Yet another special boot mode is the HTC 10 Recovery Mode and today I’m going to walk you through the process on how to get there.
Recovery Mode on Android devices can be very helpful if you’re unable to boot into the regular operating system. This can happen when an OTA update goes wrong (rare, but possible), or it can happen after you have tried to install a root modification that isn’t compatible with the phone.
From the HTC 10, we can perform what is called a hard factory reset and this will wipe all of the data and changes you’ve made to the device.
We can also do other things from the HTC 10 Recovery Mode as well. For instance, we can wipe the cache partition (which can be helpful if an app is broken), we can apply an update from either ADB or from the SD card and we can boot back into Fastboot Mode (which is labeled as Bootloader). If you have a custom recovery installed, then you can do much more from here, but today’s example will just talk about the stock HTC 10 Recovery Mode.
HTC 10 Recovery Mode
- Boot the HTC 10 into Download Mode
- Then Boot the HTC 10 into Fastboot Mode
- Wait until you reach the screen with the red triangle
- Press and hold the Power button
- While holding the Power button down, press the Volume Up button once
- Then let go of the Power button once you reach the HTC 10 Recovery Mode
Just like with the HTC 10 Fastboot Mode tutorial I talked about yesterday, to access the HTC 10 Recovery Mode we must first boot into Download Mode. If you’re unfamiliar with how to boot the HTC 10 into Download Mode, be sure to click the link in step 1 of the guide above. Once you are there, you’ll want to press the Volume Down button until it highlights the Bootloader option and then press the Power button to select it.
This will boot the HTC 10 into Fastboot Mode (which is also known as Bootloader Mode) and then from here we need to use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to control the menu again. So press the Volume Down button until you highlight the Recovery Mode option and then press the Power button to select it. This will make the screen of the HTC 10 go black, and then you’ll boot to a red triangle like you see at the very top of this tutorial.
Once you get to this red triangle screen, you have about a minute to actually boot into the HTC 10 Recovery Mode. If you don’t do anything from this red triangle screen, the HTC 10 will reboot and then you’ll be taken back into Android. However, if you press and hold the Power button, and then press the Volume Up button once (while the Power button is held), then you’ll see this red triangle screen disappear and the actual Android recovery screen will appear.
The image you see above is the Recovery Mode screen for the Galaxy S7, but the screen for the HTC 10 is very similar (you just don’t have the mount /system option). Just like with the other menus, you’ll be using the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to navigate through the menu and then you’ll press the Power button to select the option that is highlighted. I’ll be referencing this guide in future tutorials when I talk about how to wipe the cache partition and doing a hard factory reset.
Once you’re done with the HTC 10 Recovery Mode though, simply highlight the Reboot System Now option, and then press the Power button. This will reboot the HTC 10 and then you’ll boot right back into Android.