As we all know, Google made its Android OS an open source project which can be easily customized and optimized by third party devs and even by regular users. Thus, you will probably be tempted in tweaking the Android system that runs on your new Galaxy S7 in order to test the performances of your device. In that case you should already have some experience with the Android platform as the tweaking process is not that easy to perform. However, when thinking in unleashing the true potential of your Samsung Galaxy S7 you must also consider dedicated troubleshoot operations through which to resolve the possible problems.
Another way in which you can unbrick your Galaxy S7 is by clearing app. Learn how to reboot the Galaxy S7 into Android safe mode. Power off your phone and enter it in download mode: press.
So, during this step by step guide we will check how to unbrick the Samsung Galaxy S7. As you will see, I have gathered all the manual troubleshoot solutions that can be applied on the S7 and through which you can resolve the most common Android related issues. Yes, that’s right; through this guide you can learn how to address only software related issues as if you manage to hard brick your phone the solution is to take your device back to service and ask for the official technical assistance.
In case you are wondering, here is what you can fix by using the guidelines from below: everything that’s related to the Android system including boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating issues, screen freeze, total blackouts, unresponsive apps and processes, malware problems and so on. Of course, some problems can be fixed through a certain method, while others can be addressed through a different solution. So, what I am trying to say is that you need to keep on trying even if you can’t manage to fix your bricked Galaxy S7 from your first attempt.
If you are wondering why your Galaxy S7 is experiencing problems, you must know that software related issues can be related to various reasons. For example, you can experience bugs and lags even after flashing an official OTA update. Also, you can deal with unexpected issues after installing a new app from Google Play or after playing a new game. But, in most situations, software related problems are issued by custom operations, so you might end up in bricking your Galaxy S7 while trying to tweak its internal system.
In that respect, here are the main operations that can mess up the Android OS that runs on your SGS7: gaining root access, unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery image, flashing custom ROMs, removing bloatware, adding a custom kernel, overclocking / undervolting the CPU frequency, installing complex apps from Google Play or from other sources and so on.
So, for avoiding unpleasant situations you should always use only tested tutorials when trying to customize or optimize your Galaxy S7 and you should always install only trustful apps, especially when talking about third party tools that aren’t developed and offered by your OEM or by Google. Also, for keeping your device safe and secured all the time, before tweaking your phone make sure you make a Nandroid backup. Through this dedicated backup operation you can always save (and restore when required) the current Android firmware that runs on your Galaxy S7.
Since I brought up the backup operation you should know that, if possible, you must save everything before trying to unbrick your Samsung Galaxy S7. Through most of the troubleshoot procedures from down below you might also erase everything; and I am talking about contacts, call logs, text messages, EFS, internet settings, images, videos, audio files, market apps, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. Thus, if you can still use your device, download backup and restore apps or manage in built cloud storage platforms or even sync your data with your account in order to save everything that you might need afterwards.
Good; so let’s see how you can manually troubleshoot your Samsung Galaxy S7 without taking your phone back to service – which is great, especially if you completed unofficial tweaking processes (in that case the warranty of your smartphone gets void so taking it back to service will only imply in paying for the technical assistance). And don’t forget to charge your smartphone before doing anything else – even if the screen is off and you cannot turn it on, plug in the charger and wait an hour or two; if you skip the charging process you can end up in messing things up even worst.
How to Unbrick Samsung Galaxy S7
Make a Hard reset
The most common Android software related issues can be fixed if you make a hard reset. This process can also help you when trying to speed up your device or for clearing up some space. Through this operation you can easily remove all third party apps and processes, meaning that you can somehow restore your Galaxy S7 back to its initial state – malware and other software issues will be removed along with other files and data. Of course, your personal data will also be erased, so the best will be to backup everything before the hard reset operation takes place. Don’t worry, this is an official process, so you won’t risk anything.
So, start your troubleshooting process by making a hard reset on the Galaxy S7 – you can learn how to apply this process by following our dedicated tutorial from here.
Access Recovery Mode and Clear Cache
Another way in which you can unbrick your Galaxy S7 is by clearing app data cache through recovery mode. Usually this operation is applied in addition to the hard reset process as it can fix boot loop issues. Here is what you need to do:
- First of all, power off your phone.
- Then, wait while the shut down process is completed.
- Next, enter the recovery environment by pressing and holding Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time.
- From recovery select “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- When done, from the main menu of recovery choose “reboot system now”.
Force Restart your Galaxy S7
If your phone got stuck and if you can’t use its screen any more, then you should perform a force restart. As you know, the Galaxy S7 features a dedicated setting through which a force restart can be automatically initiated when a problem is being detected. But, if this feature isn’t working, you will be stuck with a bricked device – the battery can’t be removed so you can’t force restart your phone through the classic method. Therefore, you need to do it manually. Well, in that situation you should use this guide as there I have explained and detailed the force restart procedure which can be applied on the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Enter and use Android Safe Mode
In case you are experiencing software problems that are related to a malware or with an unresponsive app or process, you have to access Android Safe Mode. From this special environment you can then uninstall the malicious app, you can remove the malware or stop the unresponsive process. Also, you can diagnostic further problems that might make your GalaxyS7 perform in a strange way. So, without any other introduction, learn how to reboot the Galaxy S7 into Android safe mode by going here.
Downgrade back to stock / reinstall the official Android OS
If after completing all the guidelines from below you are still dealing with a bricked Samsung Galaxy S7, it’s time to reinstall the stock Android OS or to downagrade your phone back to stock Android firmware. Through this process you will restore your device back to its initial state and you will also revoke root access, relock the bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image, re-flash bloadtware and other in built apps and reapply all the other factory and default restrictions.
But, in order to make such a dedicated update operation first you will have to make sure that a computer can be used. On the same you will have to install Odin and the Samsung Galaxy S7 USB drivers – you can use the Samsung KIES utility for getting the drivers. Also, if possible, on your phone you should become a developer (tap several times on Built Number by accessing “menu – settings – about phone) and after doing so you should enable the USB Debugging option (an option which can be reached under “menu – settings – developer options”).
Unbrick Galaxy S Download Models
Here is what you need to follow:
Galaxy S Download Mode
- Download Odin on your computer; unzip and install the program.
- Download the stock Android firmware compatible with your Galaxy S7 – from SamMobile or from Samsung’s official website.
- Don’t forget to install the SGS7 USB drivers on your PC and then run Odin.
- Now, power off your phone and enter it in download mode: press and hold Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
- Connect your phone with your computer – make sure Odin recognize your device.
- Select the PA option and load the firmware file. Don’t check the Re Partition and Auto Reboot options.
- Click on Start and wait while the flashing operation is being completed.
- When done, remove the USB cord and reboot your device.
- For further details on this update process check this step by step guide.
Samsung Galaxy S Download
That’s it. Those are the easiest ways in which you can manually troubleshoot software related issues on your Samsung Galaxy S7. If you didn’t manage to unbrick your S7 by using the methods from above, share the issues with us and with our readers and we will try to find other dedicated solutions for you – use the comments field from below in that respect.