A bricked Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus will no longer start or function properly. For such an expensive and powerful smartphone, having to deal with the current situation would feel like torture, so, there is obviously no way of “living” with it. While you had the best intentions, you have accidentally bricked your phone. Not sure how did this happen or what can you do about it at this point? We’ll cover both topics and much more…
Soft brick issues are common. In most cases, it is as easy to fix them as it was to brick the phone in the first instance. That’s because the device is not completely dead and you still have some solutions at hand, solutions that don’t necessarily require professional servicing.
How did you soft-bricked your Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus?
- Something went wrong right when you were trying to flash a custom ROM;
- You tried to add CyanogenMod or Paranoid Android or any other custom ROM firmware and, again, something went wrong;
- Perhaps you were flashing a custom kernel or you were trying to root the device and caught up a malware in the process etc.
The list is longer than that and, as you can easily notice, more often than not, you can tell what you were doing when the problem occurred, though, not necessarily what exactly you did that caused the brick.
How can you tell it is just a soft brick and not a hard brick?
If it’s your first experience, you are right to ask. The difference is more than obvious because, like mentioned above, soft bricks will leave your Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus half-dead. You will still be able to turn it on, with some difficulties, and your PC might still recognize it.
With a hard brick, however, the device will no longer turn on and your computer may not be able to recognize it. Believe us, you will know when it is dead-dead.
What can you do about a soft-bricked Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus?
If you can still handle your phone, there are a couple of things to try before concluding that it needs to be seen by an authorized technician. We recommend you to try, in this particular order, to:
- Clear the app data and the cache;
- Perform a hard reset;
- Use ODIN and install the stock Galaxy S8 Plus firmware.
Clearing the app data and cache
This should particularly work if you have recently flashed a ROM and discovered that your smartphone no longer boots into the Home screen. Most likely, you didn’t wipe the data or the cache and now, as the device tries to boot into the new ROM, it deals with some leftover data from the old ROM. To clear data and cache:
- Turn off the phone;
- Simultaneously press and hold the Home, Volume Up, and Power keys;
- Release the buttons only when you see the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus text on the screen;
- As you enter the Recovery Mode, navigate with Volume Down and access options with the Power button;
- Select the Wipe Cache Partition option or enter the advanced settings and select the Wipe Dalvik Cache option;
- Select the Reboot System Now when it finishes.
Performing a hard reset
Depending on the cause of the brick and the damages it produced, a hard reset or a factory reset would bring the device to its factory defaults. Chances are it will get you rid of the brick, but do not forget to backup all your data before making any kind of changes.
Take a look at this comprehensive guide on how to factory reset a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone.
Installing the stock firmware for Galaxy S8 Plus
The process is a significant downgrade that will bring your smartphone back to the initial, stock firmware. This means you’re getting the software configuration that your phone had on the initial release, getting rid of all the firmware updates that you previously performed on it and, at the same time, getting rid of all the problems that you previously had with it.
From unresponsive processes to malware attacks and any other issue that makes you feel overwhelmed, using the ODIN app to downgrade back to stock is a good choice.
Hopefully, one of these three solutions will work for you. Otherwise, the last thing you can do is to take your soft-bricked Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus into an authorized service or even to the carrier’s store and hope that they will know what to do with it.