Nokia 8 is the latest Android powered device released by HDM Global (the company that stands behind Nokia’s hardware concept) and also the most powerful Nokia-branded device released so far – the Nokia 3 and Nokia 6 are decent smartphones, though in term of specs we can’t mention anything spectacular. Anyway, since the Nokia 8 is indeed a high-end handset you should learn how to use your new phone on full power. And for being able to do so, first you need to learn the basics.

Well, among the first operations that should be checked out it’s the recovery mode process. Entering and using the dedicated and special mode on your Nokia 8 is not optional especially if you plan to customize, optimize and personalize your device. So, during this tutorial we will see how to access the recovery mode menu and how to use this environment for completing certain other operations.

By default your Nokia 8 is running on the stock recovery mode. This mode can be accessed only through a dedicated reboot sequence and not by using built-in settings. Now, the stock recovery offers limited support as everything will be protected by factory and default restrictions. Among the operations that can be completed through the stock recovery platform we can remind the following ones: initiating a hard reset, clearing app data cache, flashing a new OTA (installing the zip file or running a special adb command), applying updates or performing a restoration process.

Now, if you want to extend your Android access and if you want to tweak your Nokia 8, you will first have to replace the stock recovery image with a custom software such as CWM or TWRP recovery. With a custom recovery image installed you can apply unofficial operations as factory and default restrictions will be removed; thus, here are the most common processes that can be initiated through TWRP or CWM recovery: gaining root access, installing custom MODs and kernels, updating with custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, removing bloatware, overclocking or undervolting your Android device and more.

However, what should be important for you at this point is the following aspect: you can use this tutorial regardless of what recovery image is running on your Nokia 8. Shortly, the guidelines from below are compatible with both stock and recovery image.

Moreover, rebooting recovery mode is an official operation supported by Nokia. Therefore, you will not lose your phone’s warranty while performing all the steps from below and you won’t have to use third party apps or other tools that might soft brick the Android core system.

A backup is also not relevant for this tutorial. But, if you plan to use the recovery mode menu for tweaking your Nokia 8 the best will be to save everything that’s not there from day one – your data might get corrupted or even wiped out during certain processes that can be initiated through recovery mode. On the Nokia 8 you can complete the backup by using cloud services that are already running on your device, you can sync your data with your Google Account, or you can download dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Charge your smartphone before starting the steps from below. This process is not optional and must be initiated if the power left is currently lower than 50%. If you choose to skip the charging process you might end up in soft bricking your Nokia 8 – different malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system if a sudden turn off occurs.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Nokia 8

Use hardware buttons

  1. Switch off your device – press and hold the Power button for a while or press the Power key and select “power off”.
  2. Wait while the shut down process is completed.
  3. Then, press and hold the Volume Down and Power keys for a few moments.
  4. When the Android Logo is displayed on your Nokia 8 release the Power button but keep pressing on Volume Down.
  5. The Boot Mode Menu should be displayed.
  6. From there highlight Recovery by using Volume rocker keys and confirm by pressing on Power button.
  7. When the Android Logo shows up press and hold the Volume Up button for a few moments.
  8. While still holding down Volume Up press and release Power key.
  9. The recovery mode menu should be displayed on your Nokia 8 now.
  10. That’s it; in recovery use Volume Up and Down buttons to scroll up and down and Power button to select.
  11. To go back to Android mode just select ‘reboot system now’ from main menu of recovery.

Execute an adb command

For this second method you need to use a computer where Android SDK must be installed – learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. On the computer that will be used your Nokia 8 drivers must be also installed. On your phone you have to gain developer rights – from About Phone tap repeatedly on Built Number until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Next, on your smartphone check the USB Debugging option located under ‘menu - > settings - > developer options’. In the end, follow:

  1. Switch on your phone and connect it with your computer – use the USB cable in that respect.
  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 right click on any blank space; then choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  4. In the cmd window type: adb reboot recovery.
  5. Press Enter and that’s it; the recovery mode menu should be automatically displayed on your Nokia 8.

Use a third party app

If your Nokia 8 is rooted, then you can choose to use a third party app from Google Play. This app will do all the work for you. Thus, go to the Market and look for the Quick Boot software. Download and install the tool on your smartphone and run it in the end. Then, follow on-screen prompts and go to the desired mode.


These three reboot solutions will help you access recovery mode on your Nokia 8. You can use the comments field from below if you want to share your recovery mode experience with us and with our readers. Don’t forget; we are always here to assist you with the best Android tips and tricks. Enjoy and stay close.

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