Everyone should know how to boot their Android smartphone into Recovery Mode so let me show you how this is done on the Nexus 6P.
Recovery Mode isn’t always for recovering from a bootloop or a mistake that was made. Sure, you can perform a factory reset on the Nexus 6P from within the Recovery Mode and this is needed if you cannot boot up into Android. However, Recovery Mode can be used to do all sorts of things from sideloading an OTA update to wiping the entire cache partition on your Nexus 6P.
If you do run into a bootloop on the Nexus 6P though, you will need to access the device’s Recovery Mode in order to perform the factory reset.
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I will talk about how ot do both a soft and a hard factory reset later but first let me show you how to boot into Recovery Mode. Accessing Android’s Recovery Mode isn’t as straight forwards as booting into Fastboot Mode, but you will need to boot into Fastboot Mode before you can access Recovery Mode(as confusing as it sounds).
Nexus 6P Recovery Mode
- Power Down the Nexus 6P
- Boot the Nexus 6P into Fastboot Mode
- Once in Fastboot Mode, Press the volume Down Button Twice
- This Should Highlight the ‘Recovery’ Option
- When ‘Recovery’ is Highlighted, Press the Power Button to Select This Option
- This Will Take You to a Black Screen with a Green Android Laying Down
- From Here, Press and Hold the the Power Button, Then Press the Volume Up Button
- When Done Right, You’ll Immediately be Taken to the Recovery Mode Menu
Since we need to access Fastboot Mode on the Nexus 6P before we can get into Recovery Mode, you might need to follow the linked tutorial in the guide above to get you into Fastboot Mode. Once you are in Fastboot Mode, the touch screen will not work so you need to navigate through the menus with the Power and Volume buttons. Press the Volume Down button until you see the option ‘Recovery’.
Then press the Power button to select this option and you’ll be taken to a splash screen of sorts for the Nexus 6P’s Recovery Mode. However, nothing happens here until you press a combination of buttons at the exact same time. So to get past the splash screen, you need to press the hold the Power button and then press the Volume Up button while still holding the Power button. As soon as you press the Volume Up button, you should instantly be taken into Recovery Mode. It may take a number of tries before you get it right, and you don’t have to hold them down at all. Just a simple press of these two buttons(in the right order) will trigger it properly and take you into Recovery Mode on the Nexus 6P.
When you get into Recovery Mode on the Nexus 6P, it will be similar to Fastboot Mode where the touch screen doesn’t work. Again, you’ll need to use the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons to navigate through the menus. From here, you can do a factory reset, sideload OTA updates and more. For now though, you probably just want to reboot out of this mode and back into the regular Android OS. To do this, make sure the ‘Reboot System Now’ option is highlighted and then press the Power button to select it.