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How to Enter Moto X Recovery Mode

Motorola’s latest flagship, Moto X has a simple method to access the recovery. Our tutorial will be showing you how to access this certain partition without much hassle. It doesn’t matter if you have a custom recovery or not, the process will remain the same. Recovery is a very versatile partition, it allows for various functions which we will get to later on in this post. Custom recoveries are built on top of the stock ones, they add unique features like the ability of flashing custom ROMs and themes.

We will certainly post more detailed guides like this one for the Moto X in the near future. Power users, developers and even Android enthusiasts always go for a custom recovery like TWRP 2.8 Recovery or any other installed. The main reason behind this, are the added features. You get the ability of making system wide backups, perform partition formats and all of the stock recovery features so why not? Let’s move down further and see how can you enter this Recovery Mode on the Motorola Moto X.

Gladly, Motorola does not impose any sort of restriction on accessing the recovery like Sony does. The stock recovery is multi-purposeful, it serves as the only way to perform a full factory reset or cache partion wipe while also being the only way to flash OTA(Over-the-air) updates.

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What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery is a built-in feature with Android. It has been with it since it’s origin and hasn’t changed much. Major hardware manufacturers allow for the user to access it while some impose restrictions for the end benefit of the user.

Straight of the first feature or command you will notice is to apply an update. This command is widely used by users as it gives the ability to flash official firmware updates. If you get your hands on a officially Motorola Update zip, this is the place to go in order to apply it. Also, when the update arrives straight on your phone and you say yes, the phone reboots into recovery and flashes it. This shows that recovery truly is very useful.

Right after that you would notice wipe functions. Wiping data or factory reset totally wipes your phone except the basic operating system. Once it boots up after the wipe, it would greet you the same way it did when it came out of the box hence the name “factory” reset. Wiping cache on the other hand is a little less dramatic. It only deletes the temporary data stored by different applications. These wipes come in handy when you are facing slow downs or have less space left in your internal storage.

Recovery also has some dangers which you should know before you experiment with it. Flashing wrong files can end up in a phone which doesn’t boot up and is non-recoverable. Good news is, there is very less chance of this happening as protective measures are already in place. These measures include verification of the file you are flashing before proceeding to actually apply it.

Custom recoveries are also thought of whenever you discuss the recovery partition. These recoveries are based upon the stock one but are compiled with extra features. Features like ability to flash any ZIP file, format certain partitions rather than wiping everything, making system backups and so on. After you install a custom recovery, the method needed to access it will remain the same as needed to access the stock one.

Motorola Moto X Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Motorola Galaxy S4 using the following three methods:

  • by hardware buttons
  • by ADB on Windows
  • by ADB on Mac OS X

Let’s have a look at each method below. You can use whichever way you find the easiest.

NOTE: The following steps can be used to enter Recovery Mode on the Motorola Moto X (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Motorola Moto X

Step 1 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the Volume Down button for 2-5 seconds. While holding the Volume Down button, press the Power Button for 1-2 seconds and release.

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Step 3 –  After you let go of the buttons, you would see the Fastboot menu pop up.Now you would see a different Fastboot menu depending upon the firmware of your Moto X and consequently, further steps will depend on which one you have. Choose from below:

 

  • Android 4.4 KitKat and above:

From this menu, scroll downwards to Recovery and select it. Scrolling is done via the Volume Down button and the Volume Up button acts as a select/click button.

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop and above:

Press the Volume Down button twice so that Recovery option is highlighted. Press the Power button to select it and the phone will reboot.

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Step 4 –  Once you select Recovery, you should see the Android in distress logo. Further steps again are Android version specific so select the one which applies to you from the list below:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat and above:
    • Press and hold the Volume Down button for 15-20 seconds, while holding the button, press and release the Power Button. You should now see the Recovery options pop up.
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop and above:
    • Press and hold the Power Button for 2-5 seconds, while holding it, press and release the Volume Up button. You should now be seeing all the Recovery options.

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You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons!

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Moto X have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Moto X 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 Moto X will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. The Android in distress logo will be displayed, perform Step 4 from Method 1. If done successfully, you’ll be booted into recovery with all options displaying!

If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

 

 

Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Moto X have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Moto X to your Mac with a USB cable.

Step 3 – Now open Terminal app on your Mac and enter the following command and press Enter:

/<PATH>/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb reboot recovery

NOTE: <path> should be the location where your Android SDK is stored. If android-sdk-macosx is in your main user directory, you can skip the /<PATH>/ part from the line given above.

Step 4 – Your Moto X will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. The Android in distress logo will be displayed, perform Step 4 from Method 1. If done successfully, you’ll be booted into recovery with all options displaying!

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If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

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