OnePlus 3 is a brand new Marshmallow powered smartphone. Well, it’s not quite a regular device as its specs are really breathtaking. However, if you managed to buy it already, then you should know that you can use your new OnePlus 3 on full power only if you learn how to perform the basic Android operations. Among these built-in processes we have the recovery mode, a dedicated environment through which you can access the internal system of your phone. Thus, if you want to learn how to enter this mode on your device, don’t hesitate and check all the guidelines from down below.
Like any other Android powered smartphone, the third gen. of the OnePlus comes pre-loaded with the stock Android recovery. This environment is hidden by default on your phone which means that you cannot access it from the regular settings. A dedicated reboot process must be performed instead. Well, this particular reboot sequence will be detailed during this tutorial – in fact I will show you three different methods through which you can access the recovery mode menu on the OnePlus 3.
Now, the stock recovery offers only limited access towards the OxygenOS that runs on the OnePlus 3 – you can complete only official operations such as making a hard reset, clearing app data cache or manually applying a new OTA. If you are an advanced Android user and if you want to power up the performance of your device or if you want to unlock its system, first you must replace the stock recovery environment with a custom software like TWRP or CWM recovery. Through this new recovery image you will be able to apply further custom operations such as flashing custom ROMs, installing custom kernels, adding .zip files, removing bloatware, overclocking or undervolting the CPU frequencies, install complex apps from Google Play or from other sources, make Nandroid backups and so on.
What’s important for us now is that through the reboot methods which are explained in this step by step guide you can easily, safely and quickly access both stock and custom recovery image on your own OnePlus 3. Moreover this tutorial is compatible with your phone, regardless the state in which your handset is found on a certain moment. Furthermore, entering recovery mode is an official operation, a basic Android process that is featured by default on your OnePlus 3. So, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty if you choose to resume the lines from below – moreover, you don’t have to use complex or risky tools for reaching the recovery environment.
Just rebooting your OnePlus 3 into recovery mode won’t interfere with your personal data, info, accounts or files. However, if you are planning in using this software for completing further custom operations, my recommendation is to backup everything before doing anything else – chances are you will have to wipe the system in order to tweak your handset. Thus, sync your data with your account, use cloud storage software or download backup and restore apps from Google Play and store your contacts, call logs, text messages, internet settings, IMEI / NVRAM data, EFS folder, market apps, images, videos, audio files and anything else you might use afterwards.
Another thing that must be performed before anything else is a charging process, if that’s required – if the battery power is currently lower than 50% (otherwise you can skip this operation). If you don’t charge your phone, it can get powered off while you try to put your OnePlus 3 into recovery mode; well, in that particular situation you risk in bricking your phone – various software related problems might be issued.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on OnePlus 3
Apply the hardware method
- The first thing you have to do is to power off your phone.
- Thus, press the Power key once and select “power off”; or press and hold the Power key for a few moments.
- Wait while the shut down process is completed.
- When done, press and hold (at the same time and for a few moments) the Power and the Volume Down buttons.
- Release these keys when the recovery mode is displayed.
- Use the Volume Up and Down buttons in order to scroll up and down in recovery and the Power key to select your option.
- If you want to go back to Android OS just select “reboot system now”.
Use the Android SDK utility
Another way in which you can reboot recovery mode on the OnePlus 3 is by using a more complex operation. For this method to work you will need to use a computer on which to install the Android SDK toolkit: learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. After doing so, make sure the OnePlus 3 USB drivers are installed on your PC. Finally, on your phone access “menu – settings – about phone” and tap 7 times repeatedly in order to become a developer; next, from “menu – settings – developer options” check the USB Debugging option. Finally, apply the steps from below:
- On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
- There, open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- Power on your phone.
- Connect your OnePlus 3 with your PC with the help of the USB cord.
- In the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
- That’s it; the desired mode will be displayed automatically.
Use a dedicated app from Google Play
The last method through which you can put your OnePlus 3 in recovery mode is by using a dedicated software which can be downloaded for free from Google Play. So, on your phone tap on the Google Play icon; then search for the Quick Boot app and download the software on your device. Wait while the app is installed and then run it. Just follow on screen prompts and wait while the recovery environment is automatically rebooted on your smartphone.
Well, those are the methods through which you can enter recovery mode on the OnePlus 3. Use the solution that you prefer the most but don’t forget to share your experience with us and with other users who might want to follow and apply this step by step guide. Enjoy.