Recovery mode now available for a range of unlocked Xperia devices [video]

With our open device program, we aim to provide a developer environment close to that of Nexus devices. In line with this, we now provide recovery mode for selected unlocked Xperia™ devices. We hope this will help push innovation and kernel development, since it is now easier to perform software debugging. Read on to find out what devices are supported and how to enable recovery mode.

Recovery mode is a runtime environment that’s included on a hardware partition separate from the main Android OS. You can boot directly into recovery mode, and since you enter recovery mode using hardware keys, it’s often used for troubleshooting, especially if the screen is unresponsive.

“Our overall goal with the open device program is to offer a development environment similar to the one for Nexus devices. Now, by making it much easier to debug, we hope this will further encourage innovation and kernel development on Xperia devices”, says Karl-Johan Dahlström, Head of Developer Relations.

After flashing a recovery image to your device, you can use recovery mode to flash custom ROMs, perform over-the-air maintenance, and restore back-up data. In addition, with a stable recovery kernel, you developers can try out innovative and potentially unstable kernel versions and then have the option to recover your device in case you need to.

Supported devices
With the latest software provided through our Flash tool for Xperia devices, recovery mode is available for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia T3 devices with unlocked boot loader. We are working to make recovery mode available for more devices in coming software releases.

How to enable and enter recovery mode
To enable recovery mode on your unlocked Xperia device, all you have to do is to update your software as described in the following step:

  1. Use the Flash tool for Xperia devices to install the latest generic software on your unlocked device.

Now recovery mode is enabled and you can flash a custom recovery image to your device. After doing so, you can enter recovery mode using the following steps:

  1. Turn your device off.
  2. At the same time, press the Power button and Volume down until your device vibrates.
  3. Quickly release the Power button, but keep pressing Volume down.
  4. When you see the screen shown in the image below, release Volume down. You have now successfully entered recovery mode.

To navigate through the recovery mode options, you typically use the Volume up and Volume down keys, and then the Power key to make a selection.

Xperia Z1 in recovery mode.

Xperia Z1 in recovery mode.

Custom Android recovery images
With recovery mode enabled on your unlocked Xperia device, you can build or download a custom Android recovery image and flash it to your device. The open source community has produced a number of custom recoveries that offer features such as backup and restore, the ability to apply software updates, and the ability to selectively delete data.

The options you are presented with may vary depending on your device, and the specific custom recovery you have installed. In addition to easier software debugging, the following standard options are usually available:

  • Extract Android and kernel logs (after a crash)
  • Wipe all data and factory reset the device
  • Flash custom ROMs
  • Restore data from back-ups
  • Apply updates
  • Try different operating systems (multiboot)


We know that an AOSP recovery mode for Xperia devices is something the open source community has wanted for a long time, and we hope that you are as excited as we are, now that this is available for a first range of unlocked Xperia devices. If you have any comments or questions, drop us a line below and let us know.

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  1. By Marco Abril


    Hey developers I dont unlock for xperia x, the combination of keys dont have reset hard phone

  2. By bala chandar


    Hey. Sony developers please develop the recovery update for Xperia E4 DUAL E2115 model.

    Please please. I requested you. Please.

    Because, most of them booored with this 4.4.4 kitkat.

    So please make a recovery.

  3. By bala chandar


    Please develope recovery mode for E4 DUAL E2115 Xperia model.and give any for that mobile

  4. By Sowrove Hossain


    Not Work on My Xperia Z5 (E6683) OS 7.1.1 🙁 🙁

  5. By Shubham Narvekar


    i had installed custom os on my sony xperia m…and now i want to install gapp so i tried to enter twrp recovery but it doesnt enter in it….it just normally boot up,,,,and sometimes go in safe mode….please suggest way for entering in twrp recovery mod again.

  6. By Âñký Ðãhïýä


    i have facing recovery mode issue on my xperia z1.the process defined on page does not move to safe mode now.pls help me



    My compact X is now in safe mode why

  8. By Rajesh Sankaran


    Model: C6802
    I had issues in getting into Recovery mode with twrp image and finally found this post:…ogari-t3358583 and this provides me with the recovery menu.

  9. By Manoj Dhurwey


    My Sony Xperia m2 dual D2302 not show recovery mode.
    Press power button + volume down at the same time
    But recovery mode not available.
    Please help me.
    My email :-

  10. By Carl Catane


    I am using Xperia C5 Ultra (e5553) single.. Tried this for many times, read some articles on how to enter recovery mode on my device and being idiot in this matter I TRIED ‘EM ALL.. But none is working.. My android version is Marshmallow.. After an update of some main software, the front flash doesn’t work.. AND I don’t know where to fucked up with this… Sony please be friendly to your users.. You have already the NAME in the market, don’t let it down. Some brands nowadays are growing so fast, and SONY is digging its grave because of many complains.

  11. By Ciber Nautilus



  12. By Sherif Atef


    Hi everybody
    I have Sony Xperia C1505 I can’t to format it by recovery mode I tried to open recovery mode by vol up+ power and vol down+power and together+power but not work and tried to format by below code *#*#7378423#*#* but not work also.
    I need your support to format it urgent

  13. By Omsaink Saink


    How to go Recovery mode in sonyXperia e2115 please help?

  14. By mike emerson pasaron


    im using xperia t3 when i tried the steps it vibrated first once then when i hold the power button and volume it vibrated three times. my phone turns on but doesnt start



    My device is m4 aqua dual n this is rooted…
    I want to know that how to reboot it with secret code.. or prassing bottons….