Android: Here’s how to power off without the Power buttons & without installing any apps

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Another day another Android tips and tricks at JILAXZONE! This time is how you can turn off / shut down / power off your Android device without the physical Power button and without installing any 3rd party apps.

Either you are looking for alternative to power off your device without using the physical Power button – simply because you want to prolong the Power button life – or your Android device Power button has just broke and you are looking for a way to power off your device, either way, there’s a way to power off the Android device without using the physical Power button and without the need to install any 3rd party apps. Here’s how you can do it.


Here’s how to power off Android device without Power Button & without installing any apps

Android has the Accessibility Menu which has few helpful features. One of them is the (virtual) Power button – which is useful to power off your Android device. Check out the steps below to activate the Accessibility Menu and use the virtual Power button feature.


One-time setup

This one-time setup is required to enable the feature. The steps below are based on Android 11 running on Google Pixel, if you are using different Android version and phone, the steps may slightly differs from yours, so please adjust accordingly.


1) On your Android device, go to Settings > Accessibility. Tap on “Accessibility Menu”.

2) Inside Accessibility Menu, under Option, turn on “Accessibility Menu Shortcut”.

3) You’ll get prompted with “Allow Accessibility Menu to have full control of your device?” and follow by lengthy description, tap “Allow” to proceed.

4) You’ll get another prompt, this time to let you know how to activate the Accessibility menu. Tap “Got it” once you read it to proceed.

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Android Accessibility Menu setup
If you are using the standard 2-button or 3-button navigation, you’ll get notified with how to use the accessibility button
If you are using Gesture navigation, you’ll get notified with how to use new accessibility gesture


Here’s how to switch off / power off your Android device without using the Power Button

Once you have done the one-time setup (instruction above), here’s how you can switch off / shut down / power off your Android device without using the physical Power button:


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On Android 2-button navigation, here’s how the Accessibility button (bottom right of the screen) looks like

1) Activate the Accessibility Menu. Depends on your Android device settings, if you are using the standard 2-button or 3-button navigations, tap on the “Person” icon located at the bottom right of the screen, if you are using Gesture navigationswipe up with two fingers.

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Android Accessibility Menu

2) On the Accessibility Menu, tap “Power”, then “Power” > “Power off” to shut down your Android device without using the physical Power button.



Bring it all together

With Accessibility Menu detailed above, now you can easily switch off / shut down / power off your Android device without the needs of the physical Power button nor installing any apps, so in case your Power button just broke, you can use the method share above to power off your Android device. However, do the method to power off your device only if you know how to power back on your Android device.

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