How to Turn on a Laptop Without a Power Button?

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If you realize that the power button of your laptop has stopped working, I’m sure you will be glad to know that the other ways to turn on your laptop.

If you are looking for an alternative method of switching on your laptop without using the power button, you are reading the right article.

How to Turn on a Laptop without Using the Power Button

For beginners, you have to know that you will likely need to open up your laptop if the power button stops working. This will allow you to have access to the power circuit and to be able to work around the cables that work with the power button.

The first thing you will need is to take your laptop apart to have access to the components, the power button of your machine serves as the point of two connections.

When you press these two connections, a full circuit is completed which sends a signal to the motherboard to switch on. At this point, you have to locate these two connections and press them together (which is the job of the power button) and your laptop will turn on.

This is the simplest method of switching on your laptop without the power button. However, if you are not too sure of the best ways to open up the components of your laptop, you should know that there are other ways of switching on your laptop without the button.

Below are some of the alternative ways of switching on your laptop if the power button stops working and you do not want to touch the hardware components.

Use an External Keyboard

If you own an external keyboard that you have connected to your laptop, then it could be the solution to switching on your laptop without the power button. Most external keyboards come with a dedicated power button. This means that if you’ve set up the laptop to connect with the keyboard through Bluetooth, then you can go ahead to switch on your laptop.

However, it’s important to point out that this will only work depending on the type of keyboard that you’ve connected and the brand of your machine. For example, this will not work on a standard Mac keyboard and some Windows laptops too.

Switching on by Opening the Lid

This is another potential way of switching on your laptop without the power button. You can set your laptop to switch on whenever you open the lid. This does not work every time but it is one of the easiest options.

This method will only work if you have configured your laptop to work with the lid before the power button stops working or if you realize that your power button has stopped working while the laptop is still on, you can quickly set up the lid option to switch on your laptop. 

Get Your Power Button Fixed

I’m sure this is not the advice that you are looking for, but the truth is that,  you will also need to fix the power button at some point. It’s also refreshing to know that you don’t need to break the bank to fix the power button.

Basically, it depends on the part of the power button that needs to be fixed, if the power button is misbehaving because the clips holding it have become loose or broken, this means you will need to replace the clips.

The cost of changing or fixing the power clips will depend solely on the brand of your laptop. For instance, if your major reason for owning a laptop is for general computing tasks or gaming purposes, it will be cheaper and easier to fix the power button compared to using a Macbook. This is because laptops like Macbooks are designed not to be taken apart by just anybody. 

How Does a Power Button Work?

It’s always important to know the details about the components of your laptop which includes the power button. This can be very useful if you realize that a component of your laptop (whether software or hardware) starts misbehaving.

Everything takes place at the numerous circuits on the motherboard of your laptop. Anytime you press the power button, you initiate a connection between two points of the circuit which send a signal to the motherboard to power up the system.

When one of these connection points becomes loose or broken, the power button will stop functioning.


In conclusion, there are effective ways of switching on your laptop if the power button stops working both with and without having to open up the motherboard of the laptop.

Power button failure is a common issue that a lot of people experience, so you do not need to lose sleep over it because you can easily fix it.

Alex Berg
Alex Berg

Founder, writer, editor-in-chief at LaptopTalks. Starting LaptopTalks is like a dream come true, combining two of his passions – writing and technology. Even in his free time, you can often find him by his gaming laptop playing the latest video games.

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