Most of you are familiar with the recovery mode in Windows that allows you to repair boot errors, reset your installed copy of Windows, fix hard disk errors and so on. Similar to the recovery mode in Windows, Android also has a recovery mode of its own. This recovery mode in Android allows you to factory reset, apply update from external storage, wipe cache partition, enter into recovery system and so on. But how to do you access the recovery mode in an Android device? You can access the Android recovery mode in two ways through the power button (if your device supports that) and through an app.
Booting into Android Recovery Mode Using the Power Button
- First of all power off your Android smartphone. To do this, long press your device’s power button and when the menu appears, select Power off from it.
- Now you have to show the special skills of your fingers. You have to press the power button, the volume-up and volume-down buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. This is why the power button and volume buttons are on the opposite edges of an Android phone, so that you can easily press them together.
- After a few seconds, as Android starts to boot, release the buttons. Now you would see the recovery mode screen. The screen may look a different for every device as sometimes manufacturers modify it.
- From the recovery mode screen, you can choose to factory reset your device or wipe cache partition among other tasks.
Booting into Android Recovery Mode Using BootDroid App
The method of accessing the recovery mode in Android smartphones using the power button may not work in some models (especially the older models). In this case, you can use an app called BootDroid. But for this app to work, your Android device must be rooted (it must have root access or superuser access). After installing the app, you can launch it to find four boot options – recovery mode, bootloader mode, restart and shutdown. Obviously, you have to choose the Recovery option from these four.
Before you do this, make sure you have saved any work that you were doing in Android. For example, if you were editing a Word document, save it and close the Word processor. As you choose the Recovery option in BootDroid, your device will halt for a second and then reboot into the recovery mode.
Conclusion: If your Android device is not working properly because you have installed too many apps and messed up its settings, then you can access the recovery mode and factory-reset it. You can access the recovery mode either through the power button or by using the BootDroid app.
You can download BootDroid app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.impsycho.bootdroid.