Each time you choose to apply a manual operation on your Galaxy Note8 you expose your smartphone to certain risks. Due to a certain app, or to a third-party process and even because of a tweaking process, you might end up in experiencing software-related problems on your device. So, that’s why during this step by step guide we will be discussing about the troubleshooting solutions that can be applied on the Galaxy Note8 for easily fixing all these Android issues and malfunctions. Of course, make sure you check everything that’s mentioned in this tutorial for properly understanding the unbrick process.

Unbricking your Samsung Galaxy Note8 refers to fixing solutions that can be applied for software related issues. If you managed to damage your phone, so if a hardware problem is involved, the solution is to take it back to service. Otherwise, the most common malfunctions related with the Android core system can be easily addressed with the help of the following guidelines.

When I talk about a software problem I refer to general malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, bugs, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and so on. These issues can be caused by a malicious app, by a malware attack, by an unresponsive program or by an inappropriate update. So, the goal is to fix the issue that is causing all these problems which will imply in removing the malfunction or in restoring your Samsung Galaxy Note8 back to its initial state.

Good; now, it should be clear for you that all the steps from below are describing official processes. You will not have to use third-party apps or risky software. And, everything can be successfully applied even if tweaking methods were previously applied. However, some troubleshooting solutions might revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image and re-apply the bloatware and other factory / default apps and restrictions.

Anyhow, the warranty of you device won’t get void – actually, with the help of these fixing methods you can also manage to restore the warranty on your Galaxy Note8 (losing the warranty occurs when custom operations are performed).

You need to save your data first, if that’s still possible. If you don’t backup your Samsung Galaxy Note8 before heading towards the steps from below you will most likely lose everything that isn’t there from day one. Of course, I’m talking about personal stuffs such as images, videos, audio files, contacts, call logs, texts, calendar info, saved passwords, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and further more. You can successfully save your data by using backup cloud storage services pre-loaded by Samsung or by your carrier, by syncing your data with your Google account or by using other similar apps from Google Play.

An important aspect: charge your Samsung Galaxy Note8 before starting the unbrick process. If you can verify the battery status, plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%. Otherwise, plug it in anyway and wait a while. If you skip the charging process your device can get turned off while you apply the steps from below. In that case you can mess things up even worst.

How to Fix a soft bricked Samsung Galaxy Note8

Access Android Safe Mode

By rebooting your smartphone in Safe Mode you can disable third party apps and processes. Thus, you can identify the software that is causing the errors or the malfunctions. And, you can also uninstall certain apps and files if you cannot do so from Android Mode. Therefore, accessing safe mode should be the first thing to do when noticing that something isn’t working as it should on your Samsung Galaxy Note8. Here is how you can complete this process:

  1. Switch off your smartphone.
  2. Wait while the power off process is completed.
  3. Afterwards, press and hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons.
  4. Keep holding the Volume Down key until the Home screen appears.
  5. The Safe Mode mark will be displayed in the lower-left corner of your device.

Make a hard reset

Another way in which you can remove problems is by initiating and completing a hard reset. The hard reset is deleting everything from your device – beside built-in apps and features. So, with this process you can partially restore your phone back to its initial state. Along with all your data you will also manage to delete malicious apps, malware and any other software that might cause malfunctions. You can learn how to hard reset the Samsung Galaxy Note8 by using our dedicated step by step guide.

Clear app data cache

Wiping everything is possible only if you also clear cache. That’s the only way to remove even the most persistent virus or any malware associate process that might be left in the background after the hard reset. So, clearing everything is essential especially if the problems are still there; here is what you need to do:

  1. Power off your smartphone.
  2. Reboot recovery mode on your Galaxy Note8.
  3. First make the hard reset by choosing “wipe data factory reset”.
  4. Then, pick “wipe cache partition”.
  5. Afterwards, choose “advanced” and select “wipe dalvik cache”.
  6. When done, return to main menu of recovery.
  7. From there select “reboot system now”.

Reinstall the stock Android firmware

The only way in which you can fully restore your device back to its default state is by reinstalling the stock Android firmware. Only by doing so you can remove malfunctions related with the actual Android core system. This troubleshooting method is recommend if you are experiencing problems after applying a certain update or after completing a tweaking process such as gaining root access, unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery image (such as TWRP recovery), removing bloatware, adding a custom kernel, MOD or a custom ROM, or overclocking / undervolting CPU frequencies.

You can learn how to reinstall the stock / default Android firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Note8, or how to downgrade your device to a previous build of Android OS by using this complex update tutorial – it can be accessed here.


There you have it; the methods described and detailed above are dedicated troubleshooting solution that can fix a soft bricked Samsung Galaxy Note8. If you still dealing with issues or if you have questions related with the steps from above, don’t hesitate and contact us – just use the comments form available under these lines. Enjoy.

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