How to fix Xiaomi Pocophone F1 “Emergency calls only” bug

“Emergency calls only” is a pretty common issue for many Android devices. Learn how to deal with it on a Xiaomi Pocophone F1 by following our suggestions below.

How to fix Xiaomi Pocophone F1 “Emergency calls only” bug

“Emergency calls only” bug may not be a bug at all. Sometimes, it’s an indicator of an on-going network problem and not necessarily a device problem. We highly recommend though that you try the device troubleshooting below.

Restart the device

“Emergency calls only” can sometimes be a result of a network bug. In most cases, it happens if the signal in a certain area is weak as indicated by poor signal bars on the device. If you keep on showing “Emergency calls only” in  a particular area or during a certain time frame in a day, there may not be a device problem at all. It is most likely an indication that you are in poorly covered location. To see if you can force the device to reacquire the signal, consider simulating the effects of a battery pull. Many users have tried this and it causes their phones to get better signal afterwards.

All you need to do is to press and hold the Power key and Volume Down button for 15 seconds or more.

If your phone boots up, then problem solved but if not, try doing the same procedure a few more times. If it’s still unresponsive after that, then try this…

  1. Press and hold the volume down button first and don’t let go.
  2. Press and hold the power key while holding down the volume down button.
  3. Keep both keys held down for 15 seconds or more.

If it’s still not responding after doing this, then try the next procedure.

Clear cache partition

Android OS uses a special cache called system cache to load apps quickly as well as do other tasks efficiently. Sometimes, this cache may get corrupted or becomes outdated, which results to all sorts of bugs. To ensure that your phone has good system cache, you want to clear its cache partition once every few months. This is easy to do and won’t take a minute. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Power OFF your phone. This is important. You can’t boot to Recovery Mode if your phone is on when pressing the hardware button combinations below.
  2. Boot into the recovery mode with these steps:
  3. Press both Volume Down and Power buttons and hold them together.
  4. Once the boot menu or logo appears, release the buttons.
  5. Now choose the Recovery mode and enter into it.
  6. You should be entered into the recovery mode.
  7. Under the recovery mode, tap on Wipe Cache Partition.
  8. Perform this action by following the on-screen instructions.
  9. Once you are done, exit this mode.

Reseat the SIM card

Sometimes, physically removing the SIM card from the device can fix network problems. If you haven’t tried this yet, be sure that you do. On GSM phones, inserting a SIM card automatically configures the APN and other cellular settings. If there’s an unknown network bug that causes the problem, this troubleshooting step may help.

Before you remove and re-insert the SIM card, be sure that the phone is turned off. This is to avoid causing some network data to become corrupted.

Check for updates

By default, your device should automatically download system updates but in case you change it, make sure to regularly check for them, especially at this point. Some network problems can only be fixed by changing some codes. If nothing has worked so far at this time, make sure to update Android and all apps.

Observe on Safe Mode

One of your apps may be the reason for the problem. To see if that’s the case, you can restart to safe mode.

  1. Your device must be powered on.
  2. Press the power button on phone.
  3. When the power off, restart, airplane mode, wifi mode, etc. menu will be displayed, release the power button.
  4. Now, long press the power off word on screen.
  5. Keep pressing this word until the Android Safe Mode message is being displayed on your phone.
  6. Select to reboot into Android Safe Mode.
  7. When done, a dedicated Safe Mode watermark will be displayed on your smartphone
  8. Observe the phone and check for the problem.

If “Emergency calls only” bug goes away on safe mode, that means you have a bad app installed. To identify which of your apps is causing the trouble, you should boot the phone back to safe mode and follow these steps:

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Check for the problem.
  3. Once you’ve confirmed that a third party app is to blame, you can start uninstalling apps individually. We suggest that you begin with the most recent ones you added.
  4. After you uninstall an app, restart the phone to normal mode and check for the problem.
  5. If your Xiaomi Pocophone F1 still has the same problem, repeat steps 1-4.

Factory reset

Wiping your phone may appear drastic but it’s a necessary troubleshooting step if nothing has changed at this point. Reverting your device’s software settings to defaults may be the only way to help you at this time. Be sure to create a backup of all your data ahead of time.

Once you’ve created a backup of your files, factory reset your device with these steps:

  1. Turn on the phone
  2. Please make sure battery capacity more than 50%
  3. Backup important data of the phone
  4. Open Settings app.
  5. Tap General Setting.
  6. Tap Backup and Reset.
  7. Tap Factory Data Reset.
  8. Tap Reset Device.
  9. Tap Delete all.
  10. The XIAOMI POCOPHONE F1 will do the hard reset or master format to factory default process.

Get help from your network operator

If all the suggested troubleshooting steps has not worked so far, it’s highly possible that there may be a network-related reason for it. “Emergency calls only” can appear if there’s an outage, or maintenance going. In some cases, a carrier may be forced to limit their cellular services for security purposes in an event. Make sure to contact your carrier for first hand information about the issue.


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