How to Unbrick an Android Phone or Tablet

When an Android smartphone or tablet is not turning on in spite of having full charge, the state of the device is referred to as bricked. It is called bricked because the device becomes as good as a brick with no features and functionalities.

To be more specific, if the device is powering on but is non-functional, it is referred to as soft-bricked. If it is not turning on at all, it is called hard bricked. If you have bricked your Android phone or tablet by some means, before taking it to a nearby technician, you should try out the following solutions.

Causes of Android Device Getting Bricked 

There are various reasons why your Android device can get bricked and here are the common reasons.

  • You must have tried to root your Android device.
  • System updates did not install properly due to interruption.
  • System files might have got corrupted due to bad apps.
  • Some hardware parts may become faulty with time.
  • Malware attack puts the device in bricked condition.

Methods To Unbrick An Android Device 

  1. Reboot In Recovery Mode –

The first thing you need to do when you have a hard-bricked Android device is to make it boot in the Recovery Mode. Recovery mode is like the safe mode of Windows and in this mode, only the basic system files are loaded and a basic display is shown for you to operate and bring your device back to life. Here are the steps to follow –

  1. Press Power and Volume Up buttons together until the device boots in Recovery mode. 

Note: This button combination could be different on your device and you can check on the internet with your device model number to find out the exact button combination.

  1. Once the device boots in Recovery mode, you will have to use the volume buttons to navigate through the menu. Go to “Reboot System Now” option.
  2. Finally, press the Power button for the highlighted option to get executed. 

If everything goes well, your device will reboot normally. This method is useful when the device gets bricked due to corrupted files.

  1. Wipe Cache Partition

If your device does not reboot normally after performing all the steps we have mentioned, you need to wipe the cache of your phone. The data stored in the cache memory sometimes get corrupted and it leads to a bricked state of the phone. Here are the steps to wipe the cache when your device is in bricked state.

  1. Boot your device in the same way as we have mentioned above to get into Recovery mode.
  2. Use the Volume up and down buttons to select Wipe Cache Partition(or something similar) option.
  3. Press the Power button and wait for the wiping out process to get completed. 
  4. Now, select the Reboot System Now option and press the Power button to execute it.
  1. Go For Factory Reset 

If your device is in the state of soft brick, you can easily go for a Factory Reset whereby the default settings will be restored to your phone. Therefore, your device will have the same system when you bought it. Here are the steps to follow –

  1. Boot your device in Recover mode. We have already stated the process in first method.
  2. Use the Volume button to navigate to the Wipe Data or Factory Reset option and press the Power button.
  3. Wait for the process to get over and then select the Reboot System Now option.
  4. Finally, press the Power button and your Android device should reboot normally.

Other Possibilities 

There could be some other reasons why your device is in freeze mode. It could be that your device’s battery charge is completely drained off. You should charge your device and ensure that there is enough charge. If you do not see the charge percentage, it could be that your battery is damaged, and you may need to replace it.

Another scenario could be that your device’s screen is damaged, and therefore, it is unable to show anything even when the phone could be running properly. To ensure that, you should reboot your device in Recovery mode.


Even though it is not usual for Android devices to get bricked but it is not uncommon. The methods we have suggested should fix the issue properly. However, if the problem is not solved, you have to take your Android device to the nearby technician and get it running again.

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