Whenever I try to soft reset holding R + L and pressing Select or Start nothing happens. Do I have to do something to my DS or something?

I have the most recent update for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

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    possible duplicate of How can I soft reset?
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 3:55
  • You can always just press Home and close the game.
    – Elise
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 3:58
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    @Unionhawk - sounds more like a broken button than a problem with not knowing how to soft reset
    – Robotnik
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 7:11

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Make sure you are holding L and R when you push Select or Start.

It's more than likely that one of your bumper buttons are broken. A hard knock such as dropping your 3DS would be enough to break the buttons.

You can test if it's the buttons by running a simple test:

Exit the Pokemon Game, and whilst on the Home menu, alternate between pressing L and R - you should see each button light up the outlines in the bottom right of the top screen (The place where it says holding both should launch the camera). If one doesn't light up, you know it's that button which is broken.

  • Ya but what about the select and start keys. Huh?
    – Aaron
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 14:31
  • @Aaron - if you can't push Start, you'll be unable to return to the homescreen from within an app
    – Robotnik
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 22:14
  • Are there Any alternatives when the R button is broken?
    – Derp
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 22:38
  • @Derp not that I'm aware of, but if it IS broken you could take it to an electronics repair shop, chances are they could fix it relatively easily/cheaply.
    – Robotnik
    Commented Feb 17, 2022 at 2:39

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