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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Motorola Moto G5

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Motorola Moto G5 is a new mid-range Android based smartphone. The performance is decent, but you might feel the need of extra power and speed while trying to run certain apps. So, accessing the Android core system for applying dedicated tweaks might become essential for you. Well, in that respect during the following lines I will explain a basic Android operation that can help you fulfill your tweaking plans: rebooting recovery mode on the Motorola Moto G5.

On your smartphone the stock recovery image is running by default. This mode runs independently from the Android mode and puts your handset into a state from where you can choose to initiate different procedures. These procedures can help you customize, optimize, personalize or repair the Android firmware. Through stock recovery you can apply only official operations such as flashing .zip files, sideloading OTAs, making a hard reset or clearing app data cache.

But, the stock recovery image can be replaced with a custom software on your Motorola Moto G5. In that case, you will extend the Android access meaning that you will be able to apply unofficial processes such as: gain root access, add custom kernels, MODs and ROMs, install root-only apps, flash apps from other sources than Google Play, download and use features that cannot be found on the stock Android OS, overclock / undervolt CPU frequencies, make Nandroid backups and so on.

Anyway, since you can make important changes within the Android core system, reaching recovery cannot be done through built-in settings, but through dedicated reboot sequences. Now, the best thing is that both stock and custom recovery platforms can be entered in the same way – and the steps from below are describing three ways of reaching recovery mode on the Motorola Moto G5.

Moreover, putting the Moto G5 in recovery mode is possible even if you already rooted your phone or if you unlocked its bootloader. In fact, you should be able to access and use this dedicated Android mode regardless of the state in which your handset is found.

If you plan to use the recovery mode for completing an unofficial process, before doing so make a general backup. A backup can help you secure your data – files that weren’t there by default can get corrupted or even wiped out during certain tweaks, so be careful and try to save your personal data, info, accounts and files first: you can sync your files with your Google Account, you can use backup and restore apps from Google Play or you can use any other similar cloud storage platform.

Entering recovery mode on the Moto G5 is an official process even when discussing about stock or custom recovery image. Therefore, completing the steps from below can be done without assuming certain risks – no, the warranty of your device won’t get void and no, you won’t have to use complex or risky tools for applying the reboot sequences that are explained in this tutorial.

Charge your Motorola Moto G5 before entering recovery mode. You need to make sure that there is more than 50% power left as otherwise your phone can get switched off while the recovery platform is accessed. If a sudden shut down occurs your Moto G5 might get soft bricked – different soft related problems can cause malfunctions such as boot loops, bugs, hangs, battery drain, heating problems, total blackouts and more.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Motorola Moto G5

Method 1

  1. Switch off your smartphone – press and hold the Power key or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’.
  2. Wait a few moments until the switch off process is completed.
  3. Press and hold the Volume Down key for 2 or 3 seconds.
  4. While holding down the Volume Down key, press and release Power key.
  5. From the menu that will be displayed highlight Recovery (scroll up and down using Volume rocker keys) and press Power button to confirm.
  6. When the Android logo is displayed press and hold Volume Up for a few moments.
  7. While holding down Volume Up press and release the Power key.
  8. The recovery mode menu should be displayed.
  9. In recovery use Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and Power button to select.
  10. You can go back to Android mode by choosing ‘reboot system now’.

Method 2

This is a manual process so a computer will be required. On this computer you have to install Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. The Moto G5 drivers must be installed on your computer too. And, on your smartphone the USB debugging option must be checked – USB Debugging can be found under ‘menu – > settings – > developer options’. Note: for enabling Developer Options you need to tap repeatedly (for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number – keep tapping until you get the ‘you are a developer’ message.

Good; now follow:

  1. Power on your Moto G5 and your computer.
  2. Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
  3. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  4. From there open a cmd window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space – then pick ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. In the cmd window that will be displayed type: adb reboot recovery.
  6. Press Enter and wait until recovery mode is displayed on your Motorola Moto G5.

Method 3

In case you already rooted your Motorola Moto G5 you can use a third party app from Google Play. Through dedicated apps you can automatically enter recovery mode. An example in that matter is the Quick Boot software. Download the app from Google Play and install it on your phone; run it and follow on-screen prompts and choose to reboot into recovery mode.


These three methods should help you enter recovery mode on the Motorola Moto G5. Test the steps from above and share your observations with us and with our readers. If you have questions contact us by using the comments field from below as we are here to assist you as soon as possible. Also, stay close if you want to learn other similar tutorials and Android related tips and tricks.

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