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Nexus 5 Power Button Broken - Here's what to do

Paul22000

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This morning my Nexus 5 was turned off all of a sudden after not having used it for 20-30 minutes. I held the power button and nothing. I plugged it into power and the "Google" screen appeared. It then went into a reboot loop on and off, on and off, on and off. I held the Volume Buttons and it went into fastboot, but then boot looped out again and again. Searching on Google yielded that this was indeed a common problem. See this link below:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Nexus5/comments/2rpfuj/nexus_5_broken_power_button_keeps_rebooting

I called Google via the Hardware Warranty Center (1-855-836-3987, open 24/7):

https://support.google.com/googleplay/troubleshooter/3070579

Unfortunately, my device is past the 1 year warranty period (surprise, just like the others in the reddit link above). Google was helpful enough to call LG on my behalf, explain the situation, and hand me over. LG's warranty period is 1 year as well, so if I wanted to send in my device, I could do so but it would cost me to have it repaired. Unfortunately, they were unwilling to provide an estimate. Sending in the device to have the damage assessed is free luckily. The repair facility is in Fort Worth, Texas, and will take 5-7 days to estimate damage and repair (not including shipping time).

I decided to call T-Mobile to see if I they had the Nexus 6 in stock, just in case. They did. I also asked if they could do out-of-warranty repairs. They didn't, but they referred me to a nearby cell phone repair store. Just up the street from me! I didn't even know the place was there.

I called them and inquired if they could fix it. They said yes, but might need to order the power button if they don't have the correct size. Here's the meat of the post for those of wondering how much it will cost to fix: it would cost $35 if the power button needed adjusting, or $70 (with T-Mobile discount) if the power button needed to be replaced and re-soldered to the board. I took it over to get it inspected to see if they had the correct size power button. They disassembled it in the back, inspected it, and told me that luckily they had the correct-sized part. I figured sure, let's go for it, drove home, waited an hour or two and went back. I am happy to say that the power button is now working good as new!

TLDR:
- Call LG for out-of-warranty repairs at 1-800-243-0000. You have to FedEx your device, but shipping is taken care of.
- If you don't want to mail in your device, call your local T-Mobile store to refer you to a local repair shop.
- I found on Google that some people soldered in a new button themselves, but I didn't want to do that. If you feel so inclined, it apparently only takes an hour or two.
 
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Paul22000

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In the UK, Play store devices have a 2 yr warranty.
Sadly I don't think anyone in the US offers a 2-year warranty or I'd be all over it for a Nexus 6.

The only option is $8-10/month insurance (but unfortunately I'm on a $30 prepaid plan, so no insurance for me), or paying Motorola.com for their extended warranty an extra $150.

Anyone else know of a better US-based 2-year warranty for a Nexus 6?
 

sidofido

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Hello I have the same problem. I have still the warranty but my phones is unlocked and rooted. Will they replace it? Because it's an hardware failure. It has nothing to do with the root.
 

J_The_Nerd

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Google are usually pretty lenient with root on nexus devices, after all they are intended for the developer community, but there are plenty of threads on how to return your device to stock on here if you don't want to take the chance they'll refuse.
 

sidofido

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I know how to unroot it, but I can't even start the phone. And that's the question. Why should they void my warranty, if the power button is stucked and I can't unroot it.
 

zerosum0

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Google have said, in print, that root does not affect the warranty IF, as you say "it's not software related". LG does not take the same view.
 

vbz89

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Till when is your warrenty valid? I had a similar problem last December and my warranty was due to expire in Jan this year. I managed to start my phone once by trying different ways to press the power button, and once it was on I jumped on the opportunity and unrooted and untampered it. Since I bought my phone from eBay, I had to visit LG for the repair. They checked my phone and said that they would have to replace the entire motherboard. Since it was in warranty and I was fully backed up, I agreed with it and received the phone in 2 days.
 

noxlord

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I had to send my N5 for an RMA recently because of power button issues. At first, a few hard taps around the power button fixed the problem momentarily but this trick lasted only about a month. After that my phone was unusable and I had to send the device in for RMA. Google Canada agreed to provide the RMA even if my phone was 3 months out of warranty (probably because power button failures are a known problem).

Now I have a refurb N5 and I want to preserve the power button as much as possible so I use a Nillkin flip case with a magnetic contact. The cover wake/sleep the phone automatically so I never have to hit the power button.

The only real fix to that problem is to solder a new button to the main pcb. Since LG repair centre won't waste time with such a risky procedure they only replace the whole PCB. Small repair shops will change the button.
It's pretty sad that these phones are doomed with a predictable failure like that. It remind me of my Motorola Atrix, a great phone except they all died from the same wifi-radio failure at some point. The fingerprint reader also broke consistently.
 

peachpuff

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A friend had a similar issue with the power button, google wouldn't fix it since it was out of warranty but lg fixed it free of charge.
 

humzaahmed155

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I had the biggest scare of my life last night as I was abruptly woken up by my phone in a reboot loop, I suspected correct, it was the power button. Thankfully is hasn't happened since, but the power button is now more sensitive than I'm used to.
 

hayzooos

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Good Lord did this come at the right time. I started having this same exact issue a few days ago. It comes and goes and it's what ultimately got me on to 5.1 from 4.4.4. I didn't think it was a software problem, but 5.1 'fixed' it until yesterday, when the same thing started happening again. There is a cell phone repair place not too far from where I live, so I'll have to give them a shout and see if they can fix it.

EDIT: +1 to the guy who suggested Gravity Screen as well. I found that app when searching for a solution to this same thing and it did work well enough. Habit to hit the power button was strong, but the app does a pretty good job.
 
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exorz

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I just ran into the same issue the other day.

Has anyone sent their phone back to LG out of warranty? How much did it cost to have the switch replaced?

One temporary solution I saw online that has worked decently well for me is to put a strong magnet by the power button. I waved the magnet over the power button and "pulled" slowly away from the phone as if I were pulling the contacts inside the button apart.
 

nockam

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I just ran into the same issue the other day.

Has anyone sent their phone back to LG out of warranty? How much did it cost to have the switch replaced?

One temporary solution I saw online that has worked decently well for me is to put a strong magnet by the power button. I waved the magnet over the power button and "pulled" slowly away from the phone as if I were pulling the contacts inside the button apart.
Exorz - have you found an answer to this? My wifes phone started having this problem today. Just got off the phone with LG to send it in for an estimate but I wont know how much for a few weeks...
 

Kuarinfou

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I had the same issue in February.But there is no Google service in Turkey , so I sent my N5 to LG Turkey Service within 2 years warranty.(Device was not rooted)also wanted to change battery and back cover.They changed battery , cover and power button for free (0$) and they did not change the motherboard.Button is working well now.I don't understand why they want to change motherboard.
 

Scientist07

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Good Lord did this come at the right time. I started having this same exact issue a few days ago. It comes and goes and it's what ultimately got me on to 5.1 from 4.4.4. I didn't think it was a software problem, but 5.1 'fixed' it until yesterday, when the same thing started happening again. There is a cell phone repair place not too far from where I live, so I'll have to give them a shout and see if they can fix it.

EDIT: +1 to the guy who suggested Gravity Screen as well. I found that app when searching for a solution to this same thing and it did work well enough. Habit to hit the power button was strong, but the app does a pretty good job.
I recently ran into this power button problem with my nexus 5 and wanted to know how to use this app to help with that. I downloaded the app and activated it but my phone still reboots after a few minutes of use. What settings did you use?
 

hayzooos

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I recently ran into this power button problem with my nexus 5 and wanted to know how to use this app to help with that. I downloaded the app and activated it but my phone still reboots after a few minutes of use. What settings did you use?
Honestly it's been a while since I used it, a few months at least I think. I know I had it set up where when I picked up the phone, the screen would turn on as hitting the power button was causing it to reboot. At least...so I thought.

After this worked for a little while, then my phone stopped rebooting and would just turn off completely. I'd have 50% battery left and the phone would shut off. I'd turn it back on and it would read the battery was at 1% or something like that. Long and short of it is this...I ended up replacing the battery and it's like a brand new phone again. No more reboots, no more random shutdowns, nada. Battery life is back to where it should be, I can go a full day without needing to be around a charger.

It could be your power button, or considering we're Nexus users (thus, use our phones more and in different ways than most) it's quite possible your battery is taking a dump too. I'd seriously look into getting it replaced. I could've done it myself, but opted to take it into a local store and I think the cost of the battery and the install was $55 or something like that. I was happy to pay it to basically have a brand new phone again.

I'm holding out hope for a 2015 N5 per the rumors, and I'll pick that up assuming T-Mobile Wifi calling is available on it like it is on the N6. If they do a solid and bring that to the N5, I see absolutely zero reason to get another phone for at least another 12-18 months.
 

Scientist07

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Honestly it's been a while since I used it, a few months at least I think. I know I had it set up where when I picked up the phone, the screen would turn on as hitting the power button was causing it to reboot. At least...so I thought.

After this worked for a little while, then my phone stopped rebooting and would just turn off completely. I'd have 50% battery left and the phone would shut off. I'd turn it back on and it would read the battery was at 1% or something like that. Long and short of it is this...I ended up replacing the battery and it's like a brand new phone again. No more reboots, no more random shutdowns, nada. Battery life is back to where it should be, I can go a full day without needing to be around a charger.

It could be your power button, or considering we're Nexus users (thus, use our phones more and in different ways than most) it's quite possible your battery is taking a dump too. I'd seriously look into getting it replaced. I could've done it myself, but opted to take it into a local store and I think the cost of the battery and the install was $55 or something like that. I was happy to pay it to basically have a brand new phone again.

I'm holding out hope for a 2015 N5 per the rumors, and I'll pick that up assuming T-Mobile Wifi calling is available on it like it is on the N6. If they do a solid and bring that to the N5, I see absolutely zero reason to get another phone for at least another 12-18 months.
Well I don't think my battery is the problem but the power button instead. It started just last week. Found a fix that requires opening the phone and I was trying to avoid that. Seems like I would have to open the phone after all. Thx for the answer though.
 
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