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How to recover a Soft Bricked Android [ ODIN Method ]

Hello all Android peps, flash-o-holics, custom rom runners ! the bad side of android is that there is very less security and assurance of smooth working of your device. Thats why some people never go for modding their droids. But such things shouldnt stop us from exploring deep into the world of roms and mods. Every mod or a custom rom always comes up with a precaution or warningpage or warning section which is essentially necessary to be read before trying out any thing new.Now coming to the word Soft Brick. Soft brick is a typical type of device state in which you only get to enter certain modes of your device. In a soft brick , you can only put the phone in download mode. Sometimes if lucky enough,you can also get into recovery mode. Soft bricks are common in Samsung Galaxy Series. And there is a n easy method to unbrick them.

WHAT IS SOFT BRICK


Soft brick terms apply if your phone has certain problems. Soft brick usually occurs after installing the custom rom or you are wrong in doing something that is not appropriate install [not compatible] with each phone.

SOFT BRICK CHARACTERISTICS


Phone stuck on vendor logo. Phone stuck on a logo boot animation Cant reboot normally Cant get the device into recovery mode Can get the device into download mode only Cant charge the device or cannot be detected in pc normally without 3rd party software ODIN Flash fails every time ( when just flashing with PDA file )

SOFTBRICKED AFTER INSTALL CUSTOM ROM


1. Rom used does not match the type phone. 2. Google Apps is not installed after finishing the installation of rom.

3. Rom does not match with the installed kernel that you use. Actually there are 2 types of rom stock rom kernel and custom kernel rom .Stock rom is for those who the bootloader still locked. Custom kernel rom for their that already have unlocked bootloader and flash the kernel. 4. Not do a full wipe / wipe data / factory reset and wipe cache after flash rom will also cause softbricked experience. 5. Did not follow the install directions carefully.

Solution : Follow these steps to unbrick your device Note : this tutorial / solution is only applicable if you are able to flash your device via ODIN . Most of the samsung galaxy models are been able to flash via ODIN. 1. Download the stock firmware of your phone ( be exact in model number ) 2. Most Samsung firmwares are available here 3. Download those firmwares which contain .pit file which plays a vital role here. 4.Download Odin from here : Odin3_v1.85
5.Extract the contents of odin-185.zip

6.Put your device into Download Mode ( Volume Up key + Home key + Power key ):

Connect the USB cable to your PC, but NOT your device. Remove the battery. Reinsert the battery. Hold down Volume Up and Volume Down keys. Insert the USB cable into your device. 7.You should now be at Download Mode. Click Start in Odin.

6.Run Odin3+v1.85.exe, and prepare Odin: Check auto-reboot, and uncheck all other options. Click PDA and select the TAR you downloaded.

Tap the Phone button and choose the file named MODEM. Ignore this step if such file is missing. Hit the CSC button and choose the file named CSC. Ignore this step if such file is absent. Click the PIT button and choose the .pit file. If there is no such .pit file, please find another firmware which contains a .pit file. In ODIN, enable Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time options. In case of the Re-Partition option, check it ONLY if you chose a .pit file in the previous step.

7.Choose the files to be flashed or installed on your phone, which can be found among the extracted firmware files which you downloaded previously. 8.Click the Start button in ODIN and the firmware installation process will begin. It may take a few minutes to complete.

Thats it! Your device will autoreboot, and your phone should be working properly again. If any problem occurs,or you are still not able to unbrick your device, then leave a comment below. We will reach out for you as soon as possible.

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20 Comments
1. Mikey McClain April 27, 2013 I used odin to install the stock firmware for my galaxy s blaze. That was successful however, my phone is now stuck in a boot loop. I figure now I just need to wipe data / factory reset and wipe cache. But my phone will not enter recovery mode. No matter what combination of buttons, timing etc. Is there any way for me to wipe data or cache without entereing recovery mode? REPLY 2. rajtanna April 27, 2013 Either remove battery and try entering recovery.Else flash again. No other solutions You need to be in recovery to wipe data REPLY 3. Delvyn May 19, 2013 I have a soft brick on my note II and Odin cannot detect my phone at all. what do i do? REPLY
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Jigar May 19, 2013 Can u go into recovery/ download mode? If not then thats a hard brick. But if u can go into recovery or download mode.. then try repeating the procedure. Still if the problem persists, contact me over meetmrjigar@gmail.com REPLY 4. kaushik June 3, 2013

Thanks for such details description about problem and solution.. i was able to bring back my android to life after messing up the wrong ROM and ended up on Samsung logo. but this worked life charm.. though i used odin 4.43 which is already configured with current pit file and used single package option to restore back to official Samsung version. now i know how to again mod it but without knowledge of what is pit and all that i wont able to do that. THanks REPLY
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Jigar June 10, 2013 Glad to be at your help! REPLY 5. Louise Hartshorn June 26, 2013 Will doing this wipe any data off the phone? I have an S3 that is stuck on a boot loop but can get into recovery mode, displaying a very sick looking robot with a red triangle containing an exclamation mark.Ive bitten the bullet and upgraded to the S4, but would like all of my photos/music etc off the S3, and stupidly I had no SD card REPLY
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Jigar June 26, 2013 Since you can get your s3 into recovery, you can do the following : Switch off your phone Get into recovery Wipe data and factory reset Reboot This will wipe off installed apps. No personal data such as images etc will be deleted. Even following the unbrick procedure wont wipe your personal data. REPLY 6. prasun July 17, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VppXy6_1sAw&feature=youtube_gdata_player I am facing this problem with my galaxy fit gt-s5670 please help me REPLY
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Jigar July 18, 2013

Hey, can u go into download mode on your phone? If yes then follow my unbrick procedure via odin. If u cant get into download mode then it is a hard brick and you need to visit the Samsungauthorized service center. REPLY 7. Sarah August 10, 2013 Thanks a lot for your tutorial, but I do have a lot of problems. The version of odin that works with my phone supports only OPS files not pit. And then The firmware I got from Sammobile doesnt fit in one package (this is what bricked it first) or in the PDA. Now what happens is that when the process arrives to the part where I have to wait for reboot, everything just goes black, I cant get into recovery, only download mode. REPLY
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Jigar August 13, 2013 Which phone are you using ? And unfortunately,by the symptoms you have specified (only download mode), your phone is soft bricked. Try sending me screen shots of the downloaded contents from Sammobile. Also,which odin version are you using ? REPLY 8. Sean August 22, 2013 So I follow all of the directions and it seems to be working but I get stopped at the moveinand.bin I have tried everything it says to do if it fails and none of it is working, any suggestions? REPLY
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Jigar August 22, 2013 Seems like your have got a NAND read/write error . This error can be solved by either changing the pc from which you use odin,or trying from different usb cords/ports. You may also continue to try flashing from odin at regular intervals. Make sure you remove the battery after such error comes, then wait for a while before retrying. I got this error once,and solved by the above tricks. Patience is what counts Good luck REPLY 9. T August 26, 2013 Hi,

I have a samsung galaxy young on which I tried loading a ICS rom but to my bad luck the phone started force closing all my apps right from clock to my account. Also i tried doing the odin method but the odin program does not detect my phone nor does it have anything to do with me doing a factory reset because post that it is stuck on the vendor logo REPLY
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Jigar September 3, 2013 Try going in to recovery mode and do a factory reset. Also, try installing the correct usb drivers for your device and then try the odin method. REPLY 10. Killerfox August 28, 2013 I have the Canvas HD which needs to be unbricked Micromax has announced its 4.2 update. One question I want to ask is.. Can I Directly update my phone using the 4.2 firmware? Without having to first install the stock firmware of 4.1.2? Will It Unbrick my phone? Thank You REPLY
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Jigar September 3, 2013 You can directly update it to 4.2 and it will also unroot your device. Please elaborate on what problems does your Canvas HD face currently. REPLY 11. Nour A Mostafa September 4, 2013 Does it take too long? cause its taking too long with me at set partition REPLY
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Jigar September 5, 2013 On average, Flashing the firmwares take 5-10 minutes. In some cases, it may extend a bit but it shouldnt exceed more than 20 minutes.