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Is it possible to automatically power on the device once the charger is connected given that the device is initially turned off?

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The battery charging graphic is displayed by /system/bin/playlpm file on Samsung devices.

If you are root, you can edit this file to


Be sure to add those permissions to the file

chmod 0755/system/bin/playlpm
chown root.shell /system/bin/playlpm

Your device will now boot when plugged

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For some Samsung devices, this can be accomplished through NoMoarPowah!:

NoMoarPowah! can automatically reboot into Android when charging is done. Either when fully charged, or when the battery level reaches 15% and Android has enough juice to run.

You need root and you probably don't want to do it unless you really know what you're doing, since I would expect this to modify important system files.

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any idea how's this app works ?!. it's model specific i have the code but i can't seem to understand it well, any direction to understand this code so i could get it work on my phone ?! –  Muhammad Ghandour Mar 7 '12 at 18:55
@MuhammadGhandour I haven't looked at it myself, but I would assume adapting it would be quite a challenge if you're not already familiar with this sort of thing. One option is to ask Chainfire to support your device, he may be able to add it if you provide him with the info he needs. (As an aside, dev questions are off-topic here.) –  Matthew Read Mar 7 '12 at 18:59
i have already requested that at chainfire's channel, rather than xda-developer, Is there any other good place for Android dev questions ?!.. –  Muhammad Ghandour Mar 11 '12 at 10:08
@MuhammadGhandour Stack Overflow does development questions, you'll need to ask something specific though rather than "Can you help me understand this?" –  Matthew Read Mar 11 '12 at 22:54
actually i was redirected from StackOverflow to here for Android specific question. anyways thanks for your help –  Muhammad Ghandour Mar 13 '12 at 8:34

Kernel is loaded at a later stage in the boot-up process, so any modifications to it would not have any effect for when the device is powered off.

This functionality really depends on each device's hardware, most likely in the bootloader (more knowledgeable editors feel free to correct me.) For example, my Motorola Atrix 4G phone begins booting up when I connect a charger, while my Samsung Galaxy Tab does not - it displays the "Battery Charging" graphic and requires being powered on manually.

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so what brings up the Battery charging graphic on the screen ?!...now the bootloader is called when you hit on the power button manually, but what piece of code displays the battery charging graph on the screen ?! –  Muhammad Ghandour Mar 4 '12 at 9:19

If you want to do the opposite, shutdown when charge, use this: "Auto ShutDown when no charge" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeroFactorial.probattle good for my car's device and also had button broken

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Just got this working for ZTE Force (Boost Force, Sprint Force, etc).

I used IET_DEMO's answer, but replaced the file located at /system/bin/battery_charging with this code:

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This app solves your problem: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=auto.boot&hl=en it is called Auto Boot - Boot On Charge

This video explains its usage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYDk_qPpTVo


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What is your affiliation with this app? –  Al E. Nov 18 '13 at 19:25
That app just modifies /system/bin/playlpm in the way mentioned above –  Ole Albers Jan 14 at 20:54

I have found solution for my galaxy s4.IET_DEMO is right.You should edit some file that creates battery animation when charger is connected.But in my case , file's name was different.I searched through system/bin folder to find the file and I found it.Its name is "lpm".Just edit that file.More info @ http://arduandro.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/autobootstart-android-when-charger-is-connected/

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Check out this video. Here you will find a feature that starts the OS at a pre-defined time. We can replace that command with start-on-charger-connect.


Check this link. It says you will have to edit the fex file. Replace power_start = 1 and then build the new image. Your device will start automatically.

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Please don't post link-only answers. If the link goes dead, nobody has any idea what the video contained. Also, in this case, the solution you propose works only for certain phones made by Spice - the feature you mention isn't a standard part of Android - and only wakes up the phone from a timer, not when the charger is plugged in. –  Dan Hulme Aug 18 '13 at 9:27
It is common with MTK based devices. I own a few of them - all from different manufacturers. They all have this feature. –  AJParag Aug 24 '13 at 3:35

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