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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Motorola just released the new Moto Z2 Play, the next generation of its modular (-affordable in this case as the Moto Z2 is the true flagship) concept. Now, if you are already using this device, I recommend you to learn the basics and I’m not talking about installing certain apps or trying dedicated features.

I’m referring to special procedures which will help you customize and optimize the overall Android experience. And the first operation that should be checked out is reaching the recovery environment. Well, in that respect, in order to make everything crystal clear we will discuss about stuffs like: what’s recovery, when you should access this mode, what to choose between the stock and the custom recovery platforms, the risks implied when using this mode and, of course, the steps that must be followed for entering and using the recovery mode menu on your new Motorola Moto Z2 Play.

Recovery is a special mode that runs on your Android based device. This mode is running independently from the Android mode and can be access through dedicated reboot procedures – it cannot be reached from built-in settings. Thus, the recovery mode is somehow hidden by default because through this environment you can access and customize the Android core system – thus, certain tweaks can damage your phone, if you are trying to change something without following tutorials or step by step guides.

By default, your Moto Z2 Play is running on stock recovery. Through this built-in mode you can perform only supported operations – the environment is pre-loaded with different restrictions which are there to limit your access. So, with the stock recovery you will be able to perform processes such as adb sideloading OTAs, flashing .zip files, making a hard reset, or clearing app data cache. But, if you will want to extend your access and tweak the performance of your phone you will have to replace the stock recovery with a custom platform such as TWRP or CWM recovery.

With the help of a custom recovery image you will be able to unleash the true potential of your Moto Z2 Play. Here are a few examples of custom operations that can be applied through CWM or TWRP recovery: ensuring root access on your device, making Nandroid backups for saving the current Android firmware, removing bloatware and start-up programs, adding features and capabilities that aren’t available on the default Android OS, install apps from other sources than Google Play, installing custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, flashing custom MODs and kernels, or overclocking / undervolting CPU frequencies.

Now, reaching recovery mode can be done in the same way, by using the same reboot sequences, whether we are talking about the stock or the custom recovery environment. Additionally, putting your Moto Z2 Play into recovery mode is a supported operation – thus, all the steps from below are describing official procedures. Therefore, you can apply this guide without using complex or risky programs and without worrying about losing your phone’s warranty.

A backup however might be required but only if you are planning to use the recovery mode menu for applying unofficial procedures –certain operations might wipe everything from your phone so you should want to secure your data, info, accounts and other similar files. On your Motorola Moto Z2 Play the backup can be applied by using built-in cloud storage apps, or by syncing everything with your Google Account. Additionally, you can use backup and restore platforms from Google Play – if you do, make sure you get only already tested tools for avoiding unexpected problems.

Another thing that must be applied before starting the steps from below: a charging process if the power that’s left is lower than 50%. Below that threshold the system might get switched off right in the middle of the reboot sequence from below. A sudden switch off process might cause different malfunctions within the Android core system so try not to mess things up.

3 ways to enter recovery mode on Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Method 1

  1. Switch off your smartphone – initiate the power off and wait while this operation is completed.
  2. Then, press and hold the Volume Down buttons for 2 or 3 seconds.
  3. While still pressing Volume Down, press and hold the Power button.
  4. From the menu that will be displayed highlight the Recovery option (press Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down) and press Power button to confirm.
  5. When the Android logo shows up press and hold Volume Up for a few seconds.
  6. While still holding down Volume Up, press and release the Power key.
  7. That should be all; the recovery mode menu should be now displayed on your Moto Z2 Play.

Method 2

This is a manual process which will require a computer. On this computer the Moto Z2 Play drivers must be installed and the Android SDK toolkit set up – so, learn how to install Android SDK on Windows, or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Of course, your phone and its USB cable will be also required. Now, on your phone make sure that you can use Developer Options (from Menu -> Settings) ; if you can’t, go to About Phone and start tapping repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Then, from Developer Options you must check the USB Debugging field. Finally, follow:

  1. Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer – you can do that by using your phone’s USB cable.
  2. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  3. From there open a command prompt 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’.
  4. In this cmd window type ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
  5. The recovery mode menu should be automatically rebooted on your handset.
  6. That should be all.

Method 3

If you managed to root your Moto Z2 Play you can use a third party app from Google Play in order to automatically reboot into your desired mode. For example you can use the Quick Boot app – download and install the software on your phone; then, run the tool and follow on-screen prompts in order to enter recovery mode on your phone.


Perfect; now you should be able to use the recovery mode menu on your Motorola Moto Z2 Play. If you have questions or if you want to find other things about the recovery environment don’t hesitate and contact us by using the comments field from below – there you can also tell us how everything worked while using the steps from this tutorial.