1. Rowan Martineau's Avatar
    My Samsing Galaxy S4 worked rather faithfully for quite a while.
    Never rooted it.
    One day, for no apparent reason, the screen and LED to the top-right of the device went completely dead.
    All I get is the occasional buzz.

    This happens when:
    *Device is plugged in
    *Device has power button held a moment
    The device does nothing beyond the first vibration if power button held.

    I have tried holding volume up plus home plus power. When I do this I get the vibration, then another a few moments later.

    My PC ignores the device when I plug it in.

    I don't care about my data; just want to do a full reset and have my phone working again.

    Is this a hard hardware issue, or is there any sort of solution I can do at home?
    12-02-2017 08:50 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Have you already tried a new battery?
    12-03-2017 01:57 AM
  3. Rowan Martineau's Avatar
    No, I haven't.
    I don't feel that it is the battery, considering how the screen doesn't even light up when the device is plugged in. The battery may also be non functioning by now, but I don't think that it is the cause of the issue.
    12-03-2017 06:35 AM
  4. amyf27's Avatar
    how old is the battery that's currently in the phone.
    12-03-2017 08:06 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Trying a new battery is still the first thing I'd do.
    12-03-2017 12:44 PM
  6. Rowan Martineau's Avatar
    "how old is the battery that's currently in the phone."

    Fairly. I received the device used (Working fine at the time, and factory reset it when I got it), and don't think it's ever had a new battery put in. At lest three years.

    "Senior Ambassador
    Trying a new battery is still the first thing I'd do."

    Honestly, I'm not so much determined to getting this phone fixed as wanting to. If I get a battery, and it turns out it's instead something expensive repair that needs to be done, I'd be stuck trying to sell an S4 battery to friends.

    Is this what a dead battery typically looks like?
    12-06-2017 07:22 AM
  7. B. Diddy's Avatar
    It certainly could be a dead battery. S4 replacement batteries are pretty cheap now -- here's one that's $7.29 with free shipping: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Repla...cUvbUpU6098183

    Or you could go to a repair shop and ask if you can test out a replacement S4 battery that they might have hanging around. If it works, then buy it from them.
    12-06-2017 06:01 PM
  8. Rowan Martineau's Avatar
    Thanks so much for the help!
    12-24-2017 04:25 PM

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