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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Huawei P9

The recovery mode is a dedicated environment which can be easily accessed on your Huawei P9. However, since this environment is also hidden by default you must first learn the reboot sequence that must be completed in order to get to recovery. Well, that’s exactly what we will be checking during the following guidelines – you will actually be able to learn three different methods that will bring the recovery mode menu on your Huawei P9 within seconds.

The recovery mode is a feature which is supported by all the Android powered smartphones and tablets. In fact this feature comes pre-loaded on your device, whether we talk about mid range or high end handsets. So, as a conclusion your Huawei P9 has it too. What can you do through this environment? In a few words you can ‘communicate’ with your phone’s internal system. Thus, the recovery is establishing a virtual link between you and the Android core.

By default you can use the recovery mode menu for completing stock customization procedures: make a hard reset, clear app data cache, backup your data, manage OTAs and so on. However, a downside is that you cannot perform custom / tweaking procedures: the stock recovery is loaded with different factory and default restrictions. So, for gaining further control you will have to install a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery, on your Huawei P9. Through this new custom environment you will be able to install .zip files, to make Nandroid backups, to remove bloatware, to install custom ROMs, to flash custom kernels, to overclock / undervolt your Android device, to gain root access and so on.

What is important for you now is the following aspect: this step by step guide will work in the same way for both stock and custom recovery images. So, the steps from down below will work regardless the state in which your Huawei P9 is found in a certain moment.

Do note: installing a custom recovery image is not an official process – by doing so you will lose your phone’s warranty. Also, before using a custom recovery or before making a process similar with the hard reset make sure you backup your Huawei P9 or else you will lose everything that’s important for you. Usually the backup can be easily ensured by syncing your data with your account, by downloading and using compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play or by managing other similar cloud storage platforms.

On the other hand, reaching or rebooting recovery is an official operation supported by Google and by Huawei – you won’t risk anything by using the steps from below and you won’t lose your phone’s warranty by applying this guide. Being an official operation you won’t have to use third party apps or other risky programs and tools.

What you need to do is to check the battery status from your Huawei P9. I recommend you to charge your smartphone before trying to access the recovery environment if the power left is lower than 50%. If you don’t charge your P9 then you smartphone might get turned off right in the middle of the reboot sequence. In that particular situation different software related problems might be issued and you might end up in experiencing bugs, lags, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, screen freeze, total blackouts and so on.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Huawei P9

The classic way

  1. Start by powering off your Huawei P9: press and hold the Power key for a few seconds or press the Power button once and select “Power off”.
  2. Wait while the shut down operation is completed.
  3. Now, press and hold, at the same time, the Power and the Volume Up keys.
  4. When the Huawei logo is being displayed, release the keys.
  5. That’s it; the recovery mode menu should now be displayed on your phone.
  6. Use the Volume buttons in order to scroll up and down and the Power key in order to select your options.
  7. You can go back to Android mode by selecting “reboot system now”.

The Android SDK method

Another way in which you can put your Huawei P9 into recovery mode is by executing a dedicated adb command. In order to do so, first you will have to ensure: a computer is required; on this computer install Android SDK – learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux; on your computer install the P9 USB drivers; on your phone go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap 7 times on Built Number in order to become a developer; then, from “menu – settings – developer options” check the USB Debugging field. Finally, follow the steps from below:

  1. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  2. Power on your device.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  4. Within the Android SDK folder open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
  5. In the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
  6. That’s it; recovery mode should be now displayed on your Huawei P9.

The third party app method

If you have a rooted device you can try another solution: tap on the Google Play icon and search for the Quick Boot app. Download the tool and wait while it is installed. Then, run it and just follow on screen prompts in order to resume the reboot sequence.

Good work. You should now know how to access recovery mode on your Huawei P9. Enjoy and tell us if you need further assistance – in that respect use the comments field from down below.

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