My Nexus 10 Won’t Turn On. – Fixed

I charged my Nexus 10 all night, but it won’t turn on. What do I do now?

Talk about a sticky situation. This same has happened to me 5 or 6 times because my son will drain the battery to 0 and then try to turn it on over and over(he’s 3). This causes the battery to drain so low it often won’t charge again for me. Luckily, I have found a few tricks that can help.

 Try holding the power button longer. Holding the power button for 10 seconds or sometimes 30 seconds is needed when the Nexus 10 goes to “sleep” for a long time. This is always what I try first. If you think you’ve held it for long enough, hold it for 10  more seconds.

If this doesn’t work, make sure it’s not locked up by turning it all the way off. You can do this by accessing fastboot mode. Hold the Power, Volume Up and Volume Down buttons all at once. Wait 10 seconds and hopefully your Nexus 10 will reset itself into fastboot mode. From there use the volume buttons to navigate to the ‘power off’ option and use the power button to select it. This will shut down your tablet. Once this is done charge it for a while and see if it’s working again. If your tablet still won’t turn on it’s probably because it’s not charging.

Nexus 10 won’t charge.

The easiest way to fix this problem is by trying a different charger. Often, you will have your android tablet on the charger for hours, even all night, and to no avail. You will still be at 0%.

Click HERE  to see a couple graphs I made detailing MY experiences with charging time and battery life

This will sometimes happen if the battery is low enough and your charger isn’t giving it enough ‘juice’ to get it going. I first noticed this when I lost my original charger and the charger I was using as a replacement wouldn’t charge it AT ALL if it went to 0. When I switched to the charger for my Note 2, it worked fine. So what I would do is use the charger that came with it, if that doesn’t work try to use another 2amp usb charger. Something from a recent Samsung smart phone should work. Otherwise, I strongly recommend getting a pogo charger. This will charge it reliably at 0% and knock at least an hour off what is often a 6 hour + charging cycle.

Click HERE <- (Amazon Link) to buy the same pogo charger I use

Otherwise, if all else fails. You can try to reset the battery manually. If you don’t have any hardware skills maybe you should just send it in for a battery replacement, it’s probably free under warranty and far less than the cost of replacing a broken screen if it isn’t. But, this is what I had to do once, and I took pictures.

getting at the screws

Just a quick removal of this little tab and you can get started

Step 1. Remove the tiny cover from the back of your Nexus and use a small Phillips head screwdriver to remove the 5 tiny screws that hold this thing together.

peeling off the screen of the nexus 10

This is plenty sturdy, don’t worry about breaking it.

Step 2. Peel the screen out of the case. Just use a small plastic pry stick or be a rebel like me and use a tiny flathead screwdriver. The speakers come out WITH the screen, and the whole thing should pop out fairly easily. Using a suction cup on the screen can be helpful, but I usually just pry it out.

reset the battery

Almost Done!

Step 3. Pull back the green static guard tape and gently lift the battery connector UP. The battery connector is just above my finger with the red, blue, and black wires going into it(the little black piece ABOVE the wires, not the white piece BELOW the wires). It’s more rubbery than plasticish so I wouldn’t be terribly worried about snapping it, but caution is advised. Remember, just pull it up.

Step 4. Wait a few seconds, push it back in place, and reassemble your beauty.

Step 5. Put it back on your charger and don’t touch it for at least half an hour. If your battery was dead let it charge, even if it was on the charger all night, it probably wasn’t actually charging up if it was dead enough.

Well, I hope this helps someone out there. I have certainly have had plenty of headaches and butterfly filled stomachs thinking my tablet was a brick. Now that I have a system, I can usually get it working again in just a little bit.


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