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Enter Recovery Mode on Motorola Moto X4

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Almost all the tweaks and customizations available for the Android system can be completed through the recovery mode environment. Thus, if you want to optimize and personalize your new Motorola Moto X4, you first have to learn how to enter this recovery mode menu.

Now, through the guidelines from below you can learn what can be applied through recovery mode, when and why you should enter this dedicated environment and the steps that must be followed for accessing the recovery mode, whether we talk about the built-in or custom recovery platform.

Now, by default your Motorola Moto X4 is running on stock recovery mode. This environment runs independently from the official Android OS and can be reached anytime that’s required. However, the recovery mode is hidden by default and cannot be entered by using built-in settings – first you will have to switch off your phone and afterwards a dedicated reboot sequence will have to be applied, but we will discuss more about these aspects a little bit later.

The stock recovery lets you initiate only official operations – it runs with several restrictions which will limit your overall access. For example, on your Moto X4, by using the default recovery mode menu you can complete operations such as: making a hard reset, clearing app data cache, manually installing new OTAs and similar other processes.

If you will want to extend your access and gain full control over the Android OS that runs on your device, first you will have to replace the stock recovery with a custom platform. In that case you will be able to perform custom operations like: gain root access, flash custom MODs, kernels and ROMs, make Nandroid backups, remove bloatware, install apps from other sources than Google Play, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies, and so much more.

The best part is that you can enter recovery mode in the same way whether we discuss about the stock or the custom recovery system. So, it won’t matter what type of recovery is running on your Motorola Moto X4; you will be able to successfully use the steps from this tutorial without any sort of issues so from this point of view this is a universal recovery guide compatible with your Motorola Moto X4.

Furthermore, entering recovery mode is an official process. Thus, you won’t have to use any third-party apps or risky programs for being able to reach this special environment. Therefore, you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty and you won’t have to worry about anything else – everything will remain safe and secured all the time.

However, if you plan to use the custom recovery image for completing an unofficial process, before starting anything you should backup your Motorola Moto X4. You should save your personal data, info, accounts and files because during certain procedures your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. Basically, you should backup everything that wasn’t there from day one: contacts, call logs, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info, saved passwords, texts, images, videos, audio files and similar other files. Note: the backup can be quickly performed if you use built-in cloud storage solutions, if you sync your files with your Google Account or if you download already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Before trying to reboot recovery mode on your Motorola Moto X4 you should first verify the power that’s left on your smartphone. If the battery status bar shows less than 50% power left, you must plug in the charger. If you skip this additional process you can end up in soft bricking your handset – different problems can cause severe malfunctions within the Android core system.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Motorola Moto X4

Method 1

  1. This is a hardware solution that will use the physical keys from your device.
  2. Thus, start by switching off your Moto X4 – press and hold the Power key for a few moments or press the Power key once and select ‘power off’.
  3. Now, press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power key together.
  4. Keep these button pressed until your device boots on.
  5. Then, use the Volume Down button and highlight the ‘recovery mode’ entry.
  6. Press the Power key to confirm your selection.
  7. An Android robot with an exclamation mark will be afterwards displayed on your smartphone.
  8. When you notice it, start pressing down the Power button.
  9. While holding down the Power key, press and release Volume Up button.
  10. Perfect, the recovery mode menu should be displayed on your handset.
  11. Don’t panic if you can’t get it right from your first attempt; this method might require a little practice.

Method 2

A computer is required at this step. On this computer the Moto X4 drivers must be installed. Also, the Android SDK toolkit should be set: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X /Linux. Then, on your smartphone tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number (from About Phone) until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. Finally, from Developer Options (within Menu – > Settings) check the USB Debugging field. Now, follow:

  1. Power on your smartphone and your computer.
  2. Connect your Moto X4 with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
  3. On your computer navigate towards the Android SDK folder.
  4. From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and while doing so right-click on any blank space; then choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. In the cmd window type ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
  6. Now, wait while the recovery mode menu is being displayed on your phone.
  7. When done, close the cmd window and remove the USB cord.
  8. That’s all.

Method 3

The last method will require a rooted Moto X4. On a rooted system you can install a third-party app from Google Play which can do all the work for you. For example, you can try the Quick Boot software – download and install this program on your smartphone and run the app in the end; then follow on-screen prompts and choose the mode in which you want to boot your phone.


So, those are the 3 methods that can be anytime used on your Motorola Moto X4 for reaching recovery mode menu. In recovery you can use the Volume rocker keys for scrolling up and down and the Power button to select (you can reboot back to Android Mode by selecting ‘reboot system now’). Thus, that was all for today; you can share your experience with use through the comments field from below. Enjoy.

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