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How to Recover A Bricked Android Phone

So you noticed that you bricked your Android phone. After flashing the ROM, installing a mod, tweaking a system file and taking other measures, now your phone don’t show up.

Don’t worry as this can be fixed, basis how your device is bricked. There are generally two types of bricks.

The soft brick – In this case, the device gets stuck on the Android boot screen, in a boot loop, or jumps straight to recovery. This kind of issue can easily be fixed.

The hard brick – In this case, your device gives no response when you turn it on. A hard brick is typically caused by things like trying to flash an incompatible ROM or kernel, and there’s normally no software solution for them. Hard bricks are very bad news, but fortunately they’re very rare.

The chances of soft brick are more common. While the variations in how various Android phones work make it difficult to get all-in-one solution for every instance of a soft brick, there are four general tricks one can try to make the device back to work.

  • Wiping data, then re-flashing a custom ROM
  • Disabling Xposed mods through recovery
  • Restoring a Nandroid backup
  • Flashing a factory image



  • Wipe Date and Reflash a Custom ROM


An improper flashing of custom ROM is one of the most common reasons behind the occurrence of soft brick.

  1. Boot your device under custom recovery
  2. Navigate your way to the Wipe option and choose Advanced Wipe
  3. Check the box marked Data (you can wipe the system, ART cache, and cache again too), then Confirm
  4. Re-flash your custom ROM

By wiping your data, performing a factory reset becomes more effective. However, you should be careful so that you don’t end up clearing your internal storage or SD card.


  • Deactivate Xposed Modules in Recovery


It is one of the best ways to mod your device but dangerous too. These modules are easy to install and available in the Play Store itself.

Use ADB push to install the Xposed Uninstaller

  1. Download the Xposed Uninstaller to your desktop
  2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB and boot into recovery
  3. Launch the command prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac) and use the cd command to change the directory to where you have adb installed
  4. Type adb push [full path to xposed] [full path to destination]. On Mac and Linux, precede the command with ./ (eg ./adb)
  5. When the file finishes copying, flash it through the recovery

Disabling Xposed Modules in Recovery

If you can’t use ADB push, try either of these solutions.

This method disables Xposed:

  1. Boot into recovery, navigate to Advanced > Terminal command
  2. Create a file called /data/data/
  3. Reboot your phone
  4. This method prevents Xposed modules from starting:
  5. Boot into recovery, select File Manager
  6. Navigate to the folder /data/data/ then delete the file modules.list
  7. Reboot your phone
  1. Restore a Nandroid Backup

It is more like a safety shield for Android mods and tweaks. Let’s see how you can use it to come over soft brick.

  1. Boot into recovery and navigate to Restore
  2. Select your backup, confirm, and wait while it’s restored
  3. Reboot your phone
  1. Flash a factory image

This is the last option to deal with the situation. This method is used to restore the device to its original state and clears its internal storage along with other elements.


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