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How to: Boot into Recovery on the DROID X

This little trick probably won’t be used much until the Android hacking/developing crowd gains root access to our new Droid X, but you might as well know about it now.  Practice up people!  And no, this won’t brick your phone.

Instructions…

1.  Turn your phone off.
2.  Hold down “Home” and press “Power” until the Motorola logo appears.
3.  Release  “Power” and continue to hold “Home” until an exclamation appears.
4.  Release “Home” and press the “Search” button once.
5.  Your phone will now enter recovery.

To get out of it, simply use your volume up and down buttons until “reboot system now” is highlighted and then press the camera button.

Simple enough?

  • jimmyjack

    I tried to reboot my droidx. I get as far as the exclamation and it stops there i tried the home&search key as well as the home&volume down button still nothing..can somebody help on this.. thank you

  • krizup6

    those of you who r writing comments about how to get your phone into recovery dont know what you are talking about!!! hold power button and home key same time wait for the littel andro man and exclamtion to appear release both keys and press the volume up and down button. dont press volume down only or volume up only the volume up and down must be pressed together. TY this is coming from someone that has had to reset twice now!!! needless to say this will be my last motorola!!!

  • Gearsplayer

    after the exclamation pops up nothing else happens i tried the search button and volume down neither did anything

  • Enrique

    On my Droid, instead of the search key, you press the up, down keys and use the power button to select

    • Martyscherr

      I have a Droid X and pressing both Up + Down keys at the same time and then the power button to select worked great.  Thanks.

  • Jim Isbell

    Doesnt work on the new Droid X versions!!!  When you get to the exclamation point, it hangs there.  Pressing “search” or any thing else wont change it.  Only removing the battery will reset the phone!!!

    • Shiser59

      On the new versions you need to hit the Volume Down button in place of the search buttom

  • Beckett

    This symbol appeared on my phone several times. Can you tell me what that symbol means? The Verizon guy just told me..”oh that’s not good” and they sent me a new phone..and that phone does it too!. So, they thought it was the battery and sent me a new battery..well, it did it in both phones. Ugh..WTF is it??   Thanks!

  • Rustygreenway

    What do you do when it will not go into recovery mode all it shows is the logo m on the screen?

  • Ddunaway2008

    This isn’t working on my droidx with rooted gingerbread???

  • Miamidolphins954

    Could someone please help me……. My droid x is about a month old and all the sudden last night it froze on me so i shut it off and when i went to turn it back on all it would do is go to the motorola screen and stay there…… I tried the reboot and it still wont come off the motorola symbol screen… Does anyone have any suggestions on what i could do…

    Thanks for Your Help!!

  • Sharaz101

    mine is stuck on motrolla sign please help

  • http://www.lead411.com/Stefano_Dirindin_2050336.html Stefano Dirindin

    I am quite interesting in this topic hope you will elaborate more on it in future posts. Thanks Kellex for your help with getting me rooted with my droid now im on to the droidx I hope you can come out with a way soon to root the droidx because I miss my root already.

  • http://www.debtmediators.com.au/ Debt

    The instructions given above are really simple and can be followed easily.

  • http://riflery1.php0h.com/mykalai-kontilai.html Mykalai Kontilai

    This is nothing new or special. This information has been available since before the X was even officially released.

  • http://twitter.com/mykalaikontilai Mykalai Kontilai

    Actually recovery is to attempt to stop your phone from bricking.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mykalaikontilai Mykalai Kontilai

    I hope this gets roms on the milestone working soon.

  • http://www.pacebutler.com/recycle_donate_cell_phones.cfm recycle cell phones

    I like the way the camera picture taking view the dx has, also the zoomed in magniflying glass thingy to select where on the word to edit is pretty cool.

  • D828

    My screen went black and nothing would turn it on, including the above instructions. So I saw on another site a suggestion to take out battery, wait a few seconds, put it back in and then press Power button. Working now (so far!).

  • D828

    My screen went black and nothing would turn it on, including the above instructions. So I saw on another site a suggestion to take out battery, wait a few seconds, put it back in and then press Power button. Working now (so far!).

  • http://smackbox.org Smackbox

    I love seeing this screen! It makes me think about custom roms on my Droid X! OH Man I cant wait!

  • Chriscusto
  • Chriscusto

    ok so its been rooted now we need a how to please ASAP!!!

  • Mark

    The volume key selects the entry above and the Menu key and search keys are soft keys.The menus key on the picture above would select OK and the search would select hide, which puts you back at the explanation in the triangle screen.

    So with the second picture above the menu key would select OK to reboot the phone.

  • http://twitter.com/STEV3TS Steven D

    anyone having camera trouble on the Droid X ive used it afew times but now i click the app and it brings me to a black screen and Ive messed with all the options but the screen remains black

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25419359 James De Angelis

    Oh also anyone have the droid software to run for my d1? I like the way the camera picture taking view the dx has, also the zoomed in magniflying glass thingy to select where on the word to edit is pretty cool, do ya think we can get a download for that stuff to work on my d1?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25419359 James De Angelis

    anyone know a way around the hdmi output limitations? I wanna stream stuff from dy dx. Only got asfar as using the youtube downloader to download clips then play them through the caBle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josue-Aristy/540455542 Josue Aristy

    I know some day this beast will be rooted and will allow install custom roms.

  • nick o

    I TOLD U HOW TO DO THIS KELLEX WTF!(possomcrast1@gmail.com)

    • jhankg

      This is nothing new or special. This information has been available since before the X was even officially released.

  • Dpry3580

    This is great, but if rooting my X is anything like when TRYING to root my Inc, I won't bother.
    Before selling my DInc on eBay for $400, I ran benchmark on both.
    X was higher on everything, including the CPU as rumored. More than a hundred points over.
    Hopefully X production falls WAY behind demand, then I can get whatever comes out next for free again! (keeping the $50 32G card though)

  • Mrpicolas

    Please do not flame people in this thread it will be deleted vulgar language and intentional flaming or name calling is more childish than the first posts so relax enjoy your day and be mindful of more than just your own feelings

  • Brian

    I forgot you can use the menu button in recovery to reboot or wipe thats all I figure you can do since theres no updates you can apply yet.

  • Brian

    Kellex I commented on this yesterday in the droidx update but did not get a response and I also talked about how to get into boot loader mode. I was trying to see if droidx might work with RSDlite but I got a popup that said something about installing (S Flash OMAP3630 MI) im running windowsxp. Heres how to boot into boot loader mode if anyone wants to know turn the phone off and when you turn it back on make sure you are holding down the up volume key and the camera button. Thanks Kellex for your help with getting me rooted with my droid now im on to the droidx I hope you can come out with a way soon to root the droidx because I miss my root already.

    • jimmyjack

      thank you Brian..you way did work thank you again

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/I37YLWJRR4XCAJJIXULRSXABZQ Eduardo

    FIRST

  • tonytbone7883

    I can't upgrade till August next year, bummer but my Droid 1 is working perfect with BB 0.4 and launcher-Pro. I can wait till the Droid XX comes with dual processors or at least doing 2.0GHz, and maybe a HD 1080i screen… yeah!!!!

    • Timoh

      If you talk to a tech over the phone or in the store you can renew your 2 year agreement after 1 year of service, at upgrade pricing.

      • tonytbone7883

        Cool, thanks

  • Hopingforbetter

    “This little trick probably won’t be used much”
    - I wish that were the case. I picked up my X yesterday and it has rebooted itself at least 30 times already. I tried a few all of the options at the root but it didn't help.

  • ericsorensen

    Is there a reason to do this other than you can?

    • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

      I don't think so…

    • JCarroll

      Wipe the Cache… I found it sped up the phone after the last OTA.

  • dannydarko

    Its nice to see the old familiar triangle of freedom and his little green friend. Bring on the Root;)

  • chuicca chicca

    does anyone have problems connecting to a computer with the droid x?

    • Dpry3580

      YES!! And I have to reboot the phone to get it to work.
      AND the ear speaker on mine is fuzzy half the time.
      I'm going in tonight to have it looked at.
      I just applied the large OTA update last night too. So I don't see the PC connection being fixed anytime soon.

  • fgonzo98

    Let's start the pool on the Rooted X…I say 8 days

    • kellex

      Ooh, I say 9. :P

      • tonytbone7883

        Now that the phone can be put in recovery, the Devs only have to write the file, right?

        • jhankg

          No. And devs have been able to access the recovery menu from day one.

    • fgonzo98

      bam! 7! (after release)

  • djenks24

    Sweet, Can't wait to root. No, can't wait to install some sweet roms.

    • Hurleywearshurley

      Rims are possible. With efuse they have to be” signed” by motorola. So all we need to do is either trick it into thinking that moto made it. Or create a second signature and get it to accept that one ( like many hacks on the kindle.) Or we can create a new bootloader that ignores fuse and flash it. Or it goes into its brick state we can unbrick it by making it think we are moto.

      • brandonmee

        My thoughts exactly

  • Hogasswildmc

    Froyo, Froyo, Froyo!

  • EdCenter

    Speaking of booting. Does anyone know how to reboot or power cycle the Droid X (without reverting to factory settings)? On the iphone you held the home and on/off button. On the Droid X, I only know how to turn off and back on.

    • Dpry3580

      Do you mean holding the power button until “Power Off” comes up?
      If so, that's how you reboot X.

  • poeddroiduser

    ….while jumping up and down on one leg and humming the theme to Jeopardy.

  • StephanC

    What about the eFuse… haha.

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      Seriously. Don't all these people know theyre going to brick their phones?? :-) lol

    • Hurley

      as i said before “Roms are possible. With efuse they have to be” signed” by motorola. So all we need to do is either trick it into thinking that moto made it. Or create a second signature and get it to accept that one ( like many hacks on the kindle.) Or we can create a new bootloader that ignores fuse and flash it. Or it goes into its brick state we can unbrick it by making it think we are moto” and before you say what about the encrypted bootloader, it can be cracked.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RFDMAGYGZE7CFWXWBIZE3RTW2A -=Hacku=-

    My phone rebooted and went into recovery all by itself today after attempting to play a video that I had taken with my Droid 1.

    • KaZx

      Obviously you Divided by Zero

  • Andrew Hewitt

    OMG MY PHONE BLEW UP?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • Travis

    volume up and down you mean!

  • Tony

    I think you mean VOLUME up and down buttons until “reboot system now” is highlighted and then press the camera button. No big deal and great work as always.

    • kellex

      Indeed. Fixed!

      • Tony

        I gotta imagine a lot of people will be freaking out when they first try this lol…..

        • Gamerday

          i was freaking out like mad but then i got it:) haha <—-idiot

  • http://twitter.com/MrZiou Dion Tueros

    firssssssssstttt

    • LobbyDizzle

      You can't. Now we all can see how much of an idiot you are.

      • Dave

        LOL!

        • http://twitter.com/C3V3 CeeVee

          I second that!

          • spursrchamps2007

            third lol

          • jxcgunrunna

            FIRST!!11!

      • LobbyDizzle

        And goes as an example to all of you “firsters”. Please, stop.

        • Rodeojones000

          Couldn't have said it better myself. The battle for “first” is the most idiotic thing I've come across in a long time. Who cares if you're first! If being first to post on Droid-Life is really so exciting that you must announce it to the entire community of readers, you really need to get out a little more.

          I think Kellex should start a new poll. It will be a simple poll. It will ask the question, “Should we ban all “FIRST” comments and give a 30-day vacation to anyone who posts such a comment?” Then we simply choose “yes” or “no.” Majority wins.

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            Kellex on multiple occasions has posted his feelings about “first” comments…
            End of story :-)

          • venomX0125

            I heard that people who post FIRST in their comments are steve jobs and I*hone supporters

    • Tyler

      delete the post? you can live in infamy as the moron who not only had to try to post first but failed :P

      • Bella

        Dion, Who do you like more…. Edward or Jacob?

    • ImmaDummy

      This is what you get when you buy your ten year olds a Droid and send them here. I wonder if over at Iphone-Life there are a bunch of idiots battling over who is the biggest dummy? No doubt in this thread Dion is!

      Good job Dion! Hey Dion… who do you love better… Edward or Jacob?

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    hoping 2.2 comes out very soon for the Incredible…otherwise i might suck it up and root that beast

    • Legacy23

      Because you said that I will PERSONALLY delay the release of Froyo on the Inc indefinitely…. :-)

    • HTC Rooted w/ Sky Fire

      just suck it up….been rooted for a couple of days now its super easy and definitely worth. Plus you can always unroot it very easily

      • kellex

        Actually it's not that easy if you install the OTA. :)

        • Tony

          oh yea I just used unrevoked root process which was a 10 minute process…..but that without the OTA I heard there is a chance you can brick your phone if you apply that OTA. def not gonna mess with that

        • Tony

          I'm using skyfire 1.9 which isnt perfect but is nice….missing the camera part tho