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Bootloader/BIOS, flashing ROMs and related risks. Why are Android devices more brickable than PCs?

SHORT ANSWER: Android phones are more brickable than PCs because they can hardly communicate with us if the bootloader is erased. And bootloader(s) live on Flash memory (eMMC) partitions which are ...
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Soft bricked Moto G4 (XT1625) after SuperSU install

Proper research would have prevented this, in the future if you need information on rooting a device, go to a REPUTABLE source like XDA or a similar forum and make sure the information is specific to ...
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What is JTAG in regards to Android?

JTAG is a Protocol ! Simply in other Protocols such as USB is protocol UART is protocol for transferring DATA or communicating with devices . JTAG Directly communicate with the CPU and with the ...
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How to unbrick nexus 9 after an OTA update?

I've got the same problem on a recent OTA update on my Nexus 9. Unfortunately thes "Nexus Root Toolkit" app didn't help because my Nexus 9 was all stock, no root and the OEM unlock was disabled. The ...
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Can I flash Android on device with overwritten mmcblk0?

/dev/mmcblk0 is whole MMC storage chip which includes GUID partition table (GPT) and all partitions. On Android devices some of these eMMC partitions hold bootloaders (like sbl, aboot on Qualcomm ...
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My Pixel C tablet doesn't respond to the unlock pattern and the recommend action to debrick it doesn't work

Just in case anyone else comes this way searching for an answer, I did get one on the XDA forums. The solution is to start the device with volume down and power pressed. This brings you to the menu I ...
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Ran "adb reboot bootloader" now can't boot past logo (Azpen A746)

Fully draining the battery will unbrick an Azpen A746HD in this situation. I did further testing and was able to repeat the conditions for bricking and unbricking the tablet: Running adb reboot ...
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LG V30 - Flash ROM using download mode?

For linux use this link it's a tool called SALT. If you're good with Linux there are tools to use with Python such as ESPTools or LGLAF. For Windows look up FWUL, it's "Forget Windows Use Linux", it'...
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How to safely root Samsung Galaxy Core Prime?

I suggest you search on Google on how to safely root your device.  You should choose the one that is appropriate for your device (it should have the same model number). Also, install a ...
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CWM Recovery can't see external SD card, need to install a rom from ext SD

Here is the Procedure: Make sure latest Samsung USB drivers are installed on your PC. Download Odin v3.07 on your PC.(Some SAMSUNG devices require Odin v3.04). Download Recovery.tar, download link. ...
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How to Unbrick Android Phone Which has No OS, No Recovery? and How to Repair IMEI in MTK Devices?

Unbricking MTK devices is quite simple. You need the stock firmware and the flashtool. Download the firmware here SP Flashtool (the tool needed to flash the files) Extract firmware zip file (I think ...
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How to enter recovery/download mode with broken home button and broken bootloader

Use ADB, there is a command on there to reboot your phone to Odin/download mode, it's adb reboot download.
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How to unbrick my Samsung Tab 1 (7 inch) from T mobile brought it from S. KOREA

Old Samsung devices (Galaxy S1 to S3 generations) where near impossible to brick unless you had the emmc bug or somehow flashed missmatched set of bootloaders. The best way to attempt to recover the ...
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What makes flashing ROMs risky?

As Death Mask Salesman pointed out, you need to be sure that the flashing process itself doesn't overwrite the partition table or the bootloader. But even if the flashing itself doesn't cause an ...
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Red exclamation mark at top left when booting phone

Alright everyone, I have managed to solve the issue. If you find yourself in this same error, visit this site to know properly how to fix your SAMSUNG device. In short, you need a PC running a ...
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How to fix bootloop or decrypt /data in TWRP?

I had same problem and I'll write tips how i fixed this situation. You can fix it by just dirty-flash any rom. Flash any rom by using external storage or by adb sideload(Advanced -> ADB Sideload -&...
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How to flash Cubot R11 stock ROM on bricked phone?

You can use SP Flash Tool. You need MediaTek MT65xx USB VCOM Preloader USB Drivers for it. If you care about data, you should make a full rom dump (or at least nvdata metadata oemkeystore and userdata ...
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SP Flash Tool does not recognize the firmware scatter file

The ROM you provided does not contain a valid scatter file or recovery.img so you can not use SP Flash Tool. I recommend you to make a backup of boot, copy the boot.emmc.win to PC, then to another ...
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Can't boot into system or recovery

You can try to boot directly into recovery instead of flashing image: fastboot boot recovery.img If it doesn't work, go for flashing factory firmware in bootloader or Emergency Download mode. Here ...
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Unbrick pixel device

Yes. Qualcomm devices come with an Emergency Downloader EDL mode which helps to recover from a hardbrick. You need a Flashtool and Qualcomm EDL drivers. In order to access EDL mode, you need to use an ...
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Can't boot into recovery or fastboot and not going to EDL completely (Redmi Note 4)

Alecxs helped me with the solution so I am posting the solution that worked for me. Install MIUI 9.6.8.0 fastboot ROM (it works with this only) and extract it to C drive. Run MI flash tool and select ...
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Unbricking Vivo Y97 after flashing wrong recovery.img

SOLVED! After flashing the ROM of B into A, the phone is unbricked now and it's working perfectly fine. I've flashed the system.img (this contains the library of Android system) and also vendor.img (...
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S10e bricked, cannot get into recovery

In the end, when the phone ran out of battery, the bootloop stopped by itself. Then I was able to enter download mode by using Volume-, Bixby then pluging the cable (I was wrong, the logo is skipped ...
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Bricked my phone after messing with Knox permissions

Ok I finaly found the solution : I just had to delete package-restrictions.xml and Android just recreated it at the following boot. /data/system/users/0 # mv package-restrictions.xml package-...
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software bricked android 7

As mentioned, hard-bricks are the rare write-offs. For the vast majority of soft-bricked devices (FRP errors, blocked custom binaries, etc) the following can erase the device and reinstall the ...
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Soft-Bricked Samsung Galaxy S5 - "Set Warranty Bit: Kernel"

Samsung phones require a special version of Xposed - the regular one just won't work as you experienced. Since you can still get into TWRP, the situation is still under control. Uninstall the ...
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Moto G 2nd generation soft bricked

Just in case you are in hurry i think you are missing wiping davlik cache and then install zip from sdcard,and make sure the zip is the correct firmware for your device,and also once your bootloader ...
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What happens after Unbricking a Oneplus 3

Since you're able to connect to bootloader, you need to flah the stock recovery then flash the stock firmware. This tutorial explains it better. Go here to get Minimal ADB and Fastboot. Open it and ...
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Softbricked, locked bootloader, no recovery

You need to flash a stock firmware to get everything working. You can follow this tutorial on how to flash a stock firmware on your phone. Download your phone's ROM here.
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