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HTC U11: How to Enter Recovery Mode

Use the following guide to find out how exactly you can access the built-in recovery mode on HTC U11. The recovery mode is built-in to all Android devices. This mode is designed for some utilitarian and maintenance oriented tasks. The key highlight functions include the ability to wipe the phone back to factory settings as well as the ability to apply update packages. If you have a custom recovery installed, these functions will increase in number. Also, with a custom recovery like TWRP, you can even root your phone. The process of accessing either the stock recovery or the custom one remains exactly the same. Also, there are more than one way to access this mode so we have listed that as well. Stick to the one you find simple and easy. Remember, recovery is built-in to the system and accessing it doesn’t void warranty. Read further to find out more details on how to access recovery mode on the HTC U11.

Many of you might even have a custom recovery installed, like TWRP or ClockworkMod — the famous two. This can come really handy because a custom recovery can let you load a custom ROM, create a system wide backup or even format specific partitions — pretty advanced stuff can be done to your phone. Let’s move down further and see how can you enter this Recovery Mode on the HTC U11.

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, HTC 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.

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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. HTC, 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 HTC, 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 HTC, 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.

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You may be interested in the following HTC U11 posts:

  • Root HTC U11: How to Root HTC U11 on Official Android Firmware.
  • TWRP for U11: How to Install TWRP Recovery on HTC U11.
  • Unlock Bootloader: How to Unlock Bootloader on HTC U11.

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.

HTC U11 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the HTC U11 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 HTC U11 (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on HTC U11

Step 1 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the following buttons for a few seconds, all at the same time: Power + Volume Down.

Step 3 – After a few seconds, you would be greeted with a couple of options. Use Volume Down key to select Boot to Recovery Mode.

Step 4 – A phone with exclamation point on it would appear on screen. As soon as it does, press and hold the Power Key.

Step 5 – While holding the Power Key, press and then release the Volume Up button. After this, you should be in Recovery Mode.

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

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1.1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.

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Step 1.2 – 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 your U11 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 U11 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.

TWRP 3.0 Recovery

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

Step 1.1 – Download Android SDK from the Android Developers website and install. Also set it up with downloading platform-tools and USB drivers package in SDK. See: How to Set up ADB and Fastboot on Windows.

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Step 1.2 – 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 your U11 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 U11 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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