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In the course of setting up CyanogenMod 7.2 on my T-Mobile G2 (also known as the HTC Desire Z), I installed ClockworkMod Touch Recovery. My usual practice before that was to power off my phone and plug it in to a USB cable, attached to a wall socket, for recharging. However, with ClockworkMod Touch, trying to do this results in the phone always booting to the recovery mode, whether I plug in the cable before or after shutting off the phone.

This is a nuisance; in effect, I have to leave my phone powered on at all times, and turn off the sound when I'm sleeping. I suppose I could just leave it at the Recovery menu, but leaving the phone at a menu where two accidental touches to the screen could wipe the phone seems like a bad idea.

If I recall correctly, I initially had an earlier version of ClockworkMod Recovery installed, which had a menu option for powering off the phone. I only had that version installed briefly.

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Just leave your phone up&running while charging. There's no technical reason to power it down. Charging time will be (almost) identical if you switch off the display. PS: The charging screen is also shown by a running system (while the device is powered on). – ce4 Oct 29 '12 at 8:16
I don't like having the phone advertise that I am available to communicate when I am not, along with a long list of other features of the phone that aren't really useful or meaningful when I am sleeping. I could disable things piecemeal, but it seems like it would be simpler to just shut the phone off when I am asleep. – bgvaughan Oct 29 '12 at 11:07
When you see that charging screen, Android is running in a special charging mode which is not too different from Airplane mode. So just keep your phone powered and switch to airplane mode atomatically: – ce4 Oct 30 '12 at 0:41

You are stuck with this. This is the way ClockworkMod Recovery works. I did a search and the devs on xda say if you dont like it unroot your phone.

It is indeed a nuisance since powered off chargin charges faster. Though, oh well!

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You're not stuck with this. Most phones show some special 'charging screen' however this is also a full running system consuming power too. If the modder takes the extra time to also implememt this, it'll work too with mods. – ce4 Oct 29 '12 at 8:12
@Passingby, can you provide a link to that comment by the devs? – bgvaughan Oct 29 '12 at 11:01

Put your phone into airplane mode before going to sleep.

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This is not a solution to the problem described - the OP is asking for a method to keep his device completely powered down while charging. Airplane mode is an entirely separate function. – dotVezz Jan 25 '14 at 18:16
To be fair, the OP stated he wants the powered down because that is simpler than "disabling things piecemeal", and airplane mode would appear to be the best of both worlds. – Alex Jan 25 '14 at 21:37

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