The Android OS can be easily customized and optimized by applying some custom operations. But in order to do so you first have to unlock the Android firmware and then you have to use dedicated tutorials which can safely take you through the customize process. The same can be applied for your HTC One XL, though you should be careful when tweaking your smartphone as all the operations you will have to complete are unofficial ones and if you mess things up you can end up in bricking or damaging your One XL.
In that matter, in order to help you out and for providing the support you might need, during the following step by step guide I will show you how to easily unbrick your HTC One XL. Now, right from the start you have to know that you might deal with a hard bricked smartphone or with a soft bricked device. The soft bricked or damaged HTC One XL can be fixed by using one of the methods that are being explained during the guidelines from below, while the hard bricked phone should be take back to service for technical assistance (unfortunately in this case fixing your Android smartphone might be quite expensive).
Now, how can you end up in bricking your HTC One XL? As I have already mentioned, you can damage your phone when trying to unchain its system or when trying to improve its performances, change default settings and customize its Android system. So, each time you try to gain root access, unlock the bootloader, gain S-Off, install a custom recovery image, update with a custom ROM firmware, flash a custom kernel, overclock the CPU, remove bloatware and so on, you can end up in bricking your HTC One XL.
Unfortunately all the operations mentioned above are unofficial ones. Therefore, by completing the same the warranty of your handset will get void and you will be by yourself if something bad happens. That’s why, if you choose to follow this tutorial you will be able to fix your bricked One XL without taking your phone back to service. Furthermore, this guide will also help you in restoring the warranty of your device, so as you can see, you have all the reasons for trying the steps from below. But before heading to the proper tutorial, read all the following guidelines.
But what we understand when we refer to a bricked HTC One HL? Mainly, your device is damaged if you can’t use it properly. So, if your phone is stuck in a boot loop, if after an update you get lag, bugs or things that aren’t working properly, if your device can’t get pass the recovery mode, if the screen freeze, if you get force close errors, if you can’t use your phone at all, or if you can’t power off / on your handset then you have soft bricked your HTC One XL. Now, don’t worry, as all these issues can be easily fixed by completing the steps from below.
But, before doing that, if possible (if you can still use your device) make a backup in order to save your personal info, accounts and data along with your contacts list, call logs, market apps, text messages, or internet settings. In that matter you can anytime use compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play. The backup is recommended because by completing the following guidelines you will erase everything that’s saved on your device as you will return your HTC One XL to its initial state.
In order to complete the methods from below you might need to use a computer and your phone’s USB cable. Furthermore, on your One XL the USB debugging option should be enabled so go to menu – settings – developer options and ensure the same. Moreover, on your computer the best will be to deactivate your security protection because the antivirus programs might interfere with your work. Finally, your smartphone should be charged as you can mess things up even more in case your HTC One XL gets turned off in the middle of the troubleshooting process.
This step by step tutorial is compatible only with the HTC One XL. So, use the steps from below for fixing your bricked Android smartphone only if you own the mentioned handset.
How to Unbrick HTC One XL
Make a Hard Reset
In most cases, a hard reset or a factory reset is all you need. By applying this operation you will erase all of your data and everything that’s saved on your phone’s internal storage memory and on its SD card. So, a backup is highly recommended. Anyway, by completing a hard reset you might resolve and fix all your issues. This operation is recommended when dealing with problems like: boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors or screen freeze issues.
You can anytime learn how to hard reset the HTC One XL by using our dedicated step by step guide – just follow the mentioned link.
Go to Recovery Mode
Accessing and using some options from your recovery mode menu (it can be the stock recovery or a custom one, it doesn’t matter) might also fix various problems on your HTC One XL. Usually, the steps from below are fixing update related problems, whether we are talking about official or custom updates.
- Turn off your phone – press power button once and select “power off” or keep pressing the power off button for about 15 seconds.
- Then, enter recovery mode on HTC One XL.
- From recovery first select “wipe data factory reset”.
- Then choose “wipe cache partition”.
- Return to recovery and pick “advanced”.
- Up next select “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Then from main menu of recovery select “reboot system now” as you are done.
Downgrade to stock Android OS
If the methods from above aren’t working for you, then you should try to flash the stock Android OS on your device. In this way you will be able to revoke root access, relock the bootloader, turn S-on and reinstall the factory and default restrictions on your phone. Basically you will restore your HTC One XL to its initial state thus all your problems will be fixed.
In order to do so you will first have to install Android SDK on your computer. Do follow: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Then make sure that Fasboot is being installed on your PC. Up next, download the RUU file compatible with your HTC One XL, or a Nandroid backup file, is your choice. You then have to enter fastboot mode on your HTC One XL and connect your smartphone with your computer by plugging in the USB cable. On your PC go to the fastboot folder and from there open a Command Prompt window. On the cmd box type “fastboot oem lock”. Now just run the RUU file and that’s it, the stock Android OS will be flashed on your Android smartphone – you have updated your One XL with the same.
So, there you have it; that’s how you can try to fix your bricked HTC One XL. If you still can’t unbrick your Android smartphone, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below in order to share your experience with us and with our readers. We will then assist you as soon as possible and we will also update this tutorial accordingly.