What do you do when your Nokia N8 Freezes!

I just had a panic session today when my N8 just froze up on me and refused to come out of the locked state, no matter what I tried to do.  I can’t even yank the battery out, like I’d have done on any other phone.

I tried the unlock switch on the side refused to work. When I did keep the menu button pressed for a few seconds, I did get the unlock option on screen, but clicking on that didn’t do anything to getting out of the lock mode.

I also long pressed the power button for around 5 seconds. The first time I tried it, I got the switch off menu, but that too stopped appearing the second time over. What do I do?


After a few trial and errors of keeping various combinations of buttons, I found the solution to the problem. Press and hold the power button on top of your phone, and hold it till the phone vibrates thrice. I guess the wait time’s around 10 seconds, so have patience. When the  phone vibrates, it means that your N8′s finally shut down. So at this point just press the power button to start up the phone.

Do you have any Nokia N8 tips you’d like to share? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Vinu Thomas

Vinu is a Technical Architect working on Web technologies and a mobile enthusiast, who likes trying out new gadgets and apps. You can follow him on Twitter @vinuthomas

17 thoughts on “What do you do when your Nokia N8 Freezes!”

    1.  well it happened to me and this is what i did…. i sent a remote locking message to it using another mobile phone and got this reply….mobile phone and memory card locked using same passorwd. so i turned to my nokia n8…pressed the unlock button, entered my lock code and pyuuu it was done. switched it off and on again. am in things

  1. OMG! OMG! OOOOOMMMMMGGGG!!! thank you sooooooooooooooooo muuuuucccchhhhh!!! thank u thank u thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuu. im soooooo very gr8ful. I totally freaked out for a moment there. At least now i can think straight. thanks a bunch :D

  2. mine didnt just f*** up on the lock screen it actually shut itself down andnow it doesnt even light up at all, not even the breater light for the menu button and the firts thing i tried was holing the power button down and yeah, it didnt do anything besides vibrate 

    1. if you’re sure that the phone is charged up and you have this problem, you’ll have to take it to a Nokia service center to get it looked at.

  3. it didnt worked for me… i was using my GPS then suddenly it was turned off. i tried pressing the “on” button for couple of seconds and it vibrates thrice but still off. i dunno what to do.. guys plz help.. thanks..

    1. Charge the phone for a while and try keeping the power button pressed for a long while again. If that fails, you’ll have to take the phone to the Nokia service center to get it checked.

  4. Hai! My mobile does not receive msgs from past 2 weeks! what should i do? And for the first time when i was taking a pic, it suddenly switched off! What’s the main reason?

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