I got a Google Pixel 4a that is stuck during boot without obvious reason (maybe it did an automatic update and restart during the night). Whenever I start the phone, it only shows the "Google lettering" but won't continue to boot.

I can access fastboot (vol- + power button). That way, I have also access to the phone via cmd console on my computer. Still, when I try to access recovery mode, it will also get stuck when it shows the Google lettering. Also, a wipe or factory reset is not possible via power button + vol+ as I cannot access recovery mode. Resetting the phone via https://flash.android.com is also not possible with the error message:

Device Unlock Disabled

For security reasons, you need to enable "OEM unlocking" in order to flash your device. See the device preparation instructions for more information.

So what other options do I have to get the phone back running?

  • Pixel4a does no longer receive updates. Last update was released 2023-08-05.
    – Robert
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 9:21

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If fastboot mode is accessible, please use the command fastboot -w to trigger a factory reset on the device.

  • Already tried. Only gave me an error. Maybe because it is locked?
    – Tylaris
    Commented Oct 18, 2023 at 17:20

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