Is your Nexus 6P not booting at all? It might be more than just a soft brick. This tutorial will help you fix Nexus 6P bootloop issue (Nexus 5X too) within a couple of minutes.
If your device is affected too, then we have some good news for you. You can finally bid goodbye to the bootloop of death because XDA member XCnathan32 has come up with a solution to fix Nexus 6P bootloop issue and that on the Nexus 5X too.
Bootloop of Death on Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X – What is it?
The dreaded “bootloop of death” or “BLOD” has cursed a notable amount of device owners using 6P and 5X. The issue first came to notice during the fall of 2016, when users started reporting that their device abruptly entered a bootloop state and refused to boot at all. The affected users immediately rushed to online portals including Reddit and XDA for help but came around no possible solution.
It wasn’t much later, that Google finally recognized the problem and made a statement on Reddit regarding the problem. The Google representative clearly mentioned that “For those of you that are currently experiencing this, please contact your place of purchase for warranty or repair options.” , which was definitely a good news for those who had their devices covered under warranty. Unfortunately, others were left in despair and had no choice but to use their expensive piece of technology as a mere paperweight. The problem was also escalated to the Google Issue Tracker but has since been tagged as “Assigned” and hasn’t received the deserved attention till now.
The issue is not a minor one and has led the customers to doubt Google’s quality and customer support.
There’s a Way to Fix Nexus 6P Bootloop Issue
While Google still fails to address the issue, XDA member XCnathan32, along with the help of another fellow member rchtk, has finally found a solution to fix Nexus 6P bootloop issue. While it won’t help you to fix the hardware issue itself but would help you bypass the BLOD and allow you to boot your ROM and Recovery again, at the expense of bit lost performance. Don’t worry, you will still be able to use the device as is.
What the fix does is, it disables the A57 cores of the SoC, which are the reason for the BLOD. So your device now will run on only the A53 cores, which may force you to compromise on the performance part (a bit!). It consists of a modified kernel file, that will boot your phone with only the dedicated A53 cores and thus fix Nexus 6P bootloop issue. If you further plan on flashing a ROM, you can also flash the modified TWRP recovery image.
The solution will also work for any 5X suffering from the same problem. Make sure to use only the files for your device.
|Boot Image||Android 7.0-7.1||Custom ROMs||4core-patch-boot-angler-AOSiP-6.3-SLOBS.img|
|Boot Image||Android 8.0||OPR5.170623.007||4core-patch-boot-angler-opr5.170623.007.img|
|Boot Image||Android 8.1||OPM1.171019.011||4core-patch-boot-angler-opm1.171019.011.img|
|Boot Image||Android 8.1||Custom ROMs||ElementalX-N6P-6.00-4cores.zip|
|Boot Image||Android 8.0||OPR4.170623.020||boot-img-4core-opr4.170623.020.img|
|Boot Image||Android 8.1||OPM1.171019.011||boot-4Core-bullhead-OPM1.171019.011.img|
How to Fix Nexus 6P Bootloop Issue (Nexus 5X too)
In order to fix Nexus 6P bootloop issue, you will have to flash the modified boot/kernel file through fastboot. Further, you can also flash the modified TWRP recovery to carry on the tweaking.
- Setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC: Tutorial
- Make sure that you have the appropriate drivers installed on your machine. If not, you can grab them from here.
- Boot your phone into the bootloader/fastboot mode. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys until you see the designated screen.
- Connect your phone to the PC using a USB cable.
- Go to the “adb” folder. Now open a PowerShell window in the same location where all the files are located at. To do so, press SHIFT key and right-click inside the folder. Select “Open PowerShell window here”.
- Enter the command below to make sure that your device is being recognized by fastboot.
- The command should return a device ID. In case it doesn’t, make sure that you download and install the USB drivers properly.
- Your device’s bootloader must be unlocked in order for this method to work. So, if you already have it unlocked, skip to step #11.
- Unlock your phone’s bootloader using the following command:
fastboot flashing unlock
- As soon as you enter the command, your device will prompt with a message. Press either of the Volume keys to highlight “Yes” and then the power button to confirm bootloader unlocking.
- Download the modified boot image and TWRP (optional) for your device.
- You may also visit the 6P XDA thread and 5X XDA thread for latest available files.
- (Optional) Flash the modified TWRP recovery.
- Nexus 6P:
fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.2.0-0-angler-4core.img
- Nexus 5X:
fastboot flash recovery TWRP3_1_1_5X.img
- Nexus 6P:
- Now, use the command below to flash your device with the modified boot image in order to fix Nexus 6P bootloop issue, and for the 5X too. You will need to change the filename of the boot image according to the one you have downloaded.
- Nexus 6P:
fastboot flash boot 4core-patch-boot-angler-opm1.171019.011.img
- Fix Nexus 5X Bootloop Issue:
fastboot flash boot boot-4Core-bullhead-OPM1.171019.011.img
- Nexus 6P:
- It’s time to reboot your device and finally revive it from the dreaded bootloop of death.
The first boot might take some time, so just hold back. Your phone should boot back to normal and you were just able to fix Nexus 6P bootloop issue.
That was easy and evenly satisfying, right? It feels so good that your money didn’t go in vain, after all. We sincerely hope that Google addresses the issue officially and gives it the attention it deserves. But until then, the exquisite XDA community has got your back.
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