Are you trying to reach recovery mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1 but you cannot manage to find and access this hidden by default environment? Well, if you’re having hard times in entering recovery mode do learn that there are different reboot ways in which you can complete this Android basic operation. Anyway, as always, we are here to help you out – and in that respect, the following guidelines should offer enough info related to the recovery mode and the methods that can bring this mode on your very own Xiaomi Poco F1.
The recovery environment represents a special mode that can be booted on your Xiaomi Poco F1 – so, the mode cannot be used as the same time with the Android UI. More precisely, the recovery mode runs independently from the Android mode and will bring your device into a special state through which the Android core system can be accessed, modified or even tweaked. Thus, the situations during which the recovery environment might be required are numerous and will vary depending on what you want to achieve on your Android device.
By default, your Xiaomi Poco F1 will be pre-loaded with the stock recovery mode. This environment will be used for completing official operations such as applying a hard reset, clearing app data cache or manually installing a new Android OTA.
However, if you are an advanced user and if you choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom software (such as CWM or TWRP recovery) you will be able to extend you access towards the Android system which means that you will be able to complete far more custom operations, among which we must write down the following ones: making Nandroid backups for saving the current Android OS; removing bloatware and start-up programs for speeding up your smartphone; gain root access for unlocking the Android UI; install custom kernels and MODs; update with custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android for improving the overall Android experience and for getting extra features which cannot be found on the stock Android platform.
Anyway, for us one particular aspect is important: both stock and custom recovery images can be accessed on the Xiaomi Poco F1 in the same way, by using one of the methods that are explained and detailed below. Also, reaching and using recovery mode represents operations supported by your OEM and by Google – you won’t be losing your phone’s warranty if you choose to enter and use recovery mode. Note: if custom operations are being applied from recovery mode then you can lose your Xiaomi Poco F1 warranty, so be careful what types of tweaks you choose to initiate.
Also, if you plan to use the recovery mode for completing a more complex operation, keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to make a backup first – for example, a backup should be applied if you plan to make a hard reset or complete an unofficial process that’s not supported by your OEM or by Google. So, before doing anything else you should consider in securing the stuffs that you might still have to use afterwards: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, IMEI / NVRAM data and who knows what else. Xiaomi already installed cloud storage services on your phone, but you can also choose to sync some files with your Google Account, or to use already tested backup and restore apps that are available on Google Play.
It’s important to verify how much power is left on your Xiaomi Poco F1 before starting to enter and use the recovery mode menu. Since each operation that can be applied from recovery environment will require some amount of time to complete, your job is to ensure enough system power or otherwise a sudden shut down can occur – if that happens your smartphone can get soft-bricked (shortly, different malfunctions can be caused and you can end up in experiencing issues when using your device). So, as a precaution measure, plug in the charger first, especially if the power left is currently lower than 50%.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on Xiaomi Poco F1
Method 1 – access recovery mode in the classic way
- You will have to use the hardware buttons on your smartphone so, start by switching off your Xiaomi Poco F1.
- Wait a few moments while the power off is completed (don’t just reboot your device, power it off completely).
- Then, start holding down the Volume Up and Power buttons – keep it pressed together.
- After a while the Poco logo will be displayed.
- When it does, release the Power key but keep pressing the Volume Up button.
- The recovery mode menu should be eventually displayed on your smartphone – you can then release the Volume Up key.
- In recovery use the Volume rocker keys for scrolling within options and the Power button to select.
- You can go back to Android mode by choosing ‘reboot system now’.
Method 2 – go to recovery mode by executing a dedicated adb command
In this case a computer is required as you have to execute a special adb command. So, this method is a little bit more complex, but useful especially when additional tweaks must be completed. Anyhow, a computer is required and there your Xiaomi Poco F1 drivers must be installed. Moreover, on the same computer you have to set up Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux.
Then, on your phone you need to enable Developer Options – from About Phone tap several times, repeatedly, on Built Number until you are prompted with the ‘you are a developer’ message. Finally, on your phone check the USB Debugging option that can be found under Developer Options via general Settings. Of course, in the end, follow:
- On your computer go to the Android SDK folder.
- Open your smartphone and connect it with your PC – do that by plugging in the USB cord.
- From the Android SDK folder open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing that right-click on any blank space; then, from the list that’s displayed choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
- This command should automatically reboot your Xiaomi Poco F1 into recovery mode.
Method 3 – reach recovery mode by using a dedicated app available on Google Play
This last solution is the most intuitive one as it uses a third party app that will do the entire job for you. On Google Play you can choose from different tools, though you should be careful as some apps will require root access enabled on your phone. For example, you can download the Quick Boot app; install the software and run it in the end. From its main screen just choose into which mode you want to boot your Xiaomi Poco F1. And that should be all.
So, that’s how you can reboot recovery mode on your Xiaomi Poco F1. Use or test the methods explained above and tell us which one you prefer the most. Also, tell us if you had problems while trying to follow a certain step and share your tweaking plans and experience with us. You can get in touch with our team and with our readers easily, by using the comments field from below. Also, search through our ‘how to’ section if you want to find other useful tips and tricks available for your Xiaomi Poco F1 – for example, you can already choose to install TWRP recovery on your phone or gain root access. Enjoy.