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[Q] Power Button broken, how to take screenshots now?

OP Helgaiden

16th May 2014, 06:17 AM   |  #1  
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Alright so I gave my One S to my girlfriend a few months ago after she dropped her Nexus 4 in the toilet. Fast forward to now, and the power button is not working anymore. The plunger thing that presses into the microswitch broke off somehow. I got an app that can shut the screen off and another app that lets me use the volume buttons to wake up the phone (this one seems to have impacted battery life a little bit as its a persistent service that runs). Anyways, she asks me what to do now about screenshots and I figure a software method might work. Wrong. Nothing I can find in the play store worked, complaining of no root or invalid method or something like that. Ok, I figure i'll root it. Nope, cant do the power button + volume button combos to get into recovery mode or any of that.

So now what? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
16th May 2014, 07:35 PM   |  #2  
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Alright so I gave my One S to my girlfriend a few months ago after she dropped her Nexus 4 in the toilet. Fast forward to now, and the power button is not working anymore. The plunger thing that presses into the microswitch broke off somehow. I got an app that can shut the screen off and another app that lets me use the volume buttons to wake up the phone (this one seems to have impacted battery life a little bit as its a persistent service that runs). Anyways, she asks me what to do now about screenshots and I figure a software method might work. Wrong. Nothing I can find in the play store worked, complaining of no root or invalid method or something like that. Ok, I figure i'll root it. Nope, cant do the power button + volume button combos to get into recovery mode or any of that.

So now what? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Using xposed modules can resolve this issue (need root).
If the phone run a sense 5 rom, sense 5 toolbox give you the possibility to remap your keys by several methods (longs press home, long press back, swipe up on homescreen, etc).
If you're not using sense 5, gravitybox can do the job aswell on any JB/KK rom.
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22nd May 2014, 07:19 PM   |  #3  
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Its all stock up to date 4.1 I think tmo USA one s. Can't really root it now without a working power button no? Not sense 5 either does gravitybox need root?
24th May 2014, 11:22 AM   |  #4  
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Its all stock up to date 4.1 I think tmo USA one s. Can't really root it now without a working power button no? Not sense 5 either does gravitybox need root?

You can root, I've rooted my One S without a working power button. Just install one of the toolkits, such as the WinDroid Universal HTC Toolkit. It carries out all the commands such as booting into bootloader/recovery automatically via adb/fastboot commands.

Once you've rooted, you should install the Xposed Framework and install the Xposed Additions and Xblast Tools modules. I use X.Additions to remap the keys so that my volume key can act as a power key, and xblast tools to add extra shortcuts to the power menu including a 'Screenshot' button, which should help you with your original request
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