How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S4 That Won’t Turn On [Part 1]

One of the primary reasons why people get a smartphone is to make communication faster and easier. You can not only make a call or send a text message but you can also go online and check on your email or update your social media networks. All of these can be done if the phone is turned on. But what if the phone does not turn on? You will be left with nothing but dead weight.

Samsung Galaxy S4

In our latest troubleshooting series we will tackle the power issues of the Samsung Galaxy S4. If your phone does not turn on then check out what our readers have experienced and maybe the troubleshooting steps that we provide can help you.

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S4 Does Not Start Up

Problem: Hi there, I own a samsung galaxy s4 i9505 and am having some problems with it. The phone does not start up despite being left on charge. I have tried starting in safe mode and recovery mode with no luck. If I take the battery out and hold the power button down then reinsert the battery, the Samsung logo comes up briefly but disappears and then nothing else happens. When plugged in to charge, occasionally the charging emblem comes up but soon goes away. Hope you can be of help.

Solution: The first thing to check is the phone charger port. See if it has any dirt or lint present as this may interfere with the charging process. Clean the port using a toothpick or cotton bud dipped in alcohol. You should also check the USB cord of the charger you are using if it has any visible defects. Better yet, try to use a different wall charger and see if the phone charges. You should also consider replacing the phone battery with a new one as the one your phone is currently using may already be defective.

If the issue still remains after isolating the battery and the charger then the next step is to check the phone software.

Take out you phone battery (and microSD card if it has one installed). Press and hold the power button for a minute then reinsert the battery but leave the microSD out. Try to turn on your phone.

If your phone still does not turn on then it’s time to attempt a factory reset. Make sure to only perform this procedure if you have previously made a backup of your phone data.

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, Power key.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  • Press the Volume down key several times key to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  • Press Power button to select.
  • Press the Volume down key until ‘delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  • Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  • When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.

If your phone still does not turn on then this may already be a hardware related problem. Bring your phone to an authorized service center and have it checked.

S4 Power Button Damaged

Problem: help i cannot turn on my galaxy s4. its power button is broken and every time i plug the usb cable in the phone goes to recovery mode and i cannot do anything but up and down because the power button doesn’t work. i don’t know what else i can do. please help me. thanks in advance.

Solution: In this case you really need to check if it’s the power button that is defective or the circuit board that it is connected to. This requires the phone to be opened and checked by a knowledgeable technician. I recommend you bring your phone to an authorized service center and have them check your phone.

S4 Does Not Turn On

Problem: Hello, Please help with my S4 phone. I could not get phone to turn on after charging. Went to AT&T store. They said I needed new battery. Replaced battery at store. Clerk put a charge into phone and I saw it turn on . However when I got home I placed phone on charge and after a couple hours I checked phone and it would not turn on. Please help. Thank you.

Solution: The charger you are using may have a problem. If you saw the clerk charge your phone using the new battery then there’s a big possibility that the phone and your battery does not have a problem which leaves us with the charger. Try using a different wall charger (with a different USB cable) and check if there is a charging indicator on your phone display.

S4 Not Turning On After Drop

Problem: hi! I accidentally dropped my galaxy s4 and the lcd got broke but i can turn it on maybe after 3-4 days it got low bat so i charged it, after that i did not turn it on anymore. then after a week or two it does not open, if i charge it it just overheat. i went to my local cellphone repair shop but they said they cannot fix it. What happened? *sorry for my english*

Solution: Since this issue occurred right after you dropped your phone then there may be some internal components that were affected aside from the LCD display. When you mentioned that your phone overheats when charging this could be a sign that there is a short circuit inside your phone. This could potentially be dangerous since if our phone gets too hot the battery may leak or explode.

What you could do first is to try to use a different battery on your phone and see if it charges and does not overheat. If it doesn’t charge then you should consider looking for another repair shop that can pinpoint the exact cause of the issue.

S4 Does Not Turn On After Downloading App

Problem: Dear Team, I am using Samsung S4, I recently updated the latest version this week. Today when I was trying to use browser there a message popping up as browser at risk and asked to download some app for fast usage of browser, I downloaded it, but immediately after that my phone was switched off and now when I am trying to restart it , it is not starting. The Phone turns on but is stuck on the start screen that shows S4 GT-xyz…and not moving forward…what should I do???

Solution:  The app that you downloaded may have corrupted your phone software. The best thing to do in this case is to perform a factory reset. You should only do this if you have previously made a backup of your phone software.

  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, Power key.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  • Press the Volume down key several times key to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  • Press Power button to select.
  • Press the Volume down key until ‘delete all user data’ is highlighted.
  • Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  • When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.

S4 Not Booting Up

Problem: Good afternoon, I am emailing about the fact that my samsung galaxy s4 will not turn back on after randomly turning itself off. every time i remove the battery and place back in again, the phone vibrates and shows the time screen and turns back off again. This also happened when I plug my charger into it as well, it shows the charging screen, but turns off again and no indication if it is still charging. Is there any advice you can give me on this? Many thanks.

Solution: This may be caused by a totally drained battery and the charger not able to charge it. Check the charging port of your phone if it has any signs of dirt or lint. This may interfere with the charging process. If you spot any then clean the port using a toothpick.

If your phone still does not charge then the problem may be with the battery or the charger itself. Try to use a new battery on your phone and charge it with a different wall charger (make sure to use a different USB cable as well).

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18 thoughts on “How To Fix Samsung Galaxy S4 That Won’t Turn On [Part 1]”

  1. Hi i dropped my Samsung phone and now I can’t see what’s on the screen. It still makes the Noises and every Once i w whike i see a glitched Part Of the Screen WHar can I Do To Fix IT?

  2. Hi, My S4 was damaged after I used a bulged battery which belong to my cousin’s S4.
    Now when I try to switch on my phone, within 5-10 seconds the phone become extremely hot (near the rear camera area).
    I tried different charger, 1amp charger, another good working battery, cleaned charging port.
    Since the problem started after I used a damaged battery, i doubt the problem is inside the PCB.
    In that case which part might have damaged? Please advise.

  3. Hey,my S4 mini had a cracked screen so I went and got it repaired. My phone worked for about two to three weeks, after that my screen is just black, it switches on an it still functions but my screen is still black. I tried a factory reset and pressing the on button with the menu and volume key it still does not work…What else there that I can do?

  4. Hey, recently I dropped my s4 and the screen turned green and black. The phone overall would still work, but the screen won’t show anything. I tried to take out the battery and SIM card and holding the power button and putting the battery and turning it back on, but it wouldn’t work. I tried this many times and it would not do anything. I hope you can help.

  5. I have tried everything you said and it still just says Samsung Galaxy s4 and if I hold down the power button, the home button and the up volume it just says at the top left in blue memory boot then it quits working again. Please help me with this!

  6. My Samsung S4 shut off when the battery died and never came back on. I try to plug it in and the plug wont go in, so I replace my USB Port with a new one. The phone still wont charged with the new USB Port. So I used my niece battery and It came on. So I order a new battery for it , and when it came I place the new one in, the phone still wont work. I have try to factory reset the phone but it never vibrated. I even try to take out the battery and hold the power button for one minute nothing never happen.

  7. hey please help having a hard time to get my phone back working..its not letting me do anythang.itried the hold power and home and volume solution and it says to reboot then i do that its goes back to tracfone wirless and then stays on just freezes up on me..can u tell me the i need to install software on it or wat..please respnd back to me on my email..thank u so much..

  8. Hi I need help with my samsung s4, my home button will work but my power button will not work, i think my power button is broken but im not a 100% sure. please help!

  9. Hello there… I have a samsung Galaxy Duos my phone was not turning on I click the power and it is work but at the end it is turning off.. What can i do?

  10. Hello, I have a Samsung S4 I accidentally sat on my phone (back pocket) and it became very hot and eventually it didn’t turn on. There is this bend or deformation at the top right corner of the silver part of the SD card slot. The SD card was stuck but I eventually got it out using screw drivers to pry it out. I have tried a different charger and battery but both won’t work. I have also tried to remove the battery and discharge the ram (holding the power button for a minute without the battery). If you guys have a solution please help.

  11. Another suggestion:

    Stick the battery (remove the rear cover) under your armpit for 30sec.

    No really.

    Lithium batteries won’t wake up once they fall below a certain voltage. As you might remember from chemistry, heat makes reactions go faster. Warming your battery can give it a little more ommph (the most common application being getting a few extra minutes out of your cellphone), in my case the phone booted with the warmed battery.

  12. Hi. my s4 I337m got down to 1% from being used on a road trip. I plugged it in to a usb charging port on my pioneer deck as soon as I was able which I have always done but it wouldn’t charge this time. I know the port is working fine when charging another s4 so I’ve eliminated that as the problem. Anyways… it wouldn’t take a trickle charge from the pioneer or even turn on or show the charge light/charge symbol. Later when I got home I plugged it into the factory wall charger that came with it and it showed the charging symbol with 0% and proceeded to get VERY HOT! after about 2 minutes. I swapped out the battery from the other s4 (exactly the same model) knowing that the new battery was at 26%. When I installed it into my s4 it showed the same symptoms… 0% and hot after 2 min.. My battery worked just fine and took a charge in the 2nd s4 so I don’t suspect the battery to be faulty. So.. what could be wrong with my phone?? It has been mostly reliable for 2.5 years and now this.The hot spots seem to be just below the camera lens near the sd and sim ports. I have also tried all of the restart/reboot/card removal/battery removal methods and always the same thing. Please help. Thank you.

  13. I don’t know what is wrong with my phone, i was getting a black screen asking if i wanted to download something that was not on the app store so i put no and then the next day it asked me again and i said yes so i let it download while i fell asleep. Less than a week later my phone does not turn on and i’ve tried switching batteries, switching chargers but my phone charged just wouldn’t turn on so what is going on. Its been like this for a while now i don’t know what is going on with my phone.

  14. S4 Does Not Turn On!!!!!!!!!!

    After tried ALL..!!!! of the things this page and others said…. i follow one Chinese recommendation and another. Knock my S4 GT I9505 a little bit on the corner near of the power bottom. Tried to turn it on but couldn’t. Put on the battery and power cable and started to hit with my finger as many times possible the power bottom and suddenly appear the battery logo with 0% charge… still the same #$%%…. but I continued hitting the bottom and the “green water” charging the battery finally appear..!!!! and as a miracle.. stopped and the most beautiful SAMSUMG logo finally appear with the blue led… PROBLEM SOLVED….!!!!

    Recommendation: whatever a Chinese can say.. follow it… all the cellphones comes from china.

  15. hi there, i dropped my phone in a life proof case and it immediately stopped working at wont turn on,i put it on charge and i can feel it charging cause its warming up, ive tried taking battery out, holding power button for a minute, no luck, also tried holding power volume up and middle button but no luck, it has been a lagging crashing piece of crap, exterior is fine, is there interior damage or did the software give up after the drop

  16. hi there, i have a samsung galaxy s4 gt-i9505 my phone dropped on the ground but there weren’t any damages on the phone. i used the phone after it was dropped i was using messenger and left the phone by my side after about 1min i tooked my phone to look if i had any message, the phone was turned off then i pressed the power key button and it light up it started turning on in the screen you could see the samsung sign the phone blacked out i tried to factory reset, turn it back on but i cant do anything

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