Ultimate Ways to Fix a Bricked Android Phone

If you ever encountered an android phone getting bricked, you are in right place. Here in this post, you can get several ultimate ways to fix your bricked phone and take it back to work as usual.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2020

Android phones don’t brick unless you meddle with their operating system. You can end up bricking your device by flashing a ROM, modifying a system file, and numerous other ways. The final result is that you cannot start your phone or access its interface.

Ultimate Ways to Fix a Bricked Android Phone

Ultimate Ways to Fix a Bricked Android Phone

Although the issue is solvable in most cases, the solution may not be simple, and you are going to need a number of tools just to start fixing the problem that caused your phone to brick. You will also need access to a computer because most of the available solutions involve using software that will enable you to install a custom recovery or flash factory images.

Here are some of the methods you can use to fix a bricked Android phone.

How to Fix a Bricked Android Phone

The first thing you will need to do is determine how badly your device is bricked. In most situations, you will be dealing with soft bricks that are relatively easy to fix. If your phone is stuck in a boot loop or enters the recovery mode every time you try to switch it on, chances are that you are dealing with a soft brick.

However, if you attempted to flash a ROM or kernel that is not compatible with the device and now your phone is unresponsive when you press the Power button, then you are dealing with hard brick. There is no software solution to this problem and you’ll probably have to get a new phone.

There are four different methods you can try to fix a soft-bricked Android phone. If you determine that your device is hard bricked the best course of action is to have it serviced as there is very little you can do on your own.

TWRP, Android Debug Bridge, and Fastboot are some of the tools you are going to need if you want to fix a soft brick. Moreover, you may need apps like Odin, ZTE Unbrick Tool, or LG Flash Tool depending on the device you have.

Here’s how you can fix a soft brick.

Delete Data and Re-flash a Custom ROM

You should use this method if the soft brick occurred while you were trying to flash a custom ROM and the device failed to boot afterward. The so-called dirty flashes happen because a user attempted to flash a new custom ROM on top of an existing one. As a general rule of thumb, you should always wipe all data from the device before attempting to flash a custom ROM.

Fixing this issue can be completed in just a few easy steps and you won’t need any additional tools.

Step 1: Enter the device’s Recovery Mode and extend the Wipe menu.

Select the Advanced Wipe option and make sure that the tick boxes next to the Cache, System, Data, and ART Cache options are selected.

Step 2: Tap on the Confirm button to delete data from your device.

Once the wiping process is completed you can flash the custom ROM again and check if the soft brick issue has been resolved.

Remove the Xposed Modules

An Android phone can get soft bricked after you attempted to install an Xposed module, and you will need an app called Xposed Uninstaller in order to deal with this problem.

Step 1: Run Xposed Uninstaller on your computer and connect your phone.

When done, activate the phone’s Recovery mode and then open the command prompt on a PC or a terminal if you are using a Mac.

Step 2: Proceed to insert the command line that will where the abd will be installed and use the abd push method to move the Xposed Uninstaller to your phone’s SD card.

After the file is copied you should flash it through the recovery mode.

Restoring a Nandroid Backup

This method can help you fix a soft brick if you want to remove a system mod or replace a system file you modified. The Nandroid backup is basically a snapshot of the phone’s apps, data, and operating system.

So, if you can access the device’s recovery mode you will be able to unbrick your phone using a nandroid backup.

Step 1: Enter your device’s Recovery Mode and locate the Restore option.

Choose the backup from the internal storage and wait until it is restored.

Step 2: Once the process is completed you should restart your phone to check if it is still bricked.

Keep in mind that restoring a nandroid backup is going to take time and that this process cannot run in the background. What’s more, you can use the nandroid backup to restore the operating system, apps, or data. You will need the Titanium Backup app to pull this off, but once you install the app on your phone you can use the Extract from Nandroid Backup option that is located in the Restore menu that can be accessed from the Special Backup tab to get access to the apps and data you were using before your phone bricked.

Tips to Avoid Bricking an Android Phone

The best way to avoid bricking your phone is to tweak your phone safely. This involves wiping your phone before flashing a custom ROM and only using modules that cannot brick the device on which they are installed.

Moreover, you should be absolutely sure that the images you want to flash are compatible with the Smartphone you are using. Taking time to learn and understand how to tweak an Android phone safely will also reduce the chances that you will have to deal with a soft or hard brick.

Conclusion

Resisting the temptation to modify the OS on your Android device can be difficult as it opens so many possibilities. However, you may end up with a bricked phone that is stuck in an endless booting loop, and in some cases, the device may become unresponsive.

As long as you can enter the Recovery Mode you will be able to fix a soft brick relatively quickly although some methods like restoring a nandroid backup can take hours. The reason why the phone got bricked is the best way to determine which method to use to fix it.

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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.