If your Pixel 8 Pro won’t turn on, don’t panic. There are several possible solutions that you can try to fix the problem. Some of them are simple and easy, while others may require more technical skills or professional help.
In this article, we will show you 12 ways to fix a Pixel 8 Pro that won’t turn on, and explain how to do them step by step.
1. Force Restart
A force restart can sometimes resolve minor glitches or software issues that prevent the phone from turning on. To do a force restart, follow these steps:
- Hold down the power button and the Volume up button for at least 10 seconds.
- Release the buttons when you see the Google logo on the screen.
- Wait for the phone to boot up normally.
2. Boot to Safe Mode
Safe mode can help you determine if a third-party app is causing the problem. In safe mode, only the essential apps and services are loaded, and you can uninstall any suspicious apps that may interfere with the phone’s performance. To boot to safe mode, follow these steps:
- Press and hold the power button until you see the power menu on the screen.
- Tap and hold the Power off option until you see the Reboot to safe mode option.
- Tap OK to confirm and reboot the phone to safe mode.
- If the phone turns on in safe mode, you can uninstall any recently installed or updated apps that may be causing the problem. To do that, go to Settings > Apps & notifications > See all apps, select the app you want to remove, and tap Uninstall.
- To exit safe mode, simply restart the phone normally.
3. Charge your Google Pixel
Sometimes, the phone may not turn on because the battery is completely drained. To rule out this possibility, you should charge your Google Pixel for at least 15 minutes using the original power adapter and cable. Make sure that the power outlet is working and that the charging port and cable are clean and undamaged. You should see a battery icon on the screen when the phone is charging. If not, you may need to try a different cable, charger, or outlet.
4. Try using a different cable and charger
If the phone does not charge or turn on with the original cable and charger, you may need to try using a different one. Sometimes, the cable or charger may be faulty or incompatible, and prevent the phone from getting enough power. You should use a cable and charger that are certified by Google or have the “Made for Google” badge. You can also try using a wireless charger if your phone supports it.
5. Connect Pixel 8 Pro to Computer
Connecting the Pixel 8 Pro to a computer can sometimes help to troubleshoot the issue. You may need to install the Google USB driver on your computer first. To do that, follow these steps:
- Download the Google USB driver from this link.
- Extract the zip file to a folder on your computer.
- Connect your Pixel 8 Pro to the computer using a USB cable.
- On your computer, go to Device Manager and locate your Pixel 8 Pro under Other devices or Portable devices.
- Right-click on your Pixel 8 Pro and select Update driver.
- Select Browse my computer for driver software and navigate to the folder where you extracted the Google USB driver.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.
If the driver is installed successfully, you should see your Pixel 8 Pro under Android devices in Device Manager. You can then try to turn on the phone or access the recovery mode.
6. Factory Reset Pixel 8 Pro
A factory reset can erase all the data and settings on your phone and restore it to its original state. This can help to fix any software issues that may prevent the phone from turning on. However, this should be the last resort, as you will lose all your personal data, such as photos, contacts, messages, etc. You should only do a factory reset if you have backed up your data or if you don’t care about losing it. To do a factory reset, follow these steps:
- Turn off your Pixel 8 Pro if it is on.
- Press and hold the power button and the Volume down button for a few seconds until you see the Fastboot mode on the screen.
- Use the Volume buttons to navigate to the Recovery mode option and press the power button to select it.
- When you see the Android robot with an exclamation mark, press and hold the power button and tap the Volume up button once.
- Use the Volume buttons to navigate to the Wipe data/factory reset option and press the power button to select it.
- Confirm your choice by selecting Yes and wait for the process to complete.
- Select Reboot system now and wait for the phone to restart.
7. Check for physical damage
Physical damage, such as water, dust, or impact, can also prevent the phone from turning on. You should inspect your phone for any signs of damage, such as cracks, dents, or corrosion. If you find any, you may need to take your phone to a repair shop or contact Google support for assistance. You should also avoid exposing your phone to extreme temperatures, humidity, or sunlight, as these can damage the phone’s components.
8. Clean the charging port
Dust or debris can clog the charging port and prevent the phone from getting power. You can use a toothpick, a cotton swab, or compressed air to gently remove any dirt from the port. Be careful not to damage the port or the pins inside. You can also use a soft cloth or a microfiber cloth to wipe the port and the cable. After cleaning the port, try to charge the phone again and see if it turns on.
9. Replace the battery
If the battery is faulty or damaged, it may not hold a charge or power the phone. You can follow this guide to replace the battery yourself, or take it to a repair shop. You will need some tools and skills to do this, such as a heat gun, a suction cup, a spudger, a Phillips screwdriver, and a pair of tweezers. You will also need to buy a new battery that is compatible with your phone model. Replacing the battery may void your warranty, so you should do this at your own risk.
10. Flash the stock firmware
If the software is corrupted or incompatible, it may cause the phone to freeze or not boot. You can flash the stock firmware using a computer and a USB cable. You can find the instructions and the firmware files on this page. Be careful not to flash the wrong firmware or interrupt the process, as it may brick your phone. You should also backup your data before flashing, as it will erase everything on your phone.
11. Contact Google support
If none of the above methods work, you may need to contact Google support for further assistance. You can chat, call, or email them from this page. You will need to provide some information about your phone, such as the model, the IMEI number, the purchase date, and the problem description. You may also need to provide proof of purchase or warranty. Google support may offer you some troubleshooting tips, a repair service, or a replacement device, depending on the situation.
12. Buy a new phone
If all else fails, you may have no choice but to buy a new phone. This may be the most expensive and inconvenient option, but it may be the only way to get a working phone. You can browse the latest Google Pixel models on this page or look for other brands and models that suit your needs and budget. You can also sell or recycle your old phone, if possible, to get some money back or reduce the environmental impact.
We hope this article has helped you to fix your Pixel 8 Pro that won’t turn on. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below. Thank you for reading!