Kyocera Brigadier APN unlock and phone disassembly

Today I will focus into Kyocera Brigadier phone. It happens that I own one, purchased from Amazon Store, but I am not a Verizon user (nor plan to be one). This is not your usual reset Android tutorial.

Kyocera Brigadier Verizon APN locked PhoneThe Kyocera Brigadier phone is a really nice macho Android device, rugged up to the point of including a synthetic mineral sapphire screen. Yep, the unbreakable screen technology that all iPhone users where expecting to get on their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus but apparently Apple considered too expensive to add into their design.

Only drawback: Verizon has locked the APN options inside the Kyocera Brigadier, hence I was not able to add my own LTE provider’s APN… until now.

As it happens, today I had two news, a good one … and just to prove that ying yang concept, a bad one. The good one, which I will blatantly copy (citing the source, all in due time) will make the first part of this article, in the form of a tutorial that will -hopefully- allow you to edit APN configuration on your Kyocera Brigadier.

The bad news followed as a realization, when I inserted my nano Sim into the Kyocera Brigadier, that due to a probably forceful-ish insert, I had apparently damaged the Nano slot inside my “rugged” mobile phone.

I was shocked to say the least: My Kyocera Brigadier has been transformed into a (not so) rugged brick. It deserved a disassembly in order to reach the nano Sim slot pins and inspect the damage made.

This will be covered in the second part of this article, and it is not for the faint of heart.

Unlocking APN edit on your Kyocera Brigadier

The following tutorial was originally written by xda-developers forum user buchym and the reposted into this post.

It involves blocking the Android apps that are preventing you from editing your APN. Even if this “APN policing” code reactivate later, your already edited your APN and thus it will be kept in working condition.

So this may be the safest method of changing your Kyocera Brigadier default APN from Verizon into the one you need.

You will need a Windows PC because a windows-only tool, called “Debloater” is needed in order to stop the bloatware and policeware code inside your Kyocera Brigadier.

  1. You need to activate the Developer Options on your Kyocera Brigadier: Go to Settings then scroll down to “About phone” and then down to “Build number”. Click on the item 7 times in a row. This will give you the message “Now you are a Developer”.
  2. Open the “Developer Options” and activate “USB debugging” option.
  3. You need to have the official drivers for your Kyocera Brigadier. You can install drivers from here . Also please ensure your computer correctly detects your Kyocera Brigadier phone.
  4. Connect your Brigadier and select Media Sync Mode. IF Verizon software installation pop up appears, cancel it.
  5. Use this link  in order to download the Debloater software. Install it and skip any eventual warnings of your windows or antivirus.
  6. With your Kyocera Brigadier connected and recognized on your PC, Open Debloater software.
  7. In up left corner you have “Read Device Packages” – press it, (t will read the processes running inside your phone)
  8. Check the apps (first column) or processes (second column) that you don´t want to use.
    Search for qualcomm and check qcrilmsgtunnel.apk alias com.qualcomm.qcrilmsgtunnel (this is what block the editing of APN)  I checked all Amazon, Nhl, all Verizon except VZWService (it will mess the programmable button and every time you open the phone it will ask for program it)
  9. When you finish your selection, just click Apply and wait for Debloater to block all services.
  10. Disconnect your Kyocera Brigadier and go to Settings > More > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names and you will see in its right corner a plus sign. Tap it, introduce your APN settings and save them. When in doubt, you can check on provider’s website for manual settings.
  11. Check on mobile data: Close Wi-Fi and verify you have mobile internet.
  12. Restart your Kyocera Brigadier and verify if you can edit again APN. (if not, repeat steps 6-10)

Disassembling the Kyocera Brigadier Android Phone

First let me say that I could not find a single disassembly tutorial for my Kyocera Brigadier on the web. So, I had no idea on where to start. Upon first inspection, I was somewhat freaked out with those really weird industrial type screws on the back of the phone.

Kyocera Brigadier industrial screw

Now, the front of the Brigadier was another story: I took off the four philips screws from each corner of the screen, which in turn allowed me to take off, making a bit of pressure prying from the screen edge, up and outside; both the bottom tab holding the buttons and the slim top bar.

Kyocera Brigadier disassembly

Then I tried the weird screws at the bottom, only to find them being plastic dummy screws, which only served as “rugged” marketing. Below one of them, I could see, at the side, a rusted out philips screw. But since it was definitely NOT below the dummy screw, I started suspecting that there was more to it than keep unscrewing things.

Kyocera Brigadier Dummy screws

Hence I inserted a small screwdriver horizontally, into the hole that was left from the dummy weird screw, only to find that below the exterior back case of your Kyocera Brigadier, there is another case, being the external one glued into the one below.

Kyocera Brigadier cracking open

I applied some pressure and managed to peel out the back outer case, or “marketing shell” from my Kyocera Brigadier.

Kyocera Brigadier outer case

Kyocera Brigadier Inner CaseThe second shell had six philips style screws (two of them really big ones).

I proceeded to unscrew them, and then with a plastic case opener tool, I proceeded to open the inner casing, which was also glued (but included some snap-ons at different intervals).

This required some nerves, as I did not have the faintest clue about how much force needs to be applied.

Needless to say this whole opening task left some serious dents and scratches on my new -but useless- Kyocera Brigadier phone.

As I said at the beginning this whole Kyocera Brigadier disassembly process is not for the delicate or faint of Heart.

Finally, I was “inside” the phone. The battery is not wired into the phone’s motherboard, but it rather makes contact with pressure bronce style contacts, as if the Kyocera Brigadier carries a design from an earlier phone with a removable battery.

Kyocera Brigadier inside

The battery is Kyocera branded, “made in Japan”, model SCP-60LBPS and delivers 3100mah on 3.8Volts.

Kyocera Brigadier Battery

On the back of the inner case I found the NFC – QI wireless charger receptor, carrying the TDK brand, model 18F3-NF-K2. Again, no wire connecting the back case into the screen side (mainboard), only four pressure contacts.

Kyocera Brigadier NFC and Wireless charging

Finally I got to desolder the nano sim slot metal casing, in order to reach the bronze-like metal pins that I very much suspected I had broken when inserting my Nano sim.

Kyocera Brigadier Cheap Nano Sim Slot

Yep, two of the three outer contacts where damaged. Actually the one in the middle-front is completely destroyed.

Bottom line: So much for ruggedness, Kyocera. This Kyocera Phone has a nice “manly” outer shell, but water and sand actually gets inside the inner shell and starts rusting the screws in there.

Also, I need to point out that there is a lot of GLUE used to seal the whole design in our Kyocera Brigadier phones. It felt kind of cheap.

To add into the cheap side, that matte black finish your Kyocera Brigadier got, is just an easily scratchable elastic “paint”. The usual shiny black plastic will surface “in no time at all”.

Kyocera Brigadier cheap matte finish-paint

Before “upgrading” into the Brigadier, I did enjoy another water-proof phone, the Fujitsu F-01F (japan made, only for Japan Market, distributed by DOCOMO telco between 2012 and 2013).

I did open the Fujitsu F-01F too, only to find and admire a vastly better engineered water containment system and phone in general. That Fujitsu was a really cool phone. For instance, there was no need to cover the micro USB or headphone connectors.

I did have the misfortune to slip the Fujitsu phone into concrete floor, shattering the (Gorilla Glass 3) screen. This screen accident fueled my Kyocera Brigadier purchase. Now the screen is pure sapphire, but the Nano Sim Slot is pure crap and even the inner screws get rusted.

Kyocera Brigadier rusted screw

Hopefully this story and pictures may be of use for you, reader. Me, I got 100% frustrated, as I lost 400 USD on my Kyocera Brigadier and could never actually use it.

Google Nexus 7

There are two oficial ways to reset Android on Google Nexus 7, version 2013.

Google Nexus 7Any of those ways will ensure that your Android Tablet will go back to it’s factory settings. They only differentiate from each other in the steps you have to execute for each of them.

You will decide which one to use depending on the status of your Google Nexus 7.

If you have full access to it’s menues, you will use the method that uses software to reset Android on your tablet. If, on the other hand, you do not have access to your Google Nexus 7, for instance if you forgot your lock pattern, you will have to use the method that uses hardware to go through with the steps.

Independently of the method you will use, make sure the battery of your Google Nexus is charged at least at 70%, so that your device does not power off during the procedure.

Reset Android on Google Nexus 7 using software

To reset Android using this method you will ned to have access to the Settings menu of your Google Nexus 7. Follow these steps:

  • Go to “Settings
  • In personal, touch “Backup & Reset
  • In Personal data touch “Factory Data Reset
  • Touch “Reset Tablet
  • If your tablet is password or PIN protected, you will be asked to enter it at this point.
  • Touch “Erase Everything” to completely clean your Google Nexus 7 device.

Your device will reset itself and by the time it goes back on it will be as out of the box.

Reset Android on Google Nexus 7 using hardware

  • Turn off your tablet
  • Press and hold down the Volume Down and Power button at the same time until the word “Start” shows up on the screen
  • Use the Volumen Down button to move down through the menu until “Recovery mode
  • Press the Power button to select “Recovery mode“. At this point a red Android robot will show up on your screen.
  • Keep holding down the Power button and press the Volume Up button
  • Use the Volume Buttons to move up and down the menu to “Wipe data/Factory Reset” and use the Power button to select the option.
  • Use the Volume Buttons to scroll down to “Yes –  erase all user data” and select the option with the Power button.

If at any point your tablet becomes unresponsive, you can restart it by holding down the power button for a few seconds.

You’re done! You have now reset Android on your Google Nexus 7 tablet!

Samsung Galaxy Fresh

In this tutorial we will show you how to reset Android on the Samsung Galaxy Fresh, a device that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy FreshThere are two ways to hard reset Android on a Samsung Galaxy Fresh device. Which ever you decide to use will leave your mobile in the same state as it was out of the box, giving it a fresh start.

The method you will use to reset Android will depend on if you have access to the applications Menu of the Samsung Galaxy Fresh or not.  To use the first set of instructions we’ll provide the hard reset will be applied using options available in the Applications Menu, you will therefor need access to your mobile. If you don’t have access to your mobile, maybe because you forgot the lock pattern, you will need to use the second set of instructions.

Before starting with any of the two methods be sure that your battery is charged at least in 80%, to avoid any sudden powering off. It is also recommended that you do a backup of your data, if you have access to your Samsung Galaxy Fresh OS.

Reset Android on Samsung Galaxy Fresh, using software

To reset Android using software is really simple. You just have to access the following menu optons on your Samsung Galaxy Fresh:

  • Menu -> Settings -> User and Backup -> Factory Data Reset
  • Click on Reset Phone and then Erase everything

 Reset Android on Samsung Galaxy Fresh, using hardware buttons

  • Turn off your device
  • With the Samsung Galaxy Fresh being turned off, press the Volume Up , Home and Power button at the same time.
  • When a menu appears on the screeen, choose the option Wipe data / factory reset by moving up and down with the Volume buttons, and selecting with the Power button.
  • Confirm the operation by pressing the Power button.
  • Select Reboot

You have now reset Android on your Samsung Galaxy Fresh, and will have a phone in the same state as if out of the box.

Pantech Vega No 6

This tutorial will serve as a guide to help you reset Android on a Pantech Vega No 6 device.

If you have reached this post, you’ll probably need to apply a hard reset on your Pantech device to return it to it’s out of the box state and settings.

Pantech Vega No 6The reason for doing this can be that you have forgot the lock pattern on your Pantech Vega No 6 or maybe you are handing over the mobile phone to another person and don’t want them to have access to your personal data.

Whatever the reason to reset Android, we will explain both methods available. You will choose the method to use depending on if you have access to the applications menu of your device or not.

Before you start, make sure that the battery of your Pantech Vega No 6 is at least 80% charged, to avoid any unexpected and unwanted powering off during the process.

Reset Android on Pantech Vega No 6 using software

To use this method to reset Android you need to be able to use your Pantech Vega No 6 device. That is, you need to have access to the operative system, and therefore the applications menu and settings of your phone.

You would use this method if, for instance,  you want to sell or give away your phone to someone else, and need it to be in the same state it was out of the box.

To go through with these procedure, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Pantech Vega No 6’s Applications menu.
  • Choose Settings and then click on Privacy.
  • Click on the option Factory Data Reset and then Reset Phone.
  • Confirm you decision by selecting Erase everything.

Your Pantech Vega No 6 will restart, and when it returns it will be back to its factory settings.

Reset Android on Pantech Vega No 6 using hardware buttons.

You will use this method if you have lost access to your Pantech Vega No 6, for whatever reason, and need to reset Android to be able to use it again. The reasons can be that you forgot your lock pattern, or there have been some issues with the OS that will not let you access the applications menu.

Follow these steps to go through with the procedure:

  • Make sure your Pantech Vega No 6 is turned off
  • Press the Volume Down button and the Power button at the same time and keep them pressed until the Android logo shows up on the screen.
  • Press the button on the bottom left of the screen for the recovery menu to show.
  • Move to the Wipe data / Factory reset option and select it.
  • Press the Home key to confirm the selected option.
  • Using the same set of keystrokes select the option “Yes –  Delete all user data”, and return to the main menu.
  • Press the Home button again to reset the device

And with these steps you’re done! You have reset Android on your Pantech Vega No 6 and it should be as good as new out of the factory, ready for whatever use you want to give it


This tutorial will explain how to reset Android on your LG G3 device.

LG  G3If you’re having problems with Android on your LG G3 cellphone, or you have forgotten your lock pattern, you’ll have to apply a hard reset on your device.

We will explain two very effective and, above all, simple methods on how to reset Android on your LG G3.

There are two things you have to take into consideration before executing the steps for any of these methods.

The first thing you need to remember is, when you do a hard reset of Android, to return your LG G3 to factory settings, all of your personal data on your phone will be deleted. It’s advisable that you do a backup of all your files, before moving on with the tutorial.
The second thing is you need to make sure your phone will not run out of power in the middle of the procedure, so check your battery, and charge it if it’s less than 80% charged.

Hard reset Android on LG G3 using the settings Menu

To use this method to reset Android you need to be able to use your phone, and access it’s menus and settings. Follow these steps to go through with the hard reset.

  • Go to the applications Menu
  • click on “Settings”
  • Select Backup and Reset, and then select “Factory data reset”
  • Select “Reset Phone” and check “Erase all data” if you want a full factory reset.
  • Click “OK” and the process will start automatically. After your LG G3 restarts it will be as out of the box.

Hard reset Android on LG G3 using hardware buttons.

This is the method you will use to reset Android on your LG G3 if you can no longer use it. An example for this situation would be if you have forgotten your lock pattern.  Follow the steps to hard reset android on your LG G3:

  • Turn off your device
  • Press and hold the “Volume Down” button, and without letting go press and hold down the “Power” button.
  • When the LG logo shows up, release both buttons and immediately press them again.
  • When you see the hard reset menu appear on the screen, release both buttons.
  • Move up and down with the “Volume up” and “Volume down” buttons to select “Yes” and press the “Power” button to agree.
  • The reset process will start automatically, and take a few minutes, after which your phone will restart as out of the box.

Done! You have now reset Android on your LG G3, using any of the methods explained in this tutorial!