Nexus 5: Bootloop? No! Sticky Power Switch!

Sly’s Nexus went into a boot loop this afternoon while we were at Burrito Village. I’ve got her on the stock OTA image so no booting to a recovery image for us, which would have been so easy to fix.

No instead, I did some quick Googling and discovered that, over time, the power button the Nexus 5 is prone to getting ‘sticky’ to the point that the power will continue to cycle so it looks like a problem with the kernel but it’s not. It’s strictly mechanical.

More after the jump…..

Fixing the phone was easy if you compare it to consoling Sly with the news (“Fuck! Now I have to get a new phone, all my data is on my phone, the fucking pictures from our fucking trip…..” etc, etc, etc). In fact, I got the process from the video I’ve embedded below. I did bang up the phone’s shell a bit but nothing that isn’t covered up by the day-to-day protective case Sly uses.

The point of this post is that with a bit of know-how, some elbow grease and the right tools you can save yourself a butt-load of money doing the work yourself.  Too quickly we’re eager to allow someone else the opportunity to fix something for us, and get paid appropriately, before we even try to fix it ourselves.

If you, or someone you know, has this problem fix it yourself! 🙂