How to force reset a frozen/stuck Android device

How to force reset a frozen/stuck Android device
Whether it's a 2015 flagship you're holding, or an obsolete, Gingerbread-touting Android low-end, you're not immune to the whims of software and hardware. It could be that the device just freezes, or a string of actions always seems to get it stuck — either way, it's fair to say that most of us have had to deal with a completely unresponsive device at least once before.

Of course, as technology improves, glitches are becoming less and less common. Regardless, new software updates — even minor ones — are not at all guaranteed to function properly 100% of the time. That's why Android updates sent over-the-air are always distributed in stages — so as to guard against major, world-wide meltdowns if something goes haywire.

So what do you do when that happens and your device is completely unresponsive to any input? Depending on the make of the handset in question, the methods that will get your device unstuck may differ, but there are four main ones that apply to most. If not, refer to your device's manual.

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23 Comments

1. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Isn't it the lesson #1 for every Android user for everyday?

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Depends , i had to restart my iphone 5 just as much i had to restart my S4 and S5

27. AlikMalix unregistered

My wife owns an iPhone 5 for almost 3 years now. It was at some point submerged into glass of milk for unknown period of time (by my little daughter) - today it's running latest iOS 8 (originally iOS6). It does NOT restart or need reset, there are crashes here and there, but on iOS a crash is the same as hitting the HOME BUTTON, just goes to home screen from which you just launch the app again - that's it! I have a near 2 year old iPhone 5s which runs great - there's only a couple times when iOS8 was in its early stage that I had to hard reset from certain apps (hold power button and home button) - it hasn't happened for at least 5-6 months now. If your S4 or S5 has the same track record than pretty darn good for both of us, if your post is to imply that S4 and S5 freezes a lot, and you're comparing it to iPhone 5 to have similar - than from my real experience I cannot believe you.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Pulling the battery from an iPhone would be less difficult than you pulling your own head out of your ass.

20. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

With an iPhone you don't need to pull the battery out. You just wait for the battery to completely drain, but don't worry it only takes a few hours.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

are you serious? in my 2 years of of owning iPhone 5s, and 4.5 years of owning iPhone 3GS and my wife's iPhone 5 for almost 3 years now - we did experience a freeze maybe 5-6 times from all devices put together - but you do NOT need to wait for battery to die... Just because the only way to reset some ANDROID versions is by pulling battery - does not mean that's the only way to reset an iPhone - the "Hold Power Button and Home Button" has always worked to reset the phone without any issues. Just setting things straight... to misinformed haters like you...

7. bendgate unregistered

Try consulting a psychiatrist soon. It might cause a serious health problem if you did late.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I see BobbyBuster is logging into all his other troll accounts and sticking his thumbs-up up his own butt to make his irrelevant opinion more popular. As though anyone is fooled by such obvious and pedantic antics...

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yea nothing new. PA deleted my comment about it but doesnt matter everyone knows this guy has other sub patriot accounts

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

BTW, I've been using Omega like you suggested on my S4. Works great with ktoonsez kernel. No GPS failing or cellular standby battery draining issues like I was having with Hyperdrive. Wanam Xposed + Nova Launcher was all I needed to get the UI looking like I want, without the conflicts the extra customization Hyperdrive offered yet presented. Of course, all this tinkering, flashing, and restoring makes me appreciate the removable battery (Method 1).

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Good to hear that man, have you tried some profiles from KTweaker app? I am using Smooth Criminal profile and Daylight v2 script. Phone is smooth and battery is fantastic, I can go 1-1.5 day with moderate use from that but you can try to experiment and see what works for you best

22. waddup121 unregistered

Method 1 for removable batteries Method 2 and tha rest for Nexus or non-removeable battery devices.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Prepare for battle of fanboys.

4. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Which you started

25. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Damn.

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Never happened to me on my 2.5year old note 2. Guess "crapwiz" isn't that bad after all.

8. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

This is pure provocation.

12. gaming64 unregistered

It is stated inthe phoneArena Book of Records that the PATRIOTS would comment here for sure.

13. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Method #2 for my tablet Win 8.1

14. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Chris, you forgot to mention that some units have a specific Reset button... in the case of my Z3 Compact it is behind the Sim Card Flap... a small yellow button that says (OFF). But Sony also uses the Power+VolumeUp combo.

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Another advantage of removable battery. :)

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Or you know...a hard reset button or button combo.

23. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Method 1 remind me of my blackberry day

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