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How to Fix Bricked Android Phones and Tablets

One of the best things about being an Android user is the ability to play around with new ROMs, kernels and other new tweaks. However, things can go severely wrong sometimes. This may cause your Android device to brick. A brick Android is a situation where your Android device turns into a useless plastic and metal scrap; the most useful thing it can do in this situation is an effective paperweight. All may seem lost in this situation but the beauty is that it is easy to fix bricked Android devices due to its openness.

This guide will introduce you to an easy way to retrieve back information on your device before showing you the steps needed to unbrick a bricked Android. Do not be intimidated by any of it because it is really easy.

Part 1: Why your Android tablets or phones get bricked?

If you think that your Android device is bricked but are not sure what happened, we have a complete list of possible reasons:

  • Your Android device update was interrupted before it was completed; bricking is more likely to happen when the update procedure specified that it should not be interrupted. The interruption can be in the form of a power failure, user intervention or a partially overwritten and unusable firmware.
  • Installing erroneous firmware or trying to install the wrong firmware on the wrong hardware. Installing a firmware from a different region can also cause Android devices to brick.
  • Malicious software and any harmful software can cause bricking.
  • Part 2: How to recover data from bricked Android devices

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    While it is not an Android unbrick tool, it is a great tool to aid you when you need to retrieve data when your Android device turns into a brick. It is really simple to use:

    Step 1: Launch Wondershare dr.fone

    Launch the software and select "Android Data Extraction". Select the file format that you want to recover and click the "Start" button.

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    Step 2: Select the damage your device has

    Select the file formats that you want to recover. Click "Next" and select the damage your phone is facing. Either choose "Touch doesn't work or cannot access the phone" or "Black/broken screen". 

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    On the new window, select the name and model of the device of your Android device. Currently, the software works with Samsung devices in Galaxy S, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab series. Click the "Next" button.

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    Step 3: Enter your Android device's "Download Mode"

    Follow the recovery wizard to put your Android device in its Download Mode. 

  • Turn off the device.
  • Pressing and holding three buttons: "Volume -", "Home" and "Power". 
  • Enter "Download Mode" by pressing the "Volume +" button.
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    Step 4: Run an analysis on your Android device

    Connect your Android device to the computer to start analysing your device automatically.

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    Step 5: Have a look at the recoverable files and recover

    The software will list out all recoverable files according to its file types. Highlight the file to preview it. Choose the files that you want to recover and click on "Recover" to save all the files that you want saved.

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    Part 3: How to fix bricked Android devices

    There are no specific Android unbrick tool to fix bricked Android devices. Fortunately, there are a few ways to unbrick them depending on the problems that you are facing. Just remember to retrieve all of your data before doing anything because it may be overwritten.

  • Wait a while
    If you have just installed a new ROM, wait at least 10 minutes because it will take some time for it to 'adjust' to its new ROM. If it still is not responding, take out the battery and reset the phone by holding down the "Power" button for 10 seconds.
  • Fix bricked Android that is stuck in a boot loop
    If your Android device keeps on rebooting when you are trying to install a new ROM, put your device in "Recovery Mode". You can do so by pressing the "Volume +", "Home" and "Power" buttons simultaneously. You will be able to see a menu list; use the "Volume" buttons to scroll up and down the menu. Find "Advanced" and select "Wipe Dalvik Cache". Return to the main screen and select "Wipe Cache Partition" then "Wipe Data/Factory Reset". This will delete all of your settings and apps. It will use the right ROM.Reboot execution file to fix your device.
  • Contact the manufacturer for service
    If your Android still does not work, contact your manufacturer for the nearest service centre to fix bricked Android device. They should be able to return your device to its original state. 
  • Contrary to popular beliefs, it is really easy to fix bricked Android device. Just remember that before doing anything, get back all the data that you want and need.

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