Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U Stuck in Bootloop [FIX]

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If you have had your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 stuck in Bootloop, this post is probably going to save you. So, read along! This post covers Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U Stuck in Bootloop fix. 

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There are several reasons why your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may not boot properly. Most of the times it is the software which is the cause of the Operating System boot failure. But at times, the hardware failure may also result in failure to boot the Android on your Note 8.

What is Bootloop?
>> If your phone turns on while holding the power button and looks like it will boot into the Android operating system but will fail to do so and reboots to the same screen time and again, it is called Bootloop.

If your phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in this case, is stuck in bootloop, the phone will keep restarting but will never reach the home screen.

Also, at times, the Note 8 may get stuck in a screen which says Android is starting in in a screen which says Optimizing apps xxx out of xxx. It usually happens when you are updating the phone to the latest version of Android or if you are trying to install a custom firmware. And since it is a software issue, it can be easily fixed and recovered.

Before we get started, let’s get out the hardware symptoms out of the way. This post won’t be of any help if it’s a hardware issue.

# Hardware Issue

  • If you dropped your Galaxy Note 8 and the phone shut off automatically and if you tried to turn it on, if the phone reboots, chances are you will need to take the phone to the service center. Also, if the phone gets stuck on the  “Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Powered by Android“, it may be a hardware failure rather than software failure.
  • If you put the Note 8 in charge and when you come to pick it up and find the phone is stuck on the boot screen, it may be a hardware problem where the phone has drawn too much power and there’s a problem in the motherboard. It mostly happens when you use a 3rd party charger especially if it’s a non-brand charger. I had it happen on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and it cost around $250 to replace the motherboard.
  • Believe it or not, if the can somehow get water inside your Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you may face the same problem. Either the phone will not turn at all and if it does, if you are unlucky, the phone may get stuck on the “Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Powered by Android” screen.

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These are the main reasons for the hardware failure and chances are you will need to send the phone to the Samsung authorized service center to get the phone fixed. If not, it’s probably the software that is screwed up and can be fixed.

#Fix 1: The Easy Fix [Entering the Safe Mode]

  1. Switch off the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  2. Switch on the Note 8 by holding the Power button and keep holding it until “Samsung” logo shows up.
  3. Now release the Power key.
  4. After that, press the volume down key immediately.
  5. Keep holding the Volume down key until the device restarts.
  6. You are now in the Safe mode.
  7. Release the Volume down key when you see Safe mode written on the screen.

If your phone successfully loads, now you know that it is the third-party apps which are causing the phone from not booting up. The Safe mode is a mode wherein only crucial file to run Android are start-up. From here on, you can uninstall any suspicious files which you think is causing the bootloop on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

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You can now go to Settings > Apps. And select the app which you recently installed or think is the cause of the bootloop. You can use the hit-and-trial method wherein you try deleting some apps and restarting the Note 8 in normal mode. And when the target app is uninstalled, your phone will boot with no issue. I recently had one of the entry-level smartphone, the OBI MV1, stuck in bootloop because it was incompatible with the most recent version of Facebook. It may sound strange, but it is true.

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#Fix 2: The Easy Fix [Entering the Recovery Mode]

If the first fix didn’t work for you where you couldn’t enter the Safe Mode, try entering the Recovery Mode on the Galaxy Note 8. If you are in the official Samsung ROM, entering the Recovery Mode will not be that big of an issue. Follow the given step down below for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U Stuck in Bootloop fix:

  1. Make sure your Note 8 is powered off.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and Bixby key simultaneously and then hold down the Power button.
  3. You will then see a green Android with its tummy opened up. You can then release all the buttons.
  4. Then, Installing system update screen will show up for around 1 minute.
  5. You will then be shown the System Recovery menu.

samsung-galaxy-note-8-sm-n950u-stuck-in-bootloop-fixIf you enter the System Recovery menu, here is what you do to fix the bootloop issue.

  1. Select the Wipe Cache Partition option using the Volume down key.
  2. Use the Power button to select the option.
  3. Then, select “yes” and press the power button to confirm your selection.
  4. When the wipe cache partition is done, press the power button to restart the Note 8.

This should then solve the problem and the Galaxy Note 8 should boot normally. If it doesn’t, don’t worry, there’s still something you can do to resolve the issue. Read along Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U Stuck in Bootloop Fix.

#Fix 3: Perform the Hard Reset

Note: Performing the Hard Reset will clear all your data and apps installed on the phone. It includes all the photos, text, videos, apps stored on the phone. 

If nothing works, this is your last resort. You got to do what you got to do. You need to perform a hard reset which most likely will solve the bootloop issue on the Galaxy Note 8.

Here, if you can enter the Safe mode, make sure you make a copy of all the files and other media which are important to you. If you can’t, all your data from the phone will be erased. Also, if you use Google Photos, chances are you have all your photos and videos backed up on the cloud.

Okay then, this is how you perform the hard reset on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

  1. Make sure your Note 8 is powered off.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and Bixby key simultaneously and then hold down the Power button.
  3. You will then see a green Android with its tummy opened up. You can then release all the buttons.
  4. Then, Installing system update screen will show up for around 1 minute.
  5. You will then be shown the System Recovery menu.
  6. Select the Wipe data/factory reset option using the Volume down key.
  7. Use the Power button to select the option.Then, select “Yes- Delete all user data” and press the power button to confirm your selection.
  8. Press the Power key when the hard reset is complete. It will reboot the system.

Look, if it doesn’t work, there’s very little you can do. It’s better if you take the phone to the nearest Samsung store to get the phone fixed or replaced. And hopefully, you have your phone under warranty. It’s not going to be cheap if you have to replace the motherboard of the phone. The last thing you can do especially if you have a Sprint Note 8, follow the link to install the Galaxy Note 8 Firmware using Odin.

Hopefully, this article helped. If it did help you, don’t forget to share this content. Let others know how to fix the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 SM-N950U Stuck in Bootloop issue.

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