Questions tagged [recovery-mode]

Android's recovery mode allows ROM flashing even if the device is currently unusable. Invoking it usually involves a key combination that is pressed when starting the device. These combinations differ from device to device.

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How to enable USB Debugging in Android if forgotten pattern for screen-unlock?

I want to use some third party software to clear my device's screen unlock pattern which I forgot. They require USB debugging enabled but I don't have it enabled in my Android. How do I turn on USB ...
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Entering safe mode from adb shell

My question is similar to this one, but I don't necessarily have a powered off device. How can I enter Android' safe mode (or make it boot into safe mode the next time) from within my recovery image? ...
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Enter recovery mode from command line

Does anyone know if there's a way to get an Android phone to reboot into recovery mode, from the Android command line? Note: I do NOT have adb access. I do NOT know the magic power-on sequence to ...
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how to add a custom lock for the recovery and/or bootloader?

Unlocking the bootloader and/or the recovery is very popular discussion across many devices. But doing so exposes a very obvious and inevitable issue with security! An unlocked recovery means that no ...
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Will a Custom Recovery work with an encrypted device?

I wanted to know whether using Android's built-in encryption (introduced in 3.0) would affect my ability to use a custom recovery (Clockwork Mod in my case). More specifically if I will still be able ...
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How to extract .backup files created by android stock recovery?

I'm using Coolpad note 3 lite, running Android 5.1. I created internal memory backup using stock recovery. Files were created in this format: userdata_yyyymmdd_HHMMSS.backup = 2GB ...
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Why can't I write to recovery using fastboot on A/B device?

I'm trying to flash TWRP Recovery into my Mi A2 recovery. However I get the error when flashing: ~$ fastboot flash recovery twrp.img FAILED (remote: '(recovery_a) No such partition') Does anyone ...
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After flashing TWRP with Odin, nothing happens and the OEM recovery is still there

I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S5, and after flashing the TWRP with Odin 3.07 and 3.10 I'm finding that my recovery is still the default. I'm using these instructions exactly. Android system Recovery &...
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Difference between installing SuperSU using Play Store versus a custom recovery that installs it from a file?

I see that some rooting guides say that rooting involves: Download a SuperSU as a zip file that would be accessible to the phone (e.g. the sdcard). Unlock the phone's bootloader. Booting into a "...
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About the android recovery mode

Question 1: what's the android recovery mode? Does it run a full linux kernel? Question 2: where the recovery.img is installed? (/somewhere_in_filesystem)
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Enable ADB and/or change USB connection mode on Galaxy S7 w/ broken screen

My Galaxy S7 Edge has a broken screen (totally black, and doesn't respond to touch). However, the phone does turn on and is recognized by Kies 3 and SmartSwitch. I am also able to unlock the phone via ...
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FastBoot recovery failed: partition 'recovery' not support flash

My mobile is Lenovo S920 running official Android OS 4.4.2. I am trying to install cwm recovery through fastboot. I tried executing the command fastboot flash recovery recovery.img But I am ...
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I've installed a custom recovery image, but not yet rooted my phone. How can I install SuperSU and subscribe to automatic updates?

I own a Samsung smartphone. I'm running Android 4.1.2 "Jelly Bean". I've also installed ClockworkMod Recovery 6.0.4.5. Each time I exit ClockworkMod Recovery, it offers to root my phone. I haven't ...
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Can we backup the stock recovery.img in any way?

Suppose I plan to flash my recovery with TWRP/CWM, but then later suppose I would like to move back to the stock recovery. Is it possible to take a backup of stock recovery just like we can take a ...
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Why isn't Clockworkmod Recovery “Sticking”?

I've tried multiple times to flash ClockworkMod recovery onto my unlocked Galaxy Nexus (LTE\CDMA variant "toro" build) device. Each time I can boot into recovery and ClockworkMod displays. However, if ...
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How to check if your bootloader is unlocked

I'm about to flash a custom recovery, but I'm not sure if my bootloader is unlocked or not (phone is rooted, but I did it a while ago, so I can't remember the process I went with), and I don't want to ...
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Why is custom recovery a prerequisite for flashing a custom ROM?

I have read in many guides that before flashing, we need to have a custom recovery like CWM installed. I am not able to understand why is this a prerequisite for flashing a custom ROM. Can I flash a ...
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Why can't I boot into recovery mode?

I think I'm actually missing something here still. Everything I read suggests I need to boot into recovery mode as a first step, and that I ought to be able to do that by holding down the "home" key ...
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How to enter password for decrypt without system keyboard on android

I was trying to release some internal memory on my CUBOT GT-99, so I started disabling some system apps using one rooted app. One of apps I was disabled is system keyboard because I don’t use it ...
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A way to automate the creation of flashable ZIPs

So, my question is: is there a way to automate the creation of flashable ZIP archives, in order to avoid having to write the updater-script and update-binary by myself each and every time I want a ZIP ...
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ADB sideload doesn't work, no drivers

Sometimes on my Nexus 9 (LMY48M)ADB sideload doesn't work as the device doesn't have a driver. This is true for both stock and TWRP. However, ADB from booted Android works perfectly. I have ADB ...
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Recover Android system with TWRP Recovery

Note that I am running Mac OS X. I tried installing an unofficial version of Cyanogenmod I found on XDA Developers that supports kltemini (SM-G800F). However, I messed up somewhere in the ...
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Can't connect to the device with ADB when it's in recovery mode

I am having some problems with my Samsung Galaxy S2 and I want to start an fschk session on the device. So, I installed Android SDK with platform-tools. I can access to the device when it's normally ...
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`Wipe Cache` option missing in Google Pixel 2! (A/B device)

I am not finding the option Wipe Cache in the recovery mode of Google Pixel 2. can anyone tell how could i enable it if it is disabled by default and is it there in this device or not?
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How to pull data from internal memory on an unrooted phone?

Yesterday, I suddenly discovered that I had lost all the user files on the internal memory of my android phone. All my photos, my music, my PDFs, audio recordings, everything. I will explain the ...
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Is there a way to enable USB debugging from fastboot?

I have a Nvidia Shield Tablet that froze on me. After powering down it hangs on the nvidia boot up screen when I try to boot it up. Nvidia support says it is a 'soft-brick', as I can't get into ...
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Cannot get into recovery mode from boot-loop on BLU phone

I have BLU Life One X which is at 0% battery and in boot loop: It shows 0%, then "BLU/Bold Like Us", then "Android is starting/optimizing app AAA of BBB", then cycles. I tried to follow the ...
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Flash boot.img without using fastboot USB

So I've recently rooted my phone and tried a ROM or two. I find it really handy that you can use TWRP recovery to install another ROM from the SD card, you don't need to have it connected to a PC. ...
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Removing encryption from recovery

I'm running CyanogenMod 12 nightly on my G900T (klte). Everything works great except for the default encryption password, which causes my phone to boot loop. I've formatted data and done factory ...
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Manually switch from ART to Dalvik

I wanted to try out the new ART runtime, but didn't realize my custom ROM doesn't support it. So now I am getting recurring Force Closed messages after booting, and can't get through to the settings ...
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Galaxy S GT-I9000: how to fix boot to recovery with Volume up+Power?

I have Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000) and I've installed Cyanogenmod 10 M2. I can reboot into recovery from Cyanogenmod (Hold Power button, select Reboot and Recovery). However, I cannot boot directly to ...
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How to install new Recovery image from .img file

I recently found that I could upgrade to the new CWM touch recovery version for my EVO 4g! However, to do this through the ROM manager app or get it directly onto the phone at all, it required a ...
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Is there a way to get a disk image of the user storage space on modern Android devices?

I want to know if it's possible to get a "disk image" of the storage space on Android devices when they don't use external storage like SD cards. I'm mostly interested because my kids factory reset ...
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How to convert .img to .tar to flash using Samsung odin tool?

I have downloaded touch recovery from clockworkmod website. How do I flash downloaded .img file using Odin / Mobile Odin tool?
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Fastboot's command boot

What can I do with fastboot's boot command?Can i boot into twrp recovey with my bootloader locked?I have to recover some data from my phone but I have adb disabled...I have a nexus 5 and I have ...
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Cyanogenmod custom recovery can't backup, restore or apply an update!

I just installed Cyanogenmod. It's my understanding Cyanogenmod is a ROM so I was bit suprised when my TWRP custom recovery was replaced by Cyanogenmod's own recovery. Why is this? Cyanogenmod's ...
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How to flash a custom recovery with heimdall (without touching the main system)?

The first recommended step in the installation of CyanogenMod on Samsung Galaxy S is flashing a custom recovery like ClockworkMod or the one from Replicant with a command like: heimdall flash --...
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Installing TWRP on a Samsung device, no fastboot (using ADB or other ways)

My device (Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300) is not detected by fastboot in Download Mode, but it is detected properly by adb. I want to install TWRP as my device recovery. Is there any way to install it using ...
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How do I enter Recovery mode without keyboard or Home button?

The phone is Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-i9100) with SlimROM installed recently. I was using Paranoid Android, and today I flashed SlimROM 4.4.4 and a gapps package. The latter one occured to be wrong for ...
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Data recovery on boot-looped Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9100

I have a boot-looped Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9100, running the Android 2.3 Gingerbread it came with, unrooted and unmodified (although Optus-branded). The phone's battery depleted while the phone was ...
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Blank screen when trying to boot into recovery mode on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

I am in the middle of trying to install Cyanogenmod on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 according to Wiki instructions and I'm getting stuck when I try to go into recovery mode. I tried to flash it to ...
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Does flashing stock ROM via Odin delete phone data?

So my Galaxy S6 is stuck in a boot loop and I've literally tried EVERYTHING already and nothing will solve the problem. Safe mode won't work, clearing the cache partition won't work and USB Debugging ...
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Samsung phone still bricked via FRP after factory reset

This is a continuation of this question, but here are the facts: I have a rooted Samsung Galaxy J1 Ace SM-J111F running the stock ROM in Android 5.1.1. I used this XDA-Developers guide to root it. It ...
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Micromax Funbook tablet frozen at boot screen. No clockwork mod recovery - how to restore?

I have a Micromax Funbook tablet (codename:P300) running Android 4.0.3. While playing with a file explorer, I accidentally moved a file from /system folder. Yes, the device came as rooted and I had ...
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Booting into twrp unsuccessful

Followed the steps mentioned in http://www.droidape.com/install-twrp-and-root-moto-g-2014-2nd-generation/ installed twrp successfully. But as I try to get into the recovery the screen shows the ...
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A different boot loop after flashing BLU phone

This is the same BLU Life One X as in Cannot get into recovery mode from boot-loop on BLU phone: I followed the instructions and flashed the phone with BLU_L0070UU_V12_GENERIC. I am still in a boot ...
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SIM Card not detected after failed recovery flash

I recently tried to install CWM on my rooted archos 40 titanium. Unlocking the bootloader using fastboot oem unlock doesn't work, I only got ellipses for a while. So I installed Mobiluncle tools and ...
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Nexus 5X bootloop, recovery mode doesn't exist

Yesterday my Nexus 5x froze and started bootlooping, it did start twice since yesterday but only for a couple of minutes. I tried going into the recovery mode, but as soon as I click the power button ...
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SGS doesn't go to download, recovery mode nor does it connect via USB after installing a battery MOD

I installed some app called "Galaxy s battery icon mod 2" on my rooted Samsung Galaxy S (with a lagfix OCLF), it required rebooting my handset. Then, it didn't boot up, my handset entered an infinite ...
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fastboot does not discover my device

I want to connect my device (Omega T107) in fastboot mode. I reboot in bootloader mode (adb reboot bootloader) Screen is black(0 light comming out of it) computer can discover it and driver installs ...