Nexus tablet will not turn on or charge no matter what I try.


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Feb 1, 2017
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My n7 is just over 2 years old. I was using it the other day, no issues. Set it aside, it had about 40% battery. a few hours later, went to use it again. It was completely dead. Tried several websites for a solution. Holding the power button for 30 seconds doesn't work, holding the power and down volume button for 15 seconds, that solution fails. I tried to charge it using a usb cable plugged into my laptop as suggested on one site, no luck. So far nothing has worked. Could it be a completely dead battery? If the battery is loose, how do I get the back off? It is not easy as popping off the cover as some have suggested. Any other solutions out there, or should I just get a new tablet. I need a 16gb that is not junk but I can't afford more than $120. for one either. Thanks for any help!


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Feb 24, 2012
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It's the 2013 one? Step 1, leave it plugged in for a full day, like 24-30 hours without touching it. Step 2, try tapping firmly above the "U" in "Nexus" while holding the power button. Step 3, if all that doesn't work, getting the cover off is really easy but you'll need a very thin instrument to get in between the display and the back. Once off, if it's "loose" that typically is referencing the ribbon moving from the battery to the electronics.

If you do have to replace it, the Kindle Fires are pretty decent and you can put Lineage on it for near stock or other ROM's, it's pretty easy to put Google Services on the Fires and they're not horrible. The only non Amazon tablet that's worth a damn is the NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1, which is $199. It's fantastic, but obviously more than you want to spend.


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May 8, 2013
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I had to replace the USB port on mine about a year ago, when I had similar problems you're having. At the time, the whole assembly was less than $10 on ebay, and it wasn't a hard job at all. I believe you can find some videos or online instructions on how it's done.

Good luck...

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