(Read it on MultiEMOtions Android App)
First of all, what the hell is spinning gears of death? This does sound a little scary but when it happens, it turns out to be even more. Lumia phones running Windows phone sometimes are trapped in this problem. This usually happens while you update your windows phone and the gears that rotate in the update process at the time of reboot never seems to stop. Usually if you update your phone, it takes about 10-30 minutes to complete the process. But, for some unlucky cases (about which I am quite much) your phone seems to be never gets updated.
What is the cause of this problem? Multiple. May be your update package was corrupted or your phone might not be able to install the update correctly. I am not very sure about the technicality of the problem. But since I have faced this many times in the past, I know some nice solutions. First of all, always backup your data on the OneDrive cloud. Why? Because when you reset the phone, this backup will help setting up your phone like the old days.
In case of spinning gears of death, try these solutions, some of them could work, if not. There is a last option which will definitely work.
Option A: Hard reset: Some people have got out of this problem by a hard reset (pressing volume down + camera + power buttons together). On their reboots, gears disappeared in some 10 minutes. Lucky you if you could do this way. Never worked for me.
Option B: Nokia told someone about this solution. never worked for me either.
- Hold in “Volume Down” and “Power” until the phone turns off
- From off, turn the phone on by holding the “Volume Down”, “Power” and “Camera” buttons.
- Release the “Camera” button when the phone vibrates
- Release the “Volume down” and “Power” when the phone turns on
Option C: Remove your SD card and SIM card and then soft reset your phone. Wait for sometime. This makes the update process go faster as your phone might not confuse with having SD card as one more memory option. Worked for me.
Option D: Turn off the phone, Once the phone is off, Hold the Volume down key then plug the charger (charger should be connected to the power source) Once you see the exclamation ( ! ), remove your finger from the button. Then press the following keys in, Volume Up, Volume Down, Power Key and Volume down. The phone will turn on automatically, this may take several minutes and it will show two gears that are spinning just wait for it to finish. I have tried this one too, worked just one time.
Last option: Microsoft and Nokia have released their recovery tools by the name of Windows Phone Recovery Tool and Nokia Software Update For Retail. I prefer using NSU because it can detect my phone while spinning gears are on. In case of Windows Phone Tool, I waited for battery to die and then it identified my phone. These tools reset your firmware and could make your phone alive again. having a cloud backup could make you feel better if resetting was an awful thing to do.
Updated link for NSU: http://www.mediafire.com/file/i74x4b3hccx51xx/NokiaSoftwareUpdaterForRetail_4.1.0.exe