As usual, I got a phone call from a friend having a small issue with powering off his HTC Incredible. Â The issue was that after pressing and holding the power button, the all too familiar ‘menu’ failed to show up. Now, my first reaction was to add a widget to the desktop to power down the phone, but the built-in power control widget is for powering off phone features not powering off the phone. I started thinking about widgets I have used in the past like Quick Boot or Power Off, but each one that came to mind required root access. Now, I am stuck with a novice question stumping me.
How can you reboot an Android Phone if the power button is un-responsive?
Yank the battery
One of the benefits to a removable battery is the ability to remove the battery should the phone become unresponsive. I looked hard to find another way to bring up the Phone Options menu, but could find nothing. Without root access, I just could not find another software based way to reboot an Android Phone.
The interesting thing is, since updating my wife’s Droid Eris to Android 2.1, every 4-5 days she complains about slow downs. I just reboot her phone and all is well again. This made me think about getting her a program like MeterBerry for BlackBerry that would allow me to schedule phone reboots, but that search resulted in needing root access.
Does anyone know a way to power off an Android phone without removing the battery under the following conditions:
- Physical Power button will not bring up the Power Option Menu
- Phone has not been rooted