So you’ve bricked your phone. You flashed a ROM 6 Best Android 6.0 Marshmallow Custom ROMs 6 Best Android 6.0 Marshmallow Custom ROMs If you want to upgrade your phone to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, don't wait! These custom ROMs make it easy. Read More , installed a mod, tweaked a system file, did something — and now your phone won’t boot.
Don’t panic, it’s
almost certainly fixable, depending on how it is bricked.
The soft brick. The phone freezes on the Android boot screen, gets stuck in a boot loop, or just boots straight to recovery. So long as something happens when you turn it on, it’s soft bricked. The good news is these are pretty easy to fix.
The hard brick. You push the power button and nothing happens. Hard bricks can be caused by things like attempting to flash an incompatible ROM or kernel, and there’s normally no software solution for them. Hard bricks are very bad news, but fortunately they’re very rare.
Chances are that you’re soft bricked. While the differences in how various Android phones work make it hard to come up with a catch-all solution for every instance of a soft brick,
there are four common tricks you can try to get yourself back on track:
- Wiping data, then re-flashing a custom ROM
- Disabling Xposed mods through recovery
- Restoring a Nandroid backup
- Flashing a factory image
Before you get started make sure your phone and computer are set up and ready with the proper tools.
What You Need
Chances are you’ll already have most of the tools you need to recover your bricked phone. They’re the same tools you used to root your device and flash ROMs, and you should also be familiar with how they work. Even so, double check before you begin.
Most important is a custom recovery What's a Custom Recovery? Exploring CWM, TWRP, and Friends What's a Custom Recovery? Exploring CWM, TWRP, and Friends If you've ever considered tinkering with your Android device, you've probably read that you need to flash a custom recovery onto it before you can do anything serious. But, that begs some questions. Read More . This would have been installed when you rooted your phone, but it can sometimes get overwritten by the stock recovery, or wiped entirely. If you do need to reinstall it we recommend going with TWRP. It’s a fully featured custom recovery, very to easy to use, and has builds for most popular devices.
Next up, you might need Fastboot and ADB New To Android Debug Bridge? How To Make The Process Simple And Easy New To Android Debug Bridge? How To Make The Process Simple And Easy ADB is incredibly useful for sending commands to your Android device from your computer. For the beginners out there, here's a dead simple way to use ADB. Read More . These are commonly used for rooting and flashing system mods, and you can get both from the Android Developers website.
And finally, some manufacturers use specialist software to flash factory images. Hopefully you can avoid doing this, but if you need to you can use Odin for Samsung, the LG Flash Tool for LG devices, and the HTC Sync Manager for HTC.
1. Wipe Data and Re-flash a Custom ROM
Try this method if: You flashed a ROM and now Android won’t boot.
One of the most likely causes of soft bricking your phone is when flashing a custom ROM How to Find and Install a Custom ROM for Your Android Device How to Find and Install a Custom ROM for Your Android Device Android is super customizable, but to fully take advantage of that, you need to flash a custom ROM. Here's how to do that. Read More goes wrong. And one of the most likely causes of that is that you opted to not wipe your data first.
Often referred to as a “dirty flash”, this is when you choose to forego the inconvenience of having to restore your apps and data by flashing a new ROM on top of your old one. As a general rule, you can get away with it if you’re flashing a newer version of your existing ROM, but
you must always wipe your data whenever you flash a different ROM.
Fortunately, it’s easy to fix — as long as you’ve backed up all your data Back up Your Android Phone Today Before It's Too Late Back up Your Android Phone Today Before It's Too Late If you lost your phone today (or it was stolen or damaged), would you still have all your photos, contacts, and data? Let's make sure everything is properly backed up. Read More properly. If you haven’t, well, you’ve learned an important lesson the hard way.
- Boot into your custom recovery
- Navigate your way to the
Wipe option and choose
- Check the box marked
Data (you can wipe the system, ART cache, and cache again too), then
- Re-flash your custom ROM
Wiping your data effectively performs a factory reset, but it shouldn’t clear your internal storage or SD card (although, again, you should back it up just to be safe). When you restart your phone, you’ll see the Android setup screen. After entering your Google account information, your apps should begin reinstalling automatically.
If you need to, you can restore your data from your Nandroid backup. See the
Restore a Nandroid Backup section below.
2. Disable Xposed Modules in Recovery
Try this method if: You get boot loops after installing a new Xposed module.
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Use ADB Push to Install the Xposed Uninstaller
The best way to deal with problems is with the Xposed Uninstaller. This is a small flashable zip that you can install through the recovery to remove Xposed from your device.
If you don’t already have it on your phone, you can put it on an SD card, or you might be able to copy it over using the ADB push method:
- Download the Xposed Uninstaller to your desktop
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB and boot into recovery
- Launch the command prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac) and use the
cd command to change the directory to where you have adb installed
adb push [full path to xposed uninstaller.zip] [full path to destination]. On Mac and Linux, precede the command with
- When the file finishes copying, flash it through the recovery
How to Disable Xposed Modules in Recovery
If you can’t use ADB push, try either of these solutions.
- Boot into recovery, navigate to
Advanced > Terminal command
- Create a file called
- Reboot your phone
prevents Xposed modules from starting:
- Boot into recovery, select
- Navigate to the folder
/data/data/de.robv.android.xposed.installer/conf/ then delete the file
- Reboot your phone
None of these solutions will undo any changes the modules have made to your system. If this is the cause of your problem, you will have to restore your Nandroid backup.
3. Restore a Nandroid Backup
Try this method if: You need to remove other system mods, replace a tweaked system file, or if the methods above didn’t work.
The Nandroid backup What Is A Nandroid Backup and How Exactly Does It Work? What Is A Nandroid Backup and How Exactly Does It Work? You need that backup at the ready. Read More is the safety net for Android mods and tweaks. It’s a complete snapshot of your phone, not just your data and apps, but of the operating system itself. So long as you can access your custom recovery and have a Nandroid backup, you will be able to
get your soft bricked phone up and running:
- Boot into recovery and navigate to
- Select your backup, confirm, and wait while it’s restored
- Reboot your phone
Nandroid backups are a bit of a pain to make. They take a while and cannot be done in the background. But they’re worth it: they’re the simplest way to unbrick your phone.
Recover Data From a Nandroid Backup
A Nandroid backup can also save the day if you had to wipe your data and didn’t back it up in an easily restorable form. It’s possible to extract specific parts of a Nandroid, so you can restore your apps and data without needing to restore the operating system as well.
- Boot into Android and install Titanium Backup from the Play Store
- Tap the menu button and navigate to
Special Backup/Restore > Extract from Nandroid Backup
- Select your backup from the list
- Choose whether to restore apps, data, or both, and select them (or hit
- Tap the
green tick icon to start the restore process
4. Flash a Factory Image
Try this method if: None of the other options work.
If all else fails, the nuclear option is to re-flash a factory image. This restores the phone to its original state and will wipe your internal storage as well as everything else. It’ll also unroot your phone.
Because it wipes everything, you might be better off trying to flash a stock ROM first. OnePlus actually offers flashable ROMs for recovery rather than factory images, and you’ll find similar for virtually every device at xda-developers.com. In many cases you’ll be able to flash a pre-rooted stock ROM for added convenience.
Where flashing a factory image differs from flashing a ROM is that it happens over a connection to your desktop computer rather than through recovery. Some devices use the Fastboot tool from the Android SDK, but others use custom software. Samsung uses the Odin tool, for instance, while HTC uses the HTC Sync Manager.
Because of the different methods used, the instructions for flashing a factory image differ for each device. And not all manufacturers make their firmwares publicly available, so you have to find them from unofficial sources.
Here’s where to find factory images for some popular Android brands:
What About Hard Bricks?
First make sure it is bricked — plug it in and leave it to charge for a while. Attempt to reset it by either pulling the battery How to Diagnose and Repair Android Boot Problems How to Diagnose and Repair Android Boot Problems Is your Android phone or tablet failing to power on? Odds are good you'll be able to fix it with these simple steps. Read More or holding the power button down for 10-15 seconds.
If it is definitely hard bricked, then you may be out of luck. Some phones can be revived with a
USB Jig, a tiny device that plugs into the USB port and puts the phone into
Download Mode to reinstall the stock firmware. These can be found cheaply on Ebay, but only for a very small number of devices, and even then there’s no guarantee that they’ll work.
Beyond that, you may need to send your phone in for repair (though rooting your phone probably voided your warranty) or seek out a local phone repair person. But you most likely will end up needing to buy a new phone Best Places To Buy And Sell Used Android Phones Best Places To Buy And Sell Used Android Phones Looking to sell an old Android phone or buy a used Android phone? Let's compare the best services for buyers and sellers. Read More .
Still, hard bricks are quite rare, especially for the most popular mods like flashing ROMs. Soft bricks are far more likely. It’s almost inevitable you’ll experience a soft brick eventually, but fortunately, it will just be an inconvenience rather than something to worry about.
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January 3, 2018 at 7:23 pm
My coopad note 3 lite is soft bricked when I flash it.It's flash successfully but it's always going into boot loop and and I also try
Adb cammand but my computer says error: null no device found
Please help meReply
November 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm
my O+ android phone is dead when i click power button' Its just nothing happen what i did is while my phone is updating firmware through computer i accidentally unplug the cable then boom after shit happens. I think my phone is hard brick........... can't detect to my PC anymore ...... sorry for my bad englishReply
December 25, 2017 at 6:16 am
Same with my android phone. While flashing my pc turned off due to insufficient battery and now I ended up getting a bricked phoneReply
- Harshit December 25, 2017 at 6:16 am
November 13, 2017 at 7:17 am
My device is Lenovo phab 2 it's not booting because I installed twrp after I go and wipe data after reboot my device is a not booting mobile is stucked and One thing is I am not backuping my device , pls help me how to recovery mobile. And how to backup my software pls pls pls help me........Reply
November 5, 2017 at 4:04 am
Please tell how to unbrick micromax a111Reply
November 5, 2017 at 4:04 am
I hard bricked my miceromax a111,please anybody knows how to unbrick it.Reply
October 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm
my Lava Iris x1 grand phone is soft brick .i have custom recovery . so,how to flash stock framware rom ?Reply
September 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm
Hlo. I firstly used TWRP 3.0.2-2 . And istalled AOSP for my Lenovo k3 note. As it had some bugs I thought to flash Super RR custom rom by Jdesing. I tried to flash the rom through the same version of twrp recovery. Error 7 occurred. I searched on Google about error 7 and I came to know it happens because of fake version of TWRP. So again backup my previous data and installed Flashify app and flashed TWRP 3.1. and it prompted for 'Flashing Complete' 'reboot'. I rebooted. And its stuck in bootlooping. And as for my fate, I didn't enable USB Debugging before doing all that. Can anyone please tell me what to do now?Reply
September 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm
Hello i am facing a hard brivk in my micromax e353...is there any solution for itReply
July 23, 2017 at 11:24 am
I have redmi 2
In multirom mod ,,I flashed roms in multirom mod
I flaah Tesla then temasek both are OK but then I flash miui Rom lollipop version
It takes too much ..After completing when I click ..reboot to system in twrp
All black neither recovey nor fastboot and my device not turning on and detected by pc!!:(Reply
June 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm
OK.. I soft bricked my Samsung Galaxy s3 . I have twrp installed and I did backup my system before. I followed all instructions to restore backup and it's telling me that there is no is installed..
I do have a backup on my SD card... my USB port also isn't working to connect to a computer..
I need help.. I don't know what to do.Reply
July 29, 2017 at 5:04 am
Hi there, have you got your phone running again yet? I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 that i have successfully recovered from a soft brick experience. My phone is model I9305 if your phone is same model i can send info on how i got mine going again.Reply
July 29, 2017 at 5:51 am
Unfortunately I haven't gotten my poor old phone up and running. I truly appreciate your offer of assistance but mine is a SPH-L710Reply
- Brandy July 29, 2017 at 5:51 am
God bless you
September 22, 2017 at 3:24 pm
You need driver to detect your devices. Just flash stock rom with odin(choose scatter file only preloader in download mode 1st)usb work back. After that flash again all file without preloader. Again, flash again whole file scatter will revive your phone. Now your phone imei and wifi not working. Google nvram or .... For solution.Reply
- Sam July 29, 2017 at 5:04 am
June 11, 2017 at 10:27 am
I bricked my phone, first a softbrick where I flashed android 6.0 ROM on my Alcatel Flash 2 and can't enter recovery mode, then I tried ADB fastboot but it also wont let me do fastboot -w, down to my 3rd option is sp flash tool I did the format all+download (which I think or now know is wrong) plugged my phone and error occured in the middle of the process, instead of the green check box, I had a red txt error which where I know I f*d up bad, now my phone wont turn on, pc is reading it but as USB DA, adb wont recognize it as well as sp flash tool, not charging as well. I guess i have now a Hard Bricked Phone.Reply
August 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm
were u able fix?Reply
- James August 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm
May 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm
Hey I have flashed twrp recovery on infocus bingo21 m430 by flashify app(root users) after flashing , as I click on reboot in recovery , then it stops on infocus android logo screen & showing fastboot mode..
Plz anyone help meReply
April 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm
I flashed wrong twrp.img which is for other device because I cant find twrp for Lenovo A2010,so it stops at the Lenovo logo and reboots again and again and it doesn't boot into recovery mode...now it became worser the battery drained out and it connects and disconnects automatically while charging indicating low battery it does the same when connected to an PC....can anyone help me with a solution
plz help meReply
April 17, 2017 at 12:45 am
I was able to successfully root my phone and things were working pretty awesome.
However, when I tried to flash linux.img using TWRP, the phone phone went into a bootloop (I guess). Now, the phone keeps flashing the screen light and immediately attempts reboot. I am using a HTC Desire 626g plus dual sim and the above mentioned loop just keeps going on.
Kindly advice whether it seems like a soft brick or hard one. Also would appreciate any sort of guidance towards resolution.
Thank you in advance.Reply
March 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm
I soft bricked my galaxy gt s7582,...but I was successful to solve that problem... Kinda internet
March 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm
Hard bricked my 200 quid zuk z2 by lenovo. im guessing theres nothing I can do D:Reply
February 4, 2017 at 10:02 am
Hi there, thanks for your article. Please I got a Sm-T311 tablet clone. Same tablet other company call it HDC tablet. Mine came originally with android version 4.2.2. Mtk 6582. I tried to upgrade to android 5 which I didn't succeed, but got a dark screen now. I have search for a ROM everywhere, which I got 1 ROM out of 8, which when flashed with sp tool, tablet will be charging but two colors on screen, with no images. Please I have a nandroid backup in my PC which I did before bricking the phones. Please any help with my nandroid backup?Reply
January 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm
Although it was awful at the time, I've hard-bricked a Nexus 4. Was playing around with some kernel tweaks that weren't compatible with my kernel. Phone suddenly shut off and refused to power back on. I knew it was all over when the charging LED went out. Kinda glad that device is gone though - needed a new battery and overheated very badly (like 90 degrees badly). I'm much more educated now, and enjoying my Nexus 5X.Reply
January 14, 2017 at 11:10 am
My yuphoria yu5010 is hard bricked during installing a custom rom update plz tell me solution call me if u have zig tool in UP 8057648799Reply
January 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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November 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm
can i install a different rom for any phoneReply
October 30, 2016 at 5:35 am
I av flashed an infinix note 2 16g 2g with a ROM for 16g 1g and now d phone is bricked is there any hope for me to revive d phone?Reply
August 24, 2016 at 3:48 am
I have an HP Slatebook 14 that is soft bricked and I cannot get it into recover, ADB, since HP locked the device down so hard. I have an OTA update file but from about a full week of research and scouring all the sites its a huge mystery how to fix this. I had TWRP on it and rooted but as I said it just boots to the HP powered by android screen and stays. Every once in a while it reboots on its own and back to the for mentioned screen. HELP!!! PLEASE!!!!Reply
August 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm
Yep, I've hard-bricked mine (LG L5 E610) after a couple of unsuccessful flashes of some of the CMs (probably just bad versions). Boots into a screen with some strange lines and colours and stays like that. But it was high time I bought a new one, the LG was really at the end of its life. Looking back, I'm glad I did it, lol.