Hi guys! Long time, no see. I have been away for some time but I am finally back. In today’s short tutorial we will deal with a very specific (but practical) Fire phone issue.
You probably know that Fire OS is Android-based, which means that many features of Fire phones overlap with those of standard Android phones. One of such things is the recovery mode which we will explore in more detail today.
What is the Fire Phone Recovery Mode?
As the name suggests, this mode is used in emergency cases when you cannot operate your phone in a normal way (you cannot turn it off or on) or while it’s misbehaving.
I had to enter the recovery mode in my Fire phone because I got into my own trap, i.e. I encrypted my Fire phone with a very heavy password which I unfortunately forgot (and I forgot to write it down somewhere else too). Without knowing the right password, there was no way for me to decrypt my Fire.
What is even worse is that Fire phone, contrary to most Android phones, doesn’t automatically perform a factory reset after a certain number of unsuccessful attempts to decrypt it (which is its big drawback). What it means is that you can almost infinitely try to enter the password unsuccessfully.
The only thing I could do was to enter the recovery mode and restore factory settings, which I am about to show you.
How to Enter Recovery Mode in Fire Phone
Entering the recovery mode in Fire phone is fortunately very easy. Here is all you need to do:
- Turn your Fire off or make sure it’s turned off. This won’t work on a working Fire phone.
- Hold the power and volume up & down buttons simultaneously for several seconds.
- You will see the back screen saying Fire System recovery. You know have access to four options: reboot system now, apply update from ADB, wipe data/factory reset, wipe cache partition.
- To move up and down the menu use the volume up and down buttons. To confirm your choice, use the power button.
- In the screenshot below I chose wipe data/factory reset and had to confirm my choice by clicking Yes – Erase Everything.
As you can see entering the recovery mode in Fire phone is as easy as in any other Android phone and potentially lets you solve any problem with your Fire.
Of course, restoring factory settings is the last thing you should do (if really nothing else works). If you can normally operate your Fire but it has just slowed down a bit, you should start from wiping cache partition or simply rebooting it.