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How to Enter Recovery Mode on OnePlus 6

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OnePlus 6 might be one of the fastest Android based devices available on the market as the company states, but that doesn’t mean you will always enjoy a smooth and a stable Android experience. That’s mainly due to the bloatware that comes along with the Android UI and because of the third party apps and processes which will be afterwards installed. Anyway, some basic Android operations might help you smartly use your OnePlus 6 for getting the best results from its built-in Android software. And, in that respect, during this tutorial we will discuss about the recovery mode environment and about the ways in which this mode can be reached.

Your OnePlus 6 can be anytime rebooted into the stock recovery mode as this environment is pre-loaded by default. If you want to make an overall idea, from this stock mode you can make a hard reset, you can apply new OTAs, you can clear app data cache and perform similar other official operations. Shortly, from stock recovery you can apply maintenance, restoration and optimization processes. It is a way in which the Android OS can be accessed and then tweaked – remember that through stock recovery you can initiate only official procedures.

Anyway, if you choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom software, such as CWM or TWRP recovery, you can realize that the recovery mode menu can help you customize, optimize and personalize built-in settings, features, apps and overall the Android functionality. Bottom line, with the help of a custom recovery image you will be able to bump speeds, upgrade the battery life and improve general performance on your OnePlus 6.

And here are a few examples of tweaks that can be applied from a custom recovery image: you can root your OnePlus 6, you can add custom kernels and MODs, you can install custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, you can remove bloatware, you can make Nandroid backups and so much more.

As you can see, knowing how to enter recovery mode on your OnePlus 6 is recommended especially if you want to become an experienced Android user. And, in that respect, the great thing is that both stock and recovery platforms can be reached in the same way, by using one of the methods that are described and detailed during the following lines.

The recovery environment is hidden by default so it cannot be entered through built-in settings. Dedicated reboot sequences will have to be followed instead, but you shouldn’t worry about anything: the methods discussed above are official procedures, supported by your OEM and by Google; thus, you won’t lose your OnePlus 6 warranty nor the access to some built-in apps (that can happen only when you install the custom recovery image for example as in that situation you will be using a third party tool).

Moreover, applying the steps from below can be applied regardless of the state in which your OnePlus 6 is found in a certain moment and even if recent tweaks were applied. Bottom line, this tutorial will work even if your device is rooted, running on an unlocked bootloader, or running on a soft-bricked Android system (in that last case, you can use the recovery mode for applying dedicated troubleshooting solutions – for example, a hard reset can help you address the most common Android soft-related problems).

Now, before starting the steps explained below make sure that your OnePlus 6 isn’t running low on power – you should charge your smartphone before doing anything else if its power is currently lower than 50%. Do that as if a sudden shut down happens you will risk in experiencing software related malfunctions in the end.

Keep in mind that if you plan to use a custom recovery image for tweaking your phone, you should first think in saving your personal data. During certain customizations a wipe might be required and in that situation you can end up in losing important files from your handset. Thus, be precautious and choose to resume a general backup operation on your OnePlus 6 if you know that you are going to perform processes that are not supported by your OEM.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on OnePlus 6

Enter recovery using the classic method

  1. Power off your OnePlus 6 and wait a few seconds while this operation is completed.
  2. Next, press and hold (simultaneously) the Volume Down and the Power buttons.
  3. When you see the OnePlus icon displayed on your phone, release all keys.
  4. Enter your PIN code is it’s asked.
  5. That’s all, recovery mode should be displayed.

Enter recovery by executing adb commands

You need to use a computer on which Android SDK must be set up – thus, learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. On the PC that will be used your OnePlus 6 drivers must be also installed. Then, on your phone you must check the USB Debugging option which can be found under Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options. Note: you can enable Developer Options by tapping repeatedly on Built Number – after 7 or 10 repeated taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. And, finally, you need to:

  1. Open your computer and go to the Android SDK folder.
  2. In there, open a command prompt window: press and also hold the Shift keyboard key and while you do that right-click on any blank space; afterwards click on ‘open command prompt window here’.
  3. Switch on your OnePlus 6 and connect it with your computer with the help of its USB cable.
  4. In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot recover’ and press Enter.
  5. Just wait while the recovery mode menu will be automatically accessed on your device.

Enter recovery by using dedicated apps from Google Play

There are different third-party apps that can help you easily and quickly access the recovery mode menu as well as other similar modes that are running on your OnePlus 6. In that matter, you can try to use the Quick Boot app – go to Google Play, download and install the app on your phone, run the tool and follow on-screen prompts in order to go into the desired mode. Note: some of these third-party apps might require root access enabled on your Android device.

Well, those three methods are the easiest solutions that you can follow and apply when you need to enter recovery mode on your new OnePlus 6. If you have questions or if you want to share something in particular with us and with our other readers, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below – based on the info you provide we will afterwards try to assist you as soon as possible.