How to Force Shutdown Android Device (Power Off)


There are many reasons why you need to shutdown your phone. Whether it is a simple memory refresh or certain Android applications are not working. Some times, the normal way to shutdown Android devices does not work. If normal shutdown and power off of Android devices (Samsung devices, especially) does not work you will need to perform a force shutdown.

In this article, we will only cover methods to force shutdown Android devices. So, the next time your phone slows to a crawl or completely freezes, try the steps below instead of smashing it on the ground.

If your phone responds to the button press, you can turn it off normally. Otherwise, you’ll have to perform an Android force shutdown.

If you ever encounter a scenario where you need to clean your Android device for any reason you can always perform a hard reset. 

How to Power Off your Android Phone Normally?

1. Press the “Power” button and hold it until the Phone Options Dialog box appears.

2. Now tap on the “Power Off” option in the dialog box and your phone will turn off. This is something that is common to all Android OS devices.


To turn on the phone again, you have to press and hold the power button until the boot screen is visible.

How to Force Shutdown Android Devices?

Method 1: Removeable Battery

If your device has a removable battery, then take it out. After 1s-2s put the battery back and turn on the device.

Method 2: Power + Volume Down

Press “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons at the same time until the display goes blank. Then the phone will restart.

If method two does not work for you to force power off android then try the below method.

Method 3: Power + Volume Up + Down Combination

Press “Power”, “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” button at the same time until the Android Device screen goes  blank.


How to Force ShutDown Android Devices and any Samsung S8, S8+, S9, S9+ S20, S21, Note, Note 10, Note 10 Plus and above with security password.



How to Turn Off Android Devices without Power Buttons?

Some times you may be in a situation where your Android devices do not have power buttons and you need to perform a force shutdown on the Android device.

Method 4: Force Shutdown Android Device Without Power Buttons

If your Android device is rooted one, then you can turn it off without using the “Power” button by following the below steps.

  1. Download and install the “Simple Reboot”
  2. Open the installed app.
  3. Grant the root permission.
  4. Menu with multiple options will appear.
  5. Tap on the “Power Off” option.
Force shutdown android by app

Method 5: Force Shutdown Android Devices via PC Commands + Connection

You can force shut down your Android device by typing commands on your PC or Android device.

5.1 By typing the commands on PC

1. First of all, you have to Enable USB debugging on the Android device.

2. Download and install ADB drivers on PC

3. Then type below command in the command line.

adb shell reboot -p

5.2 By typing the commands on Android device

  1. Download and Install the app named ”Terminal Emulator for Android”.
  2. Open the app
  3. Type su
  4. Press “Enter” key
  5. Grant the root permission for the app
  6. Type reboot -p
  7. Press “Enter” key

That’s it. If you are stuck at any step, then please comment them in the comment section. We will help you to resolve them.


How to Force Shutdown Android Device without a password?

Step 1. To force your phone to restart, hold down the volume down and power buttons for 6 to 10 seconds.

Step 2.Release the volume down button and switch to the volume up while leaving the power button down once you sense a slight vibration.

Step 3. Your phone should now enter recovery mode.

Step 4. Select ‘Power off‘ at the bottom of the list and confirm your choice with the power key.


These are the ways you can perform a normal shutdown on your Android Devices. Moreover, we went over how to perform a force shutdown.

Thank you !

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