The basic thing to know if your phone isn’t booting any more is to find out whether your mobile is Hard Bricked, Soft Bricked or Broken. This post will help you differentiate between Soft Brick vs Hard Bricked vs Broken Android Device.
Soft brick is the state of android device which occur due to some software problems like boot loops or phone freezing at some point during boot. This only occurs if some software problem occurred in the device mainly during OS upgrade or ROM flashing.
If your device is in such state then you are luck there are 99% chances that you can recover your beloved device without needing any professional help or spending hundred of dollars. Just search your device in this website, there must be a post for you, if not present, then you can request me and I will post a tutorial just for you.
Soft bricked device characterstics
- Device stuck on vendor logo
- Device stuck on boot animation
- Device restarts automatically in an endless loop (bootloop)
- Device can’t get into Recovery Mode
- Device can only enter in Download Mode
- Error while flashing new firmware
Hard brick is the state of android device that occurs when your device won’t boot at all i.e. no boot loop, etc. This occurs due to trying to install ROM not made for your device or using ROM Manager incorrectly. This is more difficult to resolve and often require professional help.
During hard brick, the device’s kernel gets messed up, mainly due to incorrect ROM or kernel installation. (Kernel being the base which interact with the hardware). You can recover from hard brick by using JTAG or send your phone to JTAG service center to get it repaired.
BrokenBroken is a state of android device that occurs when any hardware component of device break down. This may occur due to electrical over charge, device dropped, water spilled etc. This require the electrical component being repaired or replace and does not occur due to any non supported software installation.
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