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    A random ‘EDL Mode’ bug is rendering Pixel 3, 3 XL phones useless


    Many owners of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been dealing with a rather bothersome bug that leaves their phones virtually unusable.

    The problem seems to happen the same way for many affected users; they’ll plug the phone in to charge, go to bed, and wake up to a bricked device. Phones will be put in Emergency Download (EDL) mode, which is a special boot mode for Android devices with Qualcomm chips and can be used to flash, unbrick, or recover data from a device.

    Pixel 3 phones being put in EDL Mode are essentially rendered useless with blank displays that don’t seem to function at all. Successful attempts to restart devices will simply put them back in EDL Mode.

    Affected phones can still be charged and, when plugged into a PC, are identified as “QUSB_BULK_CID” followed by a serial number.

    Reports of the bug have been making their rounds across Reddit and the Google support forum since at least December and seem to increase in frequency.

    Google appears to be aware of the problem, as indicated by an Issue Tracker, but there does not seem to be a workable solution. A Google employee has indicated that they have passed the problem to the development team “and will update this issue with more information as it becomes available,” but that was in June. Since then, more devices seem to have been affected with no available solution.

    We’ve reached out to Google on any updates to the problem but have not yet heard back.

    There doesn’t seem to be an identifiable cause for the problem, but users have speculated that it’s due to a faulty update. Still, the problem seems to appear randomly and without warning for many Pixel 3 owners over many months.

    Unfortunately, with most devices already out of warranty, there seems to be very little recourse for affected users outside of paying for a repair from Google, trying their luck at a third-party shop, or going for one of the best cheap Android phones.

    This also isn’t the only bug that has cropped up from Google lately, with users complaining about RCS connection issues and alarms not going off in the Google Clock app.


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    Md Kashif Ali
    Md Kashif Ali
    Hey Guys Its Kashif, Founder of Tech Fire. I spend most of my free time creating content for my YouTube channel and this website. I started my YouTube channel at age 15 and my goal was to teach people what they can do with their gadgets.


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