Android 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.


The way of entering recovery is different for every vendor.[3]



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:[5]

  • Full backup and restore functionality
  • Applying unsigned update packages
  • USB mass storage access to SD cards
  • Full ADB access, with ADB running as root

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. ^ Aug 2021, Whitson Gordon 15; A.m, 5:36 (2021-08-14). "What to Do If Your Phone Won't Turn On". PCMag Australia. Retrieved 2021-09-11.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Hoffman, Chris. "How to Factory Reset Your Android Phone or Tablet When It Won't Boot". How-To Geek. Retrieved 2021-09-15.
  5. ^ 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.