Red notification light on Nexus 4, won’t power on, device unresponsive

Nexus 4 red light Fix

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This does not necessarily mean your phone is dead. Your phone will flash the red LED light briefly when the battery is completely drained. When I got this I left the phone in the charger for a while, and eventually the white “charging battery” icon appeared again. Upon turning on the device it had 0% battery. It was in fact so drained that it died while on the charger (at 0%), so I left it to charge for longer. After it regained 30% of its battery I took it to work and it seems to be draining, charging and working normally.

Im not sure why lots of sites claim this means your phone is dead, lots of them just say “what else would a blinking red light mean”, but definitely leave your phone plugged in for a while and attempt to turn it on again before you attempt to get your phone repaired.

Also if a normal microUSB doesnt seem to be working, try the original charger + wall wart that came with your Nexus 4. My dad had this issue with the N4 and other chargers didnt seem to work. Not sure if the volt/amp/something just isnt enough from other cables or what, but Google recommended it and it seemed to work.

I just saw it. It was a simple case of 100% discharged. To fix it use the power socket charger and not the usb charger from your laptop or desktop. The red light first goes down, then it will blink and then the white charging icon comes. Let it charge at least 10 minutes after that before you switch it on, otherwise it would shutdown again (but wont go to red light mode).

In most cases the red light is not the light of death.

I just had the same issue with my Nexus 4, phone suddenly died, press the power button and it would flash the white Google then turn off. I tried several times use the power button and even hold both volume buttons and power at the same time, nothing. So I plugged it in the charger and saw the blinking red light, thought, “Oh no this is not good.”

Then I came here and read, “This does not necessarily mean your phone is dead. Your phone will flash the red LED light briefly when the battery is completely drained,” so I left the phone in the charger for a couple minutes and the white battery indicator finally came on after a couple minutes. I now realize the battery was completely drained and I did not have a glass brick for a phone. All hail the forums!

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