- This error can be caused by malfunctioning hardware, software, bad app, or a virus that has infected the device.
- A hardware issue is usually unfixable, but a software issue can be fixed in several ways, such as a factory reset.
- Checking for a virus or bad app issue can usually be done by booting into safe mode.
If you own an Android smartphone and get the message “Your Device is Corrupted and Cannot Be Trusted,” there are several fixes.
This is a common issue for some smartphones, mainly when it comes to the system file security.
What is Your Device is Corrupted and Cannot Be Trusted Error?
The warning indicates that the device system files no longer pass the system verification checks.
This can be for a number of causes, such as the bootloader unlocked, a bad app, a bad update, and more.
Since so many Android smartphones get this error, this post is here to list the general fixes.
If you know of a fix not on the list, let us know in the comments below.
Android Phones Reported in Forums to Be Effected
- Asus ZenFone
3 Fixes for Your Device is Corrupted and Cannot Be Trusted
- Boot into Safe Mode
- Do a Hard Reset
- Flash the Phone with a Good Image File
This will help rule out any bad app that may be causing problems.
If a bad app has damaged the system files, then it may not help but booting into safe mode can help in some scenarios.
Also, go through the apps in settings and remove any suspicious apps.
Keep in mind when a hard reset is done all data is deleted including phone numbers, text, and apps.
Android smartphones have a series of steps using the buttons that are pressed and held which will reboot the phone and do a hard reset.
Many phones also have an option within settings that will do a hard reset.
For example, Pixel phones press the power button and long press the restart button for safe mode option to appear.
Each phone will be slightly different for how to do a hard reset and can be looked up online.
Each image file must match the phone or it will brick the smartphone so this option is only for advanced users.
Many manufacturers have dedicated software to flash an image along with other options.
For example, Motorola Moto smartphones can use the Rescue and Smart Assistant software on Windows to flash the phone.
A flash tool called ADB is also widely used to flash Android smartphone image files along with Smart Phone Flash tool.
Since every Android smartphone is different for the software used, image file, and other settings it is best to search online for specifics.
If you are getting the error message “Your Device is Corrupted and Cannot Be Trusted,” this can no doubt be very frustrating.
The error is given when the smartphone’s internal file checking and verifying is showing the files are corrupted.
Why the files are corrupted can be for many reasons, from a bad app to a bad update install.
The first thing is to be sure no malicious apps have been installed and remove them if they have been installed.
Next, try a hard reset which will erase all your data, so be sure to have a backup since text, phones number, and apps will all be gone.
Last, a new image file can be written to the phone, but it can be a bit technical, so this is a fix only for advanced users.
Have you had issues with this error? Let us know your fixes below.