The bootloader is needed to access recovery mode, which is important for wiping, factory restore and flashing ROMs.
On Samsung devices it is known as download mode and is separate from Recovery Mode. Today we explain how to access it from your Android smartphone, plus a video demonstration.
To enter recovery mode not all manufacturers opt for the same combination of keys although most look somewhat alike. You can quickly access the different manufacturers from these links:
- Samsung (modo download y recovery)
Recovery Mode on Google
Recovery mode in Pixel and Nexus
- To enter Recovery mode on a Nexus or Pixel:
- Turn off the device and wait a few seconds to make sure it’s off.
- Press volume down and the power button until it turns on.
- The bootloader menu will appear.
- With the volume keys we can go up and down by the options
- Select Recovery Mode.
- Once selected, press the power button to enter.
- If an android lying down with a red warning symbol and “No commands” appears, press the power button and a tap on volume up without releasing power.
Download Mode in Samsung
Download mode is the special boot and installation manager for Samsung devices. Displays some device information such as the flash counter.
Through this mode we can connect it with Odin and install another firmware or a Custom Recovery in our Samsung. To enter this mode the key combination is very particular to Samsung terminals:
- Turn off the terminal completely.
- Press volume down, start button and power button at the same time.
- Accept with volume up.
Samsung Recovery Mode
If we have installed a Custom Recovery, like ClockWork Mode, in our Samsung we will have to use another type of combination of keys to access it:
- Turn off the terminal.
- Now press volume up, start button and power button at the same time.
- When you start, you will be in recovery mode.
- To move through the options use the volume up and volume down buttons. To accept use the start button or the power button.
Recovery Mode in Motorola/Lenovo
To access Recovery mode for a Motorola or Lenovo device:
- First we have to shut down the device.
- Now we’ll press volume down and the power button until it turns on.
- We will enter the bootloader.
- With the volume keys we can move (the touch screen does not work in this mode) through the different options until we find the Recovery Mode.
- Once selected we enter pressed on the button of ignition.
- If an android appears lying down with a red warning symbol and underneath it says “No commands” we must hold down the power button and press once to increase volume.
Manual updates, wipes and hard resets (factory restoration) can be made from it. We can also install a custom recovery to be able to flash ROMs or applications from zip files.
Recovery Mode in LG
In LG we have several steps when pressing the key combinations to access the Recovery mode:
- Turn off the device and wait a few seconds until it is completely turned off.
- Press volume down and power button if you release them.
- When the LG logo appears, release the power button for a moment and press the same combination again until the Hard Reset option appears or recovery mode if you have installed one.
Recovery Mode in HTC
In the case of HTC it can be a little different:
- Not all models have this step. With the device turned on, go to Settings > Battery and uncheck the Fast boot box.
- Turn off the device and wait a few seconds.
- Press the power button and the volume down at the same time for a few seconds.
- Once the menu appears we can move with the volume keys by the different options and choose ‘Recovery’ (if this option does not appear we must choose reboot to bootloader and here reboot to recovery).
- Press the power button to confirm.
Recovery Mode on ASUS
In ASUS is very simple and fast but the combination of keys is different:
- Completely shuts off the device.
- Press power button and volume up until an adroid appears on the screen.
- After a few seconds the Recovery Mode options will appear, such as ‘Factory reset’.
- With the volume up and volume down buttons we will be able to mark the option we want.
- Clicking on the power button will accept our selection.
Recovery Mode in Huawei
The recovery mode of Huawei is very similar to the previous ones:
- Turn off the device and wait until it is completely turned off.
- Press volume up and the power button until it turns on, and you can release.
- Once started, Huawei’s recovery mode will appear.
- To move through the options use the volume buttons and the power button to confirm.
Recovery Mode in Xiaomi
In Xiaomi we can enter the recovery mode in two ways, through the update screen or with a combination of keys.
If the smartphone is turned on:
- Go directly to the updater application.
- At the top right click on the three points.
- Choose Reboot to Recovery mode from the drop down menu.
If the smartphone is turned off:
- Press volume up and power button at the same time
If in the combination of keys we make a mistake and press volume down we will enter the fastboot (prototail to connect to the computer). To turn off the device press the power button for at least 12 seconds.
Recovery Mode in BQ
BQ smartphones have a software very similar to a Nexus or a Motorola because they do not modify much the Android code released by google. To access the recovery mode on a BQ device we must follow the steps below:
- Turn off the device.
- Press volume up and power button at the same time.
- Release the buttons when you vibrate and after the logo the recovery menu will appear.