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Moto E 2nd Gen will not turn on ¶ 

The phone won’t turn on after pressing and holding power button

Unresponsive power key ¶ 

Check the power key to see if it is stuck or jammed by debris. Then apply pressure to the key to check if it is simply stuck. If key moves freely but there is no response, try using a greater amount of pressure to see if the power key contact has become dirty and non-responsive.

Not charging ¶ 

First check that the charging port is not blocked by any debris and plug in the supplied charger. If the phone continues not charging plug in the supplied charger and wiggle it up and down, if the phone starts to charge for a brief second and stops, it means the charging pins are broken. Lastly try using a different charger to see if supplied charger has gone bad.

Faulty battery ¶ 

Plug the phone in to the supplied charger and see if it charges, if when you disconnect the supplied charger and the phone turns off instantly then the battery has gone bad. If the phone is not holding charge then the battery has gone bad. Use this guide to replace battery. It is best to use an original Motorola battery in your replacement, as unapproved batteries can cause excessive heat while charging, potentially damaging internal components.

Cracked/Unresponsive Screen ¶ 

The screen is cracked or does not respond to touch input

The phone was dropped or damage occurred ¶ 

You can replace your cracked screen using our guide here. Or you can return to the place you purchased the phone and check to see if they replace cracked screens. Most places will for a fee of about $100.

Does not respond to touch input ¶ 

Ensure that your hands are clean and dry. This can sometimes get in the way of the touch screen sensors. If the phone has a screen protector on, try removing that and then checking the responsiveness. If the screen remains unresponsive, try wiping it clean with a lightly damp cloth.

If all else fails, you can replace your unresponsive screen using our guide here.

No Audio/Audio Distortion ¶ 

You cannot hear any audio or the sound quality is bad.

Stuck in head jack mode ¶ 

Check to see if the phone is in head jack mode even when headset is not plugged in by looking for head jack logo on top notification bar. If that's the case then, first try cleaning it out to see it if was just debris causing the phone to think the headphones are plugged in.

Loud speaker or earpiece sound low/bad ¶ 

Try cleaning ear peace and loud speaker ports of any debris blocking sound from coming out. After it's been cleaned make a phone call to see if sound has improved. If the sound coming from the earpiece is still low or distorted you can use this guide to replace the earpiece.

No sound on head phones ¶ 

Start by double checking your volume settings. Then check to see if there is anything inside blocking your head jack port. Also try using different headphones.

Faulty Camera ¶ 

Camera does not turn on or will not focus

The camera was damaged ¶ 

When you start the camera app and the picture is out of focus or the camera doesn't turn on, it means the camera has gone bad. You can use this guide to replace the camera.

Camera lens in cracked/scratched ¶ 

If the picture is distorted or camera cannot focus, check the lenses on the back of the phone for cracks or scratches. If that's the case you will need to replace the back case of the phone.

Moto E 2nd Gen stuck in Boot cycle ¶ 

Your phone when turned on just keeps loading the phone logo over and over.

Software corrupt or bad root ¶ 

If your phone is stuck in boot cycle it could be one of the following reasons; If you rooted the phone to gain administrative privileges, and made a mistake while doing so, it is possible the software is now corrupt. You can try factory resetting the phone, but you will lose all content this way. Or the motherboard could be faulty and needs to be replaced. Use this guide on how to replace the mother board.

Memory is full ¶ 

Storage on phone is too full so that phone will not load the boot software. Try plugging into a computer to erase or transfer all unnecessary files.

Overheating ¶ 

Phone gets excessively hot while powered on.

Too Many Apps Running in the Background ¶ 

It is possible the phone is running apps in the background without your knowledge. To check on this go to "Settings," then "Battery." Look for any apps draining an especially high amount of battery power.

Runaway Process ¶ 

A runaway process is an error in code that causes an infinite loop within a program (such as an app trying to download over and over again).

To check if a third-party app is responsible try rebooting in Safe Mode. Press and hold the Power key until the phone reboots. A window will appear titled "reboot to safe mode," then select "OK."

Bad Signal Area ¶ 

If no apps are running in the background, and you have tried all the other options, it is possible you are simply in a bad signal area. The radio transmitters in modern cell phones—which connect your phone to cell towers—get incredibly hot under heavy use. Not only will the radio transmitters get hot, but boosting the signal also uses extra battery life. Turn the phone on Airplane Mode, or turn the phone off until you reach an area with better signal strength.

Randomly Reboots ¶ 

The phone repeatedly turns on and off again at random

Safe Mode ¶ 

Safe mode is a way for your phone to restart without any third party apps. This will help determine whether or not an app is the cause for the reboot. To reboot in safe mode, press and hold the Power key until the phone reboots. A window will appear titled "reboot to safe mode," then select "OK."

If you find that you are no longer experiencing random reboots while in safe mode, then you can assume that an app is the cause.

Check for App Updates/Uninstall Apps ¶ 

Make sure all your apps are fully updated; if you still experience random reboots while not in safe mode, try systematically uninstalling apps until you no longer experience the problem.

To check for updates go to the Play Store and select "My apps" to see if any updates are available. To update and app, tap on it. If more than one app is available to update, you can selected the “Update All” button.

Factory Reset ¶ 

Alternately to uninstalling apps one by one, you can also preform a factory reset and reinstall apps one by one. If you perform a factory reset, you will lose all data not stored in the cloud.

Unable to Send/Receive Texts ¶ 

Text messages fail to send or receive

Airplane Mode ¶ 

Make sure the phone is not in airplane mode. With airplane mode turned on the phone will not send or receive cellular signal. To check if your device is in airplane mode go to "settings," and tap "more." if airplane mode is on, switch it off.

Data Limit ¶ 

Check to see if the phone had reached its data limit and the carrier had turned off the messaging services. To do this start at "settings," then tap "data usage." Make sure cellular data is on and there is not a limit blocking you.

Soft Reset ¶ 

If your problem is neither the result of airplane mode, nor reaching your data limit you can also perform a soft reset by pressing and holding the Power key for 10 seconds. This deletes any temporary files that may cause issues.

Switched from iPhone to Moto E ¶ 

There are possible messaging issues if you have switched from an iPhone to the Moto. If you recently switched from Apple to Android with the same phone number, it may not have transferred properly. To resolve this issue you will need to remove SMS capability from Apple’s iMessage service.

To accomplish this go to the Apple iMessage de-registration webpage. In the "No longer have your iPhone?" section, enter your phone number, then click "Send Code." Enter the code sent from Apple into the "Confirmation Code" field, and submit.


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Ganesh Arun - Reply

My phone won't make or receive calls. It will recieve but has a blank screen so i cant push to answer. Keeps popping up messages saying blabla has stopped working. Tried factory reset and still not working. Can't take out battery. Just a blank screen when I call my voicemail so can't put in code.

kara - Reply

When I search anything in the overhead Google search bar on the home page, then press enter nothing happens.

benkcohen - Reply

my moto e2 (4G) is found heating when using sim cards. but fully charged 100 percent. when it is idle the charge is ok found full. when using sim cards found heat and the device charge drained gradually. when used internet through wifi, device getting heat. Like this for the past two months. Now sim card is not detected. no signal. no network. I used all networks in India all are same.

now i can use camera and mp3 player only.


My Moto e will not turn on and slows no sign of charging at all. I've tried the above instructions but got nothing so far.

Jeffrey Wooley - Reply

My moto e shuts down suddenly and battery indicates empty even though the battery indicator had just before shut down showed more than half charged.

Marcia Waller - Reply

It is stuck in setup mode and will not get out

Paul Weesner - Reply

mine is stuck in setup mode and will not get out

Paul Weesner - Reply

So my moto e completely drained it’s battery and when I proceeded to charge it.. it wouldn’t charge or show any signs of anything, It wouldn’t turn on either … I figured if I left it charging all night it would come back to life … next morning .. still not turning on or responding … so I pressed and held the power key and vol + key at the same time for 20 seconds ( or until the screen turns on) and it showed a 2% battery screen on the screen and turned off again .. at this point it was able to accept a charge and then worked fine .. hope it helps someone else!

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