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How to Enter OnePlus 6 Recovery Mode

New users and owners can use this guide to enter recovery mode on the new OnePlus 6 smartphone. This article takes you through multiple methods which can be utilized to access the recovery partition on the phone. For Android, there has always been a recovery partition on most devices. This special mode carries some advanced functionality which is otherwise not available through the normal UI — OxygenOS in this case. Further, taking advantage of this built-in mode, users can also install custom recoveries which will then grant even more features such as backup and installation of custom ZIPs. Being a built-in and pre-installed mode, you wont be voiding the warranty just by accessing it.

Often used functions of the stock recovery include factory reset, installing OTA files manually and wiping cache. These basic set of functions are further enhanced through a custom recovery like TWRP which adds on features like installing custom ZIP files, root packages and more. The process, whether you have a stock recovery on your OnePlus 6 or a custom one, remains the same in both cases. As detailed before, we have included multiple methods that can be utilized to get the same result so do follow the one you find most easiest.

OnePlus 6 - Enter 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, OnePlus 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. OnePlus in this case is also very open. You can easily access the recovery partition and there won’t be no 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 OnePlus, 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 OnePlus, 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.

OnePlus 6 Stock Recovery Functions:

As discussed in detaile before, the following functions are available through the stock recovery on OnePlus 6. Each function has its own purpose. In our experience, the most used functions are Apply Update and Factory Reset.

  • Apply Update From ADB
  • Wipe Data/Factory Reset
  • Wipe Cache Paritition
  • Apply Update from SDCard

OnePlus 6 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the OnePlus 6 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 OnePlus 6 (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on OnePlus 6

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 should see the Recovery Mode screen on your OnePlus 6.

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 OnePlus 6 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 6 – Your OnePlus 6 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.

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 OnePlus 6 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 OnePlus 6 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.