How to recover Xperia Ion from soft brick, no Screen no LED

When trying to get root access or when flashing the latest firmware leak to Xperia Ion, you may accidentally make a mistake that usually have an impacts such as bootloop or even your device won’t turn on after flashing with Flashtool or CWM custom recovery, in case your phone that was unable to turn on after you make modifications, it’s likely your cell phone has been bricked.


For some, this condition can make them dizzy, but it would not hurt you to try several steps below in order to recover (soft) bricked Sony Xperia Ion.

  • Drain your smartphone battery, one of the shortcomings of today’s latest mobile phone is embedded battery, normally we can remove the battery while the device hangs, unresponsive or stuck on bootscreen. However, on Xperia Ion LT28at/LT28i we cannot remove the battery, we should let our mobile phones totally turn off for couple of hours, without screen or LED lights.
  • After that, you need to recharge your phone, make sure the red LED light up when you connect it to the wall charger, after connected for 15-20 minutes your phone display will lights followed by Sony logo and then switch to charging screen.
  • When recharging make sure you have enough battery power, at least 60% or more to avoid an insufficient power during flash process.
  • Then try to flash a firmware using Flashtool, your phone should be identified by your computer as well as Flashtool. When device turn off try to flash a firmware using Flashtool, select an official firmware (*.ftf) to load, hold volume down (do not release) and connect USB to PC, you should notice green LED lights, and continued to flashing process.

Xperia Ion recovery from bricked device

Image Credit : Sony Mobile / AT&T


It is recommended to flash an official stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware, after successfully installing the stock firmware you can try to flash a leaked ICS firmware and get root access again.


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13 Responses

  1. adrian
    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 PMReply

    hi.. i already let the battery drained by itself. then when i connecting my xperia ion to the charger, after a few minutes the phone on and off by itself with the sony logo on it , then it off. my pc could not detected the phone and when i hold the volume down, nothing happen.. is there any way to make this thing right?

  2. Fridza
    November 3, 2012 at 4:11 PMReply

    Let your phone die for 1-2 days, and charge it with wall charger, when charge it you must see a red LED light up. This method only works for software failure, not hardware failure.

  3. Tires
    November 27, 2012 at 2:13 PMReply

    Thank you, “after connected for 15-20 minutes your phone display will lights followed by Sony logo” fixed the problem. I had to repeat this at least 10 times. The trick was to load the phone on the pc, have drivers installed and flashtool ready for flashing a complete system. The stock systems contains a bootloader, which fixes to boot up the phone.

  4. Sean b
    December 3, 2012 at 2:20 AMReply

    How is everyone installing the drivers? I already downloaded the firmware but since my phone is stuck in a boot loop, I have no way to download the driver for my Ion. I’m trying to wipe everything and reinstall a fresh new operating system on the phone and it has already been upgraded to ICS.

  5. Gustavo (Brazil)
    December 28, 2012 at 6:49 PMReply

    I have the same problem. On the 2nd of december my Xperia Ion turned off. I tried turn on and nothing happened. After connected for 15-20 minutes appear logo sony. I can only connect it by fastboot (power + volume up), but i can´t flash or do anything. I also tried connecting it by pressing volume down, but it was not possible. I’ve already open it and disconnect the battery flat, but this not fix my mobile. Please, help me!

  6. Ctal Shrestha
    January 22, 2013 at 8:23 PMReply

    hi when i was flashing my xperia ion,got disconnected from laptop so my mob got black screenwith blue led plzzzzzz help me an give me solution..plllzzzz

  7. Pulkit Anand
    March 2, 2013 at 12:33 AMReply

    hi……..i long-press the power button and the phone vibrates once so i release the button. the logo comes and then there is a short delay, then the logo shows again… do i force a phone shutdown to drain the battery or let the phone show the logo till it dies? also, from where do i get the official stock firmware for 2.3 Gingerbread? please help me 🙁

  8. Vitou
    May 6, 2013 at 5:08 PMReply

    i already let the battery drained by itself a couple of hours. I connect my xperia ION to wall charger, then the red led light appear and disappear in 3 sec. Please help

  9. asif
    May 16, 2013 at 9:29 PMReply

    hellow,dear sir i have a problem my phone turn off automatically after switch on my mobile i use hard resat then it turn on…

  10. manoj
    February 15, 2014 at 7:45 PMReply

    i dont know what my phone has become , after i restored the cwm recovery it said error at the middle of resotring the recovery and i totally lost and turned off my device and now my sony lt38h is not working screen is not switchng on where as connected to pc or wall charger the led light turns to red!!! help me guys plz plz ..

  11. manoj
    February 15, 2014 at 7:46 PMReply

    sry its lt28h

  12. Ronak Gohel
    July 20, 2014 at 7:38 AMReply

    Hello Friends ,
    Good Evening ..

    Any One Can Solve That Problem.
    I Have Same Problem With My Xperia Ion .
    Yesterday There Is No Any Led Light Show.
    After I Charged With 4-6 Hour Red Led Shows . And Then Red Light Continuous In Charging.
    I Don’t No What Happened.
    If I Solved By This Method ,
    I Will Inform You.

    • jesse
      June 9, 2015 at 1:21 PMReply

      I just figured it out. Phone had to have a little charge to it not much though. Plug USB into computer hold down power button continuously while it cycles about 3-5 times and phone will cone ask the way on! Dumb luck fiddling with it after months of trying to read crap online that didn’t work. … enjoy!

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