How to Unbrick your Android Device | The Ultimate Guide

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So as per many requests and queries about Un-bricking an android device I decided to dedicate an article to this rather than providing support to distinct people. So this article will have it all, from Avoiding Brickage to best practices while rooting and also will be covering some ways to actually recover an android device when its bricked.

To start with the Basics, People must know what brickage is and what are its causes. Bricking an Android Device is not as simple as it sounds like.

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By my personal experience 90% of the people with bricked android queries didn’t even had their android bricked. So they were just over assuming that a boot loop has bricked their device. So we need to be clear about what a Bricked android device is ? What can a Bricked android device do ? When do i qualify to say ” Help Me Please ! My device is Bricked ! 🙁 ” ?

Is your Android Device Actually Bricked ?

Well assuming that your device is bricked will not make it happen. The word ” Brick ” when being used in terms of android rooting is really a very *Heavy* word of which i haven’t come across yet. YES, None Of my Devices Are ever Been Bricked.
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So if you think your device is bricked.. Think Again. Here are some instances where you cannot say that your android device is Bricked.

  • Device Gets int a boot loop, and never ends up in the Home screen.
  • Device has no sound.
  • Device has a broken screen.
  • Device Shuts down and boot un occasionally.
  • Device is Really Hot and is in Deep sleep.
  • Device lets you to the Recovery Mode.
  • Device Connects to The PC.
  • You can see Any or what so ever display on the screen.
  • Never the less – Device is working properly and has low RAM.
  • Last but Not the Least, You find a brick in your pocket then you think again.
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An Android Device will only be called Bricked if and only if it behaves like a Brick. n we all know what a Brick does, It just sits there alone and gets eroded.

So to continue further we must know and confirm that is your device Bricked or not. So if you are bricked then Right away skip to the UnBricking Section of this post.

Remember A bricked device has no response to what so ever stimuli we may take in consideration.

Lets decide if you have a bit of life left in your android device

The following are some Procedures to know if your device is something better than a brick. and if you have some response from your device. and getting some response is far much better than brick. Try each and every things here to know what is actually with your device.

  • Take Battery Off your device and rub the terminals with your hands.
    Now place the battery back into the Device.
    Try to Boot.
    If you feel a Vibration that means your Recovery is somewhere the problem.
  • Try to get into Recovery of your device.
    If you get there then try to flash a custom ROM or at least backup all your data.
    You can Remove Dalvik Cache and format System and factory reset.
    Try rebooting
  • If you See your manufacturer logo that means that you are in a Boot Loop and to get out of there you can try re flashing your Custom Recovery.
  • Connect your device to PC.
    If the PC Reads and responds to your device then you can easily download SDK tool Kits for android and through adb you can control adn flash your device with another recovery.

Well If these Work For you then its Great But If not then just Buckle up and read further.

How to Unbrick your Android Device | The Ultimate Guide

There is no single way to Unbrick your device, Its Just like trying to get a Human out to consciousness. You dont know what to do So you do everything to get it right. Dont miss anything and try everything possible you can do here.

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 Getting out of the Boot Loop

Use this method if your android device is stuck in any bootloop

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  • Shut down / turn off your phone.
  • Boot into Recovery mode – hold down the volume down button and then press the power button does it.
  • Use volume keys to navigate the menus, and power button to select the menu items.
  • Scroll down to “Advanced”.
  • Choose “Wipe Dalvik Cache” option.
  • Return to the main screen.
  • Choose “Wipe Cache Partition”.
  • Choose “Wipe Data / Factory Reset” to delete all your settings and apps, using the correct ROM.
  • Reboot your device.

How to flash bricked Android device using Odin

This will tell you how to flash your bricked android device using odin. this is specifically ofr Samsung devices, as they use odin as a primary source for flashing and rooting their device.

  • Download the stock firmware of your phone.
  • Download Odin from your favorite source.
  • Extract odin.zip.
  • Load Download Mode ( Volume Up key + Home key + Power key ).
  • Connect USB cable to your PC.
  • Remove and reinsert the device battery.
  • Hold down Volume Up and Volume Down keys.
  • Insert USB cable into your device.
  • Click Start in Odin.
  • Run Odin.exe.
  • Check “auto-reboot”-uncheck all options.
  • Click PDA and select the TAR you downloaded.
  • Tap device button and choose the file named “MODEM”-if the file is missing ignore.
  • Hit CSC button and choose the file named “CSC”-ignore if absent.
  • Hit PIT button and choose the .pit file.
  • Enable Auto Reboot and Reset Time options in ODIN.
  • Choose the files to be flashed or installed on your device.
  • Hit Start in ODIN.
  • The handset auto reboots. Done.
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Unbrick any android device with Once Click Unbrick tool

Now this is the thing which you will have to do when everything above fails and you don’t know what to do. We will  be using a software to unbrick your android device. This tool is really very efficient in what it says.

Follow the step by step procedure to use One Click Unbrick Tool and unbrick your android device.

  • Head on to the Official Website and download Java for your PC to make the software work.
    You have to do this if Java is not already installed on your PC.
  • Download One Click Unbrick Tool for android .
  • Now extract these files.
  • Right-click on the One-Click.jar file, move down to option “7-zip” and then select “Extract to OneClick”.
  • Now you will get a ‘OneClick’ folder.
  • Now copy ‘OneClick.jar’ file and paste it into the ‘OneClick\heimdalloneclick\resources\HeimdallPackage’ folder.’ folder.
  • Right-click on ‘oneclickloader.exe’ file and choose ‘Run as Administrator’.
  • Proceed with the installation of Heimdall.
  • After the installation is complete, you will see the the One-Click UnBrick interface.
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  • Now you can connect your device to your PC and then click on the unsoft brick button to continue the process.

This is how we can unbrick a bricked android device easily.

If everything fails just contact your manufacturers service center and tell them any fake story that can be realistic and tell them to find the problem or tell me whats wrong. By my personnel experience i can actually say that 70% of the time service centers are unable to find the flaw and are unable to identify that its a rooted and a bricked device both at the same tme. so they will surly give you a replacement in a short amount of time. You will have to be patient of course, as you are giving your device a second bonus life without even spending a penny over it. :D.

 

 

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There Are 26 Comments On This Article.

  1. plz help me! i bricked my phone because of my cable broke when im was using odin to install rom… help! my skype mateusz.realmiti

  2. May want to correct the:
    ‘OneClickheimdalloneclickresourcesHeimdallPackage’ folder

    to:
    ‘OneClick\heimdalloneclick\resources\HeimdallPackage’ folder.

    The Slashes ‘\’ are missing!

  3. I boot looped my lg l70 and I pulled the menu up and click reset to factory and erase all data on the phone. When I click yes it said restoring to factory settings and when all that’s done it just keeps doing the boot loop again. Please help

    • You will only be bale to get out of the boot loop after you flash the stock rom on the phone with the help of a computer. As in your case the thing is, that you might have deleted the rom running on your phone, and flashing a stock rom on the phone will fix that issue.

  4. Please my phone takes up to 1-2 hour to boot..
    Please I need a solution, initially I thought that my phone was bricked but from your info I think it isn’t bricked. But please is the any solution?

        • Boot into the recovery mode, and you will find the cache option there. TO get to the dalvik cache, tap on the advanced options in the recovery and there you will have it.

  5. My Moto X 2013 was a locked device i.e. its bootloader was locked. I initially unlocked my bootloader successfully and also rooted it, with twrp recovery installed without any problems. While flashing it with a custom ROM, I flashed it with a wrong firmware. Now its hard bricked. Cant boot normally, cant boot into recovery, nothing. I followed the unbricking tutorial. However I am getting the following error:

    RAMLOADER VERSION: PBL_DloadVER2.0
    ——————————————————
    DEVICE INFORMATION:
    ——————————————————
    Version : 0x8
    Min Version : 0x1
    Max Write Size: 0x600
    Model : 0x90
    Device Size : 0
    Description : Intel 28F400BX-TL or Intel 28F400BV-TL
    ——————————————————
    Using passed in packet size, changing from 0x600 -> 0x600
    EXTENDED_LINEAR_ADDRESS_REC @ 0x2a000000

    Write 65536 bytes @ 0x2a000000
    100EXTENDED_LINEAR_ADDRESS_REC @ 0x2a010000

    Write 11840 bytes @ 0x2a010000
    100START_LINEAR_ADDRESS_REC @ 0x2a000000
    EOF_REC
    Sleeping for 3s
    sdl_hello() – Invalid response: 7e030003331b7e
    sdl_hello() – This is a NAK response from ROM code, which means the device has
    been reset back to blank flash mode. Usually this is caused by power supply issues. Please try again with battery eliminator if it persists
    Unexpected target reset, bailing out after 2 retries

    Does this error indicate a hardware damage? Is my device truly dead? Can I do anything to solve the issue??? Please help guys.

  6. Ive tried to root phone Panasonic eluga l2.. With king root… Now my phone doesn’t off and doesn’t even work…it’s just shows the home screen but not responding… Please help

  7. Juan Javier Bonnin

    My bootloader was locked on my SM-T113NU. I flashed TWRP Recovery then when I boot my tablet its just a black screen but I can tell the backlight is on. When I try to boot into recovery it does nothing and I can’t also boot into download mode.

  8. I tried used the oneclick to root my phone , oneclick window, gave a ” no root for my device” but the phone went DEAD, it does not respond at all.

    I followed your instructions to unbrick it and after pasting the .jar in the resources \heimdallpackage, and running the oneclickloader.exe, the heimdall does not install, it seems the pc is not reading the phone at all, which is undersantable since it is dead .
    I took screeshots but cant find a way to insert them here.
    Please be patient , I am 75 and trying to catch up with all this overwelming new tech.

  9. m.a motaleb

    dear sir
    i am using lg g3 d855 (international) . today i am very disappointed because my phone does not work.earlier time ago i flash mm rom by pc phone was ok.after then i trying for root, root has completed.then try for auto rec mm for twrp setup ,that was my guilt.now this phone is completely bricked.no booting my phone cant go download or recovery mode. nothing happen in my phone.
    pls give me suggestion.
    [email protected]

    • Harshmeet

      have you tried visiting the service ccenter. ? sometimes you can trick them into giving you a new handset

  10. My phone got bricked… help… I was trying to install a custom BootAnimation on my device (Lava Iris 300 Style)… it was good until i edited its (the BootAnimation’s) FPS limit from 24 to 30… now my device boots up with that BootAnimation, but stucks at middle of animation…

    I tried to – 1) Wipe Cache Partition, 2) Factory Reset (this is ROM or Firmware related problem so factory reset wont work, I know, yet tried)…. 3) My device’s recovery mod does not have any type of menu named – “Wipe Dalvik Cache”… 4) I copied stock ROM to sd card and tried to install it…UNSUCESSFUL…. 5) i tried to SIDELOAD the ROM over ADB…Failed…
    6) My fastboot mod stucks with the inverted text written at left hand side – FastBoot Mode…
    7) Since my device cant boot… that’s why I cant enable the debug mod to let it detected by my PC, at all…

    • Harshmeet

      Your device actually isnt bricked.
      Try to load the older boot animation you deleted 1st.. then try to reboot. it will work as charm

  11. Micheal buntol

    I unfortunately flash a custom recovery as kernel and when i reboot it it vibrates continously and i think its absolutely brick ,

    What should i do?

  12. I have an LG D500. When I turn it on, the LG logo shows up for less than 2 seconds then goes off. I tried hard resetting it, but it goes off after I confirm the reset. I can access download manager, but the phone is not detected on a pc. What to do please?

  13. My LG G Pro E988 IS bricked, pc cant recognize phone anymore , black screen when turned on, combo keys doesnt work. How do i solve this ? Do i need special equipment to unbrick it. Any info would be helpful . Thanks

    • If you combo keys aren’t working this can be a tricky one. Make sure from the customer care that you haven’t harmed up the hardware buttons. Beecausse that can be really difficult to deal with in case of a bricked phone.

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