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I have an Android tablet (4.2.2) where the recovery has been modified to only give the reboot option when you boot into it. What is the best way to unlock the other options? Do I need to flash a new recovery partition? Or is there some way to open and edit the available options in the current one?

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  • Your description sound more like the default recovery. Only custom recoveries like TWRP give more options. If the device is unlocked you can try to install a matching custom recovery that has more options.
    – Robert
    Jan 12, 2020 at 14:12
  • The default is restricted. Most default recoveries give you more options than just reboot. They give you data wipe, cache wipe, flash update.zip, etc. I want to know how these options could have been disabled and how I can add them back. As in, what do I have to modify? Jan 13, 2020 at 15:43
  • recovery options are hidden while bootloader is locked
    – alecxs
    Jan 13, 2020 at 20:49
  • So my focus should be on unlocking the bootloader then? That's how my recovery options were limited? So once I get the bootloader unlocked all recovery options will become available to me (without alteration of the recovery partition)? (Sorry for all the questions but I'm just making sure I understand your assertion) Jan 16, 2020 at 15:18
  • can not 100% confirm but for some android system recovery there is hidden option backup user data. beware unlocking bootloader forces factory reset!
    – alecxs
    Jan 17, 2020 at 18:32

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