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Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Android, Tutorials, Uncategorized | 51 comments

How to recover a Soft Bricked Android [ ODIN Method ]

How to recover a Soft Bricked Android [ ODIN Method ]

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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. That’s why some people never go for modding their droids. But such things shouldn’t 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 warning page 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”
  • Can’t reboot normally
  • Can’t 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 )

 

Soft Brick

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 ):

Download Mode

 

  • 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.

That’s 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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51 Comments

  1. 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?

  2. Either remove battery and try entering recovery.Else flash again. No other solutions
    You need to be in recovery to wipe data

  3. I have a soft brick on my note II and Odin cannot detect my phone at all. what do i do?

    • Can u go into recovery/ download mode? If not then that’s 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

  4. 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

    • Glad to be at your help!

  5. 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.I’ve 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 :(

    • 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 won’t wipe your personal data.

      • I am quite upset about being misled by what you said on here: I had quite a few pictures, videos, lists of friends, important texts, etc on my galaxy s3, which was soft bricked – I didn’t want to lose all my personal data, so I was willing to do the whole thing with Odin. But your claims above that doing the simple wipe d f reset and reboot would NOT wipe it all reassured me. My phone is now indeed working, but EVERYTHIN’ was wiped off my galaxy…. VERY upset. Please remove this bit of misleading info!!

        • Sorry to have misled you in any way. But I don’t find any such claims regarding memory/data recovery from our side. Happy to have helped you if in any way.

    • Hey, can u go into download mode on your phone? If yes then follow my unbrick procedure via odin. If u can’t get into download mode then it is a hard brick and you need to visit the Samsung authorized service center.

  6. 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 doesn’t 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 can’t get into recovery, only download mode.

    • 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 ?

  7. 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?

    • 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

  8. 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

    • 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.

  9. 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

    • 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.

  10. Does it take too long? cause its taking too long with me at “set partition”

    • On average, Flashing the firmwares take 5-10 minutes. In some cases, it may extend a bit but it shouldn’t exceed more than 20 minutes.

  11. problem because in the install / flash a custom rom via CWM 5, and in the midst of a sudden the battery off and turn off my device.

    in my device Samsung GT-S5670 Galaxy Fit everything works, but after reboot in bootable process abruptly stopped suddenly … I’ve been waiting 5mnt .. 10mnt .. until 30mnt but remained in bootable mode and stop the process ..

    please help!

    • Try going into recovery mode and factory reset your device. You are facing bootloop due to improper flash.

  12. Odin keeps failing on my note 2…I can get into download mode only not recovery mode my phone been rooted for almost a year and only just a couple of weeks ago started to act choppy or slow and freeze up at times but still worked fine. A couple of days ago it had this white screen with line going across it, so I tried to restart it but it wouldn’t restart i then took the battery out and it would start with the same white screen with the lines across. I then found your tutorial but this isn’t working either I would like to save my phones contents if I can I have the KIES_HOME_T889UVBMD1_T889TMBBMD1_935627_REV04_user_low_ship.tar.md5 but I couldn’t find a proper pit or the other files you said in the tutorial but I do have this pit u1_02_20110310_emmc_EXT4.pit. I’m using Odin3 v1.85 as well.
    Please help me get my phone back.

    • I cannot understand your problem completely. The download mode is accessible,so there isn’t any hard brick! But the white screen and lines that you are talking about,those seems some physical hardware problems. I advice you to visit an authorized service center as soon as possible.

  13. hey.. i hav a samsung galaxy y pro duos bt5512. i think its in a soft bricked condition. i can enter the recovery mode.. but not into the download mode? will that bea problem for me to make my set my mobile working once again?
    Help Me..

    • If you can enter the recovery mode, try factory re-setting your phone. If you can’t go into download mode and the factory reset doesn’t work,then show it up to the Authorized Samsung Care.

  14. Hello,

    My phone is a Samsung GT-S5670. Every time I press Start button on Odin, the program stuck in this line:

    SetupConnection..

    I’m actually at the download mode, but this still going stuck.

    Thanks!

    • Try changing the usb cord, also try different pc or wait for sometime before retrying. It should solve the problem

  15. it says failed . i cant bootload. I tried to install cyanogenmod aftr installing everything and while restarting my galaxy grand it got stuck in the samsung logo and its nt loading, i cant recover my phone. what should i do now ????

    • Make sure you have flashed the correct version of cyanogenmod. Also check the target files in odin. Also check whether you can enter into recovery mode, if yes then try factory reseting your device. Also try changing usb cord or the pc. Even waiting for sometime before retrying might solve the problem.

  16. Thanks for the guide! I downloaded the Android 4.3 firmware for my Sprint Galaxy S4. It turned out that I didn’t need to find a firmware with .pit file. I just put extracted my TAR file and uploaded it to PDA. Worked out wonderful for me and I didn’t lose anything when I booted up again. Next time I’ll be much more careful when trying to ROOT my phone lol Also this taught me how to Flash ROMs now, so I learned from my mistakes :)

    • That’s cool :) Glad to be at your help in any way!

  17. I have a Samsung Galaxy Grand and I can get into recovery mode and when I tried to factory reset nothing happened.. Also I can’t get into download mode. I have already tried wiping cache too help please!! thanks

    • You have a strange problem. Since download mode isn’t possible, odin method won’t work. Also, you stated that factory reset doesn’t work too. Too many odds! I suggest you to visit to any authorized Samsung service centers. Possible ways are to enter recovery, wipe cache and try factory reset over and over again. Good luck!

  18. Thank you Very Much!!! It really worked!!

    • Glad to be at your help :)

  19. Have my eternal Thankness!!!It worked perfectly and i didn’t even needed a pit.file.I think the problem was finding the original firmware and just gave me that.Thamk you!

    • You are welcome :)

  20. My phone (GT-N7000) got soft bricked when trying to auto upgrade to jelly beans. First it did number of downloads (via wifi), installs and restarts and brought my phone to jelly beans I guess 4.1.2. Performance became bad almost no app was working. Then from phone settings > About phone, I checked for update and it suggested one more (don’t remember which stuck at ‘Samsung” logo. Every time I restart it stops there. Don’t know what firmware/software it last updated. No recovery mode, but download mode is there.
    I have no data backup at all. Now if I flash Samsung stock ROM (from sammobile), will my data still be available?
    My phone was not rooted. What can i do to get a backup first if its still there ? can I flash some custom recovery rom then through it try to take back up ?

    thanks.

    • Don’t try to take backup via any custom recovery. Also.. There are very few chances to recover your data. Most of the time, flashing a stock rom wipes out your data. In my case, I flashed a stock ICS rom in my S ll and the data didn’t get wiped out. Again it was all by chance.

      • Thx Jigar,

        So I guess only way is try my luck with some latest stock ROM for my model.

        Is using adb going to help in any way ?

        thx

        • I don’t think adb might come to help here.. Try your luck with stock roms! Good luck.

          • Flashed stock jelly bean 4.1.2 ROM from sammobile and all including data and apps are back… GOD was kind… :-)

            thank you and everybody you have provided so much material on the web and those who contributed in ODIN…!!!

            Few points: PASS comes little late in ODIN, before that it said ” RESET”… phone restarted (no I think it went off and I powered on) and stuck at ‘SAMSUNG’ logo again for few minutes, then android logo with things happening in the belly :-) … later ‘PASS’ appeared in ODIN… I disconnected, after that phone did not restart but was upgrading all 155 apps I had, and doing some other things for several minutes… so far so good.

          • That’s cool! Happy for you.

  21. Hoteluri Munte

    Truly no matter if someone doesn’t be aware of then its
    up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it happens.

    • Flashed stock jelly bean 4.1.2 ROM from sammobile and all including data and apps are back… GOD was kind… :-)

      thank you and everybody you have provided so much material on the web and those who contributed in ODIN…!!!

      Few points: PASS comes little late in ODIN, before that it said ” RESET”… phone restarted (no I think it went off and I powered on) and stuck at ‘SAMSUNG’ logo again for few minutes, then android logo with things happening in the belly :-) … later ‘PASS’ appeared in ODIN… I disconnected, after that phone did not restart but was upgrading all 155 apps I had, and doing some other things for several minutes… so far so good.

  22. Sorry, duplicated my comment by mistake.

  23. i rooted my phone with odin nd its rooted but it is not going in recovery mode nd also wifi is not working.will the ccare centre restore my phones software i m using a samsung galaxy grand 2 an i rooted it with a stock recovery which does not flash cwm or twrp recovery it just gives root access to the applications i m worried a lot kindly help me.

    • I recommend you to try flashing different versions of stock rom as most of the time it also unroots the phone. Still if it doesn’t help, go to service center and bring up some false software issues for them to flash your device. Good luck

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