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Enter Recovery Mode on Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Here is how to access and enter recovery mode on Google Pixel 4 to do just that and more! The recovery partition is an important part of Android. This special boot mode allows for various advanced functionality that is otherwise not available through the normal UI. Also, if you have a custom recovery installed, these features are further extended. We have the complete process of accessing recovery mode on Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL explained right ahead!

Pixel 4 series, similar to other Pixel phones, is quite popular with developers. Further, as a result, there are a lot of mods and tweaks available for the device for which you might want to flash a custom recovery like TWRP and then also know how to access it. Whether you have a stock recovery running or TWRP, this process will apply in both cases for Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

Some Android phones, like the Sony Xperia series, do not come with a stock Android recovery at all. In that case, we would have to load a custom recovery first to that phone and then enter it. However, Google Android phones do come with stock recovery and some Android-specific functions i.e. installing a software update, doing a full hard reset, etc. are only performed through a Recovery Mode. Whenever you do them, the phone first takes you to the stock Android recovery and then performs that specific function.

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery is something built natively into the Android source code. Almost all phones ship with the stock recovery unlocked and open to the user. Google, being an enthusiast brand, is very open to such things. You can easily access the recovery partition and there won’t be any damage to your warranty.

Functions available in this mode are primarily maintenance-oriented. The first function you can utilize is the ability to apply an update. Very handy feature indeed. Once the firmware is released by Google, it is pushed to all devices. After getting downloaded, phone boots into recovery and flashes the update. Also, if you don’t get the update straight from Google, you can download the update zip from the internet and apply that as well. This helps when you are experiencing long delays in updates.

Afterward, you would notice wipe data or factory reset option along with wipe cache. These are used when you are short on internal space or just want to reset your device. Deleting cache only deletes temporary files while wiping data resets the whole of the device leaving no user data behind. If you face some force closes or slow-downs, using these will surely help.

Alongside the benefits, we must also provide warnings. As this is a crucial partition which has advanced capabilities otherwise not available in the stock system, it can cause prolonged problems. If you are not sure what you are doing, don’t select or implement any of the options. However, measures are in place to reduce errors as much as possible. Validation checks are used before flashing any file so that fatal problems can be avoided…

Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL using the following three methods by:

  • ADB on Windows
  • hardware buttons
  • ADB on Mac OS X

Let’s have a look at each method below. You can use whichever way you find the easiest.

NOTE: The following s can be used to enter Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL Recovery Mode, applicable to all variants of the phone.

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL

1 – Turn OFF your phone.

2 – Now press and hold the following buttons for a few seconds, all at the same time: Power + Volume Up + Home.

3 – After a few seconds, you should see the Recovery Mode screen on your Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL.

You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons!

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL

1 – Turn OFF your phone.

2 – Now press and hold the following buttons for a few seconds, all at the same time: Power + Volume Up + Home.

3 – After a few seconds, you should see the Recovery Mode screen on your Google Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL.

You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons!

Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

1 – Make sure USB drivers and ADB drivers for Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

2 – Connect your Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL to your Mac with a USB cable.

3 – Now open Terminal app on your Mac and enter the following command and press Enter:

/<PATH>/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb reboot recovery

NOTE: <path> should be the location where your Android SDK is stored. If android-sdk-macosx is in your main user directory, you can skip the /<PATH>/ part from the line given above.

4 – Your Pixel 4 / Pixel 4 XL will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys and select with the Power button.

Conclusion:

If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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