Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a great Android phablet so learning how to unbrick it is a must have. Like any other Android device, the Note 3 can be easily personalized, customized and also optimized. You can do these operations in two ways: by using official procedures, or by applying unofficial or custom methods. Now, if you brick or damage your phone while using official operations, you can then take your device to service without any problems; but if you apply unofficial methods, then the warranty will get void and going back to service might not be a good solution for you, which means that you then have to learn how to unbrick the Galaxy Note 3 by yourselves.
Therefore, in order to help you out I have developed this step by step tutorial which will easily take you through the troubleshooting process. But, for being able to safely resolve the Galaxy Note 3 problems, you first have to learn how to deal with the issues, or how to detect these problems. Only after knowing with which kind of issue you are dealing with, you can apply a compatible fixing procedure. Thus, for further info don’t hesitate and check the guidelines from this guide.
Usually, you can end up in having a bricked Galaxy Note 3 after applying unofficial operations. Of course, I am talking about procedures like unlocking the bootloader, gaining root access, flashing a custom recovery image, updating with a custom ROM, installing a custom kernel and so on. Unfortunately, when applying such operations the warranty of your Android phablet will get void, which means that you can’t take your phone back to service – actually you can, but you will pay for the technical assistance – in most of cases these is quite expensive. So, the best will be to learn how to fix your bricked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 by yourself.
Most of the problems (like the ones where you are experiencing bugs, lags, when the battery drain fast, when the phone is run slow, when you get force closes errors, when you can’t close or turn on your device, when your phablet is stuck in a boot loop and so on) can be resolved by performing basic operations like making a hard reset, or by clearing cache – as will be showing you below. But, there are situations on which you will have to perform other procedures for unrooting your Galaxy Note 3 or for restoring your handset to its initial state. In that case you will have to downgrade your phone to stock firmware by using a dedicated procedure, which will be detailed during the guidelines from below.
Anyway, before heading to the proper steps, the best will be to complete the pre requisites listed during the following lines. Do apply the tasks from below only if that’s possible. If you can’t use the phone’s menu then you can’t manage to perform anything on your device, so head straight to the troubleshooting section of this tutorial.
- First of all, the best will be to backup your data.
- You can use in that matter compatible and free distributed backup and restore apps from Google Play.
- So, if possible don’t hesitate and save your personal data, info and accounts – at least your contacts list, call logs, market apps, the EFS folder, text messages and everything else you might need afterwards.
- Charge your device, especially if there is less than 60% power left; just plug in the charger before doing anything else.
- You need to use a computer, your Note 3 and its USB cable.
- On the computer the best will be to temporarily deactivate the antivirus and any other security protection – these programs might interfere with our work.
- On your phablet you should go to “menu – settings – developer options” for enabling the USB debugging option.
- This tutorial is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Don’t use the steps from below for unbricking or fixing any other damaged Android devices as you will end up only if messing things up.
How to Unbrick Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Make a Hard reset
Most of the issues can be resolved with a hard or factory reset. By making this operation you will actually remove everything from the internal system of your device, which means that all of your data will be wiped out. Making a hard reset is an easy task to perform, a compatible solution for your Galaxy Note 3 being explained here. Try this procedure first, and if this isn’t fixing your bricked Note 3, don’t hesitate and use the next section of our tutorial.
Fix boot loop issues and other minor problems
A boot loop problem usually appears after flashing a custom ROM firmware or after updating with a custom ROM, though you can experience the same issue after installing a pre-rooted software. Anyway, you can resolve the boot loop issue by making a hard reset and by clearing cache. Thus, for the proper procedure, take a look over the steps from below.
- Turn off your device.
- Press Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
- Wait until recovery mode is being reached.
- From recover select “wipe data factory reset”.
- Go back and select “wipe cache partition”.
- Go back and select “advanced” followed by “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Reboot to Android OS by selecting “reboot system now”.
Downgrade Galaxy Note 3 to stock Android OS
- You need to use a SD card – it is recommended to use a SD card that is the same size with your phone’s internal storage memory.
- Then on your computer download the unbrick image from here.
- You will then have to use a dedicated tool for placing the unbrick image on the SD card – use the program from here.
- Download the stock Android OS for your Galaxy Note 3 – if you don’t know from where to download the firmware, use the comments field from below and we will offer you the requested file.
- On your computer also download Odin and use Samsung KIES for flashing the Note 3 drivers.
- Now, on your computer plug the powercord (microUSB Cord) directly into the motherboard.
- At this point take the SD card and format it to ExFAT.
- Up next, burn the unbrick image on the formatted SD card.
- On the computer open Odin.
- Enter your phone in download mode and connect it with your computer.
- For download mode press and hold volume down, home and power buttons at the same time.
- From Odin select “PA” and pick the stock firmware.
- Press “start” and don’t change anything else in the program.
- In the end, unplug the USB cord, reboot your device and enjoy.
Perfect; now you should be able to use your Android smartphone without any other problems. So, congratulations, you have learned how to unbrick your Samsung Galaxy Note 3. If you want further info or if you want to talk with us and with our readers, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below and we will assist you as soon as possible.