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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Team WorldTour, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. Team WorldTour

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    I've read that many people have this problem, but how did you get out of it? That's the part I can't seem to figure out. I disabled Google, it rebooted, and has been doing that now for an hour.
    I've tried the RESET button, above the SIM Card, no luck. I then pressed ALL FOUR buttons until something happened. Now, it is in a Boot Loop, but with BIG letters (S60 is LARGE and BOLD).
    Now what?

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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    It depends on what has caused the bootloop. I know you said that it started when you "disabled Google", but I always disable the Google app on my devices (or uninstall it on the rooted ones) with no ill effect, so I don't understand why that would cause a problem (unless Cat have done something strange and made a vital system component depend on that app).

    But the standard fix to a bootloop on a non-rooted device is a factory reset. This is because on a non-rooted device you can't alter the system software, just settings, and a reset will wipe all settings as well as all user-installed apps, returning it to the state it would have come from the factory in (had it been released with the current software version). This includes re-enabling any disabled apps. What it won't do is undo any changes to the system software, i.e. it won't revert any system updates (so won't fix a corrupted update) and it won't undo any changed made to a rooted device (so if a rooted user removes something important a reset won't help, they need to reflash the system firmware to undo whatever they changed that broke it).

    Now I don't know what a "reset button" on a Cat s60 does, because that's not a standard feature. I suspect it's a "soft reset" (effectively a forced reboot) rather than a full factory reset. To reset a phone you normally boot into recovery mode, which will involve pressing some combination of buttons as it restarts, either to get directly into recovery or to boot into the bootloader and select recovery mode from there. Once in recovery you can select the option to factory reset, which will erase everything off the device. I always regard this as a last resort, but you probably don't have any other options.
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  3. Team WorldTour

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    Well, Rimmer, have you an idea which magic combinations of buttons one would need to press, in order to effect a boot into recovery mode?
  4. Team WorldTour

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    Right on, mate! It's been on splash screen for a few minutes now. I'll let ya know if it worked!
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  5. Team WorldTour

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    It worked. Now comes the fun part.....

    Thanks, by the way! This will help someone else, maybe.
    If these phones are around long enough to be 'old'....
  6. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!

    Thanks for keeping us updated. Glad you were able to get it sorted out!
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