Like any other Android based device, your Sony Xperia Z5 can be rebooted into recovery mode. However, being a new device, the Xperia Z5 comes with new in built settings, which means that reaching recovery will be different compared to other Xperia branded smartphones or with other Android featured handsets. So, if you want to learn how to enter and use the recovery environment then make sure you check all the guidelines from below.
The recovery software is hidden by default on your Xperia Z5 which means that you can’t access it through the classic menu. A reboot sequence will have to be completed, which is a dedicated operation that can be completed in different ways – I will show you all the methods during the following lines, just be patience.
Now, before choosing to follow or to skip this tutorial, let’s see why you should use this Android featured and more important when to use it. You see, your Sony Xperia Z5 comes pre installed with a stock Android recovery mode. This software offers a link towards the internal system of your device so that you can use it in order to perform operations like: making a hard reset, flashing an OTA, clearing app data cache and several other maintenance operations.
So, basically, the stock recovery menu can be used for updating (only with OTAs) or for troubleshooting (with the hard reset you can easily fix different software related issues such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, total blackouts and more) your smartphone.
But that’s not all. If you will choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom software, like CWM or TWRP recovery, you will be able to remove in built restrictions and gain further control over the Android system. Thus, then you will be able to tweak your Xperia Z5 and complete procedures like gaining root access, flashing .zip files, updating with custom ROMs, removing bloatware, making Nandroid backups, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and so on.
Do note that replacing the stock recovery with a custom software is not official – when doing so you will void the warranty of your Sony Xperia Z5. However, entering the recovery environment can be done in the same way whether we talk about stock or custom features – thus, this is a general guide that can be used safely anytime you need to.
Therefore, rebooting into recovery mode will be an official procedure which means that you won’t lose the warranty of your device if you choose to follow this tutorial. However, you should be careful especially if you are planning to make an unofficial operation through the recovery environment as in that case you might deal with unfortunate situations – for example, you might lose all of your personal data, info and accounts (that’s why, before tweaking your Sony Xperia Z5 it is important to use backup and restore apps for saving everything that you might use afterwards – such as contacts, call logs, text messages, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info and so on).
Before starting the steps from below you should check the battery status on your smartphone – it will be important to plug in the charger if the power left will be lower than 50%. You see, if your Android device will get turned off while you will try to enter the recovery mode menu, various software related problems might be issued, so try not to mess things up.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on Sony Xperia Z5
- A computer and your phone’s USB cable are required.
- The first thing to do is to power off your smartphone – so press the power button once and select “power off” or just press and hold the power key for a few moments.
- Now press and hold the Volume down button and while doing so connect your smartphone with your PC.
- From there, follow on screen prompts in order to reach the recovery mode menu.
- From recovery, select “reboot system now” if you want to go back to Android OS.
Another way in which you can enter recovery mode on your Xperia Z5 is by using some ADB commands. Thus, in that respect on your computer you first have to apply 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 enable USB debugging, an option which is located under “menu – settings – developer options” (for Developer Options, go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap a few times on Built Number).
- Connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Your phone must be switched on.
- On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window – press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
- That’s it; now your Sony Xperia Z5 should be automatically rebooted into recovery mode.
If you have rooted your Android device, you can then use a dedicated app from Google Play. Thus, go and access the Google Play Market and from there download the Quick Boot app. Install the software and run in on your phone. Follow on screen prompts and enjoy recovery mode on your Xperia Z5.
Congratulations; you now know how to enter recovery mode on your own Sony Xperia Z5. If you have questions or if you want to share something with us, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below.