How to Turn on a Windows Mobile Smartphone

T-Mobile Dash Power Button

Every now and I then I hear or read someone advising Windows Mobile Smartphone (aka Standard Edition) users to press and hold the power button until the screen comes on. You could do that. But, I bet your thumb or finger will start hurting after doing that a couple of dozen times. Here’s an easier and less painful way that has worked for every Smartphone I’ve used since the Smartphone 2002 days (1st generation).

  1. Press and hold the power button for a two-count (one… two…)
  2. Release the power button
  3. Wait 4 to 5 seconds. The screen will remain completely blank during this period
  4. The screen should suddenly come to life after the waiting period and start up properly

I have no idea why there isn’t some kind of indication (blinking power light or something) during that 4 to 5 second period of nothingness. If someone could explain that to us, I would be grateful :-)