How to restart Android: Even Android smartphones can freeze from time to time, and many times the only way to unlock them is to restart the system. You know how to do it, right? No?! Then we have to fix it now. Take five minutes of free time and find out now how to restart an Android device correctly.
Below you will find all the information you need. We will see first how how to restart android in the traditional way (even if you should already know how to do this!), then we will take care of the forced restart of blocked devices and finally I will let you know some apps that allow you to turn off and restart your smartphone without the aid of physical keys: a perfect solution if your phone’s power button is broken or no longer working well.
The instructions in the tutorial are valid for most of the Android terminals and for all the most popular versions of the operating system of the green robot. What else to say? Happy reading and have fun! I sincerely hope that these tips can help you fix minor annoyances and annoyances you encounter in the daily use of your smartphone (or even your tablet).
Standard restart of Android
For completeness of information I would start this tutorial from the standard Android restart mode, what is technically also called soft reset.
To restart an Android phone that is working correctly – but you probably already know it – all you have to do is press the power button for a few seconds, select the item Switch off that appears in the center of the screen and wait for the device to turn off completely. Then you have to turn the smartphone back on by holding the power button down for a few seconds and that’s it.
Forced restart of Android
If you want to know how to restart android because your smartphone has frozen and / or no longer responds to commands, you can try to force it to restart by holding down the key for about ten seconds Power phone (i.e. the power button on the terminal). The device should turn off completely and then you should be able to turn it back on.
If you can’t force restart your smartphone with just the power button, try using various key combinations (eg. Power + Volume – or Power + Home) by holding them down for 5-10 seconds or, if you have a smartphone with a removable battery, remove the battery and reinsert it.
App to restart Android
Is the power button on your smartphone broken? Don’t despair, there are apps that allow you to turn off and restart android through the use of virtual buttons displayed on the device screen. Unfortunately they all need the root permissions, so they only work if you have rooted Android, but once you have overcome this small “obstacle” you can use them without the slightest problem.
Among the best apps to restart Android without using physical keys there is Simple Reboot which is completely free and includes many interesting features. It allows not only to restart the smartphone, but also to turn it off completely, perform a remote soft or restart the device in safe mode.
To install Simple Reboot on your smartphone, look for the application in the Play Store and press the buttons Install And I accept. When installation is complete, press the icon of Simple Reboot (which for convenience you can copy to the home screen by simply holding your finger down on it and placing it in the spot on the screen you prefer) and choose one of the many options available.
- Shutdown – completely turns off the phone.
- Reboot – restart the smartphone normally.
- Soft Reboot – restart Android in a “light” way, ie without interrupting the phone’s power supply and without exiting the operating system.
- Reboot to recovery – restart the phone and enter Recovery. If you don’t know what it is, read my tutorial on how to root Android in which I explained what Recovery is and what it is for.
- Reboot to the bootloader – restart the phone and enter the boot loader. More info on the boot loader is also available in my root tutorial.
- Reboot into safe mode – restart your phone in safe mode, so without loading third party applications. To return to the standard version of Android, you need to turn the phone off and on again.
If you haven’t rooted your Android Phone, you can turn to another application, called Fast Reboot, which allows you to perform a sort of soft restart of the smartphone by closing all running applications and processes (it’s not quite like turning off the device, but it can be useful in some circumstances). To use Fast Reboot all you have to do is download the app on your mobile phone and press on its icon: it does everything by itself, showing at the end of the “restart” a report with the list of all the apps and all the finished processes.
Restart Android to switch users
Starting from version 4.2 on tablets and from version 5.0 on smartphones, Android supports multi-user configuration. This means that it is possible to configure multiple user accounts (and multiple Google accounts) on the same device having the ability to switch from one profile to another at any time.
If you have configured multiple accounts on your smartphone (just go to the menu Settings> Users and press the button Add user) and you want to know how to reboot the system to switch between profiles, know that it’s very easy, you don’t even need to reboot the system completely.
All you have to do is expand the Android notification menu (by swiping from the top of the screen to the bottom), press onlittle man icon located at the top right and select the user account to use. Android will prepare for a few seconds for the profile change and will load all the apps and preferences related to the latter.
To return to the initial user profile, the same goes: expand the Android notification menu, press the little man icon located at the top right and select the account to use.
How to reset Android
Has Android become awfully slow? Do apps crash all the time? Perhaps instead of a reboot, you should do a hard reset of your smartphone. By resetting your phone you can erase all apps and data stored on it and restore system conditions to factory state.
This is a pretty drastic solution, I know, but sometimes it’s the only one that works to fix Android performance issues. If you want to know more, read my guide on how to reset Android in which I have shown you all the steps to take (including the very important ones related to backing up data that will then be lost).