4 Steps to Fix Android Device Not Booting Error

Are on you on the web to find a fix for the biggest problem with your mobile i.e., your phone is not booting up properly and it has chosen to take vacation. Well the situation isn’t funny and troubleshooting with primary thing which you should do first before coming to a conclusion of handing it for repair.

The problem can be related to corrupt Android OS or bad hardware or by the use of errant app. Here are the basic steps you can follow if your Android phone doesn’t turn up.

Reinsert Battery

For all the devices if your phone doesn’t start, then you should remove the battery from your mobile phone and leave it out for atleast 10 seconds. Don’t try to remove battery from the phones which doesn’t provide the option to remove it. Reinstall the battery on to your phone and see if that fixes the issue or not. This step doesn’t seems to be logical but it does work for almost to 50 % of the phone battery problems.Remove battery

Remove Hardware

Sometimes due to hardware you might not be able boot your PC. So if you have SD card or any other item plugged into your device then unplug the same. Check it out if that solves the problem on your phone.

Power Issues

If you find that your phone is not turning on all the time, then there might not be enough power to turn on the device as there is a minimum rating of power required to make the device turn ON. If you battery doesn’t have sufficient power then it’s clear that it will not turn ON and you should plugin the power adapter to your device to charge the battery. It’s not recommended to use the connection to a computer or any other device as its not sufficient to power the devices. Many users make use of USB port to meet their power requirement of the phone but in this case where there is very much less battery this will not work out.

Another issue which might come is that the battery is old now and it gone faulty. The only solution to such problem is to replace with a new battery or to test it borrow battery from a friend which uses the same device.

Hard Reset

If you have tried all the above mentioned steps here and still couldn’t find a fix then is the time you wants to reset your device which is the last resort of troubleshooting at home. But before you do the hard reset on your phone let me tell you that it will erase all the data from your phone memory. There is usually a provision provided to go with the hardware reset of your phone before the phone loads. Go through your manual for any specific instructions and get your phone into the recovery mode. For most of the phone it’s the combination of Volume up button and the power button. For Samsung phones you need to long press on the Volume up key along with holding power button you need to press the menu button too. Once you are in the recovery mode you need to click on Wipe Data/Factory Reset and Clear Cache.

Recovery Mode

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56 comments

  1. karbonn a15 not turning on, no fastboot mode with key combination working and no recovery working no vibration nothing. Battery and start button is ok as checked in a mobile repair shop. karbonn service center also says that this is a software issue. not able to flash with tool.

    thanks in advance.

  2. your idea worked dude….
    really the most helpful internet idea i have ever got from anyone
    so many thanks…

  3. Hi, my phone gets stuck with the blue legend Recovery Mode, the other mode runs (volume down) any ideas? i have been surfing on the net over 6hrs, odin was a solution but i have mac and an odin/wine emulation did not recognize phone in download mode. Thanks!

  4. my phone is android 2.2 nd by after I selected the wipe cache partion phone is not starting … it switch on nd again enter into recovery mode … please help .. what to do

  5. Thanks a lot, the volume up and power worked on my Sony Xperia Go, on which the screen froze. thanks!

  6. im having micromax a54 ninja
    i tried to open the wifi and my cell phone but it stuck up with the logo.and it keep on blinking on and off.
    please let me know the steps to fix this problem
    Many thanks
    pavan kumar
    please help me guys

  7. Thank u very much. It worked.

  8. have an android tablet that suddenly stopped booting. it powers up and shows the bntand and then goes on to show its usual boot page. but then it hets stuck there and loops on that. i havetried the volume up and power. it shows an image of the android bot with a yellow triangle.on top. how do i get it worrking again

  9. thank you
    really helped

  10. same problem for me, Mistakenly I removed execute permission on System folder, after that its not booting. I tried with factory reset on recovery mode and couldn’t able to use the adb shell and getting permission denied on /System/bin. Please suggest me how can provide execute permission back on System folder. Thanks, Ashok

  11. thanks a lot , i fixed my device using your hard reset method .

  12. موبایل من کاملا خاموش شده است اصلا بوت نمیشود گالکسی اس ادونس است
    لطفا کمک کنید
    my galaxy s advance completely bricked and cannot access boot

  13. Sandeep S. Onkar

    I have iBall Andi 4.5 h with ICS & suddenly today morning my phone STUCK up at startup screen.
    then i goggled what to do …reached your article.

    Pressed POWER & UP VOLUME key together…
    Performed a Hard Reset & Voila…
    My phone is OK now… :)

    I lost all my Apps But my Text files,Notes and ringtones,musics still there…
    I will start over again.

    I downloaded some APPS yesterday from Google Play store & because of one of them my system CRASHED…
    This is strange because Google is not supposed to keep Malicious apps on their store…

    Most surprisingly the info which you have given here is NOT known to most of the people …not even to iBall Customer care support…not even to my phone manual !!!

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  14. Hi Robert

    my phone is MICROMAX A110

    i tried to change a font and reboot the device
    it stuck up with the logo.and it keep on blinking on and off.
    please let me know the steps to fix this problem

    Many thanks
    HEMANTH G

  15. Hi Robert

    my phone is MICROMAX A110

    i tried to change a font and reboot the device
    it stuck up with the sonyericsson logo.and it keep on blinking on and off.
    please let me know the steps to fix this problem

    Many thanks
    HEMANTH G

  16. i lost my boot system … when i root my phone then not start phn .. show only sony ericsson ..boot loader is missing wht i do???? plz tell me…….

  17. my lg optimus gt540 can’t boot to the main screen. when i turn it on the lg logo comes and when the android logo appears it loops over and over again without booting to the main screen. please help

  18. Dear yogesh;

    I am facing the problem of Ph.booting on my galaxy ace. Previously I have rooted my ph.wid cynogenmod 7.2 but den after 10 days I hav again loaded with official rom 2.3.4 & then updated via KIES to 2.3.6 …

    after all this I have got one problem on my ph. is that my phone is no longer getting ON after switching OFF. The only way I can make my ph. ON is that I need to connect charger then by pressing the power Key ph. will be turned ON.

    I have tried above all options including hard reset (clock recovery mode) still having the issue.
    can you guide me on this?

    Thank in advance.!!!

  19. my micromax a100 is died and i want recovery softwar and rom plese can u help me if yes mail me
    thanks in advance

  20. Ashishjustin123

    even this didnot make my phone boot 
    what to do

  21. Ashishjustin123

    even this didnot make my phone boot 
    what to do

  22. hey i flashed a custom kernel to my samsung galaxy (i9000) and it was working fine until i went to go change the battery icon (in the status bar) then when i rebooted my phone gets stuck on the boot screen i left it on overnight thinking it would eventually boot but nope woke up and it was stil on the same screen. i can put it into recovery mode but i have wiped all data etc on it and nothing changed. i am on 2.3.3 gingerbread on the build number xwjvp. does this mean i need to flash a stock kernel back onto my phone ? or is there anything i can do to fix this at home and not have to send it off to samsung and wait weeks to get it back? please help……….oh i forgot the custom kernel i flashed is dark core v3.0.2.8x that kernel works fine but its only when i tried to change the battery icon that i discovered problems (phone not booting aka freezing on boot screen) what do i need to do ?? please reply via email : rotapower2011@hotmail.com

  23. i really need your help. i had rooted my phone. i had deleted the unused stock apps. the phone was running 2.3.6 GB . i uninstalled the tsf shell the theme on which the mobile was running. now the phone has hanged. when i switch it on, it just shows the start up symbol. i can answer the call at the same time. i tried booting without memory card. still no help. please i need your help. my phone is samsung galaxy s 4g(SGH-T959V).

  24. HI My sister unlocked my ZTE Francisco android phonephone and had loaded gingerbread .I tried to reset everything back to manufactures setting hoping to improve the battery life, but now all that is showing is “android” nothing else. Taking out the battery does not help and it did not come with a CD. Please help.

  25. hey i have VERY SAME PROBLEM as ajay!! Please help! I have galaxy gio. It was on gn 2.3.3 and was TRYING TO UPGRADE to 2.3.4! please help!!

  26. Dear Robert i have the same problem with the error sign for which u said that its the rom has been corrupted, so u can email the files for recovery.
    Can u pls send me that too.

  27. Hey I have a problem
    Ma motorola photon 4g will not boot
    it say
    SVF:108:1:2
    Failed to boot 3
    starting RSD mode
    Can someone please help.

  28. i upgraded my xperia x8 to android 2.3.5 and restored android 2.1 w/o factory data reset and now on rebooting my phone it freezes at the startup screen.. i cant even access the xrecovery menu. can u help plz.. reply asap.

  29. i installed gingerbread on my xperia x8 and rebooted my fone it dosen’t reboot and i cant even access xrecovery mode on it. the sony erricsson screen comes and then freezes. plz help.:-(

  30. Dear Robert,

    Same problem as Neal_pradeep. Kindly send me instructions on getting back to original settings for Galaxy Fit.

    Thank You.

  31. Hi Robert

    It seems my phone rom is corrupted.

    my phone is sonyericsson live

    i tried to change a font and reboot the device
    it stuck up with the sonyericsson logo.and it keep on blinking on and off.
    please let me know the steps to fix this problem

    Many thanks
    sakthivel

  32. Hey. Ok. When you get that symbol it means that your Rom as been corrupted and only way is to flash your Rom back on there. Email me and ill give you files and instructions on how to.

    • Heyyyy there could you help me please !!!!!!! I rebooted the phone cleared all the cache data , but the phones now not starting up. I have a samsung galaxy ace …. when i switch on the phone ,, the phone s name is written on the screen. it does not proceed from there.The phone freezes…… plzzzzzzzzzzzz help as fast as possible sir !!
      Thank you

    • please temme how todo this

    • I have the same problem. I mean keep flashing and not rebooting. would you please help me out too?

    • check whether you have rooted or not

    • i got the same issue as ajay …. how can i overcome that issue?! any suggestions

    • robert can u plizzz giv me ur email address

    • My horizon 6 phone is not turning on any suggestion please

    • Hi Robert,
      I am in same situation as ‘Ajay’. Could you please help me to recover my ROM.
      My phone is also showing me just ‘yellow triangle with phone and PC image’.
      I just have one phone and I messed up with it. Would be great full.
      Thanks in advance
      Bhupendra

  33. I also tried to do the recovery button but it was with the same error sign even after that and able to get to the recovery options. I cant even switch off. I have to take out the battery.

  34. As started kies and after connecting my Galaxy FIT, I started upgrading the firmware it showed. Then it stopped and asked for emergency recovery. I did it, but it stopped again and phone got switched off and after that it is only showing a error sign with yellow triangle between a PC and mobile. It is not showing anything else though I have tried switching off and taking out battery. It is not working. Please help.

    • GO TO WIRELESS AND NETWORK SETTINGS AND JUST CHECK THE TO ENABLE DATA YOU;LL KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU SEE IT AND WANT TO KICK YOURSELF