How to Boot Into Recovery

By accessing the recovery on your phone, you’re able to perform a number of different functions that are useful to troubleshooting your phone. With the stock recovery, you’re able to do a factory reset, clear cache, and run system updates. If you have a custom recovery, you’ll also be able to do system backups and flash .ZIP files like those that can change your ROM or make big improvements to your system.

Each phone will have a specific method by which you can access the recovery on your device.

Button Combo Recovery Boot

Step 1: Power off your phone.
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Step 2: Consult the table below or the XDA forums to find the correct button combo for your device.

Samsung Galaxy
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  • POWER + VOLUME UP + HOME
LG
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  • POWER + VOLUME DOWN Hold until the LG Logo appears
  • Release and immediately press POWER + VOLUME DOWN again until you see the Reset Menu
  • Press the POWER button to hard reset, then you will reboot into recovery
HTC
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  • Navigate to Settings> Battery> Uncheck FASTBOOT.
  • Power phone off
  • Hold VOLUME DOWN + POWER for 5 seconds
  • Release POWER but continue to hold VOLUME DOWN
  • Once you are in the bootloader, use the VOLUME buttons to navigate to RECOVERY
  • Press POWER to select and enter recovery
Google Nexus
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  • Hold VOLUME UP + VOLUME DOWN + HOME until you are in the bootloader
  • Once you are in the bootloader, use the VOLUME buttons to navigate to RECOVERY
  • Press POWER to select and enter recovery
Sony Xperia
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  • POWER on phone until you see Sony Logo
  • Rapidly tap VOLUME UP or VOLUME DOWN until you are in recovery

For Rooted Devices

If you have a rooted device, your best option is to download an app called Quick Boot (Reboot) from Play. Just launch the app and press “Recovery” and crack bam you’re in business.

Boot to recovery using ADB

An XDA user had put together a nice tutorial on how to access recovery through ADB.

Once you have successfully booted into recovery, you are a Certified Hacker under United States Federal Law and you may be called on to defend the country in the event of a cyber attack on America’s mainframe.