Are you planning to upgrade from the OnePlus 6 to the OnePlus 6T device? If you are, then you have to know that the basic Android operations can be completed in the same way on both devices because these two smartphones are sharing similar hardware and software platforms. So, in our case, going into recovery mode can be done in the same way for both handsets. Anyway, if you can’t remember how to do it, or if you’re using an OnePlus branded device for the first time, don’t panic as we are here to help you out.
Thus, today during this dedicated step by step guide we will discuss about the recovery environment and about the methods that can be followed for reaching this mode on the new OnePlus 6T. Among general aspects we will review the essential pre-requisites that should be first considered so make sure you check all the lines from below before choosing to resume the reboot sequences explained in this tutorial.
Recovery mode represents a special environment in which your Android device can be rebooted. It cannot be accessed from built-in settings as it cannot run at the same time as the Android mode. Shortly, you have to turn your OnePlus 6T in recovery mode and that’s why a reboot process must be followed. Anyhow, this hidden environment will put your phone into a special state that will offer access towards the internal Android system. Therefore, from recovery you can choose to customize, optimize and personalize your Android based smartphone.
The recovery image comes pre-loaded on your OnePlus 6T. So, reaching and using stock recovery is an official operation supported by your OEM. And the same happens even if you choose to set up a custom recovery image (like TWRP recovery) instead. As you will see, for accessing this mode you don’t have to use risky and complex programs and you don’t have to worry about losing your phone’s warranty – from this perspective you have nothing to worry about.
The stock recovery image runs with restrictions so your overall access is limited. That’s why, in this case we can discuss only about supported operations such as manually installing a new OTA, making a hard reset or clearing app data cache. On the other hand, the custom recovery environment will offer unlimited access and endless tweaking opportunities – in that situation you will be able to apply various custom procedures such as: remove bloatware, install root exploits, make Nandroid backups, add complex apps from Google Play or from other sources, get custom features which cannot be found on the stock Android UI, install custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, set up custom MODs and kernels, overclock the CPU frequencies and so much more.
Now, as already outlined, the methods explained below will work on both stock and custom recovery environments and that’s the most important aspect for us, at this moment.
Of course, if you’re planning to boot your OnePlus 6T into recovery mode for initiating tweaks and customizations, the best will be to backup your data first – during certain procedures your files might get erased or corrupted so you can end up in losing important data. That’s why we recommend a backup operation during which you should secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, or IMEI / NVRAM data. OnePlus already installed its own cloud storage service and additionally you can also choose to: use an external storage device; sync your files with your Google account; go to Google Play and download dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps.
Charge your OnePlus 6T before using the recovery mode menu. If the power is low your handset can get turned off while you try to complete the steps from below and then different malfunctions can be experienced. Thus, for avoiding any unpleasant situations, verify the power that’s left on your phone; if that value is lower than 50%, plug in the charger before doing anything else.
How to Reboot Recovery Mode on OnePlus 6T
Method 1 – do it by using hardware keys
- Firstly, turn off your phone: press and hold the Power button for a while or press the Power key once and choose ‘power off’.
- Once the switch off process is completed start pressing and also holding down the Volume Down and Power buttons.
- After a few moments the OnePlus logo will be displayed on your phone.
- Release the buttons and, if asked, type your PIN code.
- The recovery mode menu should be now displayed on your OnePlus 6T – there, use the Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and the Power button to select.
- You can return to Android mode by selecting ‘reboot system now’.
Method 2 – do it by executing an adb command
The recovery mode can be entered on your OnePlus 6T if a dedicated adb command is executed. For being able to do it you must first install Android SDK on your computer (yes, a computer is required) – learn how to install Android SKD on Windows by using this guide or learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by using this tutorial. On the computer that will be used your phone’s drivers must be flashed too. And, on your phone the USB Debugging option must be checked first – do it from Developer Options (if this field cannot be accessed from general Settings navigate towards About phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message shows up). Then, follow:
- On your computer go and access the Android SDK folder.
- In the meantime, switch on your smartphone and connect it with your PC – do it by using the USB cable.
- From Android SDK open a cmd window – you can do it by: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right-click on any blank space; from the list of options that’s displayed pick ‘open command prompt window here’.
- In the cmd window that will be opened enter ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
- The recovery mode menu should be automatically rebooted on your OnePlus 6T.
Method 3 – do it through a dedicated app
You can go into recovery mode from a third party app, if root is enabled on your OnePlus 6T. All you have to do is to access Google Play and get such app – you will have from where to choose, don’t worry (for example, you can try to Quick Boot tool: set it up on your device, run it when done and follow on-screen prompts for reaching the recovery mode menu).
There you have it; those three methods should help you reach and use the recovery mode menu on your OnePlus 6T. So, give it a try and share your experience with us by using the comments field from below. Also, tell us how you plan to further tweak and customize your device and stay close if you want to learn similar other Android related operations along with useful tips and tricks – in that respect you can also search through our dedicated ‘how to’ page. Enjoy.