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            How to boot into recovery (Android)

            Why do I need to boot into recovery? 

            • Recovery is a tool used to perform factory reset and install system updates by default. 
            • However, there are many custom recoveries (CWM, TWRP, etc.) made especially to flash custom ROMs (unofficial builds of Android) and to perform similar under-the-hood changes and modifications to your device.
            • When you enter recovery mode, you don't actually start up your Android operating system - which comes in handy when your system is corrupted or unbootable.
            • If you intend to root your Android device, you will likely need to use recovery in order to flash SuperSU binaries.

            How do I boot into recovery mode?

            There are three ways to boot into recovery:
            1. Assuming your phone is already rooted, you can use an app to boot into recovery directly from your Android homescreen 
            2. You can use ADB command to reboot into recovery once your Android phone is in fastboot mode and connected to your PC via USB at the same time.
            3. Recovery is also accessible by pressing and holding specific keys while your phone is turned off. This is sometimes called "hotkey combination".
            In this article we will focus on the third method - hotkey combination. 

            So how exactly does hotkey combination work?

            Unfortunately, each phone manufacturer has their own different combination of buttons required to press in order to boot into recovery. 

            Below you can find most major manufacturers' hotkey combinations:

            Samsung
            Volume up + Home + Power



            Sony (Same for Huawei)
            Volume up + Power 
            (Won't boot unless bootloader is unlocked) 



            LG
            Volume up + Power
            (this boots up to a menu where you can choose to boot into the recovery itself) 



            HTC
            Volume up + Volume down + Power
            (this boots up to a menu where you can choose to boot into the recovery itself) 



            Motorola 
            Volume up + Volume down + Power



            Nexus phones
            Volume down + Power











            Updated: 19 Mar 2018 07:32 PM
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