How to fix a phone stuck at booting up

In today’s post, we are going to be learning about how to fix a phone stuck at booting up.

For starters, lets look at the key terms in the title which are “stuck” and “booting up“. To be stuck means to be trapped at a certain place with the inability to move forward. Booting up refers to the process of starting a computer or in this case, a smartphone. The opposite of booting up is shutting down or turning a computer/smartphone off.



In the not so distant past, whenever you turned on your phone and for some reason it would not come on, one very simple solution was to take out the battery. You take it out, you put it back and in and you try again. More often than not, it worked. But modern smartphones today will not let you take out the battery.

So if you cannot take out the battery, what do you do then when your phone gets stuck at booting up?


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How to fix a phone stuck at booting up

So I am assuming that you have powered on your phone and it would not boot up

Step one: Wait

Wait. Yup, sometimes a phone is not really stuck, it is just taking a while to boot up (come on). So instead of panicking, just wait a little.

You can also charge the device for a bit, just to be sure that the battery isn’t low.

Phone stuck at boot logo

Step two: Attempt reboot

If you have waited and you are sure that the phone is not actually booting up. I mean that the phone is just displaying the boot logo and nothing more. Then all you have to do is hold the power button till the screen goes off.

Some phones may reboot and come back on but if it does not work…


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Step three: Boot into fastboot

Hold the lower volume button + power button till the screen goes off. The phone should then boot into fastboot mode. To get out of fastboot mode…

Lower volume button + power button

Step four: Get out of fastboot

Hold the power button for around 10 seconds or so till the screen goes off. All you have to do now is wait for the phone to come back on (i.e. boot up). More often than not this should work. It works for me all the time.

All you have to do is wait a few seconds for the phone to boot back on.


Step five: Factory reset

If all of the above steps fail, the last resort is to boot into recovery mode and factory reset the device. This step means that you would lose everything that you have saved to your device.

To get into recovery mode, you will have to boot into fastboot mode first (see step three). If you successfully get into fastboot mode then the next step is to move into recovery mode.

Simply hold the upper volume button + power button to boot into recovery mode. You will be presented with three options. Pick the factory reset option (wipe data) and your phone will come back up.

The downsides are that, one, you will lose all of your data and two, you may also need to log into your phone’s cloud account. If you can not log back in, you may be locked out of your phone permanently so take note.


Did the above steps work for you? Please let me know in the comments so that I can improve the article so as to help others.


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