Questions about getting Android devices out of a "bricked" state.

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What is JTAG in regards to Android?

I see the term JTAG used for reviving dead Android devices that otherwise don't respond to anything and aren't seen when USB connected. It seems that it's something done from the physical hardware ...
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What does it mean to “brick” your phone?

I'm considering unlocking the bootloader on my Verizon Galaxy S3 (SCH-I535). However, a guide I was reading made this statement: Once you have unlocked your phone’s bootloader using this app, you ...
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Google IO Galaxy Tab 10.1 refuses to power on, any hope of revival?

This is one of the some thousand limited edition Google IO handout Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices. Was known working for quite some time, and susceptible to the "sleep of death" that left it not ...
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Bricked my Asus TF300T? Manual JB update

First, my device failed to get the OTA Update because I deleted some system apps (see my original post). Then I found this post where another user restored original APKs in /system/apps and managed ...
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Trying to flash a system.img I took with dd - failing

Long-time UNIX guy here, but relatively new to the world of Android. Read on. EPISODE 1: A New Backup (I hoped) I have recently purchased an Asus MemoPAD (ME103K) ; I then became root, and took a dd ...
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I deleted my only launcher

I deleted my only launcher and now I cannot open settings to set to debug mode in order to use ADB or similar to install a new launcher. I can't open the Play store, can't open anything except those ...
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How to unbrick my Samsung Galaxy Y

I put custom ROM ussrv8_evanlocked@ogy@xda after rooting my Samsung Galaxy Y, and then I wanted to update kernel to overclock my phone (I followed this set of instructions). Now the phone is not ...
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Bricked Moto Defy

I have bricked my Motorola Defy. I have tried flashing a new ROM using RSD Lite (following this guide). It says 'complete' but my phone will not turn on. Sometimes it will just show the Moto boot ...
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Samsung Galaxy S3 not booting up, just shows ”Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-19300” black screen

This morning I woke up to my Samsung Galaxy S3 which just “hung” during the start-up screen with the white text “Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-19300” on a black background. It never comes to the “Enter Pincode”...
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Soft Brick? I closed the magnetic case cover of my Nexus 7 while my newly flashed Rom was optimizing apps and…Brick

I bought a Nexus 7 2012 grouper. I used wug's nexus 7 rootkit tool for windows on WinXp. The drivers took a bit of tinkering but eventually I got the Raw drivers configured. Everything was going ...
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Why is bricking possible?

No matter how messed up a desktop is, you can always format it and reinstall of a live boot. Why can't you do the same thing with a droid?
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What's my solutions if i brick my android phone?

Are there any tricks (general or not) that I can use if I brick my Android phone? e.g.: when updating android..
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Bricked my TF300T: How to re-partition internal storage to get it back?

I upgraded to Katkiss's Android 5.0 image. It was nice but in reading I saw I could use the F2FS file system to prevent slowdown from normal usage. So I went to format /data thinking that would give ...
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Installed Galaxy S3 ROM on Galaxy S2

I installed a ROM meant for Galaxy S3 on my Galaxy S2 phone by mistake and now the phone won't boot. I can get into Download Mode fine but I can't get to Recovery Mode because the ROM installed a S3 ...
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Android Nexus 6 Bricked? TeamWin splash screen turns on and off

I think I've bricked my Nexus 6. Every time I turn it on, the teamwin (TWRP) splash screen keeps literally flashing on and off. I would be able to flash a stock system on but I can't due to the fact ...
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Phone stuck on Google logo after trying to install Jelly Bean

I have a Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0.1 I tried to install Jelly Bean, and followed all instructions I found on a website (forgot which one). I installed cwh and twh first. Then I installed Jelly ...
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Force debug in safe mode via USB?

I did something so stupid I'm almost kind of proud of it. I rooted my LG Optimus T (Froyo) using Gingerbreak, cleaned out a bunch of stuff, and accidentally deleted the home screen launcher. No big, I'...
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Why can I not access the cyanogenmod zip on my sd card?

All right, I have fouled up my Galaxy S while trying to install Cyanogenmod after rooting with Odin. I now have the clockworkMod Recovery 2.5.1.0 and I am trying to select the cyanogen Update .zip ...
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How to unbrick nexus 9 after an OTA update?

After the latest OTA update my Nexus 9 boots forever. If I turn it off and then turn it on, it shows and then it boots forever (green, red, blue, yellow circles, squares, circle slices move forever)....
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Is there a way to restore my Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-i747)?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 (SCH-I747) that I tried to root using this video Somehow something went horribly, horrible wrong and now I think I have hard bricked it. My symptoms: Phone does not turn ...
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Nexus 7 soft bricked, Need to recover data

I don't know if I'm posting this on the right website or not, but I'll try anyway. I recently brought a Google Nexus 7 (non-SIM version). I've used it for around 3 months now and everything was ...
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Intentionally deleted Android system - how do I fix this?

Right now I own a Sony Ericsson Xperia x10 mini and I rooted it. I had this program installed from Android Marketplace that allows you to delete applications. So guess what... I deleted several ...
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Boot looping / Corrupted data partition, CWM crashes when restoring to factory defaults

Been using the Alpha version of CM7 for the Samsung T989 (T-Mobile Galaxy S II) for over 2 weeks now. Seems like when I rebooted it today it managed to corrupt the data partition. Symptoms: -Normal ...
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Bricked? Evo 4G while trying to Unroot

I am an idiot, first and foremost. I was running an older version of CM7 and just bought an Evo 3D. I decided to sell my Evo 4G online, and went to unroot it. I ran the original software RUU (1.06.651....
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want to get my Droid back to stock, but don't want to reinstall apps

I foolishly rooted my Motorola Droid and fumbled around until I got Cyanogenmod 6.1.0-RC3-Droid installed on the thing. There's really no reason I should have done this, however. It didn't exactly ...
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How to create complete image backup(Nandroid) of rooted phone if no cwm or twrp available for my phone

I have a rooted phone and i need to do some change to buid.prop. And if i got my phone bricked i need to recover it back. The thing is There's no CWM or TWRP roms available to my tablet(ZTE E7P(3G) ...
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How do I enter recovery mode on my Motorola Milestone 2 to unbrick it?

I own a Motorola Milestone 2, also called A953 (apparently this is different from the Droid 2 Global). It used to have Android 2.3 with Motoblur middleware. It was bought independently from any phone ...
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Did I just brick a non-rooted device?

I have a non-rooted Onyx Boox C67ML Carta running stock Android 4.2.2. I just installed Orientation Locker. I transferred it from my phone using Shareit, but on my phone it had come from the Play ...
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How to hard brick an android phone (Galaxy Nexus)?

I'm trying to figure out whether or not I managed to brick my android phone, a Galaxy Nexus*. Using ClockworkMod Recovery, I pretty much erased everything I could find (/data, /cache, /factory, /...
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HTC 626 bricked when trying to root the phone. What to do now?

I have bricked my HTC 626. I was trying to root my phone. I installed a recovery. As you can understand that I flashed recovery after unlocking bootloader. But I have s-on on phone. I then got some ...
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Galaxy Mini hangs at boot - how can I fix it?

My Galaxy Mini powers on, but then hangs on the "Samsung Galaxy Mini" splash screen. How can I re-install Android, or get it booting again?
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Revive a dead phone?

I don't have any background information, but my coworker showed up today with a nonresponsive Samsung Galaxy Gio. It will not boot. When plugged into the power charger, a half-full battery displays ...
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Does a phone's battery charge when in download mode?

I bricked my SM-J500G when trying to root the phone. Now I'm trying to install the stock ROM. The problem is that my phone's battery is low, and I have no way to charge it in another phone. Can I put ...
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Stuck in Fastboot?! Help please!

I tried to get CM11 on my LG G2 on Bell Canada's network and I really messed it up. I can no longer get into recovery, adb doesn't see my phone, but download mode works (though I have no idea how to ...
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Is it possible to pull data using Android Debug Bridge on an N7 while soft bricked

I've tried countless fixes for my N7 being softbricked (No idea how it was done). I've resorted to using Android Debug Bridge, however I cannot get access to the device (device not recognized from CMD ...
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Nexus 7 won't boot up - could it be due to cell phone sitting on top of it?

I've had my Nexus 7 for about 4 months and it's been working well until about a couple days ago. It ran out of battery so I plugged in the charger. It began charging but something weird happened when ...
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How Can I Pass Bootloader (Huawei Y200 stuck logo/ Boot-Loop)

I have recently learnt a few things about Android and its system. I have a Huawei Ascend Y200, and I flashed it with ClockworkMod specifically for Y200 with a computer and it worked. I rooted my ...
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Samsung Galaxy GT-S5300B dead / bricked (?)

I own a Samsung Galaxy Pocket (GT-S5300B) and, last week, I mistakenly erased a partition issuing the command: cat /dev/block/mmcblk0p1 > /dev/zero (It was either that or /proc/mmcblk0p1, I can'...
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Backing up important data from soft-bricked devices

I'm sorry if bricks-related and support-my-issues questions are off-topic on the site, but let me try. Yesterday I've got a crash on my device causing an immediate reboot. After the very first boot ...
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Can't mount /data, /cache, and /sdcard

I have a Xiaomi Redmi 2, (device ID is 2014813) and there is a serious problem going on with it. This morning the phone "greeted" me with a text, saying that the full encryption was unsuccessful, and ...
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Can't mount first-gen Kindle Fire in TWRP

I have a rooted Kindle Fire running TWRP that I let my kids use. Last week the battery ran low and it shut off, but my three-year-old son somehow booted it into TWRP and wiped the device. Now the Fire ...
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Galaxy S2 is possibly bricked. What can I do?

Background: Browsing on Chrome, device suddenly freezes. Hold down power button to turn it off. Turn it on again. "Galaxy S2 i9100T" logo keeps displaying nothing else happens. Tried rebooting again,...
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Galaxy Note 2 N7100 does not turn on, only shows battery “loading” icon

I bought a GN2 three days ago, it worked fine until today, when I did a reboot and it didn't come back. The blue LED turned off with the device, and instead of rebooting, the battery "loading" (empty ...
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How to take Motorola Photon 4g out of the grave?

Recently I ordered Motorola 4g from US.... It was with stock Sprint Sunfire OS. OS : Sunfire-2.3.5 Baseband : 4.5.1A (I am not sure about this whether its baseband or revision) Build : ...
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Bricked Droid Razr while trying to flash a custom ROM, Safestrap gone

I'm so sorry for being one of these "help me, I don't know what to do!" noobs, but that's exactly my situation. This is my first Android phone and my first time trying to do this. I do come from a ...
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CyanogenMod install failed on Samsung Galaxy S II, phone now shows boot screen and then a black screen

I was trying to install CyanogenMod on my un-rooted Samsung Galaxy S II using this installer. I installed the app on the phone and the PC; downloaded the data for the program; plugged the phone ...
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Unbricking HTC Desire HD - really need some help here!

Been given a Desire HD that seems to have had a bad Radio Flash I have spent perhaps 50 hours on this problem as follows: Screen is always black whatever I do (unless /sbin/recovery - see below) ...
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Heimdall Failed to confirm end of file transfer sequence!

I have problem flashing my galaxy core SYSTEM with Heimdall using system.img.ext4 ~/Desktop/lll$ sudo heimdall flash --SYSTEM system.img.ext4 Heimdall v1.4.0 Copyright (c) 2010-2013, ...
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MyTouch bricked

I have a MyTouch 4G which I had to pull battery on and then when bootup came up, it just sits and hangs at the white logo screen. How do I go about fixing this?
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My tablet is stuck on “no command” screen. What can i do?

I've a Lenovo Tab A8-50 which received yesterday an OTA update. After the update it didn't restarted correctly. It now only show the "no command" screen. When I click the power button it shows this ...