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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Nokia 8.1

With these detailed steps, easily enter recovery mode on Nokia 8.1. As with other Android phones, Nokia 8.1 from HMD Global has a dedicated recovery partition which is easily accessible once the correct procedure is followed. Within the mode, there are functions which aren’t otherwise possible through the standard UI / Android OS. These functions include ability to flash OTA ZIP files, wipe data / factory reset, wipe cache and more. Seeing how this mode directly effects the functioning of the phone, it is hidden away so that it isn’t accidentally accessed. If you are looking for correct steps to enter recovery mode on Nokia 8.1, follow the guidelines below.

In order to get to the recovery on your Nokia 8.1, there is no actual installation required. Rather, all devices ship with a stock recovery which is built-in with Android. All you need to know is the exact process to get to it. Similar to how USB drivers are different for each manufacturer, the way to get to recovery also varies. This guide ahead is dedicated specifically for Nokia 8.1, it might or might not work with other Nokia smartphones. To implement the steps, you need to have access to a charger or your computer and a USB Type-C cable.

Enter Recovery Mode on Nokia 8.1

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.

RELATED: Download Nokia 8.1 USB Drivers.

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 8.1 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Nokia 8.1 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 8.1 (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

NOTE: Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Nokia 8.1 have been properly installed. You can also check this official Nokia 8.1 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 8.1 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

Step 5 – Your Nokia 8.1 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 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

NOTE: Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Nokia 8.1 have been properly installed. You can also check this official Nokia 8.1 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 8.1 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 8.1 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

The following procedure doesn’t include any commands but you still need a computer connection for it to work.

Step 1 – Power down your Nokia 8.1 by pressing and holding the power button.

Step 2 – Once it is powered off, connect the phone to your computer.

Step 3 – The Nokia 8.1 will show you a Powered by Android image and then proceed to the battery animation.

Step 4 – Once you see the charging animation, hold the Volume Up button and Power button simultaneously.

Step 5 – A countdown would start telling you to “Please release key to power off..” . Ignore this message and keep holding the buttons.

Step 6 – After the countdown is finished, your phone would enter the recovery mode.

That’s all! As we mentioned earlier, if you have a custom recovery installed, the process is exactly the same for Nokia 8.1.

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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