What do we mean by bricked? This is when your device is totally unresponsive and you are out of options, leaving it as useful as a brick. Actually, I prefer to use old devices as coasters but that’s just personal choice!
— christoc (@christoc) September 21, 2015
Unfortunately it seems that each new update of Android leaves a number of unlucky users out of luck. In this post we go through some options to bring your Nexus back to life.
How to recover a bricked Nexus
Give it a good charge. As obvious as this sounds there are a number of cases where a nice long charge have brought devices back to life. In fact this worked for me and my old Nexus (2012). Whether it is the charge or it just needed a rest(!) I don’t know, but having thought it was dead, I plugged it in, came back the next morning, gave the power a long press and back it came!
— D.W. Turrentine (@dwt_dev) September 19, 2015
Warranty / Official Support should be the first place to contact. If you are still covered then great, go back to where you bought it from, contact the manufacturer, talk to Google. Depending where in the world you are you’ll have different options so I can’t provide you with all the information. But here in the UK our consumer goods laws say a product must be fit for purpose and last a reasonable length of time.
Out of warranty? Had it a few years? You’re probably not going to get far with official channels. So now you have a few choices, some are more risky than others.
Professional Help is an option, depending on what your device is worth and where you are in the world it might be cost effective to pay someone to sort it out for you. If you really don’t know what you are doing and the options below make you wince then this could be the only realistic choice. Failing that, you can always sell the device on ebay, but be sure to give a fair description of its working status.
A Factory reset is the first reset option to try. This should be the safest way to recover your device. Note that it will erase all data and put your Nexus back to its original state. If you haven’t got a backup of files then your options will be limited, again a professional file recovery services could be an option, else if the device switches on perhaps you can connect it to a computer to access the drive.
Google provide a nice set of instructions on how to do the reset.
— Pink Panther (@P3tr0s) September 20, 2015
Flashing the device is now your last chance. This should allow you to roll back to a version of Android that you know worked well for you. As the owner of a Nexus device, you can get hold of official Android ROM images from Google’s website. I have never done this myself so can’t provide any guidance, however the Nexus Root Toolkit looks like the easiest way for a less experienced Nexus owner to get a new image onto their device, here is another guide to restoring a factory image. I would generally recommend the XDA forums as a good place to contact experts in this area.
What worked for you?
Has any of this helped you to make progress? We’d love to hear from any success stories whether this page helped you or some other source. Is there anything we can add to this guide? Has Google let you down? Let us know in the comments below or in our forum.