How To Fix the Samsung Logo Boot Loop

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There have been many reported cases of Android phones being stuck on the Samsung logo, and you’re probably reading this because you’re one of those cases. It’s a problem that can stem from a variety of things, and although the Samsung logo is cool and all… YouTube videos, the internet, old text messages that still make you laugh, your friend’s dog on social media and other fun stuff is what you’d rather be looking at, right? With that being said, let’s get you back to using your phone in a way you can actually enjoy with these tips for fixing this common issue. 

Perform A Soft Reset 

Performing a soft reset is the first thing most people do when their Android phone is stuck on the Samsung logo and it’s most likely the first thing YOU should do as well. If you don’t know what a soft reset is, it’s when you hold the power button until your phone shuts off then you turn it back on. Some phones require the volume buttons to be involved, so some people will do this differently, but it’s not much of a hassle for anyone to do. For the people who may be worried if doing a soft reset can damage your phone, don’t worry about that at all. People do soft resets for their phones all the time for many different reasons. Slow performance, being stuck on a screen and other things along those lines are some of the reasons why soft resets are used. Don’t get your hopes up just yet though. Soft resets work in a lot of situations, but they also don’t work in a good chunk of situations, so let’s move on to what to do if this doesn’t work for you.

Remove The Battery And Put In Back In 

If your phone has a removable battery, you can try taking the battery out and putting it back in. After you take the battery out, wait about 1 minute before re-inserting the battery. If your phone does not have a removable battery, you can power your phone off and wait 5-10 minutes before powering it back on. That would be along the lines of a soft reset, so those of you who don’t have removable batteries might not need to do this, but you can try it anyway. The goal of both of these methods is to strip the phone of its power before restarting it and seeing if the problem is gone. 

Download Mode & Recovery Mode 

Have you ever been in either of these modes on your phone? If not, this step might shock you– a lot of people have no idea that their phones have these abilities! Download Mode is exactly what it sounds like, and more. It’s used for downloading firmware and other software. Recovery Mode is used to factory-reset your device, which we’ll go into in more depth in just a moment. Both Recovery Mode and Download Mode can help resolve Android issues. Here’s how you get to both modes on your phone. 

  • How to Get to Download Mode 

Turn your device off, if it’s not already off. Hold the power, volume down and home buttons at the same time until you see the warning screen. For Samsung phones without a home button, you’ll need to hold down the Bixby button instead. Once you’re on the warning screen, press the volume down button to exit the download mode. Next, start the phone up again to see if the problem is fixed. 

  • How to Get to Recovery Mode 

You’ll need to turn your device off for this one too, if it’s not already. Hold the power, volume up and home buttons at the same time until you see the recovery screen. Once you’re on the recovery screen, use the volume buttons to direct yourself to the option that reboots the system and use the power button to select that option. You can also choose the option that wipes the cache partition after getting to the recovery screen then reboot the system. 

Reset Your Phone To Factory Settings 

Resetting your phone to factory settings is usually a last resort, so you shouldn’t be rushing to do this unless you’ve tried everything else and this is the only option you have left. For the people who don’t know what resetting your phone to factory settings means, it means to reset your phone to the point of it being as if it just came out of the box. Resetting your phone to factory settings works in a lot of cases for a lot of different things, so it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Something else you’ll want to keep in mind is that it’s best to backup/save/download as much data as possible if you have the option. You don’t have to lose all of what you have in your phone with no chance of seeing it again just because you’re doing a factory reset. Factory resets can be accessed through recovery mode and in the settings of your phone.

Talk to Your Local Repair Shop

It’s always good to talk to a real person and have that person walk you through your issue and/or tell you how to move forward with the process. Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s someone you can call or visit who could possibly fix your problem quickly and easily. If you stop by a local electronics repair center, you can walk in  and get a free diagnostic report to find out what’s going on with your Android device. These pros know all about Android operating systems. Since certain simple fixes can be done just during the initial exam, some lucky users may find the free diagnostic is all they need!

Don’t Give Up 

The solutions stated above are some of the easiest and most common out there, and hopefully they worked for you. Your phone might run into this issue (or another, similar one) due to app malfunctions, software issues, updates, defective memory cards, or something else altogether. More advanced solutions include options such as downloading a repair tool, removing the SD card, or replacing your phone’s battery. Nobody likes dealing with a broken phone, but at least you have lots of options to try and get things working again.

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