Official OTA software updates and community modifications (including Magisk and TWRP) modify the core components of the operating system. This can result in the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ becoming “bricked” & bootlooping instead of working properly. If you’re unable to boot into Android then I can help you fix the issue with Odin using this unbrick tutorial.
Our smartphones run an operating system known as Android. This complex software platform was built using many layers of varying functions. When combined, this gives us the user experience that we have come to enjoy. Sadly, this means the smartphone can become unusable if there are conflicts. Most of the time these conflicts never happen but there are times when a hiccup can occur.
So, I would like to offer some suggestions for people who are unable to boot into Android.
Note – Unbricking the Galaxy Note 10 will result in you losing all of the data stored on the device. If it isn’t stored in the cloud, or in a previous backup, then there isn’t anything you can do to retrieve the data other than paying for professional data recovery services. More often than not these are too expensive for the average user so just know that you’ll lose the data on the smartphone by following these suggestions.
Factory Reset the Galaxy Note 10
First Boot into Recovery Mode
- Power down the Galaxy Note 10
- Then press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons at the same time
- Continue holding these two buttons down through the splash screen until you reach the Recovery Mode menu
Then Perform the Factory Reset
- Press the Volume Down button until the Factory Data Reset option is highlighted
- Then press the Power button to select it
- Now press the Volume Down button again to highlight the Yes option
- And press the Power button again to confirm the process
- Wait for the Factory Reset to be completed
- Then press the Power button once it’s finished to reboot back into Android
Since we cannot boot into Android we first want to try and see if a regular Factory Reset will fix things. There are a couple of ways that a Factory Reset can be performed but we are limited to Recovery Mode. So go ahead and boot the device into this special boot mode using the guide above and then select the Factory Reset option.
You’ll be asked to confirm this process right here (just like you see in the video) and can then attempt to boot back into Android. Be aware though, the first boot cycle after a Factory Reset can take 5-10 minutes. So be patient and to see if the smartphone boots you back into the Android OS. If it does, you’re good to go. If not, then we can manually restore the original software using Odin.
I simply recommend the Factory Reset first since it can sometimes fix these random bootloop issues.
Unbrick the Galaxy Note 10 to Fix a Bootloop
The Factory Reset should fix any issues that you have come across from installing an OTA update. These typically install properly and without any issues. However, there are times when that ‘hiccup’ can occur and things just fall apart during the upgrade process. Since these OTA updates aren’t making drastic changes, a simple reset could resolve the issue.
Now, when we talk about installing community mods (such as Magisk, TWRP, etc.) then things begin to get a little more complex. There are things that a regular Factory Reset cannot revert. Remember, the user-facing reset feature that I describe above is a very basic feature. It can help fix some nasty bugs. It won’t, however, be able to detect and revert changes you’ve made with these mods.
To fix that, we will use a leaked program used by Samsung software engineers to manually flash the original stock OneUI Samsung OEM ROM.
- Download and extract the official firmware for your version of the Galaxy Note 10
- Then download and extract Odin
- Boot the Galaxy Note 10 into Download Mode
- Run Odin.exe as an Administrator
- Load the official firmware files into Odin
- Put the BL file in the BL slot. Put the AP file in the AP slot. Put the CP file in the CP slot. Put the CSC file (not HOME_CSC) in the CSC slot.
- Then click the Start button in Odin to begin the flashing process
- Wait for it to complete with the PASS message and then wait for the Galaxy Note 10 to boot into Android.
Just like with the Factory Reset method, your first boot cycle into Android is going to take some time. Remember, you just erased all of the stuff you had on the phone and replaced it with the original Samsung firmware. This means both Samsung’s OneUI ROM, as well as the Android OS itself, has to set some stuff back up so you can use the operating system again.
I know it can be nerve-wracking to sit and wait while it looks as if the Galaxy Note 10 is still stuck in a bootloop. To get paranoid and think that you just installed the wrong software, or that you may have missed a critical step. At least, that is how I felt when I first began using Odin and flashing firmware images on Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Just let it do its thing and you’ll be greeted with the Android action screen in no time.