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 can I reboot into recovery from fastboot?

I have a phone that is bootlooping after a power failure + battery depletion during system encryption. How it got bricked isn't important here, the trouble is that I can't get into the recovery mode. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What are the differences between ClockworkMod and Team Win Recovery for the Nexus 7?

My Nexus 7 is running on 4.2.1 and has the latest build version. According to the Nexus 7 Root Toolkit, it is giving me an option to flash one of the following recovery menus: CWM Touch TWRP Touch ...
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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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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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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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How to enable USB Debugging from recovery mode?

My phone screen broke. I can't see anything, and the touch screen doesn't work. I can't buy a new phone, so I'm not looking into backing up my data, I want to be able to use it from my pc. I have a ...
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Device boots normally, but cannot enter recovery or fastboot

I have secondhand Vodafone Smart Tab 4G. It seems to me that previous owner messed something up. The device boots normally but I cannot enter either bootloader, fastboot, or recovery. I have tried HW ...
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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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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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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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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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Boot Android Virtual Device into recovery mode

I am trying to install the Google Applications packages on an Android virtual device (emulator), and one of the steps requires me to be in recovery mode. I tried adb reboot recovery, adb reboot ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to root an Android phone without unlocking the bootloader?

I've tried almost any method to root my ASUS ZenFone Live, but no one seems to work. Also I only need root, no unlocked bootloader (don't want to wipe data) or custom recovery (not essential ATM).
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Windows doesn't recognize Nexus 7 in recovery mode

So I have the Nexus 7 (2012). When the tablet is on and USB debugging is enabled, ADB recognizes it. But when I shut it off and put it into recovery mode, then press power and volume up to sideload, ...
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What happens to the battery during bootloader/recovery?

I want to know what happens to the battery (does it charge/discharge/stay constant?) when the device is in bootloader or recovery mode. In both of these modes, a USB may or may not be connected. If ...
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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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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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Failed upgrade, now stuck in recovery mode

My Galaxy Note is stuck in recovery mode and I'm not sure what to do next. Here's what happened: After connecting to wifi, a software update was downloaded and a message asked me to install it. I ...
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How to back up user data from recovery mode?

My micromax canvas nitro A311 is stuck in boot loop.I have tried to solve the boot loop problem but couldn't succeed.The only solution seems to me is to format my phone.I am able to go to the recovery ...
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How to delete backups made using Clockworkmod?

Splitting this question from the comments to my answer to How to install ClockworkMOD Recovery on Sony Xperia Neo V (MT11a)? Erik, one last thing. I accidentally made an extra backup which didn't ...
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Fix permission option removed from CWM recovery 6.0.3.6

I updated to latest ClockWorkMode recovery in my Galaxy S 3(AT&T,d2att). New version is 6.0.3.6. And noticed that Fix Permission option is removed from it. I used that option when flasing ROMs. I ...
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Can one avoid losing everything on a Galaxy Nexus when applying a new ROM (safely)?

The makers of most ROMs suggest that you do a full device wipe when moving from one ROM to another. I have also found this is usually good practice, so data from the previous ROM does not affect the ...
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Simple exit to "downloading don't turn off target " downloading mode

As a curious newbie I went into downloading mode in my Samsung Galaxy S3 by pressing Vol down+center Home+power button. After that I got options to press Vol up key to continue and Vol down key to ...
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Can't mount sdcard from Recovery Mode/Clockworkmod [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can I not access the cyanogenmod zip on my sd card? I'm trying to install a custom ROM on my rooted Galaxy S2, I've been following this guide: http://www.theandroidsoul....
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What does rooting, bootloader, twrp and recovery mean? [closed]

I have just bought an android phone and I want to get the latest OS. However, I must root and unlock bootloader and recovery. I understand that to root something you gain administrative privileges. ...
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Possible to do Nandroid Backup BEFORE unlocking bootloader?

I have a stock Atrix 4G with Froyo (2.2.2) (Version.4.1.83.MB860.ATT.en.US). It's past warranty, so I'm not worried about voiding the warranty. As one would expect, the stock recovery doesn't offer ...
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Sony Xperia Z stuck in a bootloop

My Xperia Z is stuck int a bootloop. It goes up to the colorful waves and then it restarts. It was connected with USB in charging mode. Suddenly, it starts restarting. I thought it might be carrying ...
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TWRP stuck at splash screen - Nexus 6P Android N

I am following this guide: [GUIDE] Unlock/Root/Flash for Nexus 6P The bootloader is already unlocked. Now I'm trying to flash the TWRP recovery. (Section 2). As the device runs Android N, I first ...
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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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userdata .backup android

My tablet is not rooted. I made a backup of it through console (in recovery mode): boot my tablet in recovery mode go down to menu "backup user data" After that, in my sdcard, I have three files: ...
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Why does Android drop files I transfer to SDCard while in recovery mode?

Here's my situation: I have a Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4g. It is rooted, unlocked, and loaded with CyanogenMod 10.1. I am attaching it to a Windows 8 machine via USB cable. Recently, the phone went ...
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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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what does "flash recovery" mean?

In the instructions for ClockworkMod Recovery for Galaxy S i9000, there is: Step 2. Flash Recovery. I don't understand what this means. Which recovery to flash? How to do this? (With a USB cable, ...
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Can't use `adb shell` in recovery mode

I have a Chinese tablet named Quest. I have accidentally repeated the pattern lock more than 5 times. Now I have also forgotten the email address. So for a factory reset of my tablet, I simply booted ...
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Galaxy S not responsive after an aborted firmware update

I just bought this Samsung Galaxy S, installed the Kies software, then it automatically downloaded an update for my phone. I plugged in my phone and it began the update. After a few seconds the ...
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ADB app uninstall from bootloader

I have a Galaxy Core Duos that I was playing with. It is stock rom, unrooted. However, I installed one app which is crashing the phone after startup. So I cannot use the phone anymore and I need to ...
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Shell script to reboot into recovery and install zip

Okay, without getting too deep into details, I'm looking to automate the installation of a flashable zip (must be flashed from recovery). For now, I can use the command "reboot recovery" in a shell ...
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