Google Pixel 3 phones are bricking out of nowhere, the list is growing

Ro, 06 September 2021

A growing number of users report their Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL devices getting bricked without warning and the issue is getting more widespread. And it's not an entirely new problem too. It appears that the bricking started occurring months ago, but it's only now that it's getting some serious traction. The worst part is that Google still has no solution to the problem and most of these devices are out of warranty by now.

Google Pixel 3 phones are bricking out of nowhere, the list is growing

Users in support forums, Reddit and other social channels share their stories of how their trusty Pixel 3s are getting bricked overnight without any warning at all. The devices enter a Qualcomm Emergency Download Mode (EDL), which won't even let you install a new ROM at all - getting to the bootloader is impossible.

Some believe that one of the security updates caused this, while others say that a hardware malfunction is the root cause, similar to LG's bootlooping problem from back in the day. Either way, without Google's official statement, it's anyone's guess what is bricking these phones.

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Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 20 Jan 2024
  • Lxm

Low endurance flash chip with low TBW (terabytes written). This issue will keep happening more and more as time goes on, with no fix because the Qualcomm Firehose files have not been found yet despite years of searching. Pixel 1, 2, 4, 5 can EDL br...

  • Ali
  • 04 Jul 2022
  • IJ%

My Pixel3 bricked when i was charging overnight. Obviously didnt see what happened since i was sleeping. Previous day was working fine. Nothing works. Doesnt turn on at all and doesnt charge. When connecting to a PC i hear the noise of "conne...

  • TALE
  • 02 Feb 2022
  • qU$

Google have now officially responded here - Google Response: “This issue occurred due to the natural lifecycle of a memory component. Memory components have a predefined lifecycle based on consu...

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