If you’re among those who have got a Nexus 6P and experienced the Bootloop of Death, then we’re glad to be of help! There is a way to fix it and fully boot the device.
It will require to flash some files modified by the guys behind the fix (XCnathan32 and rchtk on xda-developers.com) and some other steps to follow, but it will do the trick.
How Did I Get a Bootloop?
Some users have experienced issues with their Nexus 6P. The devices entered bootloops randomly and also caused the battery to have reduced life due to those random bootloops. And it’s not their fault!
Nothing worked in fixing the problem, so it seems that there was a problem with the SoC. Google has done this with the Nexus 7 when it received the Lollipop OTA and the Nexus 5X also got the same bootloop, along with other LG-manufactured phones.
A Google representative has confirmed that there is a bootloop issue with the Nexus 6P and users that experienced it must contact the place where they purchased the phone to get warranty or repair options. A class action lawsuit was filed and amended, but both Google and Huawei only replaced the devices that were covered in the warranty, instead of finding a different solution.
How to Bypass Nexus 6P Bootloop
You will need access to a PC to start the fix. You will also have to visit xda-developers.com to get the modified files and perform the fix.
- Get the latest ADB and Fastboot binaries downloaded.
- Extract them into a new folder on your PC.
- Get the Google USB Driver and install it if you are running Windows.
- On xda-developers.com there is the N2G48B_4Cores.img that you must download and save inside the same folder you have put the files at step 2.
Note: For additional options, on the same website, you will find twrp3_1_1_4Cores.img for using TWRP recovery after you have fixed the Nexus 6P. Save this file in the same directory as the ADB and Fastboot binaries. There is also the EX4_1_1_4Cores.zip that will speed up your Nexus 6P. This archive can be saved in the downloads folder.
- Connect your phone to the PC via USB.
- Hold Shift key and right click on the folder you have saved the ADB and Fastboot binaries and choose ‘open command prompt here’.
- You will start entering the command: fastboot devices
Before continuing, make sure that you have unlocked your phone bootloader, or else you won’t be able to flash the modified images that you will use in the process. If your phone is unlocked, then you can skip steps 8 and 9.
- Enter this command: fastboot flashing unlock
- Confirm it by using the keys for volume and power.
Attention, this process will wipe all you have in the internal storage of the phone, but it’s either that or just keep the phone in the closet.
- Enter this command: fastboot flash boot N2G48B_4Cores.img
In this step if you want to flash TWRP, you will have to enter: fastboot flash recovery twrp3_1_1_4Cores.img
- Reboot the phone by typing this command: fastboot reboot
It will take a few minutes until your phone will reboot, but after these commands, the phone should work again.
As for the improvement in performance we mentioned in the note above, if you have flashed TWRP, you will have to copy the Elemental X kernel modified into the phone storage. After that boot into TWRP and flash the kernel. There you will be able to overclock your phone to get more performance from its cores.
Now you don’t need to keep your phone in a drawer anymore, because you have fixed it and didn’t even spend money in the process.