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If the power button on your smartphone or tablet is playing up and either not working at all, or working intermittently, here’s how you might be able to fix it without having to spend any money, and without having to take your phone apart or use any tools!

Hi, I’m paulfp for Switched on Network and this is a quick video on how to fix a faulty power button on your smartphone or tablet. Well I say “fix”, what I’m actually going to show you is a workaround so you can avoid needing to use the actual physical button. This here is my OnePlus 3T which is a few years old now but still going strong, apart from a slightly cracked screen – but a month or so ago – after coming back from Crete where we filmed our Smartwatch review with the TicWatch Pro – the power button started playing up which was really frustrating as I couldn’t just turn the screen off when I wanted to put my phone in my pocket. I’m guessing some seawater or sunlotion or something found its annoying way in there!

So depending on what specific phone you have, you’ll have different options available to you so mileage may vary, but if you go into your phone’s settings and look for Gestures and see what you find. On the OnePlus, which is Android running OxygenOS, if I go into Settings, Buttons and Gestures and then Buttons, I have the option to configure a double-tap on the home button to Turn off the screen. It’s as simple as that!

There are other things you use the button for as well, of course, and this phone gives me the option have double-tap the screen to wake up. Also, putting your finger to the fingerprint reader often wakes a phone up, too.

If your phone is powered off and you can’t turn it on because of a faulty power button, try this. Hold the volume down button for a few seconds, and then plug your charger in. On this phone, that causes the phone to power on and boot into Download mode. We don’t actually want Download mode, but the point is that it’s got it to turn on despite the faulty power button. From the menu options in download mode we can select Reboot, and then the phone will power up as normal. Phew!

If you’re worried about not being able to take screenshots with a faulty power button, because that’s often achieved with a combination of pressing power and volume down, by going into Settings, Buttons & Gestures and then Quick Gestures, I can enable a three-fingered swipe down to take screenshots for me.

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So, if your phone power button is on the blink and you’re about to spend hundreds on a new phone, take your finger off the BUY NOW button – and try this first! Hopefully, your phone will have similar Gesture options and you’ll have saved a few hundred quid by watching this video! If this has worked for you, let me know in the comments below and please return the favour to me by giving the video a thumbs-up and subscribing to the channel! There’s also a link to Patreon in the video description, so if you’d like to help me out so I can keep making more useful videos like this one, that would be greatly appreciated!

So that’s all for this video, thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next one!

YouTube Video Description:

Phone on/off button not working? Can’t turn your phone on, or turn the display off? If your Android smartphone’s power button has broken or stopped working, this video will show you how to “fix” it, without using spending any money, and you don’t need to take your phone apart or use any tools!

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This video shows you how to set up gestures so that you can learn how to turn on phone without power button, as well as how to turn the screen off and take screenshots. If this video has helped you out, please give it a thumbs up, subscribe to the channel and share the video with your friends!

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Paul (@paulfp) is the main presenter of the award-winning Switched On Network YouTube Channel, which covers a variety of interesting topics usually relating to his love of technology and all things geeky. He also founded and runs Innobella Media, where he leads in all aspects of video production, video editing, sound & lighting. A father of 3 children including twins, his hobbies used to include photography, playing the drums and cycling. With a degree in Modern European Languages, Paul speaks French, Spanish and a little bit of Italian, and holds dual British & Irish citizenship.

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