Do not factory reset your Android 8.1 powered handset, unless you want to brick it

Bricking a phone is never fun, and on Android 8.1 you could easily find yourself bricking your daily driver by simply performing a factory reset on the device. That is what happened to Tom Bolger. Tom had just updated his phone to Android 8.1, but forgot the PIN code for his handset. That left him with no choice but to do a factory reset. Honestly, most of us would rather have a Foley catheter inserted than factory reset our phones...
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47 Comments

28. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Because lyndon is an iPhone user.

44. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Bruh, trust me when I say this: he's not lol.

13. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Why you leave people no choice Phonearena? We do have choice, We can always flash the rom via laptop. All you can do is praising Apple, that's it? What a shame

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wow talk about misleading title and misuse of the word bricking in general. This isn't a case of bricking since the phone can still be recovered by Google. A bricked device can't be recovered at all.

20. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

https://goo.gl/K2T5LZ Foley catheter... Are you serious? If that's what YOU want then go ahead, because "most of us" excludes me.

21. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Misleading tittle. The phone never bricked.

22. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Yes, let's post a misleading article about Android OS on iPhone Eks, Ecks, Ex launch day. Good job phonearena.

23. Silverfox

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Same thing happened to me after I set-up my 2 XL. Luckily, I remembered the pin # I used to set it up with. After which, I changed the security settings to use a password, instead of a pin. I haven't used a pin # on a phone in 4 - 5 years, lol.

27. ChaoticRage

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Don’t believe this because Android is more stable then iOS.

42. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

More stable? I don't think so!

30. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1566; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Meh, just another reason I don't care to be the first to get a new version of android. Samsung can take their time updating their phones, at least they aren't riddled with bugs. And I need to question the sanity of anyone who would rather have a catheter inserted than reset their phone, resetting a phone is a quick and painless process. Especially if you have an iPhone, iCloud or iTunes will literally clone your device to the extent you can't tell it was reset after doing a restore.

32. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

who's the writer of this article Alan F. it comes as a no surprise,as the iPhone x is out he's just trying to push people sideways with f*ckin clickbait articles, waiting to test that face id tho.

36. Tythas

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Do the articles on this website have any quality control at all?

39. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Welcome to Android world.....

40. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

LG phones have been doing something similiar for a while on Nougat phones.

45. TheOracle1

Posts: 2289; Member since: May 04, 2015

Tom Bolger is an idiot and that's all this story is about. Android 8.1 doesn't brick your phone unless you have an Amoeba for a brain like Bolger.

47. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Well we ain't all that dumb like him. I have my passwords all written down somewhere secret were nobody can find em . And also I do know them all by memory .... so no need to look them up were I have them, written down. If i ever reset my phone. And asks for pins or passwords I won't have that problem . Good for him for bricking his phone . I mean how dumb can you be? Seriously u don't know your passwords and pins?
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