Content of the material
- Softbrick, Hardbrick, and Bootloop: Whats the Difference?
- What is Softbrick in Android?
- What is Bootloop in Android?
- What is HardBrick in Android?
- Method 2. Unbrick Samsung by Using Odin to Flash Recovery File
- How to Fix a Bricked iPhone without Restoring
- Way 1. Force Restart Your iPhone
- Way 2. How to Unbrick iPhone without Data Loss
- Make your PC ready for the big day:
- Guide, if you are NEW Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008 MODE
- Unbricking Devices in oldQualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008 mode
Softbrick, Hardbrick, and Bootloop: Whats the Difference?
First off, it is important to get hold of these three terminologies so that you may then pick up the best fix for your device. In all these three cases, you wouldn’t be able to access the OS, but the extent of usage restriction is different in all of them. The below explanation will make it more clear:
What is Softbrick in Android?
A Softbrick device is when you could only access the Fastboot Mode (and Recovery Mode) on your device. While it does have the option to boot to the OS, even if you try that, your device will again take you back to Fastboot Mode only.
What is Bootloop in Android?
Bootloop- As is evident from its name, a bootloop device is in a continuous loop. It will boot till the boot animation/ logo and would then automatically restart. Upon the restart, it will again boot till the logo and again would reboot. This process goes on until the battery completely drains out. However, by using the correct hardware key combination, you would be able to boot to Fastboot Mode.
What is HardBrick in Android?
HardBrick- This is the most extreme of the three cases and when that happens, you wouldn’t be even able to access the Fastboot or Recovery Mode, let alone the OS. In Qualcomm devices, you would notice a continuous red LED blinking, indicating that you are in EDL mode. In earlier times, a hard-bricked device requires the intervention of a service center. However, as of now, most hard-bricked devices could easily be fixed by the users, right from the comfort of their homes.
Method 2. Unbrick Samsung by Using Odin to Flash Recovery File
Whether your Samsung phone or tablet doesn’t turn on or gets stuck at recovery mode, the method can bring it back to normal. It has been proved effective by many users.
Download Odin on your PC and Download suitable recovery.tar file.
Run Odin as an administrator.
Switch off your Samsung device and boot the device into download mode.
Connect your device to PC and Odin will soon detect the connected device.
Click PDA/AP to add recovery.tar file. Click Start and the flashing process will begin.
Wait until the flashing is completed and your Samsung phone will reboot automatically.
Learn specific steps on .
How to Fix a Bricked iPhone without Restoring
Most users whose iPhone is bricked want to unbrick iPhone without iTunes as using iTunes will erase their device data. So, here are two methods that will save you from all the hassle.
Way 1. Force Restart Your iPhone
The foremost thing to try in order to learn how to unbrick the iPhone without iTunes is forced restart. It is the most appropriate method to try when the iPhone isn’t responding at all. As the device is not starting in a regular way, forcing it to restart is the ideal way.
If you have an iPhone 8 or later, start by pressing and quickly releasing the Volume Up button. Then do the same with the Volume Down button. After that, press the Side button until the screen goes black and wait for the Apple logo to pop up.
As the Apple icon appears on the screen, it means that your iPhone can respond to commands now. Then you should try restarting it to check if it’s unbricked.
Way 2. How to Unbrick iPhone without Data Loss
The best way to learn how to fix a bricked iPhone without restoring or data loss is using UltFone iOS System Repair Tool. Whenever your iOS device starts to act up, you can rely on this software to repair the software. It can help the devices to enter and exit recovery mode at will, perform system repair, and can even perform a factory reset.
Here is the systematic guide that you can follow for system repair to unbrick iPhone.
Step 1 Download and launch this iOS system recovery on your system and connect your iPhone with it. From home interface, choose the Repair Operating System Mode and tap on the Fix Now button to move forward with the standard repair procedure.
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Step 2 Prior repair, the software will prompt you to download a firmware package file that is provided after detecting your device firmware version.
In case you already have the firmware, import it manually into the software and use it right away after verification.
Step 3 When the firmware is ready for use, hit the “Repair Now” button to initiate the repair sequence. The process will take some time and meanwhile ensure that your iPhone stays connected with the system.
You will be notified when the process finishes, and the iPhone will reboot to implement the changes made to system software. Now, the device will not only turn on but also perform better than before.
Here is a video guide of how to repair iOS to fix brikced iPhone.
Make your PC ready for the big day:
- Please turn off internet connections.
- Remove your mobile from PC or Laptops.
- Install the latest “.net Framework” for your Windows.
- Uninstall all the driver related to mobile, as well as any Qualcomm driver if you have install any. Uninstall them through Device Manager FIRST, then program manager. Here I used a software called “REVOUninstaller” to remove completely the driver softwares and Device Remover to completely remove installed unnecessary device.
Guide, if you are NEW Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008 MODEIf you are that lucky person, who is stuck in the NEW “Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008” mode, to be honest, the steps to be taken are a lot easier. However, you need somebody having the same phone as yours to upload your device’s complete eMMC image for you. To get such image, you could ask your friend to do these steps (root the phone first):
- Format your external MicroSD card with “exfat” system file, and the size of this SD card should be morethan 16 GB , which is the size of the whole partition.
- Do a full factory reset, meaning wipe your cache, data, and internal storage using either CWM, TWRP, or PhillzTouch.
- Insert the SD card to your phone and connect your mobile with ADB, type:
- Download partition tools from the net, I recommend you to use “Minitool Partition Wizard”.
- Download “HDD Raw Copy Tool”, it is a free tool that can copy your “backup.img” to your Mobile’s eMMC sector per sector.
- Now connect your phone, remember to UNPLUG YOUR BATTERY FOR FIVE SECS, REPLUG IT, AND CONNECT YOUR Mobile WITHOUT PRESSING ANY OF ITS BUTTONS.
- FROM NOW ON DON’T YOU EVER DISCONNECT THE PHONE FROM YOUR PC OR LAPTOPS.
- Open “Minitool” and you will see that your phone has 29 partitions in total, similar to the pic below (this pic was taken from Windows’ “Disk Management Tool” just to describe Qualcomm’s partitions):
- Delete all 29 partitions and click apply (remember don’t remove your phone while “Minitool” is completing the process).
- If all process finished successfully, open “HDD Raw Copy Tool”, and you’ll see things similar to this:
- Open “Minitool” again.
- Delete all 29 partitions.
- Then choose “Create Partition” on the whole “Qualcomm MMC Storage USB Device” (making it one big 16 GB partition) as “Primary Partition” with an “ext4” file system. By the way, DON’T GIVE THE PARTITION A NAME.
- Click APPLY.
- When “Minitool” completed all the process, disconnect your Mobile from PC or Laptop, UNPLUG YOUR BATTERY FOR FIVE SECS, RE-PLUG IT, AND CONNECT YOUR Mobile WITHOUT PRESSING ANY OF ITS BUTTONS.
- And I have to greet you, “Welcome, now you are in the OLD ‘Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008’ mode”.
Unbricking Devices in oldQualcomm HS-USB QDLoader 9008 mode
- Download QPST 2.7 build 422 (QFIL) and 8675_W00.zip
- Extract the QPST and double-click on setup.exe to install
- Extract 8675_W00 to a different folder
- Download your phone’s stock firmware. Should not be a zip file, but a flashable single firmware extension.
- It is assumed that you’ve already installed QFIL on your computer before reaching this step.
- Launch QFIL from programs or start menu
- Fill out QFIL options as follows:
Note: all these files are contained in extracted 8675_W00 folder
- Now click on Download button.
The phone should automatically reboot itself once the flashing process is complete and enter into a bootloop.
- Disconnect the device from computer now
- Once it’s about booting up again press Volume up button while reconnecting to computer so as to put the device in Bootloader mode
- Open 8675_W00 folder now and double click FlashAll(AfterQFil).bat.
- Your phone should now reboot to its stock firmware and boot completely to system.
The SaharaDownload Fail related error can be fixed following the instructions below:
If such error keeps showing up, disconnect the device from PC (USB) and remove battery (if detachable) then re-insert and reconnect to PC.
If using non-detachable battery device, disconnect the phone from PC, wait a few seconds and reconnect.
Note: Do not waste too much time when connecting device to PC after clicking the firmware flash button in QPST.
Consider viewing the video tutorial below by Amar Gaikwad about unbricking Qualcomm devices. It’s 15 minutes in length and should help you in this process.