How to Restart in Android and Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see how to restart (also known as “reboot”) in Android and Windows 10. Let’s get started.

Restart Android Phone

You can hard reboot (See Method #3) and soft reboot (See Methods #1 and #2) your Android phone. Pick the one as per your need and wish. Let’s see both in detail.

Method #1

Press the “Power” button until you see the “Power Off” menu.

In that menu, you can see the “Restart” option.

Restart option in Power Off menu

Hit it, and you can see your Android device getting rebooted.

Note: In case, if you don’t see “Restart” option in the “Power Off” menu, then hit “Power off.” After your device is shut down, press the power button until you see the boot animation. That’s it.

Method #2

You can use this method when you don’t want to use the “Power” button for the restart.

Install “Quick Reboot” app. Remember that this app works only on the rooted Android device.

Open the app. Go through the introduction and accept the terms after you read it.

Now, you should be on the main screen of the app.

Hit the “Reboot” option to restart your Android phone.

Restart option

In the confirmation popup, tap “Yes.”


If you wish, you can add the widget of this app on your device’s home screen with the action (For instance: Restart) you prefer.

Once you want to restart, tap the widget you’ve added in the home screen and then tap “Yes” in the confirmation popup. That’s all.

Method #3

If your device isn’t responding at all, then try this method.

For the device with a removable and non-removable battery

You need to press specific hardware keys on your Android phone to do this task.

Since Android devices vary, there isn’t a single combination of keys that work for all devices. Below are the combinations that you can try and see what’s working for your device:

Press the “Power” button for 10-15 seconds. This one works for my Android device.

Simultaneously press the “Power” and “Volume Up” buttons for 10-15 seconds.

Simultaneously press the “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons for 10-15 seconds.

If all the above one fails, then try press “Power,” “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” buttons at the same time for 10-15 seconds.

For Device with the removable battery only

Remove the battery from the device. Put it back and then press the “Power” button until you see the boot animation.

See: How to Shut Down Android Phone

Restart Windows 10 PC Manually

Method #1

Open the Start menu. Click on “Power” icon.

Power icon showing options

Now, click on “Restart” option to restart PC.

Method #2

Press Alt + F4 (make sure you are on the Desktop) and you can see “Shut Down Windows” popup.

In that popup, select the “Restart” option.

Click on the “OK” button to restart your computer.

Restart option is selected

Method #3

Press Windows key + X (or right-click on Start button) to open Power User Menu.

Now, you can see “Shut down or sign out.” Hover your mouse over it, and you can see options.

Hovering mouse over Shut down or sign out showing options

Select “Restart.”


You can do this method via keyboard shortcut too and here it is: Press Windows key + X + U + R.

Method #4

Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete keys simultaneously, and then you can see the “Windows Security” screen.

There you can see the “Power” icon at the bottom right of the screen. Click on it.

Choose “Restart.”

Method #5

Launch Command Prompt.

Type “shutdown /r” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Restart command in the Command Prompt

You can see a popup which states that the action is initiated, and your computer will get restarted in the next few seconds.

You can use the above command in the below programs too:

Run Command

File Explorer Address Bar

Address Toolbar

Windows PowerShell

Task Manager (Click on File > Run new task in the Task Manager. Now, type the command in the “Create new task” box and then press “Enter”).

Method #6

Press Windows key + L, and you can see “Lock Screen.” Click on it.

Now, you can see “Sign in” screen where you can see “Power” icon at the bottom. Click on it.

Hit “Restart.”


When you click on “Power” icon, you can see a menu, and that menu is called “Power” menu.

You can see the “Power” menu in the “Start” menu, “Windows Security” screen, and “Sign in” screen.

See: How to Shut Down Windows 10 Computer

Restart Windows 10 PC Automatically

If you want to automatically restart Windows 10 computer at a specific time (for once or repeatedly) without using any third-party software, then you can do it using any one of the following two methods.

Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Launch Run Command Box. Type the following command in it:

shutdown -r -t 240

Restart command in the Run Command Box

The above command will restart your computer automatically in 4 minutes (in the command, the 240 meant seconds, which is 4 minutes) from the time it is executed. Replace the 240 with the time duration you want.

Hit “OK” button to execute the command and you’ll see a confirmation popup.

Restart confirmation popup


You can use the above command in any one of the following programs: Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell, Task Manager (In Task Manager, click File > Run new task), Address Toolbar, Address Bar of File Explorer.

If you wish to abort restart, use the command “shutdown -a” (without double quotes) in the Run Command Box before the scheduled time.

Remember that the above command works only once. In other words, it cannot repeat automatically restarting your computer at a specific time. However, the following method can.

Method #2

Launch Task Scheduler.

Find and click “Create Basic Task” from the right side of the screen.

In the “Create Basic Task Wizard” popup, enter the name and description (which is optional) for the task. Hit “Next.”

Provided name as Auto Restart

​Now, you can set the repeat frequency of the task. In this instance, my choice is “Daily” which is selected, by default. Hit “Next.”

Selected Daily

Here, you can set the date from which the task will start. Also, you can set time in which you want the PC to restart automatically. If you wish, you can change the recurring days too. In this instance, I am only changing the time and leave the rest intact. Hit “Next.”

Set the time for PC to restart automatically

Now, you can see “Start a program” option is selected, by default. Click the “Next” button.

Selected Start a program

Click on the “Browse” button and then choose the “shutdown.exe” file from the “System32” folder. Add “/r” (without double quotes) in the “Add arguments (optional)” field. Click “Next.”

Provided restart command

You can see the overview of the task’s settings. Review it. If you are not “OK” with it, hit the “Back” button and make the changes as per your liking. If you are “OK” with it, click the “Finish” button.

Overview of the task's settings

That’s all. From now on, you’ll see this popup at the time you’ve scheduled.

Confirmation popup about restart

As the popup states, your PC will get restarted in less than a minute.


After the above popup shows, if you wish, you can use the command “shutdown -a” (without double quotes) in the Run Command Box to abort restart.

To view the task: Click on “Task Scheduler Library” from the left side of the screen, and you can see the task you’ve created.

To edit the task: Right-click on the task and then select “Properties.” Now, you can edit the task as per your liking. Also, you can see many options there such as Security options, Settings, and Conditions. Play with them if you wish.

To delete the task: Right-click on the task and then select “Delete.” In the confirmation popup, click “Yes.”

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