How to Force Your Android Device to Power Off

These tips may help you unfreeze your Android device when all else seems to fail.

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If your Android powered smartphone comes with a removable battery – take it out, then pop it back in and start your phone as normal. If you don’t have a removable battery, keep reading.

On most Android devices (phones and tablets), you can force restart your device by holding the Power button while holding the Volume Down button at the same time. Hold them down until the phone goes ‘blank’ (finally powers off) and then boots up (starts) again.

Android device being forced to powered off

On a few Android phones, you have to hold down the Power button and both Volume buttons.

If none of the above steps work for you, visit Google and run a search for your phone model and then the word “manual” (to find a digital copy of your phones operating manual) or search for your phones specific model with the phrase “force power off”. To determine your exact phone model, follow these 3 quick steps:

  1. If you’re able to operate your phone at all, tap the Settings button.
  2. android settings button

  3. Locate and select the About device section.
  4. the About Android setting section

  5. Now find the Model number section.
  6. Android Model Settings section

  7. Use the exact Model number (letters, dashes and all) when running a search that includes the word (or phrase) “manual” or “force restart”.

If your device is completely frozen and you aren’t able to figure out the exact model number, search for the device name (example, “Samsung Galaxy S4 force restart” (which by the way, happens to be the ‘default’ hold down Power and Volume Down at the same time).

  • Isa C.

    So helpful, thanks! Would this be the same as a hard-reset, like on a laptop?

  • @disqus_YTKe9TJjXb:disqus – yes, pretty much. It’s not something you want to have to do, but is sometimes necessary. If you have to force restart your Android phone/tablet often, that’s an issue, the the likely culprit being an App not “doing as it should” :)

  • mhikl

    This does not do what the title says.
    I want to turn off my cell phone at times.
    How to I shut it down, turn it off, stop it from ringing, Kill it.
    Have I made myself clear.
    I want to choose! when I want my android phone to ring; I want to choose! when I want it not to ring.
    Dah! That is what I am searching for and Your Site’s Title is “How to Force Your Android Device to Power Off”
    How where do you give the answer to this.

  • Intro Maker

    thanks it helped! my phone froze when it was updating facebook. but when i seached this up it workes hope other people use this technique