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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Huawei Phones

The recovery mode in Android is a bootable partition with the recovery console installed. Entering the recovery mode is possible with the help of key presses or a series of instructions from the command line. The console has tools that will assist in repair or recovery of the installation along with the installation of the official operating system updates. As the android operating system is open and recovery source code is available, it is possible to build customized version with different options.

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Part 1: What is Recovery Mode?

Huawei Phones use customized version of the recovery mode instead of the stock Android. It is very easy to use, and the recovery mode gives access to basic maintenance functions such as erasing cache, data, and more. It is also possible to install OTA (over-the-air) updates straight to the phone. Although many users do not have the necessary knowledge about using custom recovery modes, technocrats use leading recovery systems such as TWRP or ClockworkMod.

The first function that appears will give you the ability to apply an update. It is a very handy feature. A firmware update from Huawei causes the phone to boot into recovery mode. It is also possible to update the firmware by downloading the update zip folder from the Internet. It is helpful when there are long delays in the updates.

Then comes the factory reset or wipe data option along with erasing cache. Using this tool is useful when the device is running short of space or when it requires a complete reset. The erasing cache will only delete all the temporary files stored in the system while choosing factory reset option will wipe the entire data without leaving any traces of user data. Using these tools is helpful when the device slow-downs or force closes.

The recovery mode is a crucial partition with advanced capabilities that are usually not present in the stock Android system. Therefore, it is necessary to use it with utmost care. However, a series of validation checks ensure that the process has minimal errors that reduce the appearance of fatal problems.

Custom recovery applications utilize the stock Android operating system. The difference is the availability of a number of options that enhance the capability of the custom recovery mode. Advanced options include system-wide backups, formatting each partition, fixing permission issues, and much more.

Part 2: Why do We Need to Use the Recovery Mode?

Using the recovery mode will be helpful in repairing the installation of the operating system or recovering data. The recovery mode has two different approaches - stock recovery and custom android recovery. The stock recovery is the official code available from the developer with limitations. The primary intention of the code is to erase all the files and user data or perform a complete system update.

Custom Android recovery offers greater possibilities than the stock recovery mode. The coding allows the user to use backup and restores functions, erase selective data without wiping everything from the system, and modify the system to allow update packages that do not contain digital signatures from official sources. It is also possible to create partitions so that, it is possible to copy files to the new partition without using an external SD card.

Using the recovery mode will be helpful in repairing the installation of the operating system or recovering data. The recovery mode has two different approaches - stock recovery and custom android recovery. The stock recovery is the official code available from the developer with limitations. The primary intention of the code is to erase all the files and user data or perform a complete system update.

Custom Android recovery offers greater possibilities than the stock recovery mode. The coding allows the user to use backup and restores functions, erase selective data without wiping everything from the system, and modify the system to allow update packages that do not contain digital signatures from official sources. It is also possible to create partitions so that, it is possible to copy files to the new partition without using an external SD card.

Part 3: Entering Recovery Mode on Huawei Phones

Entering recovery mode on Huawei phones is possible either by using hardware buttons or by using ADB on computers.

Entering recovery mode using hardware buttons

1. Power OFF the device using the power button available on the side or the top of the handset

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Note that the power button on the device changes from one model to another.

2. The second step requires holding the combination of buttons, the power button and volume up key, for a few seconds.

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3. After a few seconds, the device displays the Android image.

4. Use the power button to enter into the Recovery Mode.

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5. Use the volume rocker to select the required option or tool to reset the device or wipe data accordingly.

6. Confirm the selected option by using the power button.

7. Restart the phone by selecting "reboot system now" using the volume keys and confirming it using the power button.

Part 4: Entering Recovery Mode using ADB on computers

1. On Windows computers

  • Step 1: Install the ADB drivers on the computer along with the required USB drivers.
  • Step 2: Ensure to configure the ADB on the computer.
  • Step 3: Connect the handset to the computer using a USB cable and install the ADB drivers if needed.
  • Step 4: Ensure that the computer already possesses the required Android SDK platform directory. Navigate to the folder and open command prompt (Shift+Right click in the folder > open command prompt).
  • Step 5: Type adb reboot recovery and press enter in the command prompt window.
  • Step 6: The Huawei handset power OFFs and then boots into the Recovery Mode. Navigate to the required option or feature using the volume keys and confirming selective action using the power button.

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2. On Mac computers

  • Step 1: Install the ADB drivers on the computer along with the necessary USB drivers.
  • Step 2: Configure ADB according to the necessity of the computer.
  • Step 3: Connect the phone to the Mac using a USB cable. Install ADB drivers if necessary.
  • Step 4: Ensure that the Mac has already the Android SDK folder in a particular location.
  • Step 5: Open the terminal app on the Mac, enter the following command:
  • /<PATH>/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb reboot recovery
  • Step 6: Execution of the command will turn off the device and allow it to boot into the recovery mode. Navigation is possible by choosing the volume keys and selecting the particular action is by pressing the power button.

One can enter the recovery mode by following the sequential procedures as explained above. However, it is important to use the recovery mode with caution and knowledge on the tools present in the mode. Taking a system backup is preferable before proceeding ahead with factory reset or recovering the device.

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