How to Unbrick Android Phone/Tablet [11 Ways for Recovery]


Part 1: Reasons for Bricked Android Phone/Tablets

A "bricked phone" is usually unresponsive, unable to power on, and doesn’t function normally. Here are some main causes responsible for this phenomenon:

  • Flash a stock/custom ROM.
  • Update software on Android. (Want to disable Android OS update notification?)
  • Root Android phone/tablet.
  • Install malware on the device.
  • There’s some wrong firmware on the phone.
  • Your device is working with malicious apps.
  • Install improper installation of updates.
  • Your phone is physically damaged.

Well, what to do if you brick your Android device? OK, we will let you know the 11 solutions in the following.

You May Wonder:

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 Delvic 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.


Part 2. How to Fix the Soft Bricked Android Phone?

If yours is a soft bricked phone, then you have some really easy ways to fix it.

1. One click to Unbrick Android with Android System Recovery Tool

Tenorshare ReiBoot for Android is a one click unbrick tool for Android that helps you fix your soft bricked Android phones and tablets. It resolves the issues related with the core system that in turn fixes all other issues on your phone. It can be useful when your device shows the following symptoms.

When to Using ReiBoot to Fix Bricked Android?

  • A software error/crash occurred
  • Software problem occurred in the device mainly during OS upgrade or flashing
  • You fail to root the device properly
  • Installing malicious software on your Android phone or get virus attacked

How to Use ReiBoot to Fix Bricked Android?

If you would like to use it, the following shows how to unbrick a phone using the ReiBoot for Android software.

  • Download and launch the software. Click on Repair Android System.

     Image 1. Connect Android Device
    Image 1. Connect Android Device
  • Click on Repair Now.

     Image 2. Repair Now
    Image 2. Repair Now
  • Enter your phone details and hit Next and wait for it to download the firmware.

     Image 3. Download Firmware Package
    Image 3. Download Firmware Package
  • Click on Repair Now and wait for it to repair your phone.

     Image 4. Start Repair
    Image 4. Start Repair

Your phone should now be repaired.

2. Wipe Your Data and Cache If Your Phone Keeps Rebooting:

When you are flashing a custom ROM, your Android phone will keep rebooting. This is because you forget to wipe all the data or cache of the previous ROM. The following is how to unbrick Android with this method.

  • Get your phone enters into the recovery mode, This method take ClockworkMod Recovery for example.
  • Use your volume keys to navigate the menus, and your power button to select menu items. Scroll down to Advanced, and choose “Wipe Dalvik Cache”.
  • When that’s finished, go back to the main screen and choose “Wipe Cache Partition”.
  • Go to “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” to delete all your settings and apps, but you should still be using the correct ROM.

     Pic 1. wipe cache
    Pic 1. wipe cache

3. Flash a New ROM If Your Phone Boots Straight Into Recovery

If you boot up your phone straightly into ClockworkMod, then there’s likely an issue with the ROM you flashed. In this case, you’ll need to reflash new ROM.

  • Download the appropriate ROM (typically contained in a ZIP file) to an SD card.
  • Insert the SD card into your device.
  • Select Install updates from SD card.
  • Select the ZIP file containing the ROM.
  • Select Reboot system now.

     Pic 2. flash new rom
    Pic 2. flash new rom

 Getting out of the Boot Loop

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

  • 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.

Part 2. Why Is Your Android Phone Bricked?

There are various reasons why your Android phone gets bricked. And an unbricking tool can work for Android phones that get soft bricked in common situations:

  • Flashing Stock/Custom ROM. It could be that you have installed an incompatible ROM in the Android phone, the phone powers off in the process, or other misoperations that cause your phone to restart endlessly, get stuck at the startup screen.

  • Rooting your Android phone. You fail to root the device successfully.

  • Updating Android firmware. The phone will also get bricked if it is interrupted when updating the Android firmware.

  • Installing malicious apps. You installed applications that are malicious on your Android phone or the phone gets virus attacked.

  • Others

Unbrick any Android Device: The Prerequisites

This guide will be segregated into three major hea

This guide will be segregated into three major headings- Locked Bootloader, Unlocked Bootloader with TWRP, and Unlocked Bootloader with Root. Refer to the one that meets your requirements. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.

How to Power Off a Bricked Device

These fixes might require you to power off the device. In the case of hard brick, that is already the case, and you don’t need to do anything. However, in boot looped or soft-bricked devices, powering off might prove to be a little bit trickier, though there are a few workarounds that you may try.

  • First off, try pressing the power key for around 5 seconds. If it turns off your device well and good.
  • Otherwise, you will have to wait till the battery completely drains out.
  • Once that happens, your device will automatically switch off.
  • Now connect it to your PC via USB cable and carry out the desired task.

Take a Backup

Moreover, most of these fixes require a complete device wipe. However, since your device is already in a non-working condition, you might not be able to take a backup. But this is a worthy trade-off considering that your device will be back to life.

Install Android USB Drivers

Last but not the least, consider installing the Android Bootloader Interface Drivers on your PC. This is the official driver provided by Google so that your PC is able to identify the connected device in Fastboot Mode.

Part 4. How to Fix a Bricked Android Phone of All Models?

Now that you’ve learned how to fix an Android that is soft bricked with recovery software on Samsung phones, let’s be aware of something you can do to fix a hard brick phone that won’t turn on or Android phones of other models suffering soft brick.

Contact the Manufacturer (Hard Brick & Soft Brick)

Usually, the warranty period of a smartphone is 1 to 3 years. If your phone is not rooted and is still covered by that, check the warranty terms of your phone, and try contacting your manufacturer. This is the most direct way and they may be able to repair your phone or send you a free new one.

Turn to Professionals (Hard Brick & Soft Brick)

If your phone is not under warranty, you can find a trustworthy shop and get it repaired by professionals. Once they bring your bricked phone back to normal, don’t blame them if the data on it are gone. They can be retrieved with excellent data recovery software.

Restore Android Device to Factory Settings (Soft Brick)

Above are two methods by which you can unbrick your android without a computer. There’s another common way for all android phones. Try restoring your device to factory settings. You can search for the steps on this for your own phone model on the internet. Even though you will lose all your data including your media files and apps, but you can still get back the Android data after factory reset (opens new window) with a professional data recovery tool on a pc if the factory setting restoration works successfully.

Part 2: Recover Android Data from The Bricked Phone

Backing up your Android is an important part before operating the bricked phone repairing process. No matter which method you take to fix a bricked Android phone, you should always backup Android first. But what if your Android is bricked already? Fortunately, you can run Apeaksoft Android Data Recoveryto recover deleted data from any Android device safely and easily. To be more specific, even though you have unexpected events like bricking, rooting error, device failure, virus attack and other scenarios, you can still undelete Android data from internal memory, SD card and SIM card directly.

  • Recover deleted or lost files from Android phone/SD card/tablet on Mac or PC without hassle.
  • Recover data loss from various scenarios including factory restore, OS update, device stuck without responding and many other abnormal situations.
  • Backup deleted and existing Android files to your Windows or Mac computer for forever preservation.
  • Support to recover over 20 file types like contacts, call logs, videos, documents, etc.
  • Compatible with more than 5000 Android portable devices.
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Step 1. Launch bricked phone recovery software

Run Android Data Recovery software and locate the default "Android Data Recovery" mode. Then use a USB cable to plug in a bricked phone to this computer.

Step 2 . Enable USB debugging

Step 2. Enable USB debugging

Follow the provided steps to enable USB debugging mode on your Android device. You need to find which OS you are using, and then read the related on-screen instruction to open USB debugging mode.

Step 3 . Choose file types to scan

Step 3. Choose file types to scan

After bricked phone data recovery software has detected your Android, you can select which data type to recover. Then tap "Next" to move on.

Step 4 . Recover data from an Android bricked phon

Step 4. Recover data from an Android bricked phone

Click the certain file type and then preview the detailed information in the right panel. Tick before items you want to output. Later, click "Recover" button to recover Android data from the bricked phone to PC without data loss.



Our guide above shows how to unbrick Android without recovery and with recovery so you can fix your phones regardless of how they are bricked: soft bricked, hard bricked or broken. We hope it really helps you out. If your Android phone stuck on recovery mode, headphone mode, bootloop, etc. ReiBoot for Android is really a professional Android fix software for you.