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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Asus Zenfone 4

Recovery mode is the environment from where you can perform different tweaks on your new Asus Zenfone 4. However, it can be quite complicated to access the recovery mode menu if you are new to the Android system so that’s why we are here for you. And for making everything crystal clear, during the following guidelines, I will detail everything you need to know: the advantages of using the recovery mode menu, the risks that might be implied, the pre-requisites that must be first reviewed and the actual steps that must be followed by taking your Zenfone 4 into recovery mode.

By default your smartphone is running on the stock recovery mode. This mode is installed on your device along with the default Android firmware so we are discussing about a built-in feature. Now, the operations that can be initiated through the stock recovery are somehow limited because you will have to deal with factory restrictions. So, if you will want to tweak your Asus Zenfone 4 you will first have to replace this mode with a custom recovery environment such as CWM or TWRP recovery.

However, what is important for us is that the methods from below can take you through recovery regardless of what recovery image runs on your Asus Zenfone 4. Therefore, from this perspective this is going to be a general, universal tutorial.

Hint: the default recovery image is blocked on the Zenfone 4 and you can boot into Droidboot mode from where you can initiate recovery-like operations. The full recovery mode menu can be accessed only after you flash a custom recovery platform.

Through the default recovery mode menu you will be able to initiate operations such as making a hard reset, clearing app data cache, flashing OTAs and similar other official procedures. If a custom recovery image is running things are a little bit different as you can apply different other custom operations such as flashing .zip files, gaining root access, removing bloatware, adding custom MODs, ROMs and kernels, downloading and flashing apps from other sources than Google Play, making a Nandroid backup and similar other optimizations and customizations.

Overall, through the recovery mode menu you can access the internal Android system that powers your Asus Zenfone 4. And, the best is that you can enter and use this environment even if your smartphone is rooted, running on an unlocked bootloader, flashed with a custom ROM firmware or tweaked in any other way.

Of course, going into recovery mode is an official operation, supported by Asus. Therefore, you won’t lose your Zenfone 4 warranty by resuming the following lines and you won’t have to use a third party app or any other complex or risky tool for completing this tutorial.

A backup should be initiated if you are planning to use recovery for tweaking your Asus Zenfone 4. The backup should help you secure your personal data, info, accounts and files. Everything that’s not there by default might get corrupted or wiped out during certain operations and that’s why it’s important to be precautious before doing anything else.

Also, charge your smartphone at this point or at least check the power that’s left – I recommend you to ensure at least 50% power on your device. If the power is too low your Asus Zenfone 4 might get switched off during the reboot sequence from below. And if a sudden shut down occurs you can end up in experiencing different soft related problems on your smartphone.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Asus Zenfone 4

Method 1

  1. Start by turning off your phone: press and hold the Power key and wait while the shut down operation is completed, or press the Power button once and select “power off”.
  2. Press and hold Power and Volume Up buttons.
  3. The Droidboot mode will be displayed on your Asus Zenfone 4.
  4. Check this page for further info on how to enter recovery mode on the Asus Zenfone 4.

Method 2

A computer will be required at this point. There the Android SDK toolkit must be installed: flash Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Aditionally, on your computer install the Zenfone 4 drivers. On your phone enable Developer Options by tapping repeatedly on Built Number and then access “menu – > settings – > developer options” and check the USB Debugging field; afterwards, apply:

  1. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  2. There, open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space and choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  3. Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
  4. In the cmd window enter: adb reboot recovery.
  5. That should be all.

Method 3

If your Asus Zenfone 4 is rooted you can try to use the Quick Boot app. You can download this software from Google Play. Then, install it and run the tool. Afterwards, just follow on screen prompts and go into the desired mode.


Keep in mind that by default the recovery mode is blocked on the Asus Zenfone 4. Therefore, most of the steps from above will work if you use a custom recovery environment; otherwise you will be taken into the Droidboot environment. There you have it; now you know how to enter recovery mode on Asus Zenfone 4. If you need further assistance while using this environment, contact us. We are here to help you complete your favorite Android operations – in that respect, you should also check out our ‘how to’ section and use other similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks. Enjoy.