Use Recovery Mode To Fix a Dead Nexus 7

Nexus 7 Recovery Mode

Nexus 7 Recovery Mode

This is a bit off my normal topics, but I am an IT Manager, and this appears to be a “feature” of the Nexus 7. Plenty of people are being hit by this design flaw.

My Nexus 7 bricked last night. That is, it wouldn’t switch on, it wouldn’t charge – there were no signs of life at all.

So, after some research (Asus and Google product support were of no help) this is what I did.

  • Plug in a charger
  • Press the power and volume down buttons at the same time
  • When the screen activated in “Recovery Mode”


Nexus 7 in Recovery Mode

Nexus 7 in Recovery Mode

  • Press volume down until “Power Off” Appears
  • Press power button to select
  • The unit powered off
  • Detach and re-attach the power lead, then it starts charging again.

After a full charge, it works perfectly and I can get back on with feeding my dinosaurs in Jurassic Park Builder

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