How to Fix Android Boot Loop Issue

Has your Android device ever encountered a boot loop and failed to access the operation system? Don’t feel upset since this post offers 3 effective methods to get you out of the problem.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Oct. 30, 2020

The phone appears to power on normally but the phone keeps cycling through the logos and rebooting instead of loading the home screen. How do I fix Bootloop without losing data?

                                                                                                                                                            – An Android User

In recent years, the boot loop has become a more and more common issue for Android users. When it happens, you can only see the Android logo displaying on the screen but fail to enter the Android phone. In this post, we would like to introduce 3 effective methods to help you get out of the dilemma.

Why Is My Phone Boot Looping?

Before learning to fix your Samsung boot loop, you are expected to know the possible reasons behind the problem in case we suffer from a similar issue next time.

For many Android users, a boot loop happens when there is faulty communication within the Android operating system, which prevents your Android device from completing its boot sequence and thus reboots itself automatically, continuously, and repeatedly.

Fix Android Boot Loop Issue

Fix Android Boot Loop Issue

If we further study the reasons behind its boot loop, we can find that it frequently occurs when you have made some changes to the operating system or downloaded a new application. This means Android boot loop error is always caused by the following reasons:

  • The user seeks to install a custom app but the app file is corrupt and unreadable during saving
  • The Android operation system fails to launch because of a faulty update and installation
  • The Android mobile suffers from viruses due to malware or a malicious app
  • The phone is physically broken by water, external force, or even a short circuit

You don’t need to feel panic when you are faced with this situation, since we are here to provide you with 3 effective methods to fix this problem. By trying these solutions, you can fix your Android boot loop issue all by yourself. Notably, you are encouraged to try on more than one method since whether you can get rid of the boot loop in minutes depends on the specific model of your Android phone and what caused the problem.

Remove and Reattach Its Battery

One of the easiest ways of fixing the boot loop issue is to take out and reinstall the battery of your Android device. This soft reset operation can more or less fix the boot loop for your Android device without losing data.

To complete a soft reset operation, you can take the following steps:

  1. Firstly, you need to ensure your device is turned off
  2. Use a tiny screwdriver to remove the back cover of your device
  3. Pull out its battery and reattach it after a few seconds
  4. Reboot your Android device to check if the boot loop issue still exists
Remove and Reattach Its Battery

Remove and Reattach Its Battery

For Android models whose battery cannot be removed, you can simply shut down the device for a while. Then restart it to see if you can normally enter the operating system.

Hard Factory Reset the Device

Although the boot loop issue occurs for many reasons, most issues can be resolved by a factory reset. Since your operating system cannot run normally, you are unable to complete the factory reset under the Settings app. However, you are allowed to perform a hard factory reset using power and volume buttons.

Before you seek to hard reset your Android device, you need to note that normally a factory reset erases all your data and documents on your Android devices. Therefore, if you want to fix an issue through a factory reset, you’d better have backed up your Android device before.

Here is what you can do to complete the hard factory reset through power and volume buttons:

  1.  To perform the hard factory reset via recovery mode, first, you should make sure your Android device is not in charging status.
  2. Press down the “power” button and “volume up” button at the same time for a few seconds.
  3. Then your phone will access the recovery mode.
  4. You can leave the buttons while you see the Android logo on your screen. If you fail to see the logo, you have to repeat the mentioned steps until you see the Android logo.
  5. Now you can view the settings via volume up/down and select options via power buttons.
  6. Scroll down to find and click the “wipe data/factory reset” option.
Hard Factory Reset The Device

Hard Factory Reset The Device

Then your device will start to hard reset. You may need to wait for a few minutes until it completes the process.

CWM Custom Recovery Mode

CWM custom recovery mode is one of the recovery modes developed for Android devices. It is used to replace or reinstall stock recovery features.

Since the boot loop mainly results from system issues. You can use the CWM Recovery Mode to wipe the system of your Android device so as to address the boot loop issue. Every model of Android device can boot into its CWM custom recovery mode by pressing a combination of buttons.

Take Huawei EMUI phone users, for example, to access the CWM custom recovery mode, you are required to turn off the device first and hold the “Volume down” and “power” buttons at the same time for a while. Then release the buttons once you see a list of options.

CWM Recovery Mode

CWM Recovery Mode

Once you enter into the recovery mode, then you can click the following options to fix the boot loop issue:

Select “Advanced” option > Choose “wipe dalvik-cache ” > Click “mounts & storage” > choose“wipe /cache”

Then you can reboot your phone to check whether your phone can launch in normal status.

The Bottom Line

Fixing the Android boot loop issue is not difficult. In rare cases, your Android device’s operating system is infected by a virus and you are suggested to ask a technician for help. Also, if it doesn’t result from external violence, you can try on the mentioned methods to get your device back to normal by yourselves.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.