How to boot into custom recovery (like CWM or TWRP) on Android

How to boot into custom recovery (like CWM or TWRP) on Android
If you've read our tutorials, you already know how to unlock the bootloader on your Android device, and how to flash a custom recovery software like ClockWork Mod (CWM) or TeamWin’s Recovery Project (TWRP)

However, you might be wondering if there is an easy way to boot into that just-installed custom recovery software. The answer is yes, of course, and we'll give you all the details in this tutorial.

There are three ways to boot into CWM or TWRP - all get the job done, so it does not really matter which of all the options below you end up choosing. Take a look below at those three methods below and pick one.

1. You need to power off your phone first. Then, after it’s shut down, hold simultaneously the ‘Power’ button and the ‘Volume down’ button for a few seconds (if this does not work out, try with Power and Volume Up - the combination might vary across devices). Then, release them and you should see a list with options. 

Choose 'Recovery', and your phone will load up the custom recovery software that you've already installed.

2. (The simplest way). If you have root access, you can simply download the free ‘Quick Boot’ app (external link) from the Google Play Store. From there on, you just select the way you want to reboot your phone (you can select to reboot straight into custom recovery), and that’s it.

3. The final method would best fit those of you who have access to a computer, and have plugged in their phone via a USB cable. You also need to have USB debugging enabled in order for this to work.

In this step, you’d need to go into the /platform-tools folder on your computer (it’s a sub-folder inside your Android SDK). There, you press Shift and right click with the mouse, then select “Open Command Windows here”

In the window that opens, you type the following:

Hit Enter and your phone will start rebooting to custom recovery.

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16 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The first option differs for different devices

2. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

yeah, for the galaxy devices i've rooted it was both volume buttons and sony devices i've rooted, its been volume up. htc is volume down though

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

My Samsung Galaxy Ace is Power+Home button actually

12. av911 unregistered

I have an S4 and I just press the Volume Up button.

13. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

i never rooted an s4. or an ace for that matter

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just connect your phone to your pc with debugging enable. Then in Command window on your pc type adb reboot recovery There just wait for it going into recovery :P And why is this even an article? People who is interesting in rooting/flashing their phone would just go to XDA Developer to find info anyway

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

well normal users dont know anything about this, i didnt first knew what rooting and flash custom kernels and roms

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

That is if the USB port isn't broken, like mine

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

there is odin on playstore to buy

6. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

you can download odin for free...

7. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

theres a paid version aswell, includes more ftr

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Not everyone is using a Samsung device

11. android_hitman unregistered

FREE XDA Guides with no credit?

14. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

honestly if you want root with out any issues htc is the best way to go

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

There Bootloader is a nightmare,,,,

16. makio9

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

This information is just wrong. It isn't usually Volume Up + Power or Volume Down + Power. It's usually Volume Up + Home + Power for all Samsung devices since Volume Down + Home + Power is usually download mode. No idea what device you will enter recovery by pressing that 2 key combination but it sure as heck isn't anything from Samsung.

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