I hope you are all doing well. I am facing a critical issue with my Fairphone after updating it to the latest Android 13 release on October 2nd. Unfortunately, I have encountered a persistent black screen problem during the boot process. I have tried several troubleshooting steps, but none of them have resolved the issue so far.
Here’s a summary of what I’ve attempted:
1. Wiped out the data in recovery mode, but it did not make any difference. 2. Tried booting up the phone while it’s on charge, but the black screen issue persists. 3. Removed the battery for approximately 10 seconds and retried, but still no luck.
One important note is that I cannot manually install the OS because my Fairphone’s bootloader is locked.
I am reaching out to this community in the hope that someone might have a solution or suggestions to help me resolve this issue. It’s incredibly frustrating to have my phone stuck in this state, and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your time and support.
Update 11. Oct by yvmuell to have the summary easier accessible and visible for those joining later. Please add information in this wiki post
Update 13. Oct by Volker if you’re affected by the problem and are searching for a workaround to “rescue” your device:
In order to make it easier for the other users here to (perhaps) offer suggestions, you might want to clarify:
When you try to reboot (into the standard operating system, a) does the FP3 vibrate, but b) stays all black (display) without any “Fairphone” lettering? Do you g) get the 1 mm LED light at the top of the front display?
And I take it that you still get d) the recovery menu on your FP3 screen when you boot into recovery?
Thank you for your response and your willingness to assist. I apologize for not specifying in the issue description that my device is a Fairphone 4. To provide further clarity on the issue:
a) When I attempt to reboot the Fairphone 4, it does NOT vibrate.
b) The screen remains completely black, after displaying “Fairphone. Powered by Android”
c) I do not see any 1 mm LED light at the top of the front display during this process.
d) Yes, I can still access the recovery menu on the Fairphone 4 screen when I boot into recovery mode.
The situation is quite perplexing, and I’m eager to explore any suggestions or solutions that the community may have to offer. Once again, thank you for your assistance.
NEVER attempt a DOWNGRADE (like from Android 13 to Android 12). From what has emerged over the last 1-2 years in this forum, downgrading to an older security patch level can hard brick your phone (which can only be fixed by Fairphone's Repair Service for a fee).
Frankly I’m not that deep into the matter beyond the instructions in the Support article. On a glance, I am not sure if you are supposed to extract the installation OTA .zip or should actually keep it in .zip state (my GUESS: it’s the latter). I tend to think @AndreasChris or @yvmuell are more well-versed here.
EDIT: You followed the instructions right (extraction is mentioned there).
EDIT 2: I am not sure what exactly “the previous step” in “Extract the .zip you downloaded in the previous step and move the unarchived folder to your desktop” refers to (Android Platform Tools OR the OTA installation file), thus my confusion.
When I lunch the command adb sideload [UNZIPPED FOLDER] my linux terminal says “adb: failed to read package block: Is a directory” and the phone terminal says
E: Signature verification failed
E: (adbd status 10)
Install from ADB completed with status 2.
When I lunch the command adb sideload [ZIPPED FOLDER] my linux terminal says ar first: “serving: ‘[file name]’ ([percentage])” until, at the end of the process i get the message “Total xfer: 1.00x”
But my phone terminal says:
Finding update package...
Verifying update package...
Update package verification took 49.5 s (result 0)
E:Package is for source build SP2K but expected TP1V
Install from ADB completed with status 1.
not at all… I was surprised to see that this seem to be finally be a solution for all devices (adding to my FP3 vs. FP4 confusion mentioned above) as this was just recently published due to the A13 Fingerprintsensor issue on the FP3. so most likely still kind of “beta” state…
and I would mention @hirnsushi here, although he is not not so much active recently
Edit: I dont know if the article was fixed as it was incorrect/incomplete somehow
There is your problem, your phone is already on the latest build (TP1V). Those are delta OTAs and they can only bring you from one specific version to another.
You are definitely already running A13, but the boot fails for some reason. The bootloader should fall back to the other slot after a few attempts if the phone didn’t manage to boot after an update, but if it doesn’t there’s not a lot that can be done.
There are no full OTAs available and with a locked bootloader I think that’s sadly a case for contactsupport
Opened a request as well, since my phone died with the update to A13 as well. Just seeing the splash screen and then black (but illuminated).
Was on original software with locked Bootloader. Ready to ship it to France I guess.