY to boot android in safe mode.
Method 2: Boot non-stock Android phone in safe mode
The procedure for booting non-Google phones into Safe Mode depends on the device model and Android version.
For Samsung phones, turn off the device and wait 30 seconds. Then press and hold Power button, and release the button when the Samsung logo appears on the screen. Press and hold the Volume down key after releasing the power button. Release it Volume down key when your phone boots into safe mode.
Otherwise, turn off your phone, wait 30 seconds, then press and hold. Able and Lower the volume buttons simultaneously. Release the power button when your phone screen turns on, but hold the Lower the volume button. Release the button when your phone boots into safe mode. Check the lower left corner of the screen for a “Safe Mode” inscription.
Exit safe mode
Restart your phone normally to exit safe mode. On some Samsung phones, you can exit safe mode from the notification panel. Swipe down from the top of your phone screen, tap Safe mode is enabledand select To extinguish. This will restart your phone, exit safe mode, and restore all your apps.
Reboot Android using Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tool
If you have a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer and your phone’s power button is faulty, restart your phone using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) tool. Install the tool on your computer, enable USB debugging on your phone, connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable.
Then open command prompt (in Windows) or terminal (in macOS), type or paste adb restart in the console and press Walk in or To return to on your keyboard.
Restart your phone quickly
Restarting an Android phone is easy. If your phone is still malfunctioning after a restart or hard restart, update its operating system or contact your device manufacturer. Performing a factory reset or a hard reset can fix the problem. This will delete all your apps and data, so only reset your device after you’ve exhausted all troubleshooting fixes.