Is your phone stuck on the Android System Recovery screen? When you turn on or restart your cell phone does it go directly to “Android system recovery <3e>” and refuse to power on like it should? This guide will go over why this usually happens and best of all how you can try to fix it.
The purpose of the Android System Recovery
So, what is this Android system recovery screen anyways? This feature on an Android device can be used to accomplish a few very helpful things and can be a very powerful tool when it’s needed.
One of the most helpful being that the Android system recovery screen can be used to hard reset an android phone without having to access the phones settings. This can be extremely useful if your phone is not turning on properly or is experiencing problems with its touch screen or if you’re having problems navigating or accessing the settings on your device. If you were unable to access the settings on your phone for whatever reason then you wouldn’t be able to perform a Hard Reset or Factory Data Reset through the settings and this option could help save your phone.
So be grateful for the Android system recovery screen because it’s awesome. If you would like to know more about the Android system recovery screen you can read more about it HERE. Otherwise let’s try to find a solution to your current problem.
How to open the Android system recovery screen
This is actually very relevant in this situation as it could be the exact cause of the issue. If you wanted or needed to hard reset an Android cell phone by accessing this feature (which you don’t want to do for this problem just yet, so don’t actually attempt the following steps as a hard reset is typically used as a last resort) then you would do so by first powering off your phone, then you would press and hold specific keys on your cell phone, such as the Volume Up key the Home key and the Power key (or whatever the specific key combination would be for your particular cell phone) and this would cause your phone to boot into the Android system recovery screen. You could then erase all of the user data on your Android cell phone by highlighting and then selecting the “wipe data/factory reset” option and then confirming the reset by highlighting and selecting “Yes – delete all user data”.
For this situation you want to try and avoid doing this as it will delete everything from the phone and wipe the phone clean.
So how is this relevant?
Well if your phone is stuck on the Android system recovery screen then one of the most common causes is that one (or more) of the buttons used to access this feature is being pressed down, is defective, or is malfunctioning…
So for example, if you had a phone that used the Volume Down button and the Power key to access the Android system recovery screen and its Volume Down button wasn’t working properly and the phone thought that it was pressed in, then when you pressed the power key to turn on your phone, your phone thinks that you were holding the Volume Down and Power button at the same time and it thinks that you are trying to access the Android system recovery screen and it’s doing exactly what it supposed to.
The Top Solution: Check the keys
So make sure that you check the physical buttons on your cell phone to make sure that that they are responding properly, especially the volume bottoms. Sometimes they may look perfectly fine but will be unresponsive or will be responding incorrectly.
Before trying the following suggestion I recommend that you power your phone off. You don’t want to accidently select an option you don’t mean to and you certainly want to avoid unintentionally erasing anything from your cell phone.
What I suggest you do though is try to press down on your keys a few times and try to loosen them up and if they are stuck or pressed in, hopefully pressing them will loosen them up or get them into the proper position to start working correctly again.
Once you have pressed down on the keys for a bit try to power the phone on and see if it will boot-up properly. If your cell phone starts up like it’s supposed to then you might want to do a quick backup of your phones information, if you don’t already have one, just in case. You don’t want your phone to have a serious malfunction or get damaged and lose all of your important information.
After you backup your data you might want to power your phone off and then back on, just to make sure its booting up properly now and you didn’t just get lucky.
Enjoy your working phone
If your phone turns on like it should and it’s no longer getting stuck on the Android system recovery screen then enjoy your working smartphone.
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Still not working
If this occurred right after trying to install a custom ROM, or after trying to Flash or Root your phone or after trying to install a custom Recovery Mod (such as the ClockworkMod aka CWM) then it’s likely that the installation was unsuccessful and you should try it again. Make sure to pay very close attention when performing these types of modifications as they can cause some serious trouble if done incorrectly.
This guide is not intended to resolve those types of issues and I recommend that you refer back to whichever guide or set of instructions that you were following when attempting the installation and for proper assistance.
If this just randomly happened for no particular reason at all then as mentioned above its likely a hardware issue and even more likely to be related to the actual buttons of your device. For good measure and to rule out the slight possibility of this issue being software related you can consider selecting the “wipe data/factory reset” option on the recovery screen which would scrub any bugs, glitches, or viruses from the device and put the phone back to its factory default settings. Even though this will also remove any existing user data from the phone, you will be unable to access the information to perform a backup anyways; it’s pretty much a last resort.
Double check for physical and liquid damage as well, if a piece of your phone is damaged (especially a key or button) then it can lead to such an issue occurring. You should be able to visually scan the phone for physical damage but most phones will also have an LDI (Liquid Damage Indicator) as well which will change from white to pink or white to red if enough moisture enters the phone to cause damage.
The location of your phones LDI is going to depend on the make and model of phone that you have but if you do find indications of damage, those types of issues can often be difficult to fix. If you find evidence of liquid damage then you might consider reading How to try and fix a water damaged phone for a cool tip that could help.
If your phone is still getting stuck at the Android system recovery screen and no matter how much you play with the physical buttons it refuses to power on correctly then you will most likely need to look into your repair or replacement options. If you would like to review some options that might be available, you can read about them by clicking HERE.
Thanks for reading
I hope that this guide has helped you find the proper solution for your particular situation and I really hope that you were able to get your Android to start up properly and stop getting stuck on its Android system recovery screen. If you have any suggestions or tricks that you used to fix this issue on your smartphone or other Android device and would like to share it with others please do so in the comment section below.
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