The Android apps, the updates and the different processes that you run on your Galaxy J3 2016 each day can cause malfunctions. Your phone might get slowed down, in time you can experience bugs, lags and several other software related problems might be issued by the Android system. That shouldn’t scare as it’s quite normal to deal with issues when using an open source platform. What you do need to do is to ensure that you can quickly address all the problems in order to go back on track.

That’s why I am here for you. This tutorial should help you understand all the problems that might be caused on your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 during time. You should also learn what operations might damage the Android OS, how to prevent bad things from happening and most important how to manually fix all the issues that are related with the Android core. Therefore, I will show you how to unbrick the Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 by explaining different troubleshoot solutions.

Of course, this step by step guide should be used only if we are talking about a software bricked Android device. If you managed to hard brick your smartphone, then I’m afraid I can’t help you. In that situation you should take your handset back to service in order to ask for official technical assistance – do note that if you can’t reclaim the warranty no more (for example, if you have applied tweaking procedures on your Galaxy J3) you will probably have to pay for this technical assistance.

However, if you are dealing with problems like boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, alerts, screen freeze, battery drain, heating issues, or total blackouts, using the troubleshooting solutions from down below will be a real life saver.

As already mentioned, most of these problems are usually caused by third party apps, by processes and by other software that you run on your Galaxy J3 for completing daily tasks. For example, you can download and install a new app that isn’t stable enough. Or, you can get a malware or a process that stops running and there gets stuck. In all these situations you will end up in experiencing different issues.

And that’s not all; you can manage to brick your Galaxy J3 even after applying a new update either we talk about official roll outs or about custom ROMs. If the update isn’t stable or if there are security glitches included you will most likely end up in messing everything up.

Finally, problems can be issued even when the storage space is running low. Mainly in that case your Galaxy J3 will run slower than ever and you might deal with lags and with force close errors along with heating situations.

These are the common Android problems. But, similar issues can be caused when you try to tweak your smartphone. That’s why you should always use only tested operations and trustful third party apps and programs. Moreover, you should always have an antivirus or antimalware tool installed and enabled on your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 – in this way you can prevent unpleasant situations from taking place.

These tweaking operations that can cause problems on your phone are: the root access, replacing the stock recovery with a custom software, removing start-up programs and bloatware, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies, installing custom kernels or managing new custom ROM firmware. Also during the same operations your phone’s warranty will get void. Overall, be extra careful when trying to optimize, customize and personalize your Samsung branded device.

Almost each troubleshoot solution from down below will imply in restoring your Galaxy J3 2016 back to its initial state. So, if possible, it’s important to backup your data before resuming anything else – else, you will most likely lose your personal data, info, accounts and files – such as contacts, call logs, texts, EFS, images, videos, audio files, IMEI / NVRAM data, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords or market apps. If you can ensure the backup then just sync your data with your account, use cloud storage platforms or download dedicated tools from Google Play.

You also have to charge your Galaxy J3. The unbrick procedures are complex and battery consuming. Thus, you have to plug in the charger if you want to avoid further unpleasant situations – you can mess things up even worst if your device will get switched off while you try to unbrick its system. You must ensure the charging process even if your phone can’t be turned on any longer.

How to Unbrick the Samsung Galaxy J3 2016

Access the Android Safe Mode

The easiest way in which you can determine what’s wrong with your Android device is by accessing the Android Safe Mode. This is a hidden environment through which you can have full access to the Android OS even when nothing else works on your phone. Therefore, through the safe mode you can easily stop unresponsive processes, remove malware or uninstall other inappropriate apps and tools. Of course, if you cannot manage to fix your bricked Android device through this method, resume the troubleshoot solutions from below; here is how you can enter Android Safe Mode on the Galaxy J3:

  1. First of all power off your device completely.
  2. Then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the Samsung logo is displayed, release the Power button and immediately press and hold “Volume down” instead.
  4. Your phone will reboot now.
  5. The Safe Mode icon will be displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  6. Release the Volume down button when the boot is completed.
  7. That’s it.

Make a Hard Reset

The next step to apply is referring to a full wipe. So, the hard reset operation is involved. Through this process you can erase everything including malware or any other software that is causing malfunctions on your Galaxy J3 2016. Do note that your phone will be partially restored back to its initial state – you will lose, if a backup isn’t ensured, all of your personal data, info and accounts along with third party apps and programs. However, the hard reset is the perfect solution as it can resolve almost all the software related problems. Here is how to apply this operation on the Galaxy J3 2016 (just check the implied link).

Clear Cache through recovery

If the hard reset isn’t enough – you are still experiencing problems, such as a boot loop, then you must consider in clearing app data cache. This process can be ensured via recovery mode and can be applied along with the hard reset process. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Power off your smartphone.
  2. Reboot recovery mode on the Galaxy J3 2016.
  3. From recovery, select “wipe data factory reset” for resuming the hard reset.
  4. Then pick “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  5. When done go back to main menu of recovery.
  6. Select “reboot system now”.

Reinstall the Stock Android OS

If the procedures from above aren’t helpful for you, then the last solution that can solve everything is reinstalling the stock Android firmware. With this process you will definitely restore your phone back to stock. Moreover, you will also revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image, reapply bloatware and start-up programs and so on.

Of course, once more, your data will get void, so make a backup before anything else. Also, this is a manual update / downgrade operation so you will have to use a computer, your phone and its USB cable. On the computer you will have to install Odin, the program through which you will then install the stock Android OS. Also, on your computer you must install the Galaxy J3 2016 USB drivers – in that respect you can use the Samsung KIES utility.

The update operations imply in entering download mode on your Galaxy J3 and in loading the stock Android OS in Odin. If you need further info, don’t hesitate and use this dedicated step by step guide – you can check there all the details that are related with the update / downgrade operation.


These are the troubleshoot solutions that you should apply when noticing that something isn’t running as expected on your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016. Manually unbricking your Android device isn’t hard, but you do have to know precisely what to apply and when to apply in order to smartly manage things up. If you are still dealing with problems, or if you have further questions, don’t hesitate and contact us through the comments field from below. We will then try to assist you as soon as possible.

bill nigh ยท 2 years ago

i need help, my phone is soft bricked into boot loop & i cant enter safemode

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