How to force shutdown a Samsung smartphone

How to force shutdown a Samsung smartphone

When you need to turn off your Samsung Galaxy Android phone in a normal situation, all you have to do is press and hold the power button on the screen and then select the desired option from the menu. However, the situation is complicated when you have to turn off a smartphone with an inoperative screen sensor, with a broken screen or without being able to unlock it, a hanging phone, especially considering that modern Samsung batteries are not removable. Some, in this case, wait for the battery to discharge completely, but this is not good for the battery (see What to do if Android runs out quickly). However, there is a way to disable it in the scenarios described.

In this tutorial brief - details on how to forcibly turn off your Samsung Galaxy smartphone using only the hardware buttons on it. The method works for all modern models of smartphones of this brand, even for a locked device with a completely non-functional screen or in cases where the phone is frozen. Sadly, the reason for writing this article was the new Note 9 (but on the bright side, thanks to Samsung Dex full access to memory, data on it, and apps is still available).

Turn off the Samsung Galaxy with the buttons

As promised, the instructions will be very brief, the forced shutdown consists of three simple steps:

  1. Connect your Samsung Galaxy to the charger.
  2. Press and hold the power button and the volume down button. If a screenshot occurs at this point, ignore it, keep holding the buttons.
  3. Release the buttons after 8-10 seconds, the smartphone will turn off.
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The specified combination itself causes (after holding) "Simulated battery disconnection" (in the official wording of the manufacturer).

And a couple of notes that may be helpful:

  • On some older models, the option to hold the power button for a long time works.
  • Samsung's official website says you have to press and hold these buttons for 10-20 seconds. However, in my experience, it works on the 7th or 8th.

Hopefully for some of the readers the material has been useful.