Nexus 7 Issue Renders It Useless, But There’s a Fix

As a Nexus 7 owner, I’ve been dealing with a few issues since receiving the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update, namely, a slow-charging Nexus 7 that takes what seems like forever to load. However, that issue didn’t prepare me for the trouble that I ran into earlier today with my Nexus 7 wherein an issue rendered my tablet useless, that is until I found a fix.

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It had been a few days since I last charged my Nexus 7. Last week, I had been using it as normal, and then, as is usually the case, the battery ran out over the weekend meaning I needed to charge it today.


The Nexus 7 tablet has an issue where the device becomes unusable, until the user applies a fix.

I decided to do that just a short time ago and plugged my Nexus 7 into my MacBook Air as I normally would and to my surprise, the Nexus 7 booted on without me touching the power button. A little odd, but nonetheless, I allowed the device to power up. And it did, though the screen flickered a bit right where the lock screen widgets are placed. Again, a little odd, but I figured it was because I hadn’t charged my Nexus 7 up for a few days.

Then, my device started to shut down by itself. As someone who has experienced random reboots in the past, on my iPhone 5 even, this didn’t disturb me. I just thought it was powering down because it didn’t have enough juice. However, a few seconds later, I jumped back, as my Nexus 7 starting hissing out a static noise with static roaming around the display.

After 10 to 15 seconds of me thinking that the battery was about to explode, the noise died as did the static. I was left with a blank black display. You can see the issue on video below.

Turns out, the issue would happen again, and again, and again, well, you get the point. It rendered my Nexus 7 completely useless. So, I did a little troubleshooting like anyone who might be in danger of losing their tablet would and found that I was not alone, that others were having similar issues. But was there a fix?

Fortunately, after shooting that video, there is a fix that worked and returned my Nexus 7 to a usable state. The fix comes courtesy of Google itself, by way of Android Central forums user jcoppola33 who has spelled out a fix and here is how those who encounter the very random and very disturbing (that noise was scary) issue should handle it.

1. Plug Nexus 7 to a wall charger.
2. Immediately press Volume Down and Power at the same time to reach the bootloader
3. From bootloader menu, press Volume Down until you see “Power Off Device.”
4. Press the Power button to select the ‘Power off device’ option
5. Once your device is off, unplug the charger and then plug it back into the device.

This fix is for the device going into sleep mode but a static hiss, endless cycle of rebooting and static lines on the display seems like it could be something else.

For me, that simple fix worked. My Nexus 7 now shows a battery meter when powered off instead of cycling endlessly and the device itself now works properly instead of shutting itself off.