Preparations and Possible Outcomes When Flashing An Android Phone
Last updated on July 28th, 2017 at 10:56 pm
This is not what most of you would like to hear, but flashing a phone can worsen the phone’s condition. Not only does flashing void the warranty of a phone but it can also get the phone in a ‘brick’ state.
A phone will either be hard or soft bricked. A phone hanging on the logo screen (failure to fully reboot) is an example of a soft brick. Also, A phone not powering on (or not responding to the power button) is an example of a hard brick. In simple terms, A soft brick is a software problem and a hard brick is a hardware problem.
Check The Following Before Flashing An Android Phone
Firmware version and details – The firmware or software you will use should correspond with the one of the phone’s model. If you flash a wrong file you will brick the phone and damage its hardware.
You can get your phone’s firmware from third party websites. However, not all third party sites offer secure and safe files. It is advisable to download firmware files from your phone’s manufacturer sites. You can also use sites like SATechHelp.com and RomKingz.com
Phone condition – Check your phone’s condition or look for possible causes. Flashing a device can get complicated (serious complications). So I advise you to only go with a flashing procedure if it is required. There are common problems that don’t require a flashing process. Issues that don’t require a flashing procedure include: A phone failing to read a sim card, Invalid IMEI number.
USB Cable – Always check the condition of your USB cable for malfunctions. A malfunctioning USB cable can negatively affect the flashing process. It might interrupt the flashing process an cause your phone to go on a ‘brick’ state.
SP Flash Tool Features and Uses
When flashing an android phone it is recommended that you use SP Flash. SP Flash is commonly used to flash MTK phones (informal: China models).
SP Flash Tool’s Drop-Down Menu Options
Format all + Download will format the whole flash (eMMC, NAND etc.) and download all images (loaded firmware files). Choosing this option is risky and can clear or delete calibration data. I strongly recommend this option if you have the Factory Firmware.
Firmware upgrade will only update the software that is installed on your phone and no erasing of data will occur.
Download only will download the ROM’s built images and binary files. This is the safest and recommended option.
Updating your android smartphone’s system (software) can soft brick your device. For those who update their phone’s system as soon an update is available, are mostly to experience this (if they haven’t already).
That’s all I can say today. Did I miss something? Do share your views on the comment section.