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.


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.

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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 '15 at 5:24

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