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How to boot into recovery mode using keyboard shortcuts, ADB, and root apps

How to boot into recovery mode using keyboard shortcuts, ADB, and root apps

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If you have an Android or iOS device and are wondering how to boot into recovery to clear cache or reset your device, follow these steps!

How to Boot In Recovery featured image shows the phone in recovery mode on a table

Every smartphone, no matter what operating system it runs on (yes, even an iPhone), has a built-in recovery mode. On Android, recovery on your smartphone can be used to perform tasks like clearing the cache, wiping the phone to factory settings, or even installing update packages directly from the phone’s storage or sideloading from a computer via ADB. On an iPhone, recovery is mainly used to connect to iTunes to restore the original firmware if your iPhone won’t boot or behaves differently.

Android recovery mode menu

While that’s the case with the stock recovery that comes preinstalled on your smartphone, you can do a lot more with a custom recovery like TWRP. If you frequent the XDA forums, you are surely aware of the benefits you get from using a custom recovery like flashing ROMs, kernels, creating backups of your entire system, and more. You can learn more about the benefits of a custom recovery and how to install it on your smartphone, but this article will show you how to start the recovery on your smartphone.

The steps mentioned here can be applied to boot into both stock recovery and a custom recovery if you have one installed. Note that the steps for each phone are different depending on the brand. If you want to know how to boot into recovery on your specific phone, just follow the steps under your phone manufacturer’s name and you’re good to go. Also, there are different ways to access the recovery on your smartphone, the most common being by pressing a key combination. We will also discuss the other options a little later.

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How to boot into recovery using keyboard shortcuts

This is the easiest method to boot into recovery on your smartphone as no additional tools or software are required. The preliminary step to using keyboard shortcuts to start recovery is to turn off your phone. Then follow the appropriate steps for your smartphone.

Asus

ASUS ZenFone 8 in hand

Press and hold the volume up and power buttons and release the power button when you see the Asus logo. Hold the volume up button until you see the bootloader options. Now use the volume buttons to scroll through the different options until you see “Recovery Mode” and then press the Power button to select it. You will now see an Android robot on your screen. Here, hold down both the volume up and power buttons to boot to the recovery screen.

Google Pixel

Pixel 4a 5G

Press and hold the volume down button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Google logo. Hold down the volume down button until you see the bootloader options. Now use the volume down button to scroll through the different options until you see “Recovery” and then press the power button to select it. You will now see an Android robot on your screen. Here, hold down both the volume up and power buttons to boot to the recovery screen.

Huawei/honor

Huawei Mate 40 Pro in hand

Press and hold the volume up button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Huawei/Honor logo. Hold the volume up button until you see the recovery screen.

LG

LG wings

Press and hold the volume down button and the power button and release the power button when you see the LG logo. Hold down the volume down button until you see the recovery screen.

Motorola

Moto G60

Press and hold the volume down button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Moto logo. Hold down the volume down button until you see the bootloader options. Now use the volume down button to scroll through the different options until you see “Recovery” and then press the power button to select it. You will now see an Android robot on your screen. Here, hold down both the volume up and power buttons to boot to the recovery screen.

OnePlus

OnePlus 9 Pro on a table

Press and hold the volume down button and the power button and release the power button when you see the OnePlus logo. Hold down the volume down button until you see the recovery screen.

OPPO

Oppo Find X3 Pro

Press and hold the volume down button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Oppo logo. Hold down the volume down button until you see the recovery screen.

Rich

Realme 8 5G front and back

Press and hold the volume down button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Realme logo. Hold down the volume down button until you see the recovery screen.

Samsung

Galaxy A52 next to Galaxy S21

After the latest OneUI 3.0 update, Samsung doesn’t allow booting into recovery without connecting your phone to a PC with a USB-C cable. So before following these steps, just connect your phone to your computer.

If you have a Samsung phone that belongs to the Galaxy S21 series: Press and hold the volume down button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Samsung logo . Hold down the volume down button until you see the recovery screen. If you have a Samsung phone that belongs to the Galaxy S20, Note 20 or Note 10 series: Press and hold the volume up button and the power button and release the power button , when you see the Samsung logo. Hold the volume up button until you see the recovery screen. If you are using a Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, S8, Note 9 or Note 8 series smartphone: Press and hold the volume up button, the Bixby button and the power button and release the power button -Release button when you see the Samsung logo. Hold down the volume up and Bixby buttons until you see the recovery screen. If you have an older Samsung smartphone with a physical home button: Press and hold the volume up, home and power buttons and release the power button when you see the Samsung -See logo. Hold down the volume up and home buttons until you see the recovery screen.

Sony

Sony Xperia 5 II

Press and hold the volume up button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Sony logo. Hold the volume up button until you see the recovery screen.

live

Vivo V21 5G outside

Press and hold the volume up button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Vivo logo. Hold the volume up button until you see the recovery screen.

xiaomi

Redmi Note 10S

Press and hold the volume up button and the power button and release the power button when you see the Mi logo. Hold the volume up button until you see the recovery screen.

Various Android devices

If your smartphone manufacturer isn’t listed above, try all the combinations we’ve mentioned one after the other, and one of them should ideally work. If none of the keyboard shortcuts work for you, there are other ways to access the recovery screen through software that you can try.

iPhone

iPhone 12 pro

There are different ways to put your iPhone in recovery mode depending on which iPhone model you have –

iPhone 8 and later (basically all iPhone devices without a home button): press and release the volume up button once, followed by the volume down button in quick succession, which must also be released. Then quickly press and hold the side button until you see the recovery screen. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the volume down button and the power button until the recovery screen appears. iPhone 6s and below: Press and hold the Home button and the Power button until the recovery screen appears.

As mentioned, recovery mode on iPhones is mainly used to connect to iTunes to restore the original firmware when your iPhone won’t boot or behaves differently.

How to boot into recovery with ADB

If for some reason your smartphone’s physical buttons stopped working or none of the key combinations worked for you, accessing the recovery via ADB is a good idea. You need Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your PC or Mac for this to work. So if you don’t already have it, make sure to install ADB according to these instructions for your computer operating system.

Once ADB is installed, connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure USB debugging is enabled in developer settings. Go to the folder where you installed ADB. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, right-click the ADB folder and select Open command window here or Open PowerShell window here. Alternatively, you can also start a command prompt window and change to the ADB directory. Next, type adb devices and press Enter to ensure your smartphone is properly connected. If so, the command window returns a string of numbers.

Windows PowerShell ADB devices

All you have to do now is type adb reboot recovery and your phone will reboot to recovery.

How to boot into recovery with an app on rooted devices

If you have a rooted Android device, you can easily boot into recovery using apps recovery reboot and Fast restart. You just need to open the app and grant root access, after that you will find the option to boot into recovery.

As mentioned, all of these methods can be used to boot into both stock and a custom recovery. Make sure you know what you’re doing while accessing recovery on your smartphone as it can result in internal storage being wiped if you accidentally reset your device, or worse, a bricked device, if you flash the wrong zip file. When using a custom recovery, it’s always a good idea to create a backup before making any changes to your device – especially if you’re flashing a 4% battery ROM.

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