How to Fix a Bricked Nexus 7 2013 Edition



Simple video showing how to fix a Nexus 7 2013 that has been bricked by unlocking the Bootloader and flashing Android 6 0 1 Marshmallow from a factory image. The video is a guide that will be explained in detail within an article on Android Advice & Tutorials.

…Article will be posted here when available…

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  1. Hey I have the similar issue can you send me the steps what needs to be done on computer how to run on command line, appreciate your help

  2. Yes, this worked!! My Google Nexus 7 2013 Wifi tablet was stuck on the Google Screen no matter what I did to it. After trying everything else out there this was my last hope before it went in the dumpster. It took alot of finagling (sp?) but I finally got it!!!

    If anybody out there wants more instructions, here's what worked for me.

    1. Download and install the 1.4.2 version of Minimal ADB and Fastboot. (The latest 1.4.3 version doesn't work.) Here: https://androidmtk.com/download-minimal-adb-and-fastboot-tool
    2. Also, I downloaded the 5.1.1 (LMY47V) Image as suggested by others comments here: https://developers.google.com/android/images I unzipped the top image folder and another zipped folder within that folder.
    3. I pasted all the unzipped files into the Minimal ADB and Fastbook folder. Mine was in c:program files. I even made copies of the subfolder files and pasted them into the top folder just in case.
    4. Then, plug your tablet into the computer, run the minimal adb and fastboot app, then everything should work as shown in this video.

    One other problem I had. When I first plugged the tablet into the PC, it didn't register anything and I would see "waiting on device" on the terminal. I slept on it and then thought to try a different USB cable. That did the trick.

  3. this is such a waste of time. links were never posted, process works on a working tablet, not a real bricked device.

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I have been flashing different factory images for hours and the results have all been the same. Dead droid and stopping at the Google logo. But this time I tapped the back and side a few times and the Droid stood up and My Nexus booted!! Don't know why it worked but it did.

  5. Thank you very much for this very helpful guide. I really appreciate this as i have not use my nexus in almost 3 years because of broken charging port and it being bricked.

  6. Bootloader Version…: FLO-04.08
    Baseband Version…..: none
    Serial Number……..: 0498b75d
    ——————————————–
    Checking product OKAY [ 0.003s]
    Checking version-bootloader OKAY [ 0.004s]
    extracting boot.img (7 MB) to disk… took 0.042s
    archive does not contain 'boot.sig'
    archive does not contain 'dtbo.img'
    archive does not contain 'dt.img'
    archive does not contain 'odm.img'
    archive does not contain 'product.img'
    archive does not contain 'product-services.img'
    extracting recovery.img (7 MB) to disk… took 0.037s
    archive does not contain 'recovery.sig'
    archive does not contain 'super.img'
    extracting system.img (823 MB) to disk… took 8.621s
    archive does not contain 'system.sig'
    archive does not contain 'vbmeta.img'
    archive does not contain 'vendor.img'
    /Applications/Android/mke2fs failed with status 1
    fastboot: error: Cannot generate image for userdata

    please help……..

  7. Hey guys need help mine says this in flash-all.bat!! im trying to flash the 5.1.1 (LMY48T)

    C:Program Files (x86)Minimal ADB and Fastboot>fastboot oem unlock

    (bootloader) Unlocking bootloader…
    (bootloader) erasing userdata…
    (bootloader) erasing userdata done
    (bootloader) erasing cache…
    (bootloader) erasing cache done
    (bootloader) Unlocking bootloader done!
    OKAY [ 6.033s]
    finished. total time: 6.035s

    C:Program Files (x86)Minimal ADB and Fastboot>flash-all.bat
    target didn't report max-download-size
    sending 'bootloader' (3911 KB)…
    FAILED (data write failure (Too many links))
    finished. total time: 0.019s
    rebooting into bootloader…
    FAILED (command write failed (No error))
    finished. total time: 0.017s
    extracting android-info.txt (0 MB) to RAM…
    extracting boot.img (7 MB) to disk… took 0.053s
    target didn't report max-download-size
    archive does not contain 'boot.sig'
    archive does not contain 'dtbo.img'
    archive does not contain 'dt.img'
    extracting recovery.img (7 MB) to disk… took 0.021s
    archive does not contain 'recovery.sig'
    extracting system.img (803 MB) to disk… took 3.269s
    archive does not contain 'system.sig'
    archive does not contain 'vbmeta.img'
    archive does not contain 'vendor.img'
    wiping userdata…
    Erase successful, but not automatically formatting.
    Can't determine partition type.
    FAILED (command write failed (No error))
    ——————————————–
    getvar:version-bootloader FAILED (command write failed (No error))
    finished. total time: 0.004s
    Press any key to exit…

  8. Google pixel xl 128Gb. Used to shut down the machine itself and can not open it .. like Android 8.1 will lose … do the Recovery Mod can not enter the command no. I do not know.

  9. when I press power button as you did on 1:27 I waited about 1 hour for the user data to erase but noting happened. I used nexus root toolkit but even on this one it get stuck on YES OR NO option and nothing happens. plz help.

  10. Don't even waste your time, I fix cell phones and this tablet is totally done after the lollipop update.

  11. The best you can do with a nexus 7 is yes destroy this pos, I have many tablets and this tablet is the worst I ever own, after lollipop update this tablet was done trash slow, even a older Samsung tablet that I have is was better than this tablet.

  12. Thanks! I was able to bring my Nexus 7 (2013) back to life after being stuck forever on the Google screen. I used factory image 5.1.1 (LMY47V).

  13. Will this fix a Nexus 7 that is frozen on the Google logo during bootup? I've tried the "smacking" of back panel in many different areas to no avail, because others said that worked for them.

  14. on brick condition, my computer can't even recognize my nexus.

    please help, I'm waiting the article on the description so much..

  15. oh…please help me, before I reset my nexus 7 2013 wifi to factory settings, I forgot to unlock my google account, and now it stuck at the google image and can not pass the google verification…

  16. I have been working my bricked Nexus for daaaayyysss now. This video is exactly what happened to mine. Thank you thank you thank you thank you for making this video!!!!!

  17. I have to complement this instructional upload. repairing tablets has been a hobby of mine for some time but never knew much about the programming an development side. so far of the 6 nexus 1 bricked units, all have been successfully restored to stock 4 nexus 2 restored and unrooted and 1 HTC 9 restored. Thanks to this upload

  18. hi thanks for the tutorial ,how long should the minimaladb and fastboot take to erase the tablet?

  19. I haven't updated my Nexus 7 since I heard of what the update did to it. to this day I still haven't downloaded it, for over all those years. would it be safe for me download the new update now and not get my tablet bricked?

  20. During 1st time and unsuccessful flashing to newer Android update I bricked the tablet back in 2013 and was devastated. Couldnt find a fix at the time until this week when I decided to finally try and fix it (over 3 years later) and even though this guide is incomplete (not showing where to get stuff from.) IT HELPED !

    My Nexus 7 was called "grouper" which I found out is "nasaki" so I had couple of trial and error image downloads.

    The tablet now works again ! Im kinda shocked tbh, I expected it to be done for good and never come back to life.

    THANK YOU !

  21. I have nexus seven and it will not Start. Installed new battery and made sure hard wire connection is firm and in place, but no go? I have tried all the volume down and power star up but no go? Any thing that you could suggest would be very appreciated . Thanks PJK Sr.

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