4 Ways to Fix most Common Issues On an Android Device

Having an Android smartphone or tablet is like giving candy to a little baby: you just can’t stop from tweaking, changing, customizing and optimizing the internal system and OS. That’s why I think that all the Android users had performed, at least once, complex operations like rooting, installing custom ROMs, replacing the stock recovery, unlocking the bootloader and so on, on their devices and this without knowing that the procedures are unofficial and risky tasks. Therefore, don’t get surprised if after applying one of the mentioned operations, you will notice that there is something wrong with your handset.

Usually and the most common issues that might occur are: your phone / tablet gets stuck in a boot loop, the handset boots only into recovery mode, your smartphone can be entered only in bootloader mode, you can’t properly install a custom ROM and different errors are being displayed while trying to fix the mentioned problems.

Well, during the present step by step guide I will show you how to easily fix the most common issues related to the Android OS and bringing you device back to life. Actually I will explain and detail four methods that can be anytime used by those who had bricked their Android based smartphones / tablets, all being described in an easy to understand way, so everyone can understand what to do and how to apply the guidelines for fixing the problems in the shortest time possible.

So, if you have managed to brick your Android device and looking for a suitable and easy method to fix the problems, then you are in the right place. The methods explained below will resolve the booting loop problems along with other issues so don’t hesitate and use our guidelines. But first do remember that the solutions described during the following lines might, or might not work for your smartphone / tablet; also we shouldn’t be held responsible if you can’t fix your Android handset.

Do take note that operations like rooting, installing a custom ROM and so on are unofficial ones and by completing the same the warranty of your device gets voided. Therefore, at this point, your phone comes without warranty. That’s why you need to first try to fix your device before heading to your retail.

Your handset is stuck in a boot loop

Well this is the most common issue when talking about Android devices. Also, the problem can be easily fixed as you only have to wipe the system of your device. Usually, the boot loop problem is occurring when flashing custom ROMs; you should know that after updating with the firmware, a wipe is being required. If you somehow skip the wipe, your phone will keep rebooting.

Now, on this method we assumed that you have installed a custom recovery image on your handset: like CWM recovery, AmonRA, TWRP recovery and so on. Well, use the recovery for wiping the system of your handset and for resolving the boot loop issue. Be aware though as each device can be entered in recovery mode differently; usually you need to press a combination of buttons (for example on Samsung you need to press Volume Up and Home buttons) while Powering up your tablet / smartphone. Once the recovery mode entered you need to select:

  • Use the Volume keys in order to navigate through the recovery menu.
  • Select “advanced” and choose “wipe dalvik cache”.
  • Return to main menu.
  • Then select “wipe data factory reset”.
  • Return and this time choose “wipe cache partition”.
  • Return and select “reboot system now”.
  • Your handset should start in Android OS now.

So, there you have it; now the boot loop problems should be resolved and you should be able to safely use your custom ROM firmware.

Your handset boots straight to recovery mode

In case after flashing a custom ROM, your handset enters right to recovery mode, then you can try to wipe the system and see the results. But, most likely the wiping solution will not work here. You see, if your device is stock in recovery mode, then it means that you have flashed the ROM inadequate, or there is something wrong with the ROM you choose.

Therefore, you will have to re-install the firmware on your phone, or to choose another software suitable with your smartphone / tablet. Now, during the following list I will show you how to properly update your Android device with a custom ROM firmware.

  • First backup the data that is saved on the internal storage memory of your smartphone.
  • Enable the USB debugging option on your handset.
  • Download the update file on your computer; don’t unzip the file.
  • Remember that your device must be rooted and installed with a custom recovery image.
  • Place the ROM file from the computer to your phone’s SD card.
  • Then turn off your device and reboot it into recovery mode.
  • From recovery mode wipe the system as showed during the previous method.
  • Then return to the recovery menu and select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  • In the end reboot your phone.
  • Do note that if your handset gets stuck in a boot loop you will have to reboot into recovery mode once more for wiping the internal system (the cache, the dlavik cache and wipe data factory reset).

So, now you know how to properly install a custom ROM firmware. Remember to check all the details related to the update you are choosing are usually, the unofficial versions of the Android system are coming with bugs and issues and that’s why you might end up in bricking your Android device and as you cans see fixing your handset is taking some time.

Your device is booting straight to bootloader mode

On this case the only way in which you can resolve the problem is the stock Android OS. Yes, unfortunately you will have to flash the official Android firmware on your device. In this way you will be able to restore the stock restrictions and default settings and your smartphone / tablet will be restored to its initial state.

Of course, if your handset is rooted, after flashing the stock ROM, the root access will be revoked and the bootloader relocked. The best though is that you will be able to restore the lost warranty and the default Android system with stock features, apps and capabilities.

Now let’s see how you can update or downgrade different devices to stock / official Android firmware:

For Samsung:

  • You need to use a Windows running computer, where you will have to download Odin and the update file.
  • Unzip both files and also install and run Odin.
  • Furthermore, on the PC the smartphone’s drivers must be installed; you can use Samsung KIES for completing the same.
  • Then, reboot your handset in download mode (usually by pressing on Volume Down, Power and Home buttons) and connect your device with the computer.
  • From Odin now select “PDA” and pick the update file.
  • Press “start” and wait while the software is being applied.

For HTC:

  • The HTC stock ROMs are dubbed as RUU and the same can be flashed straight from bootloader mode.
  • So, get the RUU specific file for your device and place the same on the SD card.
  • Rename the file into something like PG05IMG.zip.
  • Then as soon as you reboot your device the firmware should be flashed automatically, from HBOOT, HTC’s bootloader.

For Motorola:

  • On your computer you will have to use RSD lite, which is a program similar with Odin, but in this case, it is suitable on with Motorola’s handsets.
  • So, download and install RSD Lite.
  • Also install the phone’s drivers on your computer.
  • Download the update file on your computer.
  • Turn off your device and connect it with the computer.
  • Reboot your handset into bootloader mode.
  • Launch the RSD Lite program.
  • Pick the .sbf file from the computer and start the flashing process.
  • In the end the device will reboot into Android; don’t unplug the USB cable until you are sure that the Android system is booted; if not re-do the update operation until it works.

If anything isn’t working for you, format your SD card

There might be situations when the up described guidelines won’t fix your bricked Android device. Well, in that case, there might be problems with your handset’s SD card – as you could notice on all the methods from above the SD card was used. You see, after using your SD card for a while, it might get corrupted, meaning that you will stock data on it without obtaining any kind of result.

So, you might resolve your problems by formatting the SD card. Of course, then you will have to return here and resume the tutorial from the beginning for fixing your bricked smartphone / tablet.

Formatting the SD card is easy and can be completed in a minute. All you have to do is to take the SD card, place it on your computer, or on an SD card reader. Wait while your PC is recognizing your SD card and then right click on the drive and select “format”. That’s all.

Well that was how you can easily resolve the most common issues that might occur while trying to tweak your Android powered handset. So, now you know how to fix your bricked smartphones / tablets. Do share your impressions and experience with us and with other users by using the comments area from below and also tell us if you had encountered other problems while using your device. Also, stay close for receiving further Android tips, tricks and step by step guides.

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  • GR

    Nice article, hope it gets more views. I am a IT guy who is getting tired of always goofing with tech stuff on the off hours(yes kiddy IT folks you will get tired of it someday too). I am going to root my AT&T S4, so it was nice to see a nice fixit guide out there just in case.

    • geno

      Having boot loop issues can you help? Are you from Greece?

  • Chad Higgins

    my HTC Evo 4g is stuck in a boot loop. How do i get it back to factory original 2.3.5?

  • natapria

    it wont work on my S5 vandroid

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  • Helop

    I tried your fix bootloop guide but its still stuck.

  • Maitreya

    everyone of u download the original stock rom for ur device and install it via odin.. :)

  • Maitreya

    OR Else U could install or flash ur custom recovery ince again to ur phone :) I faced same problem but got solutions to it.. :)
    For more info my e-mail gokhalemaitreya@gmail.com

  • John

    I tried to root my Samsung galaxy s3 neo 4.4 unfortunately with cwm 4.3 files with Odin my device not yet rooted the major problem is play store not working and I can’t get into download mode…. Please help…..


    I am using Sony Xperia L. I wiped cache partition after that my phone stuck on SONY logo screen. nothing is happen in it. Any button is not working. even power button. Please help…

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  • Sunil Jadhav

    I have a lava iris style 300. I had merely rooted the phone, no custom ROMs. So I do not have CWM recovery. When I tried changing the animation file, it went into a boot loop. So now I am stuck with a phone that does not go beyond the boot screen. I can still access the recovery module though. However, it is the stock recovery that came with the phone. Not much use. Dont know what to do now !!

    • Agnelo Dsouza

      You can create a cwm recovery and port it to your phone using mtk droid tools you can easily get more info for it from xda

      • solomon jose

        What does mtk droid tools do?

        • Agnelo Dsouza

          U can have a Complete Backup of your phone using this tool. You can create a cwm recovery for ur phone using this tool.You can check the web for more info.

        • Agnelo Dsouza

          MTK Droid tools is a very good application for all mtk chipset devices as You can take a complete backup of ur phone or install a custom recovery for your phone when it is bricked.
          It allows you to create cwm recovery directly and flash it to your phone or you can take other recovery.img and flash it to ur phone using this tool.
          Its a quick process.

      • name

        hi i am william , i tried to root my phone which was done successfully and then i tried to instal the rom 5.1 but failed and now i can only switch it on doesnt work , i dnt know wether i have deleted my firmware or not , kindly help me how to get my phone working in andriod original firmware which was installed by default

        • Agnelo Dsouza

          Was the rom made for your device, if it was, then u can simply format the phone through recovery and flash the rom again.

    • Agnelo Dsouza

      Search for a stock rom and flash it to ur mobile it might do the job.

  • farshan

    I installed a custom ROM on my xolo q700 and I got stuck in a boot loop. So I installed another custom rom . again the same issue. And while installing stock ROM my device isn’t recognized by the PC. Any solutions??

    • Agnelo Dsouza

      Install all the drivers of your mobile ,sometimes due to faulty drivers your phone isnt recognized.Give it a try.

  • ram

    hi guys,
    i had install font changer. when i change my font with “cool jazz” font it stuck on boot, i did wipe and factory reset and wipe cached partition or recovery mode by problem is still same….plz help me my phone is intex aqua i5 hd

  • kam hagh

    how much is chance of permanent damage? or even bricking !?

  • ram

    give me a link to download stock rom of intex aqua i5 hd

  • Jenna

    htc desire 510 no signal whatsoever both htc and virgin have said they cant fix it im at my wits end.

  • Techno Flowz

    I have a Samsung Ace 4 lite and whenever I call,it makes a REALLY annoying BUZZING noise ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kim8004

      hi, I have the exactly same problem. I recently bought Samsung Ace 4 lite and it has the noise whenever I call someone. I don’t hear anything but the person answering my phone hears the noise. Have you fixed the problem yet? I could really use your help if you did. Please let me know if so. Thank you!

  • gaurav

    my xolo q1100 hard brick
    pls help me

  • gaurav

    pls help me my xolo Q1100 hard brick

  • Khaizuran

    Boot-Loop problem How do I fix this? Model:SM-G901F. Stuck in download mode whenever I the phone on. Formatted EVERYTHING including /BOOT using CWM (NO SAVES HERE). Now at download mode it read:
    Could not do normal boot [RED IN COLOR]
    RP SWREV: S1, T1, R1 A1, P1 [GREY]
    *PICTURE OF ANDROID WITH WORDS “Downloading… Do not turn off target!!*
    Please help! i did not root my phone. Just attempted and this happened. Factory rest does not work.

  • Adil Sayed

    I installed a cwm recovery from play store on my android tablet .After installing the cwm recovery it rebooted. When it rebooted it cam to the the cwm recovery that I installed it became stuck and the started to reboot again and again becoming stuck.icant even reboot myself to the android system .what can I do to get my android tablet back to working condition.please give me solution.

    • Agnelo Dsouza

      Can U ttell what tablet u have and can u go to the recovery.

  • David Drobner

    I installed cm11 in bootloop have backup can not get to recovery

  • Gray

    Have a BLU Life One X with NO SD card..it froze and turned off. Never rooted it or did anything out of the scope of an average user. Never even dropped or waterlogged. No way to turn it on, get it in to recovery mode, boot anything…it will not turn on. No response even if plugged into a computer or wall charger. 6 months worth of pictures in the internal storage and nowhere else. Non removable battery. No kind of external SD or memory card. Any way to recover?

  • Agnelo Dsouza

    i ported a rom android 5.0 rom to andi 5li everything is working fine except the
    google play store it’s showing no connection and also i cant install apps from sd card its always showing app not installed is there any way to fix this problem.

  • Garrett

    I successfully rooted my htc desire 610 Kitkat but It’s now running slow-Apps take a while to start up and the phone occasionally freezes. I have tried to do a factory reset but my phone is still slow. Can someone help me?

  • yousssef

    guys i really need your help after flashing firmware using odin my phone is gt-i9060i it freezes on boot screen i tried to install many firmwares using pda but still the same i can enter download mode but cant enter into recovery mode i tried to search for cwm recovery for my phone but nothing found please help

  • booker

    I got a boot loop on my Alcatel one touch pop c3 after installing chain fire please help me I am in serious trouble

  • Aris cristian

    i have a reliance zte v9a . i rooted it using iroot. after rooting i tried to install indian fonts on my droid then my device restart and restart going on. the screen is showing reliance logo or nothing but i can boot into recovery mode that is default recovery mode by that android not custom . how can i fix this plz help

  • Nasya Sede

    I have Mito A800. when i tried to turn on, the phone just stuck on android picture. and my friend said it is boot loop and i don’t know how to fix it. any one can help me please??

  • cring

    today i was messing around with my tablet i installed a new font and it wanted me to reboot.

    then the huawei logo came wich is after huawei mediapad 10 and it got stuck on that

    i looked everywhere

    i tried entering recovery mode and here are the results

    volume up + powerkey was enter fast boot mode you can press power key 10 seconds to reboot

    volume down+powerkey was sd card upgrade failed please reboot

    powerkey+volume up and down came up with a green android sign and said OK and rebooted

    Powerkey+volume up and down then just down same thing as before

    im out of ideas :{

    • solomon jose

      Same problem here

  • Michelle Mulligan

    My galaxy s4 was fine last night and i went to use it this am and the screen is black. Won’t respond to anything

  • Shivam Bhatnagar

    hello everyone….i recently rooted my tablet lenovo a2107a-h using key root master,root checker basic and superSu..but two days later my tablet softkeys started pressing automatically..the screen started shaking and open all the other apps.when i use whatsapp..it itself presses random keys…I formatted my tab for 3-4 times but it doesn’t work…removed screen guard but all my efforts fails.I did not know what to do now….plz help me..

  • Shubham

    Stuck in boot loop in my micromax a47 plx help

  • ashwin cs

    Hey I am unable to get into recovery mode. I am struck in boot looping Even when i press the volume up and the power button. The issue raised due to factory reset after the CWM installation. My mobile is XOLO a500s i dont have warranty also. Please help.

  • Very Faisal Vany

    i have a cross a5a, i can’t access recovery mode, when i press vol – and power key, just white blank, how i can fix my phone, please….

  • illiyas

    i am a android jamco tech tab holder my tab now looping boot .so that can’t access the tab menu . i cant get my root menu .i don’t know how that fix .it is a software problum .how can i solve that .plzz help me

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  • Ashib alam

    few days ago i brought intex Aqua 4g +, suddenly my phone was restart automatically. now I can not turn on my phone, i think it is my phone’s software problem. but I dont know how to fix it . plz help me.

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  • Jestin Jose

    my lenova a516 not turn on after install rom with using smart phone flash tool
    what is the problem

  • Jestin Jose

    i plugged the charger but nothing can see in the disply

  • Shie

    My huawei honor 4c cant turn on. Help!

  • Shlok8

    I have not flashed a custom rom i just wiped the cache and that factory reset and my phone got stuck at bootloop plzz help

  • Bryan Koen

    Hi i would like to overclock my samsung galaxy tab 4 10.1 SMT -535 can you guys assist?

  • nick

    i have a nextbook8p12 ans it has been stuck in a bootloop for a few months and it isnt rooted i have tried everything so far except trying the options for a rooted tablet. is there anything i can do?

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  • Himanshu Sharma


    I have a low end phone(micromax bolt a27) which buzzes endlessly without showing anything on the screen.I had flashed the system partition with recovery.img using flashboot by mistake which caused this problem to surface.
    I tried erasing the system,recovery and cache partition and then flashing them again with the system.img and recovery.img that I got from the internet but it still buzzes endlessly when started.Is my phone in a bootloop or it is bricked permanent now?

    Please suggest.

  • wil Rock

    can’t get out on bootloop and can’t even go into recovery mode after using kingroot v4.5

  • Karthik

    My j7 is unfortunately wiped all system files in recovery mode now I cant switch on the phonw

  • Michelle Luna

    Am I the only person in the world who has a phone that went into boot loop out of nowhere? I can’t figure out what caused it. I am able to get it to go to the reset screen, but I am reluctant to wipe the phone before trying to recover my data, I had hundreds of pics, and voice chat clips and pics from WhatsApp, that were never saved to the sd card bc occassionally my phone would hiccup and I never bothered to move new pics to the card. And I don’t believe WhatsApp has a way of syncing media to my email address so those convos will be gone if I wipe. I can’t bear the thought of losing some of those clips as they are from a deceased best friend. I am kicking myself for never having looked for a way to save them to my computer before now. Can anyone please help?

  • Angelo

    Guys need help….I rooted my Lenovo yoga tablet using kingroot after that I messed up in the .prop file cuz I wanted to make an incompatible app become compatible.When I turn off my tab after messing up in the prop file I am now stuck in the lenovo logo.I decided to restart my device and then I enter into the chinese recovery mode I search bunch of sites to know where is the data wipe and I finally found it after clicking the data wipe that was in chinese I am still stuck at the lenovo logo…Plz help me T.T

  • Suvam Gairola

    my android doesn’t show recovery. now i dont know what to do

  • Zeck Aryssa

    My note 4 …..stuck after i download app from rom toolbox pro….i download the “exposed installer “app from dropbox ,using rom toolbox pro…..after i click download from “rom toolbox pro” the fon go to reboot n still like that pic….plsssss….help

  • abdulrehman

    i backuped the build prop and now my tablet isnt rebooting even with the factory reset

  • Vinzy

    Hi, after a recent update to 5.1.1 my phone worked fine for 1 month. recently the phone started to reboot itself. After this the phone never booted up until I placed it on the charger. Even then, it did not boot up normally but simply the battery light kept flashing and the phone vibrating. this is bizzare as I do not find anyone with this problem.

    I was able to get into recovery mode only when plugged in and did all the following

    – delete the cache partition
    -factory reset

    The phone did not boot up even then. Without charger connected, the phone is dead even when the battery is charged 30-40%. When plugged in, I could get into the download mode, and then I flashed the stock firmware (DBT version) via odin. The flashing ins successful, but at the reboot stage the phone is still in reboot loop. When i n recovery boot, I can see the error message “dm-veritfy failed”.

    Even now the phone is dead without charger plugged. When charger is plugged in then I can get into recovery mode, download mode, and if not turned on then the batter charging icon keeps flashing. BUT Phone does not boot up.

    Any help.. I have tried flashing it many a times. The Note 4, is vietnam made, but is DBT (german version). I am in India now and the service center will not look at it here. I have never rooted the phone and knox warranty is void so I am not bothered to try anything. Please help.

    • william

      Tryed clearing devalk cache? And also tryed formating sd card?

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  • mehmoona

    i hava a jamco touch they can’t be charged i’m so tense please help me

  • tanmay

    after selecting update zip file it showing an error failed to verify whole- file signature

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  • the45 gunar

    i have a boot loop samsung galaxy chat. i have tried to flash it. but it still can’t start normally (still boot lopp). have a suggestion? plz help me. thaks

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  • Alex denz

    I have a Huawei Ascend y530 after about two weeks of usage, i woke up and tried to turn it on but no response. Nothing is happening no lights or anything.

    Can you please help me out and reply. *yes i have tried changing chargers, charging points and holding the on button.