Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the perfect Android powered smartphone. It can offer enough power even for the pickier user and it can easily complete even the most demanding tasks. However, since Android is involved and since your phone can be used just like a little ultra-book, during time you can also experience different software related issues. So, if you want to learn how to prevent the most common Android problems, what can cause a malfunction and most important how to easily troubleshoot your soft bricked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, don’t hesitate and check all the guidelines from below.
You might ask yourselves how is possible to experience issues on such a high end device. Well, since the Android system is an open source platform, there are many reasons why you can end up in damaging the OS that runs on your galaxy S7 Edge. And if you are an advanced user who is tweaking his smartphone, then the chances are you will eventually soft brick your device. That’s not a bad thing; all you have to do is to learn how to manually address all the issues in order to get back on track as soon as possible.
In that respect, you can use this tutorial. As you will see, below I have brought together the easiest ways in which software related issues can be manually fixed on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. So, you will find several methods that can assist you when trying to unbrick your phone. If a certain solution isn’t working for you, don’t panic; keep on trying as eventually you will manage to fix everything.
All the steps and operations from this guide are official. You won’t lose the warranty of your phone by using this step by step guide, so from that point of view you have nothing to worry about. Just keep in mind that through the steps from this tutorial you can only address software problems. If you managed to hard brick your Galaxy S7, I’m afraid that you must take your handset back to service in order to ask for official assistance – if you have applied an unofficial process, you might have to pay for these services (when applying custom operations the warranty of your smartphone gets void).
But which type of problems can be caused on your Galaxy S7 Edge? In a few words, during time you can experience issues such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, screen freeze, alerts, total blackouts and lot more. The reasons why you might end in dealing with such problems are more than various, but I can mention the following situations:
- You apply a leacked update that isn’t yet officially available.
- You apply a new OTA firmware and then you experience bugs that are related with the new Android platform.
- You install a complex or a third party app from Google Play or from other sources.
- A process or an app stops running on your phone – you will get a screen freeze or a total blackout.
- You somehow install a malware.
- You want to tweak your Android device, so you perform unofficial operations just like the ones from below.
- Gain root access or unlock the bootloader.
- Install a custom recovery image such as CWM or TWRP recovery.
- Flash a custom kernel.
- Add a custom ROM firmware such as CyanogenMod, AOKP or Paranoid Android.
- Overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies for bumping speeds or for upgrading the battery life.
- Remove bloatware and other start up programs.
Such examples can go on and on. These are only the most common situations from which you might end up in damaging your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. However, you can prevent unexpected things from happening. All you have to do is to use only tested apps from trustful sources, you should apply new updates only after ensuring that the new ROM is fully stable and smooth, make Nandroid backups before tweaking your smartphone, or backup your data before thinking in changing something on your phone.
Anyway, let’s return to our own business: learning how to unbrick the Galaxy S7 Edge. Now, it’s important to charge your smartphone before heading towards the steps from below. Even if your phone can’t be turned on, plug in the charger and wait a few minutes or even an hour or two. Then, if possible, backup your S7 Edge. You see, most of the troubleshoot solutions from this guide implies in restoring your phone back to its initial state; thus, in a few words, you can lose everything that’s important for you starting with contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info, saved passwords and so on. You can easily backup your data if you can sync it with your account, if you use in built cloud storage platforms or if you download backup and restore apps from Google Play.
How to Unbrick Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Make a Hard Reset
If your phone is running slow and if you can’t receive the same performances as you was used to, then you can try to hard reset your Galaxy S7 Edge. Through this method you can address almost all the software related problems. How is that possible? The hard reset will remove everything from your phone, leaving only in built apps and features. So, you can get rid of third party apps, unresponsive processes, malware and other malicious apps that can cause problems. Of course, your personal data will also be erased, so a backup is more than recommended. Anyway, try the hard reset and check the results: you can complete this operation by using this dedicated tutorial.
Clear App data Cache
In addition to the hard reset process you can also choose to clear cache. This operation might just fix a boot loop, which is an annoying problem that is often caused by the Android system. As you will see, all you have to do is to access the recovery environment:
- Power off your smartphone: press the Power button once and select “power off” or press and hold the Power button for a few seconds.
- When the shut down process is completed, press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
- Recovery mode will be displayed on your device.
- Select “wipe cache partition”.
- Optional: choose “advance” and pick “wipe dalvik cache”.
- When done go back to main menu of recovery.
- Select “reboot system now”.
Force Restart your Galaxy S7 Edge
If your phone gets stuck in a total blackout, if the touchscreen is irresponsive or if a screen freeze happens, you must force restart your Galaxy S7 Edge. By default your device is featuring a dedicated process that can initiate a force restart when a problem is detected. Now, if this feature isn’t running, you must make this operation manually. You can learn how to do so by using the tutorial from here.
Access Android Safe Mode
In case the problems are caused by a malicious app or by an unresponsive process, you can diagnostic the issue and address it through the Android Safe Mode. This is a dedicated environment through which you can access the Android system even when your phone can’t be used at all – the Android Safe Mode is exactly the same thing with the Safe Mode that you can access on a Windows powered machine. Learn how to enter Android Safe Mode on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge by going here.
Downgrade / Install Stock / Official Android OS
If the solutions from above aren’t working for you, then the only way in which you can unbrick the Galaxy S7 Edge is by downgrading back to stock, or by reinstalling the official Android firmware. This process will restore your phone back to its initial state and will also relock its system: root access will be revoked, the bloatware reinstalled, the stock recovery image applied and all the factory restrictions flashed once more.
For being able to make the downgrade operation you will have to use a Windows based computer on which you will then install Odin (an official program developed by Samsung and used on update types of operations). Also, on your phone you have to access “menu – settings – about phone” from where you need to tap several times on Built Number, until you become a developer. Afterwards, you must check the USB Debugging option, a feature that can be reached under “menu – settings – developer options”. Optional: if you can’t download the required files consider in temporarily disabling the security protection from your computer before doing anything else.
- Download Odin on your computer; afterwards install the program by following on screen prompts.
- The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge USB drivers must be installed on your PC too – use Samsung KIES in that respect.
- Download the stock / official Android OS for your S7 Edge – from SamMobile or from Samsung’s official website.
- Power off your device and reboot into download mode: press and hold the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons for a few moments; then connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- After making sure that Odin has recognized your device (the “added” message must be displayed and the ID:COM field should be turned yellow or blue) from the program select the PA option.
- Load the firmware file; don’t select the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options; click on Start when done.
- Wait while your SGS7 Edge is being updated; when done, remove the USB cord and reboot your phone.
- For further info related to the update process, check this guide.
That’s how you can try to manually fix a bricked Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. So, did you manage to address the issues? Do tell us how things worked for you by using the comments field from below. Also share other problems with us and with our readers as we are here to help you out.