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What Is Recovery Mode?
Recovery Mode is a feature in Android phones which is used in the case when your device is not working right. For instance, your device starts to have some bugs that cause problems while you do your work, battery issues, internet connectivity, or slowing down the phone. Recovery mode can be the solution to all the problems that can occur in an Android phone.
Recovery mode in Android phones is a partition in the Android storage system with a recovery file to help restore your phone to system settings and fix the problems. Not only the recovery mode can be used to fix problems with Android phones, but you can also use it to have the update installed on your phone which is not pushed by the brand via over the air.
With recovery mode, you need to know that you will not be able to use the touch of your screen. With this mind, you will have only to use the volume rockers, or you can say volume up and volume down button to navigate to the options in recovery mode. Also, you will be using the power button to enter the option you have selected.
You need to be cautious when using the recovery mode in Android mode, and you need to make sure that the volume buttons and power button of your phone are working properly. With a faulty button, you can access the wrong options, which can result in permanent deleting of your data. Also, there is no option to undo the settings you have done, so you need to think twice before selecting any of the options.
How To Enable Recovery Mode?
Enabling recovery mode in Android mode is easy; all you have to do is press the power and volume button. First of all, shut down your phone. But before that, ensure that you have the complete back up of your phone. Having a backup of Android phones is essential because even if you end up with a factory resetting your phone, you will have a safe side with back up on your external storage.
Once you have backed up your data, shut down your phone. Now press volume up and power button together to enter the recovery mode in the Android phones. It is to be noted that in some phones, you can enter the recovery mode by pressing the volume down and power button option.
Many phones with custom ROMS have alternatives to recovery mode, and they also have the option to fast boot. In phones from Xiaomi and Realme, you will enter the fast boot option upon pressing the volume down and power option, whereas with pressing volume up and power button together, you will enter the recovery mode on your phone.
Options In Recovery Mode
There are many options you can see in recovery mode. Well, with custom ROM developers, you will see different options in recovery mode, and you will also find some options missing in recovery mode.
Options that you will see in the recovery mode are-
Reboot To System- With this option, you will be able to restart your phone and successfully enter your system without having any data loss. You can use this option to reboot to the system successfully if you do not want to perform any of the tasks with the recovery mode.
Apply From ADB- You can use this option for updating your phone using your computer. ADB means Android Debug Bridge, which means a connection between your phone and your computer. Using this option, you will be able to connect your phone to your computer with the help of a cable. With this option, you will be able to apply the update on your phone with the help of your PC. This feature is used by developers to test the software.
Apply From External Storage-Using the option of applying updates using external storage, and you will be able to apply updates on your phone using the external storage option. External storage means the SD card you have on your phone. For applying the updates using the option ‘Apply from external storage,’ you will have to first move or copy the update file to your SD card without any folder. You will have to move the update file to the /sdcard folder to proceed further.
Once you have successfully moved your file to external storage, enter the recovery mode, and use it. You will see that your phone will start installing updates. Make sure to download the updates from the official store of the phone manufacturer to get the legit firmware release.
Apply Update From Cache- This method can help update your phone by connecting your phone to an internet connection. If your phone does not have any external storage or cannot download the update using the ADB, this method might prove helpful to you. When your device is connected to the internet, then with this functionality, you will be able to download the updates.
To use this method, you will first have to gain root access to your phone. It means that you should be able to access the directory android/cache/ which can only be accessed if you are a superuser.
Wipe Data/ Factory Reset- With using this method, you will be able to wipe all the data on your phone. This option can be helpful when you have forgotten your password, or you are selling your phone. Enabling this option will prompt you to reset your phone to factory settings.
This option will wipe all the data, such as your contacts, your photos, messages, and every other setting done on your phone, and will set your phone as the brand new phone. Before proceeding with this feature, make sure that you will not be able to undo this feature.
If you have applied FRP i.e., Factory reset protection then you will have to login with the credentials of your earlier login accounts to get access to your phone after factory reset. If you are selling your phone then you will have to turn this feature off.
Wipe Cache Partition- Cache partition is part of your phone’s memory where your apps’ temporary data is stored. A lot of caches and heavy chunk files stored on your phone can cause your phone to slow up. With wipe cache partition, you will be able to format the partition of all the cache files stored on your phone, and this will eventually cause your phone to speed up a bit.
This can help overcome some temporary problems your phone is causing, such as the fast draining of the battery. It is to be noted that wipe cache partition will help solve only temporary problems and speed up your phone, but if your phone is too slow, you will have to reset it. Wipe cache partition does help solve problems but is not the problem for all the problems.
When To Use Recovery Mode?
You can use recovery mode when you are selling your device to ensure all the data and accounts on your phone have successfully been deleted. You can also use this feature in Android phones if you have forgotten your password or have slowed down. With recovery mode, you will be able to reset your phone.
Does recovery mode delete everything on your phone?
Not entering the recovery mode deletes everything on your phone, but the data on your phone gets deleted when you have opted to go for a factory reset option in the recovery mode.
What does reboot to recovery mode mean?
Reboot to recovery mode means you will be prompted to recovery mode when switching on your device.
Does factory reset remove all data?
Yes, factory reset removes all the data, such as your contacts, messages, apps installed, photos, and all your accounts on your phone. With a factory reset, your phone will be restored to factory settings.
What is the difference between recovery mode and factory mode?
Factory mode is an option in the recovery mode, using which your phone will be reset to the factory settings. Factory mode means your phone is restored to factory settings. Whereas, recovery mode is the feature of an Android phone, which can be used to recover and repair your phone of software issues.