If your Pixel 3 won’t turn on or power up, there are several troubleshooting steps you can try to get it working again. This guide will help you pinpoint the issue and restore functionality.
1. Check the Battery and Charging
Make sure the battery isn’t drained. Connect your Pixel 3 to the charger and wait 5-10 minutes before trying to turn it on.
Try different chargers and cables to rule them out as the issue. Use an official Google charger for the best results.
Inspect the charging port for debris. Clean it out carefully with compressed air. Faulty charging can prevent startup.
2. Attempt a Force Restart
If there are no signs of physical and/or liquid damage, the forced restart could be enough to bring your device back to life.
Press and hold the power button for 10-20 seconds to force a hard reboot. This can override any software glitches.
If your Pixel shows any signs of life like vibration, a flashing light, or appearing to turn on, a restart may get it working.
3. Check for Physical Damage
Inspect your Pixel 3 thoroughly for any signs of physical or liquid damage. Either of these can cause hardware failure.
Pay special attention to the screen. Cracks or separation can make the display appear black and unresponsive.
4. Backup and Reset the Pixel
Backup your data before resetting. Open Settings > System > Backup. Enable backup features.
Perform a factory reset by going to Settings > System > Reset options > Erase all data.
This will erase your data but can eliminate any software issues preventing startup.
5. Attempt to Boot into Recovery
With the phone off, hold Power and Volume Down until the boot screen appears. Use Volume buttons to select Recovery mode.
From here you can access options like wiping data or factory resetting your Pixel 3.
6. Connect the Pixel to a Computer
With a USB cable, connect your Pixel 3 to a computer. Leave it plugged in for 10-15 minutes.
Unplug and replug the cable quickly. If the phone shows a battery icon, it’s charging and can be restarted.
7. Get Professional Repair
If you’ve tried all troubleshooting with no success, contact Google support for repairs. Physical damage likely requires professional service.
Google may be able to retrieve data if the issue is isolated to hardware. Back up beforehand when possible.
Tips for Fixing a Non-Responsive Pixel 3
- Don’t force a reboot unless troubleshooting – it could cause file corruption.
- Keep your Pixel 3 battery between 30-80% charge for optimal lifespan.
- Check that Accessibility settings like Voice Access aren’t enabled and interfering.
- Toggle Airplane mode on/off to refresh network connectivity.
- Allow plenty of time to charge in case the battery is completely depleted.