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How To Enter Recovery Mode on LG G4

Have you bought the new LG G4? If you have, then you are now probably trying to learn how to properly use your new Android based device – no, I am not talking about general tasks, but about more dedicated Android related procedures. Thus, in that respect, I am going to help you out by detailing compatible tutorials. In that matter, during the following guidelines we will be checking on how to enter and use recovery mode on your LG G4.

If you are coming from another LG branded smartphone (such as the LG G3), then reaching recovery mode will be an intuitive process to achieve – the reboot sequence is in fact the same as it was for the LG G3. On the other hand, if you are using a LG device for the first time, then you will notice that entering recovery mode is a little bit different from other handsets, such as Samsung, Motorola or HTC. Anyway, either way, check all the guidelines from below and learn everything about this dedicated operation; I have explained everything so that even a newbie can understand why and how to use recovery mode on the LG G4.

First of all, you need to know that recovery represents an in built feature that can be accessed by default on your LG G4, like on any other Android based smartphones or tablets. This feature represents a hidden menu, or environment that links you, as the user, with your phone’s internal system, or Android OS. So, bottom line, through recovery mode you can optimize, customize, maintain, backup and tweak the Android system that powers your LG G4.

Of course, this access will be limited depending on the recovery mode that runs on your Android device. As you might know, by default, your phone comes pre installed with the stock recovery image, a feature that also has numerous factory and default restrictions – thus, your access will be limited by default (you can perform only official operations). But, if you choose to remove this stock recovery with a dedicated software (a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery), then you can really consider in taking your LG G4 to a higher level of performance.

You see, with a custom recovery image installed, you will be able to perform processes such as: ensuring root access, installing custom kernels, updating with custom ROMs (such as CyanogenMod, AOKP, or ParanoidAndroid), remove bloatware, overclock your Android device, making Nandroid backups and so on. Do note that replacing the stock recovery with a custom software implies in voiding the warranty of your G4, so be careful when doing so (that’s what happens when an unofficial operation is being applied).

Also, rebooting your LG G4 into recovery mode will be required if you will want to hard reset your device, if you want to clear cache, or if you will have to manually resolve different Android related software issues (like boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating problems, screen freeze, or total blackouts).

Good; so now you know when and why you have to use the recovery environment on your LG G4. Another thing to know is that entering recovery is official. Thus, completing this tutorial will not imply in using a complex or risky tool. Moreover, the process will remain official even if on your G4 a custom recovery is ensured, or if your phone is rooted or installed with a custom ROM firmware. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about – everything will be safe and secured, whether you are looking into tweaking your Android device, or if you are just thinking in applying an official Android operation.

Now, if you do want to use the recovery environment for applying a further unofficial process, before doing so, backup your LG G4 – when dealing with complex operations, your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. That’s why, you should at least consider in saving internet settings, IMEI / NVRAM data, the current ROM, or other general data such as images, videos, audio files, market apps, contacts list, call logs and text messages – in that respect you can use a cloud storage platform, backup and restore apps from Google Play, or a computer.

You are now ready to check how you can easily enter and use recovery mode on your LG G4.

How To Enter Recovery Mode on LG G4

Method 1 – Use Hardware Buttons

  1. Turn off your LG G4 (complete a full shut down process – press power key and select “power off” or press and hold power button for a few moments).
  2. Then, press and hold Power and Volume Down buttons – don’t release the keys.
  3. Keep pressing the buttons until the LG Logo is being displayed.
  4. At that point release the buttons for about 1 second.
  5. After that immediately press and hold Power and Volume Down keys pressed once more.
  6. The recovery mode menu should be then displayed on your LG G4.
  7. You can use Volume Up and Down buttons in order to scroll up and down and you can press Power key to select.
  8. Choose “reboot system now” when you are ready to go back to Android OS.

Method 2 – Use the Quick Boot App

  1. Root access is being required for this method.
  2. Access Google Play on your LG G4.
  3. From there search for the Quick Boot app.
  4. Download and install the tool on your smartphone.
  5. Launch the app and follow on screen prompts in order to reboot into recovery mode – select “recovery mode”.
  6. The reboot sequence will be automatically completed.

Method 3 – Use Android SDK and ADB commands

For being able to complete this step you will have to use a computer (on which Android SDK must be installed, so learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux), your phone and its USB cable. On the computer you should temporarily deactivate antivirus protection, while on your smartphone you should gain developer rights (go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap several times on built number until a message is being displayed on your LG G4) and enable USB debugging option (from “menu – settings – developer options”). Next, you have to follow:

  1. On your computer navigate towards the Android SDK folder.
  2. Connect your LG G4 with your PC – plug in the USB cord in that matter.
  3. Now, open a command prompt window on your computer – press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space, within the Android SDK folder.
  4. On the cmd window type “adb reboot recovery”.
  5. Wait while recovery mode will be automatically rebooted on your LG G4.


Those were the most common and also the easiest ways in which recovery mode can be reached on the LG G4. So, use any method you prefer and then share your experience with us and with other Android users who might need a second opinion on this step by step guide.

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  • Kamina

    these instructions are wrong. At no point do you let go of the volume down button. only power button is to be released when the logo flashes

    • Kamina is Useful

      Thank you! Was not sure why it wouldn’t work, but your comment was correct.

    • John

      On my Verizon G4 you press the VOL DOWN and then press the PWR and hold both until the recovery mode screen appears.

  • Pfundlex

    I weren’t able to access the recovery with the Hardware buttons in my branded G4 (Drei AT) 🙁

  • ricotee

    These instructions are WRONG for the TMobile G4 also. Same as Kamina stated — never let go of the Vol Down button. Hold VOL DOWN & POWER, when LG Logo appears, let go of POWER only, for a second and the press and hold Power again. Never let go of Vol Down.

    • Finally something that worked for me.

    • Zaki Shahid

      thanks buddy

  • Gman

    These instructions were the first ones that worked, after searching so many forums and youtube videos.

    I have a Sprint G4

    • raza haroon khan

      I have also Sprint G4 my phone stuck on LG Logo.. how this issue is resolved… plz reply…

  • Mike Cooper-Hollis

    Kamina is correct. Although it only gives me the option to factory data reset. Following the prompts it only reboots the phone back into the boot loop problem. No actual factory reset happens.

  • Bill Meyers

    The LG G4 has been a horrible phone, finally got rid of it and will never buy LG junk again. Three different phones and all had different problems. One started smoking and melted the inside of the phone, another half the screen would go out and the last one got stuck in the boot loop and would not recover.

  • As others said never let go of the volume down button (European version, no branding).
    Method 1 doesn’t work for me, i just takes me into the stock recovery mode where all i can do is factory reset, haven’t tried method 2.
    Method 3 is the only one that works for me (to get into TWRP), but i don’t use Android SDK i use ‘Minimal ADB and Fastboot’ (same command)

  • Pete Thompson


    Dont let go of the down volume EVER. Then it will work