Although I have an iPad and love it, my wife owns a Nexus 7 and is just as passionate about it. The other day she plugged her Nexus 7 into charge at night and when she woke up and tried to turn it on there was no response. The screen was black and the Nexus 7 would not turn on.

After reading several articles on how to revive a dead Nexus 7, I used the following technique.

1.  Plug-in your dead Nexus 7 into a wall charger. (Jump immediately to step 2.)
2.  Immediately after plugging it in, press Volume Down and Power at the same time.
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.

Sounds easy enough, but after several attempts the only thing that would happen is the word Google would appear on the screen for a few seconds then the screen would go blank. I would also see some static similar to a TV screen static that would flash across the screen continuosly, but I could not get to the bootloader menu at all.

After talking to Asus tech support and acquiring an RMA number, I thought I would try googling for an answer one more time. After about an hour of searching, I found a post with very similar circumstances to my own: dead Nexus 7, static on screen when plugged in, etc. and I tried a possible solution.

1) Use a small knife or other small flat tool to pry the back of the Nexus 7 off. Its held into place with plastic clips so it pops on or off rather easily.

2) Locate the power cable connector at the end of the wires from the battery pack. Push this connector back together with your fingers.

Nexus 7 Power Connector

Nexus 7 Power Connector


3) Put the back of the Nexus 7 back on and press the power button.

In my case, the loose battery connector had caused the problem all along. Using the simple fix, I didn’t have to RMA the unit and had it working in a matter of minutes.

Hopefully, this trick can help you revive your dead Nexus 7 as easily as I did.

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