How to Boot into Android Recovery Mode

In many guides on how to fix problem with Android smartphone, the term Android Recovery Mode come to surface. What is actually recovery mode and what the function of it?

Recovery mode is the places where user can access all kind of feature in their phone without accessing the phone’s Android operating system.

Since this mode is separate from the phone OS, it will help people to avoid any mess with the OS. It also allows people to deal directly with the problem that occur in their smartphone, which is exactly the main function of this mode.

How to Boot into Android Recovery Mode

Recovery Mode for Different Android Phone

The basic concept of recovery mode is where people turn OFF their phone completely, press and hold the combinations of several keys which will make the phone turn back on in recovery mode.

In some phone, this action will bring them straight to recovery mode while in other phone; people must navigate through several options first.

First thing to do before trying to boot in recovery mode is to turn OFF the phone completely. People can do it by pressing the Power button and choose to turn off the phone, or if the phone is freeze up, they can simply remove the battery for a couple of second before put it back.

The next step is to press and hold the combination of several keys. This is where things go differently from one manufacture to another. Here are the list of which button to press based on the phone manufacture

  • LG G Series
  • Press and hold Power + Volume Down button until LG logo appear. A menu will show up and people can navigate through it using Volume button until they come to Recovery Mode options. To choose this option, press Power button.

  • Samsung Galaxy Series
  • Press and hold Power + Home + Volume Up button for several seconds until the device turn on straight into Recovery Mode.

  • Motorola Droid Series
  • Press and hold Power + Home button until a menu appear where people should navigate it to find Recovery Mode options.

  • HTC One series
  • Disable fastboot first by go to Settings > Battery > Disable Fastboot. After that turn OFF the phone, press and hold Power + Volume Down button until a menu appear where people can navigate to find Recovery Mode options.

  • Nexus series
  • Press and hold Power + Volume Up + Volume Down button until a menu with Recovery Mode options appear.

For other manufacture, you can try all the above key combinations. If it doesn’t work, then you can also find the information about the key combination that will bring them to recovery mode in the manual book or in the phone manufacturer official website.

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Android Recovery Mode Menu

Inside recovery mode menu, there are several options that may vary from one manufacture to another but there are some options that remain just the same and they are:

  • Reboot system now
  • This option refers to a simple reboot where the phone will restart itself. This action actually can be done from normal mode and also from recovery mode.

  • Wipe cache partition
  • This option refers to temporary files that were used in application installation. By delete cache partition, people can help to release unwanted temporary data that burdening the phone performance. This action is highly recommended when the phone start to slow down.

  • Wipe data / factory reset
  • As the name stated, this action will bring the phone back to factory setting. This action also will erase every new application and other data that was stored in the phone. Factory reset can help to solve many Android problems, but always remember to make a back up before performing this action.

  • Apply update from ADB
  • This is the options that mean nothing for most people. This option used by app developers that try to fix bugs in an app.

It is essential for every Android smartphone user to know how to enter recovery mode. It can help them a great deal, especially in solving Android problem that can be deal only from recovery mode.

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