This article tells you how to use Android Recovery Mode. It shows you how to get into Recovery Mode on different Android devices and explains what you can do in Recovery Mode.
How to Use Android Recovery Mode?
Recovery Mode is a feature that comes with Android devices that lets you fix problems that can’t be fixed any other way. You can also do a factory reset on your Android device in this mode. You can get to it by pressing a certain set of buttons on your phone or tablet when it’s off. This makes the phone start-up in a special mode.
Holding down the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time while the phone is off is the standard way to get into Android Recovery mode, but some manufacturers use different buttons. This will usually open what is called the bootloader, which will give you a list of options from which you can choose Recovery Mode.
After the device reboots, it loads a very simple text interface instead of the usual Android interface. On the Recovery Mode screen, you can usually find information about your device and version of Android, as well as a number of troubleshooting and repair options.
To move through the options in the bootloader and Recovery Mode, press Volume Down to move to the next item on the list and Volume Up to move to the previous item. Once you have the option you want highlighting, you can choose it by pressing the Power button.
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You can do the following things in Android Recovery mode:
- Reboot: This choice makes your Android device start up again. When it’s turned back on, it won’t go into Recovery Mode. Instead, it will go to the normal Android interface. Use this option if you accidentally went into Recovery Mode or if you are done with it.
- To clear the cache: If your phone uses a cache partition, like when the operating system is updated, you can clear it out with this option. This will give you more room to store things and may also solve some problems.
- Reboot to the bootloader: This option takes you back to the screen where you chose to enter Recovery Mode. Use this option if you accidentally opened Recovery Mode and wanted to choose something else.
- Here comes fast boot: Most of the time, you won’t need to use this option because it’s mostly for developers. It only works if your phone is connected to a computer that has the Android software development kit (SDK) installed.
- Apply Update: Use this option to install an Android update from an SD card or a PC that is connected.
- Factory reset: This option deletes everything on your phone and puts it back to how it was when it came out of the box. When it’s done, your apps and data will be gone, and your phone will be back to the version of Android that came with it when you bought it.
- Mount: This option is for advanced users who want to get to files that aren’t usually available.
- Recovery logs: This lets you look at a list of things that happened in recovery mode. Even though most users probably won’t find this information useful, you might be able to share these logs with a professional to get more help fixing a problem.
- Graphics test: This option is used by developers to test the phone’s graphics processing unit (GPU).
- Locale Test: Developers use the “locale test” to see how their apps work in different languages and regions.
- Repair Apps: If you see this option, you can use it to fix some apps that aren’t working right.
- Power Off: When you choose this, your phone turns off. Once it’s turned off, you can turn it back on by pressing the power button.
How to Get into Recovery Mode on an Android
Here’s how to get into Android Recovery mode on a Pixel phone or any other phone that doesn’t have a special way to do it:
- Turn off your phone.
- To choose Recovery Mode, use the volume buttons.
- Push the Power button while Recovery Mode is chosen.
- When it says “No command,” hold down the Power button and tap the Volume Up button.
- When you let go of the Power button, your phone will start up in Recovery Mode.
- Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons until you see the bootloader screen.
How to Get Samsung Phones and Tablets into Android Recovery Mode
Instead of the usual way to get into recovery mode, some Samsung devices use this method
- Turn off the thing.
- Hold down the Power and Volume Up buttons (Galaxy S20, Note 20) or the Power, Volume Up, and Home/Bixby buttons (S10, Note 10, and older).
- When you see the Samsung logo, let go of the buttons.
How to Get HTC Phones and Tablets into Android Recovery Mode
This is how some Motorola devices get into recovery mode:
- Go to Settings > Battery and turn off Fastboot there.
- Turn off the thing.
- Pull and push Turn down the volume and turn it on.
- Depending on the model, you may need to choose Reboot to Bootloader or the bootloader may open automatically.
- Use the bootloader to choose Recovery.