Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X bootloop issue has been solved

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If you have been unable to use your Google Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X due to the widespread bootloop issue, well, a solution to this problem has been found thanks to the ever-reliable XDA forum.

Last year, users of the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X started reporting cases where their phones would enter a bootloop and thus refuse to boot, something that effectively rendered the devices unusable. Before this, the same units had been affected by random battery issues that led to early shutdowns, but the bootloop issue was a different matter.

The Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X would not boot at all, leaving users with a company logo to stare at rather than get the phone into a usable state. This has had some implications, with the worst case being that owners of the phones had to ditch the devices and turn to other options. Google Huawei and LG have been sued for this issue, but the companies have done nothing to solve the problem, rather, they’ve only been issuing replacement units or full refunds for the affected units.

Now, in what is easily a breakthrough occurrence, the geeky XDA forum members have come up with a way to take care of this bootlooping issue on the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Apparently, the process involves disabling the big cores of the Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 chipsets used on the phones, leaving the little cores in use.

Both phones will be left with four Cortex-A53 cores working, with the Google Nexus 6P losing four Cortex-A57 cores and the Nexus 5X losing two Cortex-A57 cores. As it is, the high-performance A57 cores are the ones responsible for the bootloop issue on both phones and once they are disabled, the phone works perfectly. Of course, you can expect some lag on the performance of the phones, but this is definitely better than having a dead phone in your drawer.

It’s not that hard to get things going with the new solutions. All that is needed is for Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X users to flash modified images for the boot.img as well as a modified build of the TWRP in order to open the door for flashing other files later on.

As at the time of this writing, quite a good number of users have reported that the fix is working perfectly on their bootlooped Nexus 6P and 5X units, which should be a huge sigh of relief for the many people whose phones have been affected by this issue.

Before trying out this, however, make sure that you’ve gone through all the steps needed to revive your bootlooped Google Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X, all of which can be found via the XDA forum links below. Be sure to let us know what your experience is in your comments below.

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