FranksAfro

Google Nexus 7 not charging

I'm having an issue where my Google Nexus 7 isn't charging.
I've tried a couple of chargers but I don't think that's the problem.
Has anyone else faced this problem?
Is there anything I can do like hold down a combination of buttons or connect it to my computer and force it back to life?

Most Useful Answer 1hopeful1  Mar. 25, 2015 at 01:54

2nd Gen Nexus 7 32GB (box says 7/2013; leaflet says 5/2013)
Worked fine up until about 2 weeks ago. Did the troubleshooting with holding buttons, charging via computer rather than wall, etc. Reboot worked once, tablet worked for approximately a week. Dead again, and now none of the previously tried methods work. Saw flashing white lights but still nothing. All I want is enough power to get my pictures off. Any ideas? Thanks!

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mrew42  Jul. 3, 2014 at 15:12

It could be that the screen is unresponsive rather than its actually out of charge.
Hold down the power button for 10 seconds - thats 10 good seconds, and see if anything occurs. If it doesn't respond after that, leave it on charge overnight with its original charger and see what happens. if there's still nothing, then it looks like the charger/usb port is kaput.

HUKD123  Jul. 3, 2014 at 23:21

This is a common problem with Asus tablets. I have had 5 Nexus 7s (2012 and 2013) as well as the transformer and memo pad. Apart from the transformer, they all died on me.

Here are a few things you can do:
- Charge it for about 12 hours from the mains - then try to turn it on whilst it is still plugged in.

- Charge it from other means (apart from the mains) as the voltage is lower, it can sometimes trickle life into the tablet (although this can take 7-8 hours)

- Plug tablet into wall charger for an hour. Disconnect. Immediately after disconnecting press and hold power button and volume down button. Hold for about 5-10 seconds. Whilst still holding both buttons put the tablet on charge. Continue to hold the buttons for another 5-10 seconds after the tablet is plugged in. Then release both buttons.

I know the final option is very tedious and may require someone to give you a hand. However each of these methods has worked for me in the past. The only other option is to send it for repair, if it is still covered.

I am so pleased Asus will not be making the next nexus tablet (if there is one).

MrFerret  Jul. 4, 2014 at 13:17

I concur with HUKD123. This happens frequently with my 2012 nexus 7, usually when the battery drains (buzzing noise/white screen). The button trick works for me, although make sure the charger is suitably beefy for it to work.

FranksAfro  Jul. 5, 2014 at 12:05

Thanks for the comments all!

I tried a different charger (HTC Desire) and managed to get the Google logo to come up, but nothing beyond that.

Now it seems completely dead again, but when I tried the method with Power and Volume Down, I get a flashing white light at the bottom. Is that a good sign?!? Will try the low voltage option this afternoon.

Thanks again!

HUKD123  Jul. 6, 2014 at 01:04

Thanks for the comments all!

I tried a different charger (HTC Desire) and managed to get the Google logo to come up, but nothing beyond that.

Now it seems completely dead again, but when I tried the method with Power and Volume Down, I get a flashing white light at the bottom. Is that a good sign?!? Will try the low voltage option this afternoon.

Thanks again!


The fact that it powers up is a great sign. It means that the device hasnt been bricked. Also the battery clearly isn't totally dead. Any luck so far?

I would suggest after the logo comes on with the HTC charger, let the tablet continue to charge. The HTC chargers voltage is lower than the nexus 7 charger, which means you can trickle the charge into the tablet if the battery is extremely low.

Either that, or try leave it on charge with the nexus charger after the white light at the bottom. I would leave it on for a few hours (6-8) and hope that resolves it.

1hopeful1  Mar. 25, 2015 at 01:54

2nd Gen Nexus 7 32GB (box says 7/2013; leaflet says 5/2013)
Worked fine up until about 2 weeks ago. Did the troubleshooting with holding buttons, charging via computer rather than wall, etc. Reboot worked once, tablet worked for approximately a week. Dead again, and now none of the previously tried methods work. Saw flashing white lights but still nothing. All I want is enough power to get my pictures off. Any ideas? Thanks!

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