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Nexus 7 wont boot after complete discharge

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I accidentally let the battery on my Nexus 7 run completely empty, and now it won't start up anymore even after charging overnight. How can I make it work again?

This is what happened in detail: My battery ran low, and I had no time to recharge it. I forgot about it, and found my tablet powered off. I attached it to a charger (the official wall-plug adaptor), waited a few minutes, and then turned it on. I expected it to be able to run from the cable like my phone, but it reported 0% battery and shut itself down immediately. I retried it after a slightly longer time. This time I didn't get to the home screen, but was shown a black and white animated battery icon. I pressed the power button, and the animation froze, and only disappeard after a long time (I put it away and discovered it was gone after a few hours). Since then I've been loading it for > 12 hours, but I haven't been able to get any response. The charger gets warm, but the tablet doesn't.

I've heard that once the battery is competely discharged, it only charges in "trickle mode" (that is normally used to top off a 98% loaded battery safely), and can take a very long time to become operative again. This would explain why the adapter gets warm but not the tablet. If this is true, is there any way to speed up charging?

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asked Dec 12 '12 at 13:54
Are you charging via an AC adapter or USB cable? If you're using USB, use an AC/power adapter. Does pressing the power button for 30 seconds do anything? –  Bryan Denny Dec 12 '12 at 13:59
Both :-) the stock AC adapter uses a USB cable to connect with the tablet. I'll try the 30 seconds trick next. –  jdm Dec 12 '12 at 14:03
Opps, I guess I should have said: USB to a computer or USB to AC adapter. Try the 30 second trick and let me know if it works –  Bryan Denny Dec 12 '12 at 14:06
@BryanDenny Holding it for > 30 seconds worked! Thanks! –  jdm Dec 12 '12 at 14:07
Related:… –  Peanut Dec 12 '12 at 16:16

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  1. Try pressing the power button for > 30 seconds.

  2. If it does not work, try to alternate power sources (PC/laptop USB port, and AC adapter) while repeating step #1.

  3. Still no go? You may have to remove back cover and reconnect battery.

  4. Warranty case.


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edited Apr 14 '13 at 21:50
answered Dec 12 '12 at 14:00
Bryan Denny
Wow, it worked, thanks! 30 seconds is a rediculously long time, I would have never thought of that by myself. Every other device I have that has long-press functions needs 5 seconds, 10 seconds max. –  jdm Dec 12 '12 at 14:06
Fantastic! Glad it worked for you! –  Bryan Denny Dec 12 '12 at 14:07
And be sure to mark this as the answer –  Bryan Denny Dec 12 '12 at 14:10
I have done steps 1-3 with no luck, and it's out of warranty. I've been charging it with the original power adapter. When I first plugged it in to charge, it booted and immediately shut down due to low battery at least twice. Since then I've had no activity at all. Is there any hope for me? –  fredley Oct 20 '13 at 21:17

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