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What to Do If Power Button is Not Working on Samsung S22

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Are you facing a problem with your Samsung Galaxy S22’s power button? Is it unresponsive or completely non-functional? If so, you might be wondering if it’s even possible to use your Galaxy S22 without the power button. 

The good news is, yes, it is possible. Until you get the button fixed, this guide will help do everything that the power button does, without actually using it.

Let’s dive right in.

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S22 model (S22, S22 Plus, S22 Fe, and S22 Ultra models.)

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S22 running Android 13. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

Clean the Power Button

Samsung galaxy s22 clean the power button

Before getting to the alternative ways to do what the power button does, let’s do some DIY cleaning processes on the power button of your Galaxy S22 to see if you can bring the power button back to work so you don’t need the alternative ways at all.

The power button of your device can collect dust and debris over time like any other physical buttons. This accumulation sometimes interferes with the button’s functionality and makes it unresponsive or not working. 

Therefore, try cleaning the power button and see if it works. Here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Method 01 – Use compressed air: Using compressed air can be a great way to remove dust and debris. If you have one, aim the nozzle towards the power button and give a few short bursts. Be careful not to spray too long.
  2. Method 02 – Try a toothpick or small brush: If you don’t have a way to blow compressed air, you can gently dislodge any visible debris using a toothpick or a small brush.
  3. Method 03 – Use isopropyl alcohol: If the button still doesn’t work, dampen a cotton swab with a bit of isopropyl alcohol and gently clean around the button. This can help dissolve any stubborn grime. Allow the alcohol to dry completely before pressing the button.

After cleaning, check if the power button is working. If it still doesn’t work, don’t worry. Just move on to the next section.

How to Get Things Done If the Power Button is Not Working

The power button on your Samsung Galaxy S22 performs several key functions:

  • It turns on the device, 
  • turns off the screen, 
  • wakes it up, and 
  • brings up the bixby if enabled. 
  • It also allows you to access the power menu, which gives you options like powering off the device, restarting, enabling emergency mode, and booting the device into recovery mode.

In this section, we will provide alternative methods to perform each of these functions (except turn on the device) without the need for a power button.

01: Restart/Emergency Mode/Safe Mode Without Using the Power Button

There are a few ways to restart your device without the need for a power button.

Method 1: Using the notification panel

  1. Swipe down the notification bar to bring up the notification panel.
  2. Tap on the power icon.
  3. There you will see the power options just like when you keep pressing the power button.
  4. From there you can select power off (which you shouldn’t press since the power button doesn’t work to turn on the device), Restart, and Emergency Mode. You can even use the safe mode function by tapping and holding the restart button.
Power off menu samsung

This method will force your device to restart without using the power button.

Method 2: Using the Accessibility Menu

  1. Open the Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Accessibility.
  3. Tap on Advanced Settings.
Advanced settings
  1. Tap on the accessibility button.
  2. Select the Assistant menu.
Enable assistant menu
  1. A small floating icon will appear on your screen. Tap on this icon.
  2. Tap on Power off menu.
Assistant menu - power off menu
  1. Now you will see the same power menu you can see when keep pressing the power button.

02: Enable Scheduled Power Offs

Scheduled power off is a feature that allows your Samsung Galaxy S22 to automatically turn off and on at a specific time. This can be very useful if your power button is not working, as it provides an alternative way to restart your device.

Here’s how you can set up scheduled power offs and ons:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Battery and device Care.
  3. Tap on the three dots at the top right corner and select Automation.
  4. You will find the “Auto restart” option, tap on it.
  5. Now, you can schedule the time and days when you want your device to automatically restart.

Please note that your device must have more than 30% battery and the screen must be off for the auto restart to work. Also, make sure your device is not being used during the scheduled restart time.

03: Turn on the Screen Without Using the Power Button

One of the most frequent uses of the power button is to wake up your device’s screen. Your Samsung Galaxy S22 has a built-in feature called “Double Tap to Wake up” that allows you to turn on the screen by simply double-tapping on the screen, without using the power button.

Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Go to the Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Advanced features.
  3. Now, tap on Motions and gestures.
Motions and gestures
  1. You will see the Double Tap to Wake up option. Toggle the switch to turn it on.
Double tap to turn on and turn off device

Now, you can easily wake up your device by double-tapping on the screen.

But what about turning off the screen without using the power button? For this, you can decrease the screen timeout duration. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Settings > Display.
  2. Now, tap on Screen timeout.
  3. Select the shortest available time.

By doing this, your screen will automatically turn off after a short period of inactivity, thus saving you the need to use the power button.

04: Map the Power Button Function to another key

Key binding is a process that allows you to assign a specific function that was originally associated with one key > to another key. This is handy when a particular key, like the power button in this case, stops functioning properly.

To map the power button function to another key, such as the volume up or down key, you’ll need to use a third-party app. One such app is “Button Mapper: Remap your keys”, available on the Google Play Store.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Download and install Button Mapper: Remap your keys from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the app. The app will ask for accessibility permissions. Enable “Button Mapper” under the Accessibility menu.
  3. Return to the app and tap on Add Buttons at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Press the volume key (either up or down, whichever you prefer) when the app prompts you to press the button you want to customize.
  5. The app will then add the volume key to your button list. Tap on it.
  6. Toggle on the Customize option.
  7. Under the “Actions” section, select “Power Dialog” for “Single tap,“Double tap,” or “Long press,” based on your preference.
  8. Test the new key binding by pressing the volume key in the way you selected.

Key binding is a temporary solution. If your power button is not working, it’s recommended to get it fixed by a professional. Until then, this workaround should help you operate your Samsung Galaxy S22 without much inconvenience.

Wrapping Up

We hope this guide has helped you to deal with a non-functioning power button.

Share this guide with other Galaxy S22 users who may be facing the same issue. If you have any questions or need explanations, feel free to leave a comment below.

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