The Google Pixel XL can be customized and optimized like any other Android based device. And of course, for being able to manage to tweak your phone, first you have to learn how to apply some basic Android operations. And maybe one of the first things to learn how to apply on Android is rebooting your smartphone into recovery mode. The advantages of completing this process are being explained below where I will also show you how to complete the reboot sequence for the Google Pixel XL so check it all out.
The recovery mode is an environment featured by default on the Android system so it comes pre loaded on your Google Pixel XL too. This mode is essential for advanced users as it can offer access to the built-in Android system. Thus, by rebooting recovery mode you can perform maintenance, restoration and optimization procedures on your phone – the trick however is to know what to do in order to keep everything safe and secured: if you mess things up you can even soft brick your Google Pixel XL.
Now, you can choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom software – like CWM or TWRP recovery. In this way you can extend your access and you can consider in really playing with built-in settings. That’s when you can tweak your Pixel XL in order to use your phone on full power. Of course, replacing the stock recovery with a custom one is not an official process so in that respect, if you choose to complete that unofficial process, you will lose your phone’s warranty.
Anyway, what should interest you at this point is how you can enter the recovery mode (the stock or the custom one) on your Google Pixel XL. Well, overall, regardless the recovery environment that you are using on your phone, the steps from down below will help you reach this dedicated environment with ease. And yes, the reboot process is official and supported by your OEM – so you aren’t risking anything by using this step by step guide.
However, a backup should be applied if you are planning to use the recovery mode menu for completing any other process – during some operations your Google Pixel XL data might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, since we are talking about personal files the best will be to place everything in safe hands. By using classic backup and restore methods you can easily save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, the EFS folder or the IMEI / NVRAM data.
You should also charge your smartphone before resuming the lines from this step by step guide. Usually if the battery power is higher than 50%, you can skip this process; otherwise chances are your Pixel XL gets switched off while you try to enter and use the recovery mode – and, unfortunately if that occurs you can end up in experiencing various software related problems so be careful and try not to mess things up.
Don’t forget: this tutorial should be applied only on the Google Pixel XL, so don’t use the guidelines from down below if you own any other Android powered smartphone or tablet.
How to Reboot Recovery Mode on Google Pixel XL
The first way in which the Google Pixel XL can be rebooted into recovery mode is by using the hardware keys as it follows:
- Start by turning off your device – just press and hold the Power key for a few moments or press the Power key once and then select “power off”.
- Wait while the switch off process is completed.
- Then, press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time, for a few moments.
- When the Android LG is displayed press and hold the Power button.
- While still pressing on the Power key press the Volume Up button only for a second and then release both buttons.
- In recovery use the Volume rocker keys in order to scroll up or down and the Power button to select your option.
- You can go back to Android by selecting “Reboot system now”.
Another way in which you can boot your Google Pixel XL into recovery mode is by using a computer and a dedicated ADB command. In that matter, first on the computer you are planning to use install your phone’s USB drivers and the Android SDK toolkit: if you use the Windows platform use this guide and if you use the MAC OS X / Linux software use this tutorial instead. On your Pixel XL become a developer and then check the USB Debugging option – tap 7 times repeatedly on Built Number until you get the ‘you are a developer’ message and then access “menu – settings – developer options” from where you can check the USB Debugging option. Afterwards, follow:
- Open your computer and power on your smartphone.
- Connect these devices with the help of your phone’s USB cable.
- When done, on your computer access the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a cmd window – press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In the cmd window enter: “adb reboot recovery”.
- That should be all; the recovery mode should be now automatically rebooted on your Google Pixel XL.
There is one more way in which you can reach the recovery mode – by using a dedicated app from Google Play. However, root access might be required in this case. If you want to use this solution then go to Google Play and download the Quick Boot app. Run the tool on your device and follow on screen prompts in order to reboot the desired environment.
Our job is done. You now know how to reboot your Google Pixel XL into recovery mode. Enjoy and stay close for more Android related tips and tricks available for your smartphone.