How to Reboot an Android Smartphone or Tablet

Restart phones and tablets with ease

Sometimes you need to reboot (or restart) a wonky Android device to solve problems such as freezing/crashing apps and slow performance. The specifics might differ, but these reboot instructions generally apply regardless of the phone manufacturer or Android version.

Press the Power Button

Press the power button and hold it down for several seconds. The power button is usually on the right side of the device.

After a few seconds, a menu should appear with the Power Off option. The latest Android version might offer other options, including Restart, which is a better option.

Do a Hard Reboot

Even when the Android operating system can't display the power down menu, you can perform a hard reboot, also known as a hard restart; this is different from a reset or manufacturer's reset. Not every Android device is programmed to do a hard reboot the same way.

Many devices reboot when you hold down the power button. However, it may take 10 to 20 seconds before the system reboots.

If the operating system doesn't respond, try holding down both the power and volume up buttons for up to 20 seconds. After that, the screen will go black, signaling that the device has powered down.

Remove the Battery

If you have a battery in your Android, try removing it to reboot. This method works only if you have a removable battery, but it can be a great backup if you've exhausted all other options.

Remove Android battery

Don't touch the battery or any components on the device with your fingers. Instead, use a piece of plastic, such as a guitar pick, to pop the battery out. Some devices include a battery lock or switch that you must press to pop it out.

Try Closing Apps Instead

You don't always need to reboot to solve problems. If your device is running slowly, closing a few apps might speed it up. That's because, when you leave an app, Android keeps it available so that you can quickly switch back to it. In the meantime, the app continues to consume memory.

Swipe up to show recently used apps, and then swipe up on each app to close it.

Closing Android apps by swiping

Close Recently Used Apps

Some Android devices have a Recently Used Apps button in the lower-left corner of the device. To close apps in this view, tap the X on each app or tap Close All.

Task Manager

If these options don't work, try long-pressing (or double-tapping) the Home button to bring up a menu with several options, including one for the Task Manager. In the Task Manager, you can choose to close or exit apps. On some phones, the Task Manager is a Pie Chart icon.

  • Why does my phone randomly restart?

    If your Android phone randomly restarts, you may have a poor quality app, your device may be overheating, there may be a loose battery, or system apps were disabled. Try uninstalling any recently installed apps, reduce screen brightness to stop overheating, check your battery, and enable system apps.

  • What happens when I restart my phone?

    When you restart a phone, everything in your RAM is cleared out, purging fragments of previously running apps and closing any open apps. With a fresh start, apps will load and perform more quickly, and you'll see an overall performance improvement.

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