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How to enter Android recovery mode

Cómo entrar en el modo recovery de Android - El Androide Feliz


If our phone or tablet does not behave as it should and we need to take “drastic” measures, we will need to enter the Android recovery mode . This may be because the phone is not working properly, we are about to have a “brick” or we have been invaded by a virus that is impossible to clean. In such a case, the recovery menu can be the solution to our problems.

What exactly is the famous recovery mode?

The recovery is a separate runtime environment that runs on a separate partition from the main Android operating system. This means that we can boot the phone from recovery and perform certain actions like factory reset the device , wipe cache partition or install updates via ADB commands . A menu that can save our lives on more than one occasion.

In addition to the “official” recovery that we find in all terminals, there are also those known as custom recovery or personalized recoveries .

These are different from the official recoveries because they allow you to carry out much more powerful actions -and outside the phone’s warranty- such as installing a custom ROM or obtaining root permissions, among others. If you want to try roms like LineageOS , Paranoid Android or similar, you will undoubtedly have to install a custom recovery on your terminal.

How to access Android recovery mode without root

The recovery access method differs from phone to phone, or manufacturer to manufacturer. There are basically 2 ways to enter the Android recovery menu:

  • Through a combination of buttons.
  • Using ADB commands from a PC.

Entering recovery through a combination of buttons at boot

The easiest way to access the Android recovery menu is by pressing several buttons simultaneously with the terminal turned off . The buttons in question differ from one device to another, but it is usually “Power Button + Volume Down”, or “Power Button + Home Button” (in case your mobile still has a physical home button), and combinations Similar.

Here you can see a few examples:

  • Google Pixel : Power off the phone. Press the “power + volume down” button until a triangle with an exclamation mark appears on the screen. Afterwards, navigate through the options menu with the volume buttons and select the recovery with the power button.
  • Samsung Galaxy : Connect the phone to the PC via a USB type C cable. Press «Power + Volume up» with the mobile turned off, until it turns on and the Samsung logo and a long vibration appear. If your mobile has a physical button for Bixby, you must also press it.
  • Motorola : Press and hold the volume down button, and then also press and hold the power button until the Android logo appears on the screen. Navigate with the volume buttons to select the recovery option, and choose it with the power button.
  • OnePlus : With the mobile turned off, press the power and volume down buttons together for a few seconds. Then enter the PIN to access the recovery menu.
  • Xiaomi/Redmi : Power off the phone. Then press and hold the power and volume up buttons for a few seconds. Release the buttons when the recovery menu appears on the screen.

To give us an idea, to enter the recovery of a POCO X4 Pro, with the phone turned off, we must simultaneously press the power button + Volume up, since this mobile is from the same family as the Redmi and Xiaomi smartphones, and therefore, all of them use the same system to access the recovery menu.

Loading recovery via ADB commands

If we have a PC at hand, a super simple way to enter the recovery of our mobile is by using a simple ADB command.

adb reboot-recovery

Note: for the system to recognize the command, it is necessary to have the ADB drivers correctly installed on the PC. If you have a Windows computer take a look at this POST.

How to access recovery mode with root

If we already have root permissions, and even have a custom recovery installed on the phone, entering recovery mode is even easier.

If we are a bit lazy and go from button combinations or ADB commands, we just have to install an app like Simple Reboot or Recovery Reboot.

Meaning of the options available within the recovery mode

Once we are inside the Android recovery menu, we will find several utilities. These may change depending on the manufacturer, but in general we will find the following:

  • Reboot system now : Reboot the device.
  • Apply update from ADB : If we activate this mode we can connect the device to the PC and communicate with it through ADB commands.
  • Wipe data/Factory reset : If we click on this option we will delete all the data, photos, videos etc. and we will restore the phone or tablet to its original factory condition.
  • Wipe cache partition: From here we can delete all temporary data and files related to the apps of our terminal. Clearing the cache does not imply loss of data or settings. It is usually a good start to try to solve possible problems on our device.

Following the same example of Xiaomi mobiles, in this case the manufacturer also offers the option to connect with the MIAssistant program, as well as the possibility of restarting the phone in safe mode. In this sense, each smartphone is different, although they all offer at least the possibility of deleting the device’s data, which in the end is the most useful when the phone has stopped working properly.


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