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Enter Recovery Mode on Oppo F7 – ColorOS Recovery

In this article, we have detailed a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to enter recovery mode on Oppo F7 smartphone. Oppo smartphones are getting more and more popular with consumers looking to stay within a budget and yet still be able enjoy the best hardware. Apart from the hardware, the software is something Android users are also intrigued about on Oppo smartphones. In this guide, we will guide new F7 users on how to access the built-in recovery mode. What makes Oppo F7’s recovery intriguing is the fact that it isn’t your normal Android recovery rather it is somewhat of a customized variant referred to as ColorOS recovery — after the brand’s ColorOS Android skin. Further, this recovery supports touch input which is a big plus. Read ahead to find out exact steps, along with detailed pictures, on how to enter recovery mode on Oppo F7.

As indicated earlier, Oppo F7 is shipped with a more robust recovery partition. ColorOS recovery allows for touch navigation and also features added functionality such as Online Update which is otherwise unavailable on most Android smartphone’s stock recovery partitions. Further, there is multiple language support as well which users can select from at the boot-up screen. Also, to be noted, there is no installation / activation required rather just the proper procedure. Lastly, our guide will apply even if you have a custom recovery installed on your Oppo F7.

Oppo F7 Recovery Mode, ColorOS Recovery

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, Oppo 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. Oppo, being an enthusiast brand, is very open to such things. 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 Oppo, 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 Oppo, 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.

Oppo F7 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Oppo F7 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 Oppo F7 Recovery Mode, applicable to all variants of the phone. The screenshots are just for illustration purposes, your phone might slightly differ.

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Oppo F7

Step 1 – Power off your smartphone.

Step 2 – Now, start by holding Power and Volume Down button for few seconds.

Step 3 – Let go of both of the buttons when you see the standard Oppo boot screen.

Step 4 – Now, your phone should greet you with the recovery mode. If you are running stock recovery, the phone will ask you to select language first, just simply tap on the option you want.

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That’s it! You should now be able to use recovery partition functions on your Oppo F7.

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for F7 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your F7 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 F7 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 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for F7 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your F7 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 F7 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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