Like on any other Android based devices, with the right tweaks applied you can choose how to improve general performance on your new Huawei P20. I know, this is already a powerful smartphone, but if you are an advanced user you will feel the need of adding some extra customizations in order to smooth up the Android UI and your overall Android experience. Well, in that respect you will have to use the recovery mode menu which means that you will need to learn how to reach this environment first.
Of course, the recovery mode is not just for tweaking your Huawei P20. In fact, with the help of the stock recovery mode menu you can apply supported operations for keeping everything running without problems. For example, the default recovery environment can be used for manually installing OTAs (by flashing the OTA package from your smartphone or by adb sideloading the OTA package from your computer), for making hard resets, for clearing app data cache and for initiating similar other official operations.
So, as you can see, the recovery mode is used for accessing the Android core system that runs on the Huawei P20. This environment lets you customize, optimize and personalize built-in settings and default features. Of course, the stock recovery will limit your access while a custom recovery platform can let you tweak your device through different custom operations.
In that respect you can afterward choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom software on your Huawei P20. For example, you can install TWRP recovery in order to gain further control over your device. Later, on a custom recovery you can choose to apply different tweaks such as: gaining root access, flashing a custom kernel, adding custom MODs, updating with custom ROMs, removing bloatware, overclocking CPU frequencies and a lot more.
Anyway, the best thing is that reaching the stock or the custom recovery mode can be done in the same way. And for doing that you can succesfully follow and apply the guidelines explained during this tutorial. The lines explained here can clear up the recovery environment for you so that you can know exactly when to use this environment and what to achieve on your Huawei P20 while doing so.
Going into recovery mode is an official operation as this environment is featured by default on your phone. However, it cannot be accessed through built-in settings but by completing a special reboot sequence – the recovery mode runs independently from the Android mode and will put your Huawei P20 into a state that cannot be related in any matter with the regular Android mode. However, you have nothing to worry about; this reboot sequence can be applied in several ways but you don’t have to use complex or risky apps while doing so.
Moreover, accessing and using recovery can be done onboth stock or custom ROMs, or on locked or rooted Android systems. The methods explained below are therefore universal ones, however specific only for the new Huawei P20 – don’t use this tutorial if you own a similar or a different Android based handset.
Do note that replacing the stock recovery with a custom recovery platform is not an official process – and the same is applied when discussing about further tweaks that can be applied from custom recovery mode. Shortly, if you apply unofficial operations you can end up in losing your Huawei P20 warranty. Once more, these aspects have nothing to do with reaching recovery, which is an official procedure, supported by your OEM entirely.
Now, before going to the steps from below, check the power that’s left on your smartphone. It is more than recommended to plug in the charger if the power is lower than 50%. This is a precaution measure as when the power is low your Huawei P20 can get turned off right while you try to enter the recovery mode. And, in that particular situation you can end up in experiencing different software related problems on your device – malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system.
Also, if you are planning to tweak your phone after entering recovery mode, consider in securing your data – some tweaking process can wipe everything from your handset so a backup shouldn’t be an option in that case. On your Huawei P20 you can already use built-in cloud storage platforms or you can just choose to sync files with your Google Account, or download backup and restore apps from Google Play. Either way, the goal is the same: saving everything that wasn’t there from day one, including contacts, call logs, texts, images, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on Huawei P20
- Switch off your smartphone – wait a few seconds while the power off operation is completed.
- Next, push and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons.
- Keep pressing these keys until you notice the Huawei Logo.
- At that moment release the keys.
- The recovery mode menu should be now displayed on your smartphone.
- In recovery use Volume Up and Down buttons to scroll up and down and the Power key to select your options.
- You can go back to Android Mode by choosing ‘reboot system now’.
This method is recommended if you are already planning in using a computer and executing adb commands. Thus, for this solution you need to make sure that a computer can be used and that Android SDK is set up on this PC – you can learn how to install Android SDK on Windows by using this guide or you can learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by following this tutorial instead. Note, on the PC that’s going to be used you need to install the Huawei P20 drivers too. Moreover, on your smartphone you have to navigate towards About Phone from where you then have to tap repeatedly on Built Number – in that way you can enable Developer Options; finally, from Developer Options you have to check the USB Debugging feature. And then you need to follow:
- On your computer, from Android SDK folder open a command prompt window.
- For launching cmd within a certain folder: press and hold the Shift keyboard hotkey and while doing that right-click on any blank space; finally, from the list that appears choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer.
- In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
- Just wait while the recovery mode menu is being automatically reached on your device.
This last solution is the easiest one but it implied in using a third party app from Google Play. You can choose from different apps that can take you through the desired mode, but be aware as some of these tools might require root access enabled on your Huawei P20. Anyway, an example in that respect is the Quick Boot software - download the app from Google Play, run it on your smartphone and follow on-screen prompts for reaching the mode you want to use on your device.
These three methods are the fastest and easiest ways in which the recovery mode menu can be entered on the Huawei P20. So, try all the methods, or just the one that you find best for your needs. Then, return here and use the comments field from below for sharing your own experience with us and with our readers. You can also tell us about your experience related with custom operations and with other tweaks you recently applied on your brand new Huawei P20 – of course, for similar tutorials just check out our ‘how to’ section.