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Phone stuck in a reboot loop: Quick Fix

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Phones have become a rather important part of our daily lives, so much so that we depend on them for just about everything we do. This also means that if your phone runs into a problem, your life will come to a halt. 

In this article, we’re looking at how to get your phone out of a reboot loop.

Force a fresh restart

It sounds weird, but if your phone is stuck in a reboot loop, you can break it by holding down the power and volume down button for about 10 seconds until your phone restarts again. This can get your phone out of the loop and booting into Android. 

Also read: What is Com Samsung Android Incallui? Everything you need to know

Remove your SD card

Unwanted or corrupt files on your SD card can sometimes interfere with the boot process. If you’ve got an SD card in your phone, try removing it and restarting your phone again. If it restarts, backup your SD card’s contents and format it before putting it back in your phone again. You can also try getting a brand new SD card as well.

Wipe the recovery cache

Clearing your phone’s system cache partition can also come in handy in such situations. This will eliminate any corrupt or damaged files in the phone’s cache that may be causing problems with Android or any underlying processes and throw the error. 

Every manufacturer has a different method for entering the bootloader to clear the system cache partition, so you will have to refer to your phone’s manual here. However, most phones use a combination of the power and volume down keys held together for 10-15 seconds to launch the bootloader.

Start your phone in Safe mode

If clearing the recovery cache didn’t work, try booting your phone in safe mode to see if it can start again. Hold down the power and volume down button for some time. Once the bootloader appears, select Safe Mode and your device should boot up properly. Once it’s booted up, try doing a normal restart. 

Reset your device

If nothing else works, the best way to get out of the situation is to reset the device. Since you can’t boot into your phone, you will have to reset it from the Android bootloader. The process is also the same as mentioned above; you just need to select the Factory Reset option and let Android do its thing. 

Also read: How to prevent your phone from overheating?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: