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How to Unbrick Nokia 8

Nokia 8 might be a great device that runs on a pure Android system, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be facing problems while using your phone on a daily basis. That’s why, when issues occur you need to know what to do and which troubleshooting solutions to apply for easily fixing the malfunctions. Thus, we will review the most common fixing methods that usually works on the Android OS and which can also be applied on the new Nokia 8. The goal is to learn how to quickly unbrick the Nokia 8.

One thing should be cleared: by using the methods from below you can try to address software problems which are causing malfunctions within the Android core system. Hardware issues should not be fixed at home; in that situation you need to take your smartphone back to service and ask for technical assistance (since we are talking about a new device the warranty should cover this assistance).

Good; usually, soft related problems are caused by unresponsive programs, by inappropriate apps, by a malware or by corrupted Android files. However, an update can also damage the Android platform and a custom operation can mess everything up. That’s why you should be extremely careful before choosing to install, apply or change something on your Nokia 8. An antivirus program should always run and you should apply only official apps or tools that received good reviews on the Google Play market. Bottom line, you should double check each manual tweaking process you want to initiate as if you’re not careful enough you can easily end up in soft bricking your handset.

The most common Android related problems that can be experienced on the Nokia 8 are the following ones: boot loops, lags, hangs, bugs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating issues, signal strength problems, total blackouts and more. Now, these malfunctions can be addressed if we manage to restore the Nokia 8 back to its default state and that can be easily achieved with the help of the following guidelines.

So, a good idea is to backup your personal data before starting the actual troubleshooting steps. If you cannot save your data you might end up in losing everything that wasn’t there from day one. Shortly, take your time and secure all your personal files including contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, IMEI / NVRAM data and further more.

In case your phone was tweaked, you have nothing to worry about. The guidelines from below can be successfully completed even if your Nokia 8 is currently rooted, running on an unlocked bootloader, installed with a custom recovery image or powered by a custom ROM firmware. Moreover, the troubleshooting solutions are all official operations so you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty – from this perspective you have nothing to worry about, everything will remain safe and secured all the time.

One last thing: charge your Nokia 8 even if you cannot verify the power that’s left. It’s recommended to charge your smartphone if the power left is currently lower than 50% but you should complete a charge for avoiding any other problems – if your Nokia 8 will get turned off while you will try to apply the steps from below further issues might cause malfunctions within the Android core system.

How to Unbrick Nokia 8

Access Android Safe Mode

Entering safe mode should be the first solution to apply. When booted in safe mode all third party apps and processes will be disabled by default. So, you can identify if the malfunctions are caused by a third party app or if there was an unresponsive process that was making the Android system misbehave. Also, through safe mode you can choose to uninstall or remove certain software in order to repair the Android OS. Anyhow, this is how the Android Safe Mode can be rebooted on the Nokia 8:

  1. Press the Power button once.
  2. The Power options will be displayed.
  3. From there tap and keep tapping on the Power off option.
  4. When prompted choose “go to safe mode”.
  5. Wait while the reboot sequence is completed.
  6. That should be all; the safe mode should be displayed in the end.

Make a hard reset

If you cannot manage to fix your Nokia 8 through safe mode, you should consider in completing a hard reset. This is going to be a wiping process during which everything that’s not there by default will be removed. Along with your personal data, info, accounts and files you will also remove malicious apps, inappropriate tools, unresponsive programs, malware and so on. Of course, in this case the backup is no longer optional. Anyway, the hard reset should offer a fresh start for your Nokia 8 and you can get rid of all the recent malfunctions. You can learn how to hard reset the Nokia 8 by using this dedicated step by step guide.

Clear app data cache

If after making a hard reset you are still dealing with a boot loop, or with any other similar issue, you need to clear app data cache. This operation will remove any hidden files and processes associated with certain third party apps. So, just follow:

  1. You have to enter recovery mode on your Nokia 8.
  2. From recovery choose “wipe data factory reset” for initiating the hard reset.
  3. Then, also choose “wipe cache partition”
  4. Return to main menu of recovery, pick advanced and select “wipe dalvik cache”.
  5. In the end, from main menu of recovery choose “reboot system now”.

Reinstall the stock Android firmware

If any of the methods from above aren’t solving your problems you need to reinstall the stock Android OS. That’s the only way in which you can restore your Nokia 8 back to its initial state. Do note that when reinstalling the software you will revoke all the tweaking procedures that were previously ensured – thus, now you will manage to revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image and further more.

This is going to be a manual operation so a computer will be required. On the computer your phone’s USB drivers must be installed and on your phone, if possible, you need to enable Developer Options and check the USB Debugging field.

Good; now, all you have to do is to download the full Android firmware package for your Nokia 8 (from any source you prefer) and to install the SP Flash Tool on your computer. The detailed update process can be checked out here.


There you have it; those are the troubleshooting solutions that can be applied for fixing software related issues on the Nokia 8. If you still have problems while using your phone use the comments field from below and share your experience with us. Make sure you properly describe the problem as based on your observations we will try to find the perfect fix. Also, stay close if you want to learn other Android related tips and tricks available for your Nokia 8. Enjoy.