The Nexus 5 Stock or Custom Recovery mode allows users to flash, format, erase, install and mount sdcards, and more. Read this entire tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully boot your Google Nexus 5 in Stock or Custom Recovery Mode.

If you're planning on tinkering with your device then it is mandatory for you to learn how to use and boot Recovery mode. Booting a Nexus device in Stock or Custom Recovery Mode is one of the easiest tasks that you could ever need to do.

This tutorial will teach you how to first boot into Stock Recovery Mode. However, if your Nexus 5 packs a custom Recovery such as CWM or TWRP, then you will find other similar methods that are even simpler than the one teaching you how to boot Stock Recovery.

Remember that if you're planning on using Recovery Mode with your Nexus 5, then you should make sure that you know what you're doing, as you can easily brick the firmware or format the entire device in case you're applying the wrong action.

Since you've read all of the above you can continue to the first tutorial and learn how to successfully boot the Stock Recovery Mode for your device.

How to enter Stock Recovery Mode for Nexus 5:

Stock Recovery Mode can be booted only with stock Android OS, it offers a limited array of options such as: apply update from ADB, wipe data/ factory reset, wipe cache partition and reboot system. Here's how to boot recovery:

  • power off the phone completely.
  • press and hold Volume Down, Volume UP and Power buttons all at the same time.
    - don't release the buttons.
  • release the buttons only when the Fastboot / Bootloader Mode options appear.
    - a START text is listed at the upper part of your device's screen,
  • use the Volume buttons to change START to Recovery Mode option.
  • press the Power button to select Recovery Mode.
    - after that you will see an Android robot tilted and showing a red warning sign.
  • now, you need to press and hold POWER, and then press once the Volume Up button.
  • the Stock Recovery Mode options will now appear on your device.

That's how you successfully boot Nexus 5 Stock Recovery Mode.

If your device packs a custom Recovery image, then you will have to read the guide listed below.

How to boot TWRP or CWM Recovery Mode on your Nexus 5:

Custom Recovery Mode can be booted much more easily than the Stock Recovery, as it will get directly from Fastboot Mode screen and to Recovery options. However, I will re-list the steps above so that you will find it easier to follow them.

This guide teaches you how to boot a custom Recovery such as Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP), ClockworkMod (CWM) or any other type of custom Nexus 5 recovery image.

  • power off your phone now.
  • press and hold Volume Down, Volume Up and Power, all at the same time.
    - release the buttons only when the Fastboot / Bootloader Mode menu appears.
  • use one of the Volume buttons to change the START text to Recovery Mode.
  • when Recovery Mode option is listed in the above part of the Fastboot Mode menu you can press Power.
  • the custom TWRP / CWM Recovery menu should now appear.

Usually a custom Recovery is installed on rooted devices.

In case you don't want to power off the phone and you have a rooted Nexus 5, then you should know that you can boot the phone easily using ROM Manager app for CWM Recovery, or the TWRP Manager app for TWRP Recovery. Below you can find instructions on how to boot Custom Recovery using one of these two applications.

How to boot Nexus 5 CWM Recovery Mode using ROM Manager:

  • install ROM Manager app from Play Store here.
  • launch the application.
  • select the 'Reboot into Recovery' option.
  • confirm process.
  • now your Nexus 5 will load all the custom Recovery files and it will enter CWM Recovery main menu.

How to boot Nexus 5 TWRP Recovery Mode using TWRP Manager:

  • install TWRP Manager app from Play Store here.
  • launch the app on your Nexus 5.
  • tap on the three-pointed vertical options menu listed in the upper right-hand corner of your phone's screen.
  • press the Reboot Recovery option from the drop-down list.
  • confirm that you want to reboot your device.
  • wait for the device to load all TWRP files and then its main menu will appear.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to learn how to successfully enter Stock / CWM / TWRP Recovery Mode for your Nexus 5 device. If you have any other questions, then you should use the comments field below and we will try and help you.

Adib Afiq · 3 years ago

i just change my boot animation i cant even boot to recovery mode it just went to the logo and start just like normal

Ignacio Spisso · 3 years ago

my phone screen is showing a weird noise. what do i do?

Anuja · 3 years ago

in the reboot page i clicked on start and since the my phone isn't working. It isn't even taking charge.

Rilian Sharp · 3 years ago

"the stock recovery mode options will now appear on your device."

This does not happen. I get to the thing that says "start" use volume keys to go to recovery mode, google logo appears, then "no command" with the robot laying down with a red triangle with an exclamation point on it. I tried press and hold power button and tap volume up; i tried holding volume up; i tried it with volume down; i tried it with both volume buttons; i tried holding all three --

Every time, the google logo appears and then after a few seconds, the circle things appear, like the phone is trying to load / turn on, and i just stays like that (on the loading screen) for DAYS.

Hiren Patel · 3 years ago

please tell me what you did to fix this, I'm having the exact same issue.

Rilian Sharp · 3 years ago

god. I still haven't figured anything out. I'm going to try taking it to some professional phone repair places. If that doesn't work maybe contact the manufacturer. If that doesn't work, buy new phone.

Hiren Patel · 3 years ago

Thanks for the quick reply, ill let you know if I figure it out, but I'll probably end up with a new phone

faccu. · 4 years ago

I see the "string of characters" when the phone is on, but in the actual recovery mode, the adb device is not listed. Why could that be?

joakin2k · 4 years ago

you just bricked it?

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