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Enter Recovery Mode on Xiaomi Mi A2

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Are you trying to access and use the recovery mode menu on your Xiaomi Mi A2? If you need to complete a certain operation from recovery (stock, or custom) don’t worry as today we will be checking on how to quickly boot your Xiaomi Mi A2 into this dedicated Android mode. Along with the methods that can be followed in that respect we will also discuss about the processes that can be initiate from this mode, about the risks that might be involved and about the essential pre-requisites that should be checked out first.

So, this will be a detailed tutorial on how to enter and also use the recovery mode menu on the Xiaomi Mi A2. The steps explained below will work for both stock and custom recovery platforms, so from this perspective you have nothing to worry about – you can choose to bookmark this step by step guide as you might need to use it afterwards too.

When you use the Xiaomi Mi A2 on factory settings you can enter the stock recovery image. The mode is pre-loaded on your smartphone and can be used for accessing the built-in Android UI and for applying customizations and optimizations. Of course, from stock recovery you can complete only official operations such as applying OTAs (manually), making a hard reset or clearing app data cache.

On the other hand, if you choose to replace this stock recovery with a custom software (like CWM or TWRP recovery) you can choose to tweak your Xiaomi Mi A2 through different custom procedures. Such tweaks can include things like: flashing root exploits (so gain root access), removing bloatware, make a Nandroid backup for saving the current Android UI, install apps from other sources than Google Play, add custom kernels, update with custom ROMs (such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), overclock / undervolt CPU frequencies and so much more.

Entering recovery mode can be done on your Xiaomi Mi A2 in three different ways. All these methods are official and can be applied without worrying about tripping the warranty flag. Moreover, accessing and using recovery are processes supported by your OEM so you don’t have to use third party apps for completing these operations. However, do note that if you choose to install a custom recovery image you are going to lose your Mi A2 warranty as you will be using a third party program instead of the stock software.

Since there are operations that can be completed from recovery and during which your data might get corrupted or wiped out, we now recommend a backup. Shortly, if you plan to tweak your device from recovery, you should first choose to save your personal data, info, accounts and files. On the Xiaomi Mi A2 a general backup can be applied easily and quickly – there are built-in cloud storage services that can be used in that respect. Additionally, you can save different stuffs by syncing files with your Google Account or by using dedicated backup and restore apps available on Google Play – of course, the main goal is to secure what’s essential: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and more.

It’s important to verify the power that’s left on your Xiaomi Mi A2. We recommend charging your smartphone before reaching and using the recovery mode menu if the power left is lower than 50%. In that case your device can get turned off in the middle of the reboot sequence that has to be followed. If a sudden shut down happens you risk in soft-bricking your Android devicemalfunctions can be caused within the Android core system.

Enter Recovery Mode on Xiaomi Mi A2

Method 1 – the classic way

  1. First of all, turn off your Xiaomi Mi A2: press and hold the Power button for a few moments just until the shut down process is completed; or press the Power key once and choose ‘power off’.
  2. Afterwards on your phone press and also hold the Volume Up and Power buttons.
  3. After a few moments the Android Robot image will show up. When you see that image release all buttons.
  4. Now, press Volume Up and Power keys to open the recovery mode menu.
  5. That should be all; in recovery use the Volume rocker keys to navigate and the Power button to select.
  6. You can return to Android mode by choosing ‘reboot system now’.

Method 2 – execute adb commands (for advanced users)

In case you already use a computer and the Android SDK toolkit, we recommend you to use this second solution. Of course, on your PC you have to install Android SDK first: so, learn how to do it if you use the Windows system, or how to do it for MAC OS X / Linux. Don’t forget to set up the Xiaomi Mi A2 drivers on your computer first. And, enable Developer Options on your phone: navigate towards About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up. Finally, go to general Settings and access Developer Options; from there enable USB Debugging feature. In the end, follow:

  • Switch on your computer and power on your phone.
  • On your PC go ahead and access the Android SDK folder.
  • And, from that path open a command prompt window; you can do it by following: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing that right-click on any blank space; then from the list of options that shows up pick ‘open command prompt window here’.
  • Now, connect your smartphone with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
  • In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
  • As soon as you do that the reboot operation will be automatically completed.
  • In the end the recovery mode menu should be displayed on your device.

Method 3 – set up a dedicated app

The easiest way in which you can bring recovery mode on the Xiaomi Mi A2 is by using a third party app from Google Play. There are different options from which you can choose, though be careful as some apps will require root access enabled on your smartphone. For example, you can download and test the Quick Boot software. Just install the app, run it and use on-screen prompts for reaching the desired mode.

Conclusions

The methods explained and detailed above will help you enter recovery mode on the Xiaomi Mi A2. From now you can start using the recovery environment for completing additional procedures in order to improve your overall Android experience. If you have questions, don’t hesitate and contact us by using the comments field from below. Also, tell us everything about your experience after following and applying the guidelines described above. For other similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks check out our ‘how to’ section.