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How to Unbrick My Samsung Phone/Tablet

author Carrie Murray
date Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just root your Samsung phone or tablet and then find that it won't turn on properly? It could be that the Samsung device:

  • Is unable to turn on;

  • Gets stuck at boot loop;

  • Freezes at the Samsung logo;

  • Boots straight into recovery mode/bootloader ...

If this sounds like the situation that you are dealing with, your Samsung device is bricked, or more specifically, is soft bricked. Here are tips to unbrick your Samsung phone or tablet.

Method 1. Unbrick Samsung Device That Keeps Rebooting

If your Samsung S7/6/5/4, Note 5/4/3 or Samsung Tab keeps rebooting when you are flashing a new ROM, it is probably because that you forgot to wipe all data of the previous ROM. Now you need to wipe all data in recovery mode to unbrick the device.

  1. Press and hold Volume Up button + Power button + Home button to boot the bricked Samsung device in recovery mode;

  2. Press Volume Down button to highlight Advanced. Press Power button to confirm your choice;

  3. Choose "wipe dalvik cache" and return to main menu;

  4. Select "wipe cache partition";

  5. Choose "wipe data/factory reset";

  6. Finally, reboot your Samsung phone.

Wipe Data in Recovery Mode

If the problem continues, try the next method.

Method 2. Unbrick Samsung by Using Odin to Flash Recovery File

Whether your Samsung phone or tablet doesn't turn on or gets stuck at recovery mode, the method can bring it back to normal. It has been proved effective by many users.

  1. Download Odin on your PC and Download suitable recovery.tar file.

  2. Run Odin as an administrator.

  3. Switch off your Samsung device and boot the device into download mode.

  4. Connect your device to PC and Odin will soon detect the connected device.

  5. Click PDA/AP to add recovery.tar file. Click Start and the flashing process will begin.

  6. Wait until the flashing is completed and your Samsung phone will reboot automatically.

Flash ROM with Odin

Learn specific steps on How to Flash Samsung Stock/Official ROM via Odin (opens new window).

Method 3. Use Tool to One Click Unbrick Samsung Phone/Tablet

If the above methods fail or you find it too troublesome to follow the above steps, you can turn to Android one-click unbrick tool like Broken Android Data Extraction (opens new window). Don't get confused by its name. The program can actually extract data from screen-broken device as well as fixing bricked device in one click. It supports Samsung device including:

  • Samsung Note 3/4/5;
  • Samsung Galaxy S4/S5/S6;
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

Here is how Broken Android Data Extraction unbricks Samsung in one click.

Step 1. Download and install the program on your PC. After opening the program, choose Broken Android Phone Data Extraction.

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Step 2. Use USB cable to connect your device to PC and choose Fix Device.

Choose Fix Device

Step 3. You'll be provided with the following five options. Choose the one that fits your problem and click Next.

Bricked Phone with Different Symptoms

Step 4. If you have selected "Stuck in the Startup screen"/"Black screen"/"Other", choose your device name and model and click "Confirm". Then follow the instruction of the program to put the device in download mode and click Start.

Steps to Enter Download Mode

The program will begin to unbrick your Samsung device by downloading matching recovery package. Your device will reboot when the repair is completed.

Unbrick Samsung Device

Step 5. If you selected "Stuck in the Download mode" and click Next, the program will automatically bring your device out of Download mode. Your device will restart.

Exit Download Mode


Method 1 is effective for bricked device that is stuck at boot loop, but may not fix bricked device with other symptoms. Method 2 can unbrick devices with different symptoms, however, you may find it too complicated. Method 3 is effective and straight-forward but you should make sure that your Samsung device is supported by Broken Android Data Extraction.

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