How To Enter and Use Recovery Mode On Android?

How to Boot and Use Android Recovery Mode

Android recovery mode is used to erase portions, clear cache, install custom ROM, use ADB mode, and other runtime tasks. Know the steps to boot android in recovery mode and how can you use it to boost the performance of the device by diagnosing the common apps and other errors on Android.

Before we dig into the steps to boot android in recovery mode. Let’s learn a bit about recovery mode in android. You can follow the guide here for Samsung recovery mode if you are a Samsung user.

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What is Android Recovery Mode?

Android recovery mode is a separate runtime environment on android devices. Where the device is not allowed to load the default OS and user can perform different tasks on the device that are not available.

How to Boot in Android Recovery Mode

Follow the steps below to boot Android in Recovery mode.

  1. Power off Android.
  2. Press and hold Power + Volume down Bottom on the device.
  3. Wait for the start menu and release the power button.
  4. Press and hold the volume key until you see the recovery mode.

This is a universal method to boot any android in recovery mode. The method works for stock android as well.

 Key combinations to enter Recovery mode on different Android devices.

  • Lenovo — “Volume +” and “On”
  • HTC – “Volume -“ and “On” or “Volume +” and “On”
  • Samsung — “Home”, “Volume +” and “On” held down simultaneously.
  • Meizu — “On” and “Volume +”
  • Xiaomi — “On” and “Volume +”
  • Fly — “On” and “Volume +” or “On” and “Volume -”
  • ASUS — “On” and “Volume +” or “On” and “Volume -”

How to Use Android Recovery mode

Android recovery mode, as the name suggests itself is used to diagnosing and fix the error when the device acts abnormally. Also, the recovery mode allows the user to perform tasks like

Functions of Recovery mode

  • Reboot device: Exit the recovery mode and boot the device normally.
  • Reboot to bootloader: Used in situations when your phone can’t start normally, or when you need to use specific system tools to help you solve issues.
  • Enter Fast boot: A protocol or a diagnostic tool that is a part of the Android SDK Platform Tools collection. Fastboot helps to renew the flash files on your Android devices directly.
  • Apply update from SD card: Used to manually update to the latest firmware version.
  • Mount/system: Unlocked the bootloader to install a custom recovery. You can’t use any option in default Samsung recovery mode. to use that options you need to flash custom recovery modes like TWRP or Clockworkmod (CWM)
  • View Recovery Logs: A file created to permit database recovery (or file recovery). The log contains information about all changes made to a database or file since it was last established as being correct and a backup copy was last taken.
  • Run Graphics test: The graphics test displays a series of image pairs that test the capabilities of your video card for the currently selected acceleration mode. You can also run a graphic test using IoT Menu.
  • Run locate test: The quality check of an application under localization testing is based on the outcome of globalization testing that verifies the functional support for the targeted culture/locale.
    The execution of localization testing is strictly limited to the localized version of the application.
  • Power off: Turn off the device to let you boot the device on normal mode.
  • Wipe cache partition: Wipe the cache partition on android and rebuild it. Read More: What is cache portion on android?
  • Wipe data/Factory reset: Erase all data stored on the device including the settings, files, images, media and restore the device to factory mode. Read more: How to factory reset android?

How to Exit Android Recovery Mode

The recovery mode on android allows you to do several tasks that are currently not available on default OS mode. Tasks like format the device and wipe cache, install custom ROM, load bootloader, mount the external hard drive, and others.

You can simply use the “Reboot system now” option on the recovery mode screen to exit recovery mode and boot the device on normal mode. 

Android will not Boot up in Recovery Mode.

The process to enter the recovery mode on Android is almost the same in spite of the Android OS version and manufacture. But users have reported that they are not able to boot android to recovery mode.

If you find yourself in the same boot and find it impossible to enter recovery mode on android then here are some methods to fix the error.

  • Install Custom ROM
  • Use ADB
  • Update the Android OS
  • Clear the cache
  • Hard Reset the device

Frequently Asked Questions

What does recovery mode mean Android?

Android recovery mode is a separate runtime environment on android devices. All the android devices are equipped with this booting mode where users and perform several tasks like clear cache, format device, install custom ROM and fix other issues with the device.

Is recovery mode bad?

No, recovery mode does not harm your android and neither does it make it prone to a hacking attack. Technically, recovery mode is a boot option on the device to diagnose and fix the errors using the option that is currently not available with the normal mode.

What is the difference between recovery mode and factory mode?

The basic difference between a recovery mode and factory mode on android is using the factory mode, you can reset the device to factory settings by wiping the internal storage of the device. While recovery mode on android allows you to perform several other tasks like installing custom ROM, Enable boot loader, manually updating the device firmware and others including resetting the device to factory mode as well.

Why does recovery mode say no command?

It is quite normal wh the android gets stuck on “no command” screen with a dead android logo on the screen. This may be caused by corrupt firmware or boot loops. Find here the solution to fix recover mode no command error.

Final Words:

Android recovery mode is a runtime environment on android devices that is used to diagnose and fix the common error on the device by using options that are not available with the default android booting mode. The runtime environment is quite useful to install custom ROM, manually update device firmware, reset the device to factory mode, wipe cache partition and several other tasks explained above. Once done you can simply use the “reboot device” option on the boot screen to exit recovery mode and boot the device on normal mode.


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