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How to Enter Recovery Mode on the Nokia 6

Nokia is trying to make a comeback and comes with a refreshed concept and with new devices that are powered by the Android platform. The Nokia 6 is most likely the most desirable smartphone since it’s combining three important elements: an affordable price tag, decent to high-end performance and a premium-like design. Anyway, today I’m not going to talk about Nokia’s plans and achievements but about a basic Android operation that can be completed on the Nokia 6.

So, this is going to be a dedicated tutorial available for the Nokia 6 users that will detail the recovery mode menu and the methods that can be used and applied for bringing this hidden by default mode on the already mentioned smartphone.

Why learning about the recovery mode? Well, the advantages of using this environment are quite various since the mode is there to offer limited / unlimited (depending on the recovery platform that’s used) access towards the Android system. Now, along with the advantages we will also discuss about risks and pre-requisites, meaning that this guide is suitable even if you are on your first Android experience.

The recovery mode is a software that’s pre-loaded on the Android platform. Thus, this software will be running on the Nokia 6 too. Recovery mode is also running independently from the Android mode which makes it unreachable within built-in settings – basically that’s why you can enter recovery only through dedicated reboot procedures. Overall, the main idea is that your phone is coming pre-installed with the stock Android recovery mode which can be access without problems by following a dedicated reboot sequence.

Moreover, reaching recovery can be done in an official way – you don’t have to use third party apps or risky programs for completing the basic Android operation. So, the warranty of your Nokia 6 won’t get void while you choose to apply the steps from below – this is not a tweaking process, but a supported operation. Also, you can use the steps from below for accessing this mode even if your device is rooted, running on an unlocked bootloader, flashed with a custom ROM firmware and so on – from this perspective this is an universal tutorial, so you can safely bookmark this page as who knows when you will need certain info.

Through the stock recovery image you can only initiate official operations such as manually installing OTAs, flashing .zip files, making a hard reset or clearing app data cache. On the other hand, if you choose to flash a custom recovery image, like CWM or TWRP recovery, you can gain further control over the internal system of your Nokia 6 which means that you will be able to tweak your device – in that respect, through a custom recovery image you will be able to: gain root access, unlock the bootloader, flash custom MODs and kernels, update with custom ROMs (like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), install root-only apps, download apps from other sources than Google Play, remove bloatware and even overclock / undervolt CPU frequencies.

Do note that installing a custom recovery image is an unofficial operation – in that case you are going to lose your Nokia 6 warranty, so be careful what you choose to apply on your phone. However, as already outlined, this is an universal tutorial meaning that the steps from below can be used without problems for reaching both stock or custom recovery environments.

A backup is optional but should be completed if you are going to use the custom recovery image for tweaking your Nokia 6 – certain tweaking procedures will wipe the data from your device, so if you want to secure your personal data, info, accounts and files you should initiate a general backup process. That can be easily and quickly ensured as you can choose from various backup and restore solutions – the most common ones are: syncing the files with your Google Account (the Google cloud), using built-in cloud storage services (from Nokia or pre-loaded by your carrier) or downloading compatible backup and restore tools from Google Play (in that case make sure you get only the already tested apps in order to avoid possible problems).

Before entering and using the recovery mode you should verify the battery status on your Nokia 6. If the power that’s left on your phone is lower than 50% you should first plug in the charger – if you don’t charge your device its Android system might get switched off right in the middle of the process that’s explained below; in that case you can end up in soft bricking your smartphone (different malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system). Thus, if required, charge your device before doing anything else.

Of course, the steps which are being detailed in this guide are compatible only with the Nokia 6 – don’t try or use this step by step guide on any other Android based smartphone or tablet.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on the Nokia 6

Method 1

  1. Begin this method with a turn-off – it’s necessary to power off your phone.
  2. So, press and hold the Power key on your Nokia 6; or press the Power button once and then select “power off”.
  3. Also wait a few moments while the shut down process is being successfully completed.
  4. Now, press and hold the Volume Down and the Power buttons.
  5. When you notice the Android Logo, release the Power key only.
  6. You can release the Volume Down key when the boot mode appears.
  7. From there highlight and choose recovery – use the Volume keys to navigate and the Power button to select.
  8. Next, when the Android logo shows up press and hold the Volume button.
  9. While holding down this key press and release the Power key.
  10. That should be all; the recovery mode menu should be now displayed on your Nokia 6.

Method 2

This is going to be a manual solution. So, a few pre-requisites are implied in this case. Firstly, you must make sure that a computer can be used, along with your phone and its USB cord. On the computer that can be used you must install the Nokia 6 drivers. Also, the Android SDK must be flashed – if you are using the Windows platform you can use this tutorial for learning how to install Android SDK; for MAC OS X / Linux use this guide instead. Additionally, on your phone you have to gain developer rights; that can be done by tapping repeatedly – for 7 or 10 times – on Built Number (just until the ‘you are a developer’ message is prompted). Finally, on your phone you must access “menu – > settings – > developer options” from where you should check the USB Debugging field. Afterwards you can successfully follow:

  1. Power on your smartphone and switch on your computer.
  2. On your computer go and access the Android SDK folder.
  3. Connect your phone with your PC by plugging in the USB cable.
  4. On your computer, from Android SDK, open a cmd window – press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space and then select “open command prompt window here”.
  5. In this cmd window enter: adb reboot recovery.
  6. That’s all.

Method 3

If you already tweaked your Nokia 6 and you are using a rooted Android system, you can choose to use a third party app from Google Play in order to complete this reboot sequence – basically, the app will do all the work for you. For example, you can try the Quick Boot app – download, install and run the tool on your phone; then use on-screen prompts and choose into which environment you want to boot your Nokia 6.


So that’s what you need to know about the recovery mode menu and also those are the methods that can be applied for reaching this environment on the Nokia 6. If you have questions or if you cannot manage to complete the steps from above, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below for getting in touch with us. Also, don’t forget to let us know how everything worked for you. And, of course, stay close for further step by step tutorials available for your new Nokia 6 – in that matter, you can use our ‘how to’ section. Enjoy.