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Reboot Recovery Mode on HTC U11

The recovery mode menu is the core center from where you can apply different customizations on Android. So, learning how to enter the recovery mode on your new HTC U11 is a must especially if you are an advanced user or if you want to become an experienced user who is using his Android powered smartphone properly. Therefore, in that respect we are here to assist you – by using the lines from below you can find three different methods that can be used on your HTC U11 in order to bring the recovery mode menu on your phone.

Recovery mode offers a dedicated environment through which different operations can be initiated. Through these operations you can choose to customize, optimize and personalize your HTC U11 and its performance. However, since you will somehow access and modify the internal system of your phone, as a precaution, the recovery mode menu is hidden by default (it cannot be launched through built-in settings). Therefore, learning how to reboot recovery mode is just up to you – if you have to complete a certain process that must use the recovery environment, then applying the guidelines from this tutorial is mandatory.

Be careful as we can discuss about two different recovery environments. Your HTC U11 comes pre-loaded with the stock recovery through which you can perform only official processes like making a hard reset, clearing app data cache or manually installing OTAs. However, you can choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom software (such as TWRP recovery – use this guide and learn how to install TWRP recovery on your HTC U11) which can ensure an extended access within the Android core center that runs on your phone.

With the custom recovery flashed you can then initiate various custom operations in order to tweak your Android based device – such as flashing root exploits, adding custom kernels, flashing custom ROMs and MODs, removing bloatware, making Nandroid backups and more. Do note that replacing the stock recovery with a custom recovery image is not an official operation and you can void the warranty of your smartphone when doing so.

What is important for us now is that reaching the recovery mode menu can be achieved in the same way whether we are talking about stock or custom recovery platforms. Thus, in a few words, the steps from down below can be successfully applied regardless of the state in which your HTC U11 can be found in a certain moment. Moreover, rebooting recovery mode is a supported operation and an official process that can be anytime applied without problems – you don’t have to use complex or risky tools or software and you won’t lose your phone’s warranty while taking care of the actual reboot process.

While rebooting recovery your data should be safe and secured. However, if you are planning to use the recovery environment for completing a tweaking process the best will be to make a general backup operation before doing anything else. The backup can be quickly performed as there are different ways in which you can save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, the EFS folder or the IMEI / NVRAM data – as for actual backup and restore possibilities you can choose to: sync your data with your Google Account, use built-in HTC cloud storage services, or download dedicated apps from Google Play (in that case make sure you choose only already tested platforms).

You should also charge your HTC U11 before starting the process from down below. If the power that’s left is currently too low your smartphone might get turned off right while the recovery mode is being booted. Unfortunately, if that happens, various software-related issues might be caused within the Android core system. So, try to avoid such unpleasant situations and plug in the charger if the power left is currently lower than 50%.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on the HTC U11

Method 1

  1. Begin by switching off your smartphone – also, wait a few moments while the shut down process is completed.
  2. Next, press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons for a few moments.
  3. From the menu that will be displayed on your HTC U11 choose Reboot to Bootloader – use the Volume keys to select and the Power button to confirm.
  4. From Bootloader choose Boot to Recovery Mode.
  5. When the phone with the exclamation point is displayed on your phone press and hold the Power button.
  6. While still pressing the Power button, press and release the Volume Up key.
  7. That’s it; recovery mode should be now displayed on your smartphone.

Method 2

If you are an advanced user, then this method will be perfect for you. As you will see, now you will have to use a computer on which the HTC U11 drivers must be installed and where Android SDK can be used – so, first, learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Your smartphone will be also required and from its options you have to check the USB Debugging field first – this feature can be found under Developer Options (if developer options can’t be found, go ahead and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed). Then, just follow:

  1. Switch on your HTC U11 and power on your computer.
  2. On your PC access the Android SDK folder.
  3. Connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
  4. From the Android SDK folder open a cmd window – press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing so right click on any blank space and select ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. In the cmd window enter: adb reboot recovery.
  6. That should be all; the recovery mode menu should be now displayed on your smartphone.

Method 3

If your HTC U11 is rooted then you can use a dedicated app from Google Play in order to reach the recovery mode menu within moments. For example you can download the Quick Boot software. Install the tool, run it and follow on screen prompts in order to reboot into the desired environment.


Good job. Now you should be able to easily enter the recovery mode menu on your HTC U11 each time you have to complete certain tweaking operation. Stay close for learning other basic Android operations for your new HTC branded device and share your experience with us by using the comments field from down below.