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Help! My iPhone Will Not Turn On!

Image representing Apple as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

 

If I had a penny every time I heard someone say this, I would have about a couple hundred pennies = ) Not exactly a small fortune, yet it amazes me how many people have no idea how to fix this issue.  When purchasing an iPhone, customers should really be told about the infamous “Soft Reset” that an iPhone will require from time to time.  It will surely save a lot of people a lot of unnecessary aggravation and worry as well as a trip to their local wireless store.

 

Symptom: iPhone will not power on.  It is not responding when pressing the power key.  Assuming the device, in fact, is not actually damaged in any way (physical/liquid) and the battery has somewhat of a charge to it, the following steps will work.

 

1.  Press the HOME key and keep holding…

 

2.  While still holding, press the POWER button.

 

3.  Now Continue Holding both of these together for about 15 seconds.  I kinda chose that number out of thin air.  In fact, it’s a complete guess…Just keep holding both until you see the Apple Logo.  Then, you can let both go.  This should not take longer than 30 seconds actually.  So, if it doesn’t happen, then:

 

A.  Your phone needs to be placed on a charger for about 15 minutes before trying this again.

 

or

 

B.  There is something else going on.  (Possible broken phone)

 

iPhone Reset

 

So, if you find yourself in this position, Do not fret, as this need for a “soft reset” is normal.  As long as your phone responds after completing the above steps, your phone is NOT defective in any way.  It is not a lemon.  I repeat, it is not a lemon.

 

 

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How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

I’m plan on keeping this precise and to the point without all the fluff…only some visuals to help you along the way…

PREFERRED METHOD

1.  From the home screen, select the Menu soft key (lower left).

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2.  Select Settings.

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3.  Select Backup and Reset.

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4.  Select Factory Data Reset.  You have the option to choose to put a check mark next to the boxes titled Backup My Data and Automatic Restore.  If I were in your shoes, I would for the sake of restoring your phone and making it just a tad easier, but that’s just me.  You also should already have an account listed under Backup Account (Also known as your Google Account.

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5.  Select Reset Device.

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6.  Select Delete All.

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At this point, your device will shut down, and the Android Recovery screen will be displayed for several seconds.  It looks like this:

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Please allow several minutes for the device to reset itself  Once it is finished, it will restart and direct you through the setup and restore process.

ALTERNATE METHOD (When you are unable to get to factory reset screen)

1.  Ensure that the device is powered off.  To power off, press ad hold the power button and then select power off and then OK.

s3 Hard Reset

2.  After the device is off, Simultaneously press and hold the Power button+Volume up key+Home key until the Samsung logo appears then release.

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3.  From the Android system recovery screen, select Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Use the Volume Up/Down keys to highlight and the Power button to select.

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4.  Choose Yes — delete all user data. The factory reset may take  minute or so to complete.

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5.  Select Reboot System Now.  Allow several minutes for the reboot process to complete.

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ALL DONE!!  Give yourself a High Five!  Now just go through with the setup process.

Motorola DROID RAZR Factory Reset

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

So it has come to this.  You have exhausted all other options and have ultimately decided the only way to fix what has gone catastrophically wrong with your Droid is the dreaded Factory Reset, also known as cell phone “spring cleaning.”  Without further ado, this is the mapping of where to go in your device’s menu options to get the job done right.

Preferred Method (Able to access hard reset menu on device)

  1. From a Home screen, select Apps (located in the lower center).
  2. Select Settings.
    Note If the application icon is missing, select App menu filter (located at the top) then select All apps.
  3. Select Privacy.
  4. Select Factory Data Reset.
  5. Select Reset phone.
    Note If presented, enter the current lock code or draw the unlock pattern.
  6. Select Erase Everything.
    Note Allow up to 10 minutes for the Factory Data Reset and reboot processes to complete.

Alternate Method

  1. Power the device off.
    Note Press the Power button then select Power off.
    Note If the device doesn’t respond, press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press and hold Power button. When the device screen goes blank release the Power button while continuing to hold Volume Up/Down, proceed with step 3.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press the Power button.
  3. When presented with the Boot Mode Selection Menu release all buttons.
  4. Press Volume Down to select Recovery then press Volume Up.
  5. From the Droid triage screen, simultaneously press Volume Up/Down.
  6. Select wipe data /Factory Reset then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
  7. Select Yes — delete all user data then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
    Note Data wipe may take several moments.
  8. Select reboot system now then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.

*This will also work for the Razr Maxx and all other versions of the device.

* Backup your text messages, contacts, and apps (coming soon).

How To Reset Frozen or Unresponsive DROID RAZR

If your Motorola DROID RAZR locks up or becomes unresponsive, try this little trick BEFORE you throw it against the nearest wall ::BREATHE:: (Happy Thoughts)  You will get through this and be up and running in no time.

Problem #1: It will not power on (although you know the battery is charged)

Solution:

1. First press the volume down key and keep holding while you then press the power key.

2. Now keep holding both of those for about 15 seconds while watching the blank screen.  The screen will flash a white line through the middle VERY VERY QUICKLY.  If you look away you will miss it. Once you see this you can let go of both buttons simultaneously.

3. The Motorola logo will pop up on the screen and device will start up as normal.

(This will not work if your battery is dead, so if you have any doubt about this, put it on a charger for about 15 minutes and then try it)

Problem #2: The device is frozen and not responding

Solution:

1. First press the volume down key and keep holding while you then press the power key.

2. Now keep holding those together until the screen goes black, and once it does you can let them go.

3. Press just the power key to power your device back on.  The Motorola screen will pop up, and the device will start as normal.

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You have just performed a SOFT RESET.  Was it good for you?! lol j/k Essentially, this is the equivalent of pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL on your computer.  Make sense?  During this process no data is lost.  This should not to be confused with a factory reset, in which the device is restored to its factory settings (aka erased).

A soft reset simulates a battery pull on a device that does not have a removable battery.  Do not worry, as this is completely NORMAL, and NO, there is nothing wrong with your phone.  This will happen from time to time and can be resolved in less than a minute.

(This will also work for the RAZR MAXX, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, and RAZR M)

As a side note, every smart phone should be powered down once per day.  I’m not saying that a soft reset should be performed once a day, but a normal power down using only the power key.  It doesn’t have to remain off for long.  In fact, you can turn it right back on.  By doing this you will notice your device will run much faster and a lot less glitchy.  Just some food for thought.