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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Nokia 3

This tutorial explains how you can enter recovery mode on the Nokia 3 Android phone. Nokia recently unveiled their new Android smartphones, and we have our hands-on with the new Nokia 3. Typically, recovery mode is accessed by pressing phone buttons, but we haven’t been able to find any button combination that works for this phone. In Nokia’s case, the recovery acts as a central hub for all other debug and developer modes. The way to access is quite simple and straight forward. Whether you have a custom recovery like TWRP running or you are trying to access the stock one, this guide will apply to all. Nokia 3 smartphone ships with stock recovery which is user accessible and accessing it doesn’t void warranty. Read further to find out more details on how to access recovery mode on the Nokia 3.

Many of you might even have a custom recovery installed, like TWRP or ClockworkMod — the famous two. The custom recovery portal is quite big, it allows you to flash ROMs, mods and themes. If you are not into such heavy modifying, the recovery can act as a utility which you can use to format data, wipe cache and apply updates. Let’s move down further and see how can you enter Recovery Mode on the Nokia 3.

Nokia 3 Recovery Mode

Some Android phones, like the Sony Xperia series, do not come with a stock Android recovery at all, and in that case, we would have to load a custom recovery first to that phone and then enter it. However, Nokia Android phones do come with a stock recovery and some Android specific functions i.e. installing a software update, doing a full hard reset etc. are only performed through a Recovery Mode. Whenever you do them, the phone first takes you to the stock Android recovery and then performs that specific function.

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery is something built natively into the Android source code. Almost all phones ship with the stock recovery unlocked and open to the user. Nokia, in this case, is also very open. You can easily access the recovery partition and there won’t be any damage to your warranty.

Functions available in this mode are primarily maintenance oriented. First function you are able to utilize is the ability to apply an update. Very handy feature indeed. Once a firmware is released by Nokia, it is pushed to all devices. After getting downloaded, phone boots into recovery and flashes the update. Also, if you don’t get the update straight from Nokia, you can download the update zip from the internet and apply that as well. This helps when you are experiencing long delays in updates.

Afterwards, you would notice wipe data or factory reset option along with wipe cache. These are used when you are short on internal space or just want to reset your device. Deleting cache only deletes temporary files while wiping data resets whole of the device leaving no user data behind. If you face some force closes or slow-downs, using these will surely help.

Alongside the benefits, it’s our duty to also provide warnings. As this is a crucial partition which has advanced capabilities otherwise not available in the stock system, it can cause prolonged problems. If you are not sure what you are doing, don’t select or implement any of the options. However, measures are in place to reduce errors as much as possible. Validation checks are used before flashing any file so that fatal problems can be avoided.

Custom recoveries are built on top of the stock ones. This means the stock functions will all be there. The difference is the capabilities are enhanced. A popular Custom recovery like ClockWorkMod (CWM) or TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project) give you the ability to create system-wide backups, manually format each partition, fix permissions and much more. Even if you install a custom recovery, accessing it will remain exactly the same.

Nokia 3 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Nokia 3 using the following two methods:

  • 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. The following steps can be used to enter Recovery Mode on the Nokia 3 (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

NOTE: Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Nokia 3 have been properly installed. You can also check this official Nokia 3 USB drivers article. If you run into any problems, make sure USB debugging mode is enabled on your phone.

Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up by downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. Tutorial given here: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.

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Step 1 – Download ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools separate package and install on your computer. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Connect Nokia 3 to the PC with a USB cable and install ADB drivers (if needed).

Step 3 – Navigate to <ANDROID-SDK-PATH>\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

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Step 5 – Your Nokia 3 will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys and select with the Power button.

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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Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

NOTE: Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Nokia 3 have been properly installed. You can also check this official Nokia 3 USB drivers article. If you run into any problems, make sure USB debugging mode is enabled on your phone.

Step 1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up by downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. Tutorial given here: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Mac.

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Step 1 – Download ADB / Fastboot – Android SDK Platform Tools separate package and install on your computer. Download from the following links depending on your OS and extract it anywhere in your computer.

Step 2 – Connect Nokia 3 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 Nokia 3 will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys and select with the Power button.

Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using Buttons

UPDATE: You can also enter Recovery Mode on Nokia 3 using a buttons / keys combination. Earlier, we couldn’t figure out how to do this because the phone wouldn’t enter the recovery mode in any way. The trick is to connect the phone to a PC with a USB cable first. Then you can press and hold the usual buttons to enter Recovery Mode. Thanks NokiaTips.com for the tip!

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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