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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device

Recovery mode in Android provides a number of additional actions that you can perform on an Android phone and tablets. You can manually install system updates, wipe data / factory reset or wipe cache partition. And if you have a custom recovery installed on your phone, you get more options to install custom ROMs, perform Nandroid backups and even modify your phone with various system tweaks.

You can access recovery mode with various methods. We prefer the hard way by running the ADB command from our computers, but there are easier methods as well. First, you can access recovery mode by pressing the key combination on an Android device (i.e. Volume Up + Power buttons) or by rebooting into Recovery Mode using an app.

Method 1: How to Enter Recovery Mode with Android App [Root Needed]

BootDroid Android App

We will be following the app method below for quickly accessing the recovery mode. It is really simple and hardly involves any steps other than installing the required app on your phone.

NOTE: This app requires root access. Do not install if you do not know what is root access. If you do not have root access, read below for method 2.

Step 1 – Download Boot Droid from Google Play Store and install it.

Step 2 – Open the app, you will see 4 options: Recovery, Bootloader, Restart, Shutdown.

Step 3 – Just tap on ‘Recovery’ and you phone will reboot into Recovery Mode automatically.

Simple, isn’t it? This is by far the easiest method to get into Recovery Mode if you do not know the exact key combinations for your Android device.

Method 2: How to Enter Recovery Mode with ADB

This is another method how you can enter recovery mode on your phone. You can use this method when you do not know the direct key combination or don’t have root access to easily enter recovery mode using the app mentioned above.

Step 1 – Make sure ADB and Fastboot is configured on your PC. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK. This is important.

Step 2 – Connect your Android device to your PC with a USB cable and install ADB drivers (if needed).

Step 3 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click anywhere in the folder > Open Command Prompt).

Step 4 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

adb reboot recovery

Step 5 – Your Android device will turn OFF and then boot into the recovery mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys.

If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below and we will reply back as soon as possible.

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.