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Fix: Nexus 7 Refusing to Charge, Try This Trick

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With the introduction of Android 4.2 came a number of little obnoxious bugs that we are slowly figuring out fixes for. One of those that has plagued many (according to a variety of forum posts), is a charging issue with the Nexus 7. As users leave their tablet idle for an extended period of time or use it for hours until the battery runs completely dry, the device is having a hell of a time charging back up again or even turning on. 

In fact, if you let your Nexus 7 die completely, you may run into a screen flashing or pixel party experience once plugged into a charger that won’t bring you joy. The device, at least mine and in others’ cases, won’t turn on with any combination of button pressing. Well, there is one combo along with a charger that worked for me, getting my N7 back on the charging path of pleasure.

To charge a dead Nexus 7:

1.  Plug-in your dead N7 to a wall charger. (Jump immediately to step 2.)
2.  Immediately after plugging it in, press Volume Down and Power at the same time.

*This should get you into the bootloader menu. You may have to try this with different chargers or test out the timing in order to get it to work.

3.  Once in the bootloader menu, use Volume Down until you see “Power Off Device.”
4.  Choose that option with the Power button.
5.  Once your device is off, unplug the charger and then plug it back into the device.
6.  You should now see the battery meter (pictured above) with your device returning to life.

Hope that helps those of you with dead Nexus 7s. For the rest of you, I suggest not letting your N7 completely run out of juice. Should you see it drop to 10% or under, find yourself a charger.

Via:  Android Central Forums


  • stein2010

    Fantastic! Thanks you for saving me a call to TS

  • Julia Robinson

    Thank you!!! Crazy it has come to this but glad to have a working Nexus 7 again. Never letting it die again…

  • Scoop444

    If that doesn’t work, press all three buttons and hold them for 30 seconds…that should get you to the boot menu. From there follow the instructions above.

  • disqus_0udUTleamX

    Genius!!!! I’ve been having a problem where I’d run it right down, leave it on charge overnight and it’d only be on 40% in the morning after about 8 hours. Then, even when using it on the AC power, it would drain out. I put it down to being on the South Thailand islands and the electrics not being all that good there but the problem has followed me since until I saw this post this morning and now it my battery is rapidly filling up whilst I’m happily typing this. Thank you 🙂 I was worried that by the time I got back from travelling, the warranty would be up!!

  • Fanz

    Tried everything suggested on here (and similar on other forums) when our Nexus 7 ‘died.’ Turned out that the battery connection had slipped out. Many worried hours are now over. Thanks for posting help.

  • Kristofer Whiting

    Thanks for this… My tip to those trying; don’t give up too soon 🙂 I did the suggested plug-in press power+downvol about a dozen times and then got frustrated and started mashing button combos for a while. did some more unplug, plugin+buttons thing a few times and eventually I noticed the screen was staying black and not flashing anymore. at that point I left it plugged in for a while even though I never saw the bootloader menu. after about 5-10 minutes I heard it beep and it booted up. There wasn’t enough battery so it shut down immediately. It did this a few more times as I watched and I decided to try the steps outlined here again, after a few tries the battery symbol showed up in the screen and it appears to be charging properly now… Still never saw the bootloader but it seems to work anyway! hope it charges all the way up now!

  • Dani

    My Nexus 7 and I are at war right now. I cannot get it to remain
    powered on. I try all of the “tricks” but to no avail. It powers on to
    the Google screen then either powers off or just stays dimly lit. I dont
    know what to do. Any suggestions?

  • Thank you! This needs to be patched. 4.2 shouldn’t have been pushed out with such major bugs.

  • callista

    Thank you so much… I was getting nervous.

  • vkk

    seems like it working.. thanks for the wonderful tip…

  • Davidsen

    I had the flickering, sometimes static black screen for hours; no button-pushing soft tricks worked for me, but in a last ditch effort, I followed the directions on Youtube to take the back cover off (used my plastic automotive trim removal tools — super easy) and check the battery connection. The connector has no latch mechanism and the battery was taped on slightly crooked. This led to the connector having constant tension on one side, pulling it out slowly and ever so slightly. Lame. Once I pushed it back in I got the battery charging screen at the beginning of the post. I figure I’ll have to do this fairly frequently until I attempt to re-position the battery but at least it’s easy.

    • Tomasz

      Confirming it was problem on mine as well – opened it easily as you can see on many videos and just pushed the plug back in its place (it should be fully in – on mine it was halfway out of the socket) it powered up and started working agian!

  • Thanks, this helped!

  • ps nexus86

    thanks for the great tip it works ………………

  • Thank you so much! It works!

  • Saved me a lot of annoyance! Cheers!

  • BK

    Mine wouldn’t charge or start up without static on screen. Took off back cover with a guitar pick and the battery cable was unplugged slightly.Plugged it back in and works fine.Nexus was dropped a few inches.I bet they get a lot sent back for repair for this simple fix.

    • AJ

      i tried that, but, i had no luck. did you plug it in to the computer, or wall charger?

  • Works like a charm.

  • dj

    Thanks very much – seems to work great thus far!

  • Nathan Shoemark

    Thank god for this article, run into the problem and honestly thought it was dead, this fixed the problem.

  • fixed_it

    I was having the same problem, first no charging always zero percent, then tablet dead and static when connected to charger. turns out it was a loose connection, the wires connecting the battery to the device were loose. so after reconnecting them it worked. You can pop the back cover and check yourself. it can be easily done with your nail.

  • Tigerlily

    Thanks for the info. Mine just ran itself down while I was sleeping. Tablet was supposed to be off…

  • Or it could be a loose internal battery cable. bootloader menu didnt work for me but this did:

  • grey

    Thanks. I tried four times when i came across an official Google post with the same instructions and got nothing. Worked this time when someone linked me to yours. My problem is that my tablet suddenly lost power at … 23% battery. When it happened, I figured the battery metre had just lost calibration; I didn’t realise how much trouble it would be to recharge the device.

  • rik

    Thank you so much for this page! I was so scared that I had to send it back, but if its just a ROM fault then I will put up with it whenever my battery dies until the next update. Thanks again

  • ladybug97

    Let my Nexus 7 run totally down(for weeks)just plugged it in..how long does it take to charge it back up so I can use it.. am a new user..it has come back on, reading 0% charge, then powers back down & off..

  • 45 with the language skills and the maturity of a 9-year old…

    I welcome you in my rock-hut anytime, you neanderthal (if you don’t know what that word means, google it!)

  • activars

    £200 electronic gadget can’t even power off itself correctly when battery is about running out, then turning into this dead charging mode?!

  • Just started to suffer from battery charging problems.Last night Nexus showed 19% and so i decided on mains overnight recharge.Bizarrely only showed 23% this morning but in settings showed 7 hours life.Then my son used it for 30 minutes and it then died showing 0%.I have just employed fix and wait to see the results.However would comment that the battery icon goes on and then disappears after about 15 seconds and the screen went dull.Does this mean its charging or again simply died?.

  • I found that by unplugging from power-pack and plugging the usb 2.0 cable into my pc for a couple minutes, this caused my n7 to show the battery icon..

  • Hojo

    Mine wasn’t even dead. I pushed the power button to bring it out of sleep mode and nothing. Plugged it in, nothing. Found this article, pushed the power button for about 16 seconds and it came on. Battery was at 93%….just weird. I’ve had mine for about 2 months and love it. The screen flashes can be annoying when I’m reading on the nook app but for the most part I’m happy with my N7. Thanks for the fix…hopefully it’s something that is permanenetly fixed soon.

  • Chris Raymond

    It took me a dozen times or so to get thus tip to work. Just as I was going to give up it loaded. Thank you.

  • ShakaShakaBreak

    No matter what I do, my screen keeps flickering and when I finally can get into the bootloader, the device locks up and doesn’t let me interact with the menu. Any ideas?

  • Karima

    Thanks so much! Mine was refusing to charge for the past few days, when i plugged it in either the screen would flash rapidly or it just wouldn’t show any sign of life at all. Now it’s showing the charging sign after the bootloader thing, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t happen again.

  • MW

    Thanks for that, I had to be persistent to access the bootloader menu, but when I did, problem solved..;))

  • chrism

    omg thanks so much m8 lol first time happining to me i was in panicking mode

  • Matias

    Pressing the power button for 30s while unplugged, then plugging it in solved it for me, thanks comments !

  • Elliot Kotis

    IT DIDNT WORK!7tgy6*H) 432

  • Elliot Kotis

    But when I am in the bootloader it wont navigate.

  • jg

    Thanks. You just brought my device back to life.