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Android Recovery What is it, what is it for and how to access it?


The recovery mode is a very useful function that the Android operating system to repair your mobile and do other related tasks with the main OS configuration.

Although this tool is found in all smartphones, there are differences in these. Some are for the access mode, others for the interface and others for the available menu.

In the following paragraphs we will show you the most complete information about the Android recovery mode. In order for you to become an expert, we will teach you the steps you must take to avoid making mistakes and reset to factory settings.

What is Android Recovery Mode and what is it for?

It is a tool incorporated in all Android devices, both mobile and tablets. Your task is to help the team recover from various problems that the operating system may have.

As usual, recovery mode is used when the device does not advance in the boot stage, especially do not go beyond the manufacturer’s logo. To solve this problem it is necessary to perform simple steps that will allow you to unlock this bad start of the OS.

In this way we can conclude that this tool is a function that serves to «Boot» the mobile, being its environment parallel to the execution of Android, since it has its own core. This is why the operating system can be recovered because it runs on it.

Android Recovery Features What can we do in this mode?

Smartphone manufacturers often include different types of recovery mode versions of their devices. But this does not mean that it will not perform the same functions on a mobile.

Let’s see below what their main tasks are:

Reboot – Reboot

It is a function designed to make the computer restart quickly. Many people are confused with this activity since they believe that the device will be formatted and will return to the factory settings, just as you had it the first day.

This is not so, with this method you will continue to maintain the applications that you have installed and also the different settings that you made.

Apply Update From ADB

The translation of this would be to apply update from Android Debug Bridge (ADB). Which is a program for computers that works with the command box to be able to make modifications on your Android mobile.

Apply From External Storage

With this function you will be able update programs on the mobile from an external SD memory card, which was recorded on a computer. It is ideal to install a new firmware or programs related to the operating system.

Wipe Data From / Factory Reset

This tool will allow you to reset the mobile to the factory settings. That is to say, you are going to be able to format it and leave it new like the first day when you took it out of the box. You should bear in mind that, all the content you have on the device, including the files in the internal memory and the applications, will be permanently deleted.

On newer Android operating systems, factory formatting cannot undo or delete the previously registered Google account. This prevents the mobile, if stolen, from working normally again.

To change this account, in case you give your mobile to someone else, You will have to change it manually by entering the system settings.

Wipe Cache Partition

With this function you can erase the partition from the cache from your smartphone. With it all the data stored there will be deleted, also completely erasing the partition. This partition is responsible for storing data and information temporarily.

Apply Update From Cache

From this option you can install an update to your mobile operating system. This can be done with the equipment running, since it will be stored in the cache memory. In this way, you will avoid connecting to a computer and using special programs.

Learn how to access Android Recovery what you can use it for

To access Recovery Mode on an Android mobile you must perform the steps that we will indicate below. You must keep in mind that, once you have entered, the screen touch will not work, instead you will have to choose the options by means of the volume and menu keys.

In addition, we will introduce you to the process for Recovery Mode and not Download Mode. This should be taken into account, since sometimes only a few steps vary to enter both options.

As we told you at the beginning of this article, the steps to access the tool we are analyzing will depend on the model of your mobile.

Let’s see the step by step for different brands:

At Samsung

At Samsung

When you want to access from a Samsung mobile you can use one of the two combinations that we leave you. This will depend on the model you have:

  • «Turn up the volume» + «Start» + «Power button».
  • Bixby + «Turn up the volume» + «Power key».

On Xiaomi

In Xiaomi, the steps change a little, since these teams do not use a key combination. You must have the equipment on and then follow this step by step:

  • Enter the app Updater.
  • Click on the menu, located in the upper right corner represented by 3 dots.
  • When you see two options, you will have to click on Reboot to Recovery Mode.
  • The screen will turn off and after a few seconds it will take you to Recovery Mode.

At Motorola

In case you have a Motorola, you must follow this process:

  • Press the key at the same time «Lower Volume» and then the button «Power».


On HTC mobiles you will first have to activate the Recovery Mode function and then you will only be able to access this tool. The steps you will have to follow are:

  • Enter the device settings with the phone switched on.
  • Click on the option «Drums».
  • You will see various options and boxes that you can use for configuration. You will have to uncheck the box Fast Boot.
  • Next, you will have to turn off the mobile.
  • Press the keys at the same time «Lower Volume» and later «Power button».

At Huawei

If you want to enter the Recovery Mode of a mobile of this brand, do the following:

  • Press at the same time «Turn up the volume» and then him power button.

On Sony Xperia

On Sony Xperia

The steps to enter the Recovery Mode Android on Sony Xperia devices are not so different from the previous ones, but the order in which you should do them varies a little. Let’s see how it is done:

  • Turn off the phone and after a few minutes turn it on again.
  • The moment the LED turns a different color, you will have to simultaneously press the keys «Lower volume» With «Turn up the volume», twice each.