The power button is unresponsive.

Is there any other way I can restart the device running Windows Phone 8.1 without using this button?

The only option I can think of right now is removing the battery and putting it back on. This is very cumbersome. Appreciate any other suggestions.

I have a Lumia 521.

2 Answers 2


To get an onscreen button to reboot, you can change some settings:

  • add a language (Settings > Language)
  • switch regions or region format (Settings > Region)
  • toggle navigation bar vibration (Settings > Touch)
  • switch the SMS character set (Settings > Network+)
  • toggle Cortana (Settings > Applications (tab) > Cortana)

I would say the third option is the most convenient.


You can install the Reboot Now app from the Store, it gives you the ability to restart the phone without using the hard button.

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    Note that, according to reviews in the Store, this doesn't work with WP 8.1.
    – Indrek
    Apr 9, 2015 at 5:24

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