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How to Fix Soft-Bricked Xiaomi Poco F1

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Are you having problems with your Xiaomi Poco F1? If you’re experiencing malfunctions, soft-related issues or if you think that you managed to soft-brick your Android based device, don’t panic. As long as it’s about problems that are caused by a program or by software glitch we have you covered – during the guidelines from below we will detail the ‘unbrick’ process that can be followed and applied on the Xiaomi Poco F1. Therefore, check all the lines from this guide before choosing to apply something and also try to better understand the issues that are causing malfunctions on your phone for knowing exactly which troubleshooting solutions can work for you.

A software problem is something that you often see on the Android system. Because Android is an open-source platform that can be easily customized, optimized and tweaked it is also easy to mess it up. That’s why, experiencing malfunctions on your Xiaomi Poco F1 shouldn’t mean the end of the world for you as most problems have dedicated troubleshooting that can quickly solve all the issues. Of course, we’re discussing about software issues and not about a faulty hardware – in that case, things are a little bit more complicated and we recommend you to take your smartphone back to service and ask for a more experienced technical assistance, especially if you can still recall your phone’s warranty.

As for the soft-brick aspect, when we refer to a brick state we think about a device that cannot be used normally any more – it is in a ‘brick’ kind of state. And in most situations there is an Android-soft problem involved, or an issue that’s being caused by software glitch or mismatch. In that case you can succesfully apply the troubleshooting methods explained below as there you will learn how to quickly and safely ‘unbrick’ your Xiaomi Poco F1 without having to return your handset back to service.

Don’t worry, the methods from this step by step guide are all supported by your OEM and by Google. Thus, you won’t have to use third party apps or risky tools – no, you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty or in losing access to built-in apps. Shortly, what we will try to do is to partially, of fully, restore your device and its Android system back to factory state. In that way you can easily and quickly address the most common Android software related problems.

And talking about problems, usually the issues are being caused by an unresponsive program, by malicious apps, by a malware or by an inappropriate tool. In some situations you can end up in soft bricking your Xiaomi Poco F1 while trying to perform custom operations such as gaining root access, installing a custom recovery image, unlocking the bootloader, replacing the stock Android OS with a custom ROM firmware and so on. Either way, you will most likely face general malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts or similar other software errors and alerts.

Well, as already outlined, such problems can be quickly resolved, if you can apply the right troubleshooting solutions. And for that, we are here to assist you.

But, before heading towards the actual ‘unbrick’ steps, we should also discuss about the essential pre-requisites that must be considered. And the most important aspect in that regard is the backup operation. Yes, if possible, a fully-backup process should be completed on your Xiaomi Poco F1 before anything else – since we will try to restore your device back to factory state, your personal data, info, accounts and files might get wiped out during that process. So, try to secure what’s important for you and which might be still required afterwards – we’re mainly talking about contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and similar other packages.

On your Xiaomi Poco F1 you can use already installed cloud storage apps (the ones pre-loaded by Xiaomi) or you can choose to sync files with your Google Account – another way in which you can safe files quickly is by using dedicated, and already tested, backup and restore apps from Google Play.

A charging process might also be required on your Xiaomi Poco F1 before starting the troubleshooting processes. If you can still verify the amount of power left, make sure that there is at least 50% power ensured on your smartphone; if not, just plug in the charger and leave it that way for a while. Do so, as otherwise your device might get turned off in the middle of the unbrick process and if a sudden shut down happens you can end up in experiencing even more problems.

Of course, keep in mind that this step by step guide is compatible only with the Xiaomi Poco F1, so try not to mess things up from that perspective.

How to Fix Soft-Bricked Xiaomi Poco F1

Solution 1 – Access and use Android safe mode

Each time you notice that something isn’t running as expected, you should verify if the issues is not somehow caused by a third party app like a recently installed tools or program. And, for being able to do that quickly and without having to apply and follow complex operations, you have to enter safe mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1. In safe mode third party apps and processes are disabled by default. Shortly, in this mode your smartphone will run only on bloatware. So, if in safe mode everything runs without issues, it means that the problems were being caused by a third party tool and in that case you have to identify the problem and remove it. Thus, in safe mode you can isolate the issue and you can, if possible, remove the actual problem. Anyway, here is how you can easily reboot safe mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1:

  1. Your smartphone must be turned on.
  2. Press on the Power key for a short while in order to enable the Power options.
  3. From the Power menu locate the ‘power off’ entry.
  4. Tap and keep tapping on this field until you are asked whether you want to go to safe mode.
  5. Choose OK and that’s it.

Another way in which safe mode can be reached is:

  1. Switch off your device first.
  2. Now, press and also hold down the Power key.
  3. When the Xiaomi logo shows up release the Power button and start pressing and holding the Volume Down key.
  4. Release the Volume Down button when the safe mode icon is displayed on your Xiaomi Poco F1.

Solution 2 – Make a hard reset

If the safe mode isn’t help you locate and remove the problem, then it’s time to take more drastic measures. And the first thing to think about is the hard reset. This, of course, will initiate a full wipe on your Xiaomi Poco F1. Only after making a general backup, or otherwise you will end up in losing your personal data, you should initiate the hard reset which, among other things, will remove the issues from your smartphone – this operation will successfully delete inappropriate apps, malware, unresponsive programs and other similar software related problems. Hopefully, the wiping process will solve the issues that are causing the malfunctions – do note that this operation will partially restore your handset back to factory settings. You can learn how to hard reset the Xiaomi Poco F1 by using our dedicated step by step guide.

Solution 3 – Clear app data cache

Sometimes the hard reset won’t be enough – there might still remain some hidden files and processes which might still run in the background. So, if for example, after completing the wipe you are still experiencing a boot loop, then you have to clear app data cache in order to resolve all the problems. And this can be done from recovery mode as it’s showed during the following steps:

  1. Switch off your Android device.
  2. Next, reboot recovery mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1.
  3. In recovery use the Volume rocker keys to scroll within settings and the Power button to select.
  4. So, from recovery first make the hard reset.
  5. Then, choose ‘wipe cache partition’.
  6. Also, go to Advanced and pick ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
  7. In the end, return to main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot system now’.
  8. That’s all.

Solution 4 – Reinstall the stock / official Android OS

If any of the solutions explained above aren’t working for you, then you have to reinstall the stock Android firmware on your Xiaomi Poco F1. We’re discussing about a manual reinstallation of the Android OS that already powers your phone. This process will manage to reset your phone back to its default state, the one when the Android UI was running without any sort of software related problems.

Since this process will reset everything, in the end you will lose the tweaks that were gained previously – root access will be revoked (so you can use this section if you want to unroot your Xiaomi Poco F1), the bootloader will be relocked, the stock recovery image will be reinstalled and the bloatware re-applied.

Of course, if a backup isn’t previously performed you can lose your personal files, so once more, be careful and try to avoid unpleasant situations as much as possible.

Now, for being able to apply this troubleshooting method you will have to use a computer, where you will then have to install the Xiaomi Mi Flash tool. Also, on your computer you will have to download the full firmware package that’s available for your Xiaomi Poco F1 – then, you will set up this firmware from the flashing tool. For being able to make things work, before doing anything else on your PC flash your phone’s drivers.

Moreover, on your smartphone enable Developer Options – you can easily do that by going to About Phone and by tapping repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times, on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up. Then, from this newly enabled field (located within general Settings) you have to check the USB Debugging feature.

The update process consists in applying the firmware via Mi Flash tool. You will have to run the flashing program on your computer and you will also have to enter fastboot mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1. Then, connect your phone with your PC and just follow on-screen prompts in order to set up the Android ROM package on your device. If you need help on this matter, don’t hesitate and follow our detailed update tutorial that’s available for your smartphone.

Final Thoughts

Good; so here we are at the end of this ‘unbrick’ tutorial developed to solve different software related problems that can cause malfunctions on your Xiaomi Poco F1. Thus, did you manage to fix the issues, or are you still trying to figure it out? Do tell us everything about your troubleshooting experience by using the comments field from below. If the problems are still there we will try to assist you with new solutions as soon as possible – try to offer as much details as possible as based on the info you provide we can find the right solutions for your problems.

Also, stay close for further tutorials available for your Xiaomi Poco F1. If you search through our ‘how to’ section you can already find different tips and tricks for your device, so do that if you want to learn other things too. Enjoy.