Android Bricked? Best 4 Solutions Offered

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Hi there, I was flashing a custom ROM on my Samsung device but now the device is in bricked state. Please help me if there is any trick to unbrick my phone.

This is a frequently asked question in forums and from our readers. In this post, we are going to explain about Android brickedissue and its fixes. We noticed that there are many users who don't exactly know the problem of their devices because Android phones can be soft bricked or hard bricked. So, without wasting much time, simply scroll down and get to know in what kind of situation your Android phone is soft bricked or hard bricked and what can be done to fix the bricked Android device.

Android bricked

Before we start introducing the solutions, we would like to offer a comparison between them, so that you can choose a solution quickly.

Solutions
Effectiveness
Operation
Time
iMyFone Fixppo for Android
100% works for Android system issues
Very easy
Minutes
Wipe Cache Partition
Doesn't work for system problems
Easy
Depends on the size of Cache
Factory Reset Your Phone
Doesn't work for system problems
Easy
Takes hours if you have lots of data
Flash a New ROM Manually
Working or not depends on the ROM
Complicated & difficult
Hours

1. Check Your Device Is Soft-bricked or Hard-bricked

Before we dive deeper into this discussion, let us first know why the term "brick" is used for Android devices. Actually the "Android bricked"term is used when the device becomes inoperable in every way. Well! This might sound crazy but as the Android phone's shape is somewhat similar to that of brick; when you aren't able to fix it in all possible ways, you can say the condition of device is bricked and it is as good as a brick. People have misconception about the term bricked Androiddevice and they fail to classify between Soft Brick and Hard Brick. You can't directly say that your device is bricked until you know the difference between the two.

Soft Brick

If your Android device shows boot loops, freezes in between, goes to recovery state directly, it may refer to as soft bricked. This can mainly happen due to improper installation of the operating system, or any malfunction in between the OS upgrade. The reasons are most likely the incompatible ROM or draining of battery during the OTA update. However, the good side is that you can fix the soft bricked Androiddevice and bring back to its healthy state. So basically Soft Brick is the problem that doesn't allow you boot Android system.

Hard Brick

Hard Brick refers to a condition that all the data in your phone is erased including the system used to load the operating system. In this case, you will not be able to install OS or ROM. It usually happens when one tries to install custom ROM that is probably not mean to work for that particular device. Although the problem cannot be resolved, it rarely occurs.

If you are having a soft bricked Android phone, you can keep reading to get a solution. If your phone is hard bricked, we would suggest switching to a new phone or seek for help from the manufacturer.

the difference of soft brick and hard brick

2. The Best and Easiest Way to Fix Bricked Android Phone

As explained above, soft brick usually happens for system problem. That can be resolved by reinstalling system. Here is the easiest and professional way to do that. Simply make use of iMyFone Fixppo for Android to get the problem solved on your own.

This tool is specifically designed to help users get rid of the Android system issues effortlessly. With the most advanced technology in this area and the fastest speed of repairing, the tool stands as the best option when it comes to bricked Android issue.

The best part is that it 100% works for system problems because of its errorless OS reinstalling process and full compatibility with all Android OS. Besides, it is extremely easy to use and you don't need to have any specialized skills in technology to use the tool. Let us check how easily this tool works.

How to Fix Android Bricked with iMyFone Fixppo for Android

Before you start, download the tool and install it. Run it afterwards and click on the "Start" button.

Step 1: Offer Android Details and Download Firmware

Select the necessary Android details. Once you do it, click on the "Download Firmware" button and the program will initiate downloading and extracting the firmware for your phone.

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Step 2: Get into Download Mode and Connect Device

After checking all the details, just follow the easy steps mentioned on the screen to put your Android phone into Download mode. Now, just take the USB cord and connect your Android device with the computer using it.

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Step 3: Repair the  Bricked Android

Lastly, when the program recognizes your phone in download mode, it will automatically start fixing your soft bricked Android device. Once completed, your device will restart and everything will be fixed.

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3. Other 3 Solutions to Unbrick Android

There are also some other methods to fix the problem. However they may not helpful for most situation or some of them are very complicated to handle.

3.1. Wipe Cache Partition

The next solution that can be of assistance in case of a bricked Android is wiping the cache partition. Here are the steps on how you can perform this.

  • Start with turning off your device. Next, you need to boot it in Recovery mode. Please note that the steps for this may vary from device to device. Majorly, it covers long pressing of Power and other buttons like Volume Down or Up simultaneously. For this, first Google the apt steps for Recovery Mode.

  • Now, you need to make use of the volume keys to scroll up or down. Using the keys, go to the option "Wipe Dalvik Cache" and to select it, press the Power key. After this, pick out "Wipe Cache Partition".

  • As a result of this, the entire settings and apps will be removed from your device. Now you can reboot your device.

Wipe Cache Partition

3.2. Factory Reset Your Phone

Here is another method to fix the bricked Androiddevice. You can go for hard reset. This is different from device to device. Here we take Samsung phones as an example. The step by step tutorial is given below.

For most Samsung Devices:

  • Hold down the Power key and turn off the device.

  • Now, keep pressing the "Power", Home" and "Volume Up" buttons altogether. You may receive "Installing update" and "No command" screens. Wait until you get to the Android Recovery screen.

  • Now, on this screen, use the "Volume Down" button and choose "Wipe data/factory reset" followed by pressing the "Power" key.

  • When the warning screen appears, simply hold the "Volume Down" key until you see the "Yes" option. Tap the "power" button then.

  • Past a couple of seconds, you will notice a screen where "Reboot System Now" option will be selected. Hit on the "Power" button and reboot the device.

For Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8:

  • Start with turning off device and press "Power" + "Bixby" + "Volume Up" buttons simultaneously. When Samsung logo comes, release the buttons and wait until Android Recovery screen becomes visible.

  • Go to "Wipe data/factory reset" option via "Volume Down" button and press "Power" button to confirm.

  • On the Warning display, tap the "Volume Down" key till "Yes" comes. Press "Power" again and the Recovery screen will re-appear. "Reboot System Now" will be selected and you got to press "Power" key.

3.3. Flash a New ROM Manually

While booting your device, if you see it going straight to the Recovery mode, you can sense the issue with the flashed ROM. If this is the situation; there is a requirement of flashing the ROM once again. If this goes in vain, attempt to use completely different ROM. you can use the SD card to download the ROM from internet for convenience. Next, you have to follow the steps given below.

Step 1. Search online for a safe ROM for your device. Please note that if the ROM is not suitable for your device. Your device may be hard bricked.

Step 2. If your Phone still works, backup all the data in the internal storage. If it cannot be operated or recognized by computer, backup the data on SD card using a card reader.

Step 3. After backing up your phone, make sure your phone has been well charged.

Step 4. Remove the SD card and connect it to PC and drag the ROM's zip file to SD card. Stay there until it is copied.

Step 5. Eject SD card once done and insert in the phone again. Take the device in Recovery mode. As mentioned above, the steps maybe different on different phones. If it is Samsung phone, check the steps on the above part. If it is some other brand, Google how to do it first.

Step 6. With Volume buttons, go to "install ZIP from SD Card".

install ZIP from SD Card

Choose "choose zip from sdcard".

choose zip from sdcard

Choose the copied zip file and flash the ROM.

choose the rom file

Step 7. After the installation of the ROM, go back to the main recovery screen and click "reboot system now" to reboot your phone.

reboot system

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By  Bryan Cooper , to Android Issues

Posted on Jul 19, 2019  ( Updated: Jul 22, 2019 )

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