The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) booted into recovery mode
The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) booted into recovery mode

The Android recovery mode is a mode of Android used for installing updates.[1][2] It consists of a Linux kernel with ramdisk on a separate partition from the main Android system.

Recovery mode can be useful when a phone is stuck in a bootloop or when it has been infected with malware.[3]


The way of entering recovery is different for every vendor.[4]



Features of the recovery mode usually include:

Custom recovery

The recovery that is preinstalled on Android can be replaced by other software, such as TWRP or ClockWorkMod. It can include features such as:[6]

See also


  1. ^ Morgillo, Ivan (2016). Learning embedded Android N programming: create the perfectly customized system by unleashing the power of Android OS on your embedded device. Stefano Viola. Birmingham, UK. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-78528-328-4. OCLC 957278992.
  2. ^ Tamma, Rohit (2015). Learning Android forensics: a hands-on guide to Android forensics, from setting up the forensic workstation to analyzing key forensic artifacts. Donnie Tindall. Birmingham, UK. pp. 61–63. ISBN 978-1-78217-444-8. OCLC 910639389.
  3. ^ Hill, Simon. "How to Use Android Recovery Mode". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  4. ^ Gordon, Whitson (2021-08-14). "What to Do If Your Phone Won't Turn On". PCMag Australia. Retrieved 2021-09-11.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Hoffman, Chris. "How to Factory Reset Your Android Phone or Tablet When It Won't Boot". How-To Geek. Retrieved 2021-09-15.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Skulkin, Oleg (2018). Learning Android Forensics: Analyze Android Devices with the Latest Forensic Tools and Techniques, 2nd Edition. Donnie Tindall, Rohit Tamma (2nd ed.). Birmingham: Packt Publishing Ltd. pp. 63–65. ISBN 978-1-78913-749-1. OCLC 1082187226.