Is it possible? Or the device needs at least a kernel to be able to charge? I have a device in bootloop that every 3 seconds it vibrates and I'm not sure if its does not charge because I erased boot and system partitions or because its consume power everytime it vibrates preventing to charge enough for me be able to turn on fastboot mode and fix it.

  • I don't think it's possible. This may be relevant android.stackexchange.com/questions/145263/…
    – beeshyams
    Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 14:41
  • In other words, the presence of battery, it's capacity, is current voltage levels etc are communicated by system and if that's missing, will it charge? I don't think it will
    – beeshyams
    Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 15:34
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    It's very hardware-specific question, so cannot be answered with surety. It depends on your OEM's choice of SoC/PMIC and bootloader (the components which load before the actual OS). But it's definitely possible. U-Boot is a commonly used open-source bootloader, and it does have a pretty thorough support for battery charging, without relying on Linux/Android kernel. Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 17:25
  • my device's current bootloader is lk(little kernel), I can boot in lk and choose the boot mode (normal, recovery or fastboot) but when I select anyone it shutdown, I tried let it charging while in lk but it just charge for less than 2 minutes and then shutdown, idk if lk have some kind of timeout of inactivity and shudown when its reach this timeout or its just do not support charge :/ Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 17:45

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Assuming you already know what TWRP is, you should just install and boot into it and charge. However in your case you cant install it i guess. So best way is to plug into pc and fastboot mode the device. This will supply it with some power at least and try flashing twrp to it using adb/fastboot services. Then you can boot into twrp and charge the device from there. And if in future you're ever going to touch a phone's system/other important partitions..make sure to install twrp beforehand.

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