How To Boot Into & Use Recovery Mode On Android?

How To Boot Into & Use Recovery Mode On Android
How To Boot Into & Use Recovery Mode On Android

If you own an Android device, you’ll probably want to customize it extensively to show off your ingenuity and make it as uniquely yours as possible. You have a lot of customization options by default, but if you activate recovery mode, you’ll have even more.

All Android phones come with a recovery mode that, in addition to assisting you in recovering your device if something goes wrong, also allows you to change a variety of settings on the phone. You can also activate recovery mode if your system is having problems and you think your device might use some assistance.

Regardless of how you intend to use the mode, here’s how to enter it and what you can do with each of the options.

Put your device into recovery mode by rebooting it.

There are several methods for entering recovery mode on an Android device. Each strategy takes a different approach to assisting you in entering the mode, so pick the one that you believe will work best for you.

Making Use of Key Combinations

Using a specific key combination is the simplest option. When you press a specific key combination on your Android device, it will reboot into recovery mode.

The key combinations for some of the most prominent Android device manufacturers are as follows:

  1. Samsung: Power + Home + Volume Up
  2. Nexus: Power + Volume Up + Volume Down
  3. LG: Power + Volume Down
  4. HTC: Power + Volume Down
  5. Motorola: Power + Home
  6. Sony: Power + Volume Up OR Volume Down
  7. Pixel: Power + Volume Down
  8. Huawei: Power + Volume Down
  9. Xiaomi: Power + Volume Up
  10. OnePlus: Power + Volume Down

When using these key combinations, keep in mind that your device must be switched off.

Using the ADB protocol

ADB includes a number of commands that may be used to accomplish various tasks on your Android device, one of which is to reboot into recovery mode.

If you have the ADB toolkit installed on your PC, you can enter recovery mode by doing the following.

  1. On your Android device, go to Settings > Developer settings and enable USB debugging.
  2. Connect your device to your computer and open the ADB folder in a Command Prompt or Terminal window. ./adb devices./adb devices./adb devices./adb devices./adb devices./a (for Mac)
    adb gadgets (for Windows)
  3. Your device will appear in the list. Next, type and press Enter the following command:./adb boot recovery (for Mac)
    adb boot recovery adb boot recovery adb boot recovery (for Windows)
  4. Your device will switch off and reboot into Android recovery mode right away.

Making Use Of An App (Root Required)

  1. If you have root access on your smartphone, you can use a Google Play Store app to enter recovery mode with just a single press.
  2. On your device, download and install the Quick Reboot app. Open the app, give it the rights it needs, and then tap Reboot Recovery.
  3. You’ll be taken straight to recovery mode after a fast reboot.

How to Make Use of Android’s Recovery Mode

You might not be aware of the operation of each option if you’re using Android recovery mode for the first time.

Although the majority of the options are self-explanatory and you’ll know what they do just by looking at their names, it’s useful to know more about each of them. You’ll be able to tell when to use which choice.

  1. Install from internal storage — This option allows you to install a zip file from your device’s internal storage. It’s typically utilized when you want to flash a recovery flashable file that you downloaded from the Internet onto your device.
  2. Install through ADB – this option allows you to use the ADB toolkit in your device’s recovery mode. With this option, you can use ADB to add, change, and remove items.
  3. Wipe data and cache – as the name suggests, this feature allows you to delete data and cache files from your device. It is divided into three sub-options:
  4. Reset system settings – this option allows you to restore your device to factory defaults.
  5. Wipe cache – this deletes all of your device’s cache files.
  6. If you want to delete everything on your device, select Erase Everything.

Advanced – this option has two sub-options:

  1. Reboot to fastboot – enters fastboot mode on the device. It’s similar to recovery mode, but it lets you use ADB and fastboot to flash custom files.
  2. Reboot to recovery – enters recovery mode on your device.

How Can Recovery Mode Be Used To Customize Android?

Knowing what each option in recovery mode does won’t help you customize your smartphone too much. You’ll need to become familiar with the numerous files that your Android device uses to customize it.

To customize your device, you can flash the following file types using the recovery mode:

ROMs that have been customized

A custom ROM for your device is a modified version of the Android operating system. It may or may not have all of the standard apps, as well as other functionality.

When you flash it, it replaces the stock Android on your smartphone.

Customized Recoveries

The stock Android recovery was accessible above, but you have the option to replace it with a custom recovery that has extra capabilities.

ClockworkMod Recovery and TWRP Recovery are two of the most popular custom recoveries.

Kernels that are made to order

When you wish to overclock your Android device’s CPU, you normally flash a modified kernel. Do it only if you know what you’re doing, otherwise your device will be bricked.


A stock ROM is the original Android operating system for your device. It’s the one that comes preinstalled on your device. If your device goes haywire and you don’t know how to fix it, you should utilize this.


The recovery mode on your Android device is a strong hidden feature that allows you to unleash the full potential of your device.

Once you’ve become used to it, you’ll find yourself bricking and unbricking the device on a regular basis, eventually resulting in an entirely unique Android experience.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.