How To: Unbrick your Samsung Galaxy S

Posted on Jul 22 2011 - 6:40pm by Brian

So you disconnected your phone during a critical firmware update and bricked your phone. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. That’s in 2012.

Lucky for you, plenty of other have gone through this same problem and have documented their success stories using two different methods. The first method is a softhack and uses the Odin flashing software to resurrect your phone.


1- Start Odin
2- Attach the USB cable to the PC (DO NOT ATTACH IT TO THE PHONE)
3- Press and hold “Volume up” and “home” buttons
4- Attach the USB cable to the phone while holding both buttons
5- The phone will enter in download mode

Install a new firmware and everything is going to be OK  Wink Wink

God forbid this doesn’t work, you can try the slightly more difficult albeit more fool proof method using a hardware jig. Here’s a video of the fx in action with instructions on how to build one yourself:


Here is a good news to all galaxy S users, this is an alternative way to get your galaxy s into Download mode without the 3 Button Recovery (3BR). It is the ONLY WAY to unbrick your galaxy S when it doesn’t have 3BR enabled. (Just like mine)

You can build it within few bucks.
1. A very cheap Micro USB cable, don’t use high quality cable as we going to cut off the wire.
2. 301k ohms resistor. In this video I was using one 300k 1/4 watt & one 1k 1/4 watt resistors. You may also use 3 x 100k + 1 x 1k resistors.

3. Solder the resistors together and place each end to the 4th & 5th pin of the micro USB. you may refer to this picture.

4. You’re done. Plug it in to your phone and wait few seconds. You will got the download screen. =D

Hopefully these two videos will help you bring your zombie phone back to life without to much difficulty; tell us how it goes in the comments below!

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. DigitalP November 1, 2012 at 12:32 am -

    i have a Samsung Galaxy S Stratosphere SCH-I405 Hard bricked in the middle of an update Odin 1.85 froze and screwed my phone. keyboard light up when plugged to laptop but doesnt do anything else… PLEASE HELP

  2. Brian September 20, 2012 at 10:31 am -

    Glad to hear it worked!

  3. thunderbolt September 20, 2012 at 4:31 am -

    thank you very much for the info! soft-bricked my yp-g70 (galaxy s wifi 5.0) and the first trick worked!

  4. Muthu June 14, 2012 at 12:05 am -

    Using galaxy s2. after doing this in galaxy 2 it not working showing the phone connect to pc only but the same working in galaxy r. any other options.

  5. vynguyen September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm -

    my phone is a samsung galaxy s gt i9000 unlocked it show prision: internal sd card damaged!!!! I try any way ;restore many firm wares but still not working….i m thinking maybe must be change mother board but i do not know where is buy one for replace it , please tell me thank so much!

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