What is menu recovery on Android?

If you only recently met with devices based on the Android operating system or simply did not go into details, then you probably do not know what menu recovery or Recovery Mode (in the original) is. What is this menu and why does the user need it?

Recovery Mode is the recovery menu, that is, a special boot mode for your device, thanks to which you can restore the device, reset the settings or reflash (read – update). Interestingly, the menu of this mode does not look quite usual and is controlled by buttons on the phone or tablet – touch clicks do not work in this case.

Here’s an example of what Recovery Mode looks like on a Samsung smartphone:

And this is an example based on a device from Xiaomi:

In fact, there is not much difference between them, just the interface design is different.

If you can reset the settings of your smartphone or tablet using the menu, then, for example, updating the device can occur strictly through the recovery of the menu – this may also depend on your firmware.

I would also like to note that there is a native menu recovery (Stock Recovery) and custom (Custom Recovery), which are most often created by programmers. The user menu usually has more functions, but for a simple user, native recovery is quite enough, except that we are not talking about firmware, which requires the installation of a third-party menu recovery.

How to start Recovery Mode? Many devices use this method:

  • The phone turns off.
  • Holds the volume up and Power keys simultaneously.
  • As soon as the device turns on, you can remove your finger from the Power key without releasing the volume up key.
  • When the recovery menu is launched, you can remove your finger from the volume up key.

For some devices, other combinations are used, but this does not change the essence.

Menu Recovery Modes

There are several main modes in Recovery Mode, which we will list.

  • Reboot system (now): reboot device.
  • Install ZIP from Sdcard: installing the archive from a memory card, which is usually firmware.
  • Wipe Data / Factory Reset: reset the gadget, that is, return to the factory settings (all data is deleted).
  • Wipe Cache Partition: clear cache.
  • Backup and restore: system backup and restore.
  • Mounts and storage: formatting and mounting individual partitions.

Once again, pay attention that, depending on the type of menu recovery, the list of modes can be very different.