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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Moto G4 Plus

This guide will address how you can access the recovery mode Moto G4 Plus. Motorola’s latest Moto G phone comes in 3 variants and in this post, we will talk about the Plus variant. Compared to the traditional one, this phone will contain a fingerprint scanner and a better camera. If you truly want to experiment with your phone or just need factory reset the device if its in a bootloop, this post will come in very handy. Below, we have listed all of the steps that need to be followed in order to access the in-built recovery partition. Whether its the stock recovery or you have installed a custom one, accessing it will remain exactly the same. We have included detailed steps along with different tips and tricks to make it easier and quicker for users to implement it. The following guide indicates how exactly you can access the recovery mode on Moto G4 Plus.

We will be covering the Moto G4 Plus in detail with more tutorials like this. Most Android users if not all, prefer to have a custom recovery installed even if they don’t use it as much, like TWRP 2.8 Recovery or any other. This popularity is mainly due to the fact that custom recoveries are as useful as advertised, letting you create system backups, flash ROMs and wipe certain partitions of your system. Let’s move down further and see how can you enter this Recovery Mode on the Motorola Moto G4 Plus.

Not all Android phones come with a built-in recovery, like the Sony Xperia line but fortunately, Motorola tends not impose this restriction. The purpose of this recovery is to provide a back-door when your system fails or you can’t boot into your phone. Essential things like wiping every single piece of user data or even applying stock updates can only be done through the recovery. Whenever you do them, the phone first takes you to the stock Android recovery and then performs that specific function.

 

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What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery mode is a built-in feature with Android OS. Phones which don’t have a recovery are bound by their respective manufacturers rather than Android itself. The thing which varies from device to device, is the method you use to gain access to the recovery.

Features at your disposal once you enter the recovery mode include the ability to apply an update. Usually this is done when you have access to the official update ZIP from Motorola. This method doesn’t void warranty and is itself used by Motorola. If you  have applied an OTA(Over-the-air) update on your phone, you’ll notice your phone rebooting into a screen where an Android figure is shown with a progress bar. This is the recovery.

After that, you can select to wipe either your cache partition or perform a full factory reset. Cache partition format allows for all the cache and temporary files to be deleted. Oppositely, Factory reset deletes everything except the basic system. This includes your user data and cache. You would be using either of these if your phone is stuck while booting or you are experiencing slow downs and app crashes.

We’ll also like to warn the dangers of recovery after you have read the benefits. Wrong use of recovery can potentially end up in loss of whole device or a corrupt system. Don’t worry the probability of this is very less as there are protective measures in place. Every file is first verified before proceeding the task and confirmation is taken once you select a task.

Custom recoveries are also very similar to the stock one. These recoveries include popular flavors such as CWM (ClockWorkMOD) and TWRP (TeamWinRecoveryProject). Accessing a custom recovery is same as accessing the stock one. Features you get with the custom variant is the ability to flash ZIPs (Custom ROMs and Themes), wipe certain partitions rather than cache and rest only, make system backups and more.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus 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 G4 Plus (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Motorola Moto G4 Plus

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

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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 G4 Plus have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Moto G4 Plus 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 G4 Plus 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 G4 Plus have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Moto G4 Plus 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 G4 Plus 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.

You may also be interested in:

  • How to Root Moto G4 Plus – Complete Tutorial.
  • How to Install TWRP Recovery on Motorola Moto G4 Plus.

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2 Comments

  • All the methods reference step 4 of Method 1, but there is no step 4 for Method 1. For anyone else who found this guide, if you’re seeing the “No Command” screen when you enter recovery mode, you need to hold the power button and then press the volume up button to get past it and into recovery mode. I’m assuming this should have been step 4 of Method 1.

    • Every single set of instructions for getting to that screen for the Moto G4 plus had failed me. They keep saying to hold volume down and press power instead of doing it this way around. Thank you – you quite possibly have saved my phone!

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