What is Recovery Mode in Android| How to Use It?

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You all face issues with your android phones after a certain point in time, right? As we continually use the phone and install many applications on it, the device comes across viruses and malware which makes it slow and not as responsive as it was. Then you feel really irritated with the phone. Don’t worry at all; there is a superb method to fix issues in android devices; it’s called recovery mode. It is one of the most important features of Android.

The recovery mode in android phones has several functions and uses for eradicating viruses, malware, glitch, error files so that your phones become as useful as they were. In this article, we are going to learn about the recovery mode in detail along with the method of use on android phones.


What is Recovery Mode in Android?

There are actually three modes in the android operating system. One is a normal mode which we use mostly for general purposes of phones. The next one is the safe mode, a very common term for PC users by which one can operate the phone with only the necessary features. And the last one is recovery mode which should be accessed by the users only when their phones are in trouble.

Recovery mode is a useful feature remaining in all android phones. The manufacturers of your android phones had actually installed a separate bootable application which is nothing but a software program that allows you to access recovery mode in times of crisis. This model possesses several options once you go to the mode and choose the required one as per the degree of issues.

You can get access to the recovery mode with a combination of keys depending on which android phone you use. Before choosing any option from the recovery mode, you must assess the current condition of the android phone. You may not require a deep fix; the problem might be not so severe. Also, remember the phone may lose data written on it and whether or not you need them after the recovery operation is done.

When Do You Need Recovery Mode?

The brand new android phone generally does not require any fixing operation. As you use it more and more, all the error starts to creep in. You can take the assistance of recovery mode once you encounter the following error on your android device-

  1. The touchscreen of the android is not working or the screen resolution is not perfect.
  2. Some apps are not responding and this is happening frequently.
  3. The phone is switched off automatically.
  4. The phone cannot access the network.
  5. Videos, songs, files are not opening or playing.
  6. The android phone is lagging or slowed down quite a bit. Among them, running a lot of background apps is one of the problems.

You may have found out that these issues are persistent in your android device for a long time and you wish to fix them; then recovery mode can be the best solution for your device.

How to Access Android Recovery Mode?

The methods of accessing recovery mode vary from phone to phone. There are many manufacturers of android smartphones, tablets, PCs and not all of them use the same method for accessing recovery mode. The method of accessing the recovery model of a Samsung user will find it different from that of a Motorola user. Because there are hundreds or thousands of manufactures of Android devices.

However, there is a generalized method that is used by twinkling here and thereby most companies. Combinations of keys are pressed and hold down; most often the keys are the volume and power buttons.

It is impossible for one article to write down the key combinations of all the android companies; we are going to mention some of the popular ones in the following section. If your device is not from these manufacturers, then you can easily Google it and learn from authentic sources.

For Samsung Galaxy Series

Samsung’s Galaxy Series has a lot of popular Android phones. And it is the best competitor of Apple’s IOS phones.

Step 1: Power off the device by pressing and holding the power button and then choose the power off option. You can’t access the options? Then just hold on to the power button for couple more seconds until the phone is switched off.

Step 2: Press and hold the power button + volume up button + home button together. You will be directed to the recovery mode menu. You can navigate several features on the menu with the up and down volume key; select an option by using the power key.

Step 3: If you do not want to proceed with any reset option, then just press and hold the power button to switch it off again; thus you exit the recovery menu; then you can turn it on normally. Also, you can choose the reboot option to restart the phone normally

For Motorola and One Plus Phones

Motorola is a well renowned mobile phone manufacturer since the evolution of mobile or cell phones. But One Plus phones are now becoming very much popular because of their mid-range and high-end quality featured phones.

Step1: Hold down the power button to switch off the phone.

Step2: Hold down the power key + volume down key at a time to go to the recovery menu.

Step3: Select any of the recovery options using the power button and navigate with the volume button.

For HTC Phone

HTC was one of the tech giants in the Android phone industry. Here is how to go to the recovery mode in an HTC phone which is quite easy.

Step1: Go to settings and then to battery; disable the fast boot option from there.

Step2: Power off the phone.

Step3: Press and hold two keys together- power key + down volume key.

For Huawei Android

Though Huawei was one of the best Android phone manufacturers. But recently, they are banned from using Android OS on their phones. But they said several times that they are coming with another best mobile phone OS.

Step1: Power off the phone by holding down the power key and selecting the power off option.

Step2: Press and hold up the volume key + power key until the phone vibrates. Thus you will enter the recovery mode menu.

For Xiao MI Phones

Xiaomi or MI is now competing with other tech giants in terms of Smartphone making. They manufacture Android phones from low-end to high-end phones.

Step1: Power off the device.

Step2: Press and hold down volume key + power key simultaneously.

Step3: Navigate the recovery menu with only the down volume key and select with the up volume key (not the power key here).

Features of Recovery Mode

You will find several options once you enter the recovery menu. We will learn about the uses of each of them in this section.

1. Reboot system: Choosing this option will simply restart your device like you normally do. It won’t erase any data from the phone.

2. Apply Update from ADB: ADB means Android Debug Bridge. ADB allows the android device to connect with the computer. You can add updated features to the android from the PC through ADB.

3. Factory Reset: It will make sure that your android device is reset completely and it will be in factory form without the apps and files that you had installed on it. Make sure you back up important files. All the data will be erased from your phone.

4. Wipe Cache Partition: This option will erase only the temporary data that applications store on it at different times. Hence wiping the cache portion not only boosts your phone but also keeps all the other files and apps.


Recovery mode is a great feature for speeding up your android device. Don’t hesitate to reset the phone once it is necessary to do so. I hope the article was helpful in understanding the recovery mode and how to use it on your particular Android device.

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