Its important to learn the basic troubleshootings to deal with such problems like hard reset/factory reset or unbricking on your Android device. Being a Galaxy S5 Plus owner, you can easily tweak your device like any other Android smartphone or tablet. Almost, all Android users want to customize and optimize their devices usually by completing the unofficial and risky operations. While applying such procedures your Galaxy S5 Plus might get bricked. So if you want to troubleshoot your bricked Samsung Galaxy S5 then unbricking it is not hard, though you must try and apply different solutions. Here we’ve a detailed guide that how to unbrick the Galaxy S5 Plus.
There are two brick situations, one is software bricks which is related to software issues and you can fix it by following the two troubleshoot solutions given below and the other is hardware bricks that can only be fixed by taking your device to service back. Your Galaxy S5 plus might get soft brick while gaining root access, installing custom kernels, flashing custom ROMs, installing custom recovery images, removing bloatware, overclocking the CPU or adding .zip files etc
You may get different results on each case but the most common software problems are referring to:
- Boot Loops
- Force Close
- Battery Drain
- Screen Freeze
Before heading over to troubleshoot your bricked Galaxy S5 Plus, you’ll need to restore your phone back to its initial state. By doing so, its:
- Root access will be revoked.
- The bootloader will be relocked.
- All factory and default restrictions will reinstalled.
- All the data saved on the internal storage memory of the device will be wiped out like personal data, info and accounts.
Before Getting Started:
- Take a proper backup of your SMS, MMS, Contacts, Call logs, , Internet settings, Videos, Audio Files, EFS and images etc.
- A Windows-based PC.
- Download and install Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus USB Drivers on your PC. You can also use Samsung KIES.
- Enable USB debugging option on the phone by going towards “Menu – Settings – Developer Options”
- The battery level of your Galaxy S5 Plus should be at least about 80% before proceeding to the troubleshooting guide.
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Steps to Unbrick Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus:
1. Hard Reset the Galaxy S5 Plus:
As we’ve already discussed about the Hard Reset in previous articles that it is used to fix the most common software related issues. You will wipe all the data of your phone with this process (Hard Reset) so you should remember that it will wiped out all the data of your Galaxy S5 Plus.
Step No 1:- To perform a hard reset, first enter into Recovery Mode.
Step No 2:- While your device is in recovery mode, select “wipe data factory reset”.
Step No 3:- In order to obtain a clean Android system, select “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache” from Recovery menu.
Step No 4:- Once done, go back to main recovery menu and select “reboot system now”.
2. Downgrade / Update to Stock Android OS via Odin:
Step 1:- First of all extract the Stock Android OS Firmware and ODIN tool on the desktop of your PC.
Step 2:- Turn Off your device to boot it into Download Mode.
Step 3:- Turn it on by pressing and holding the Volume Down + Power + Home buttons altogether.
Step 4:- Launch Odin on your PC (Run as Administrator).
Step 5:- Plug your Galaxy S5 Plus with the PC.
Step 6:- Odin will detect the phone, you will be prompted with the “Added” message and the ID:COM port will turn light blue.
Step 7:- In Odin click on the “AP” button and navigate to select the downloaded Android OS firmware file.
Step 8:- Click on the “Start” button to initiate the firmware installation process. It will take a while, so wait for the flashing process to be finished successfully.
Step 9:- Once done, ID:COM section will now be green and “pass” message will be displayed on Odin.
Step 10:- Disconnect your device from the PC and reboot it.
I hope that the above guide will help you to fix your bricked Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus manually. Let us know in the comments section below if you have any query or issue while unbricking your Galaxy S5 Plus.