“Booting the phone into recovery mode” is the most used phrase when we talk about rooting an Android phone, or installing a custom ROM or mod, or applying a patch. Most of Android enthusiasts like me go through this common routine of entering the recovery mode almost every day, or sometimes many times a day. I still remember how the Home key of my Galaxy S2 stopped working due to overuse and extra pressure.
We buy a smartphone, use for a few days, seek for a way to root it, search for a good custom ROM, flash it, enjoy it for a few days, then start looking for a better ROM, a better-better super better ROM and so on. This eternal voyage continues till we are fed with all available resources and a new and superior handset hits the market. The new phones meet the same treatment. All such activities require booting our phone into recovery or custom recovery mode. Devices by different manufacturers have different sets of Key Combinations that need to be pressed hard for some time to boot into recovery. As a result of our over-enthusiasm to enhance our mobile experience we often do a great injustice to the poor hard keys.
We all love our phones as an essential part of our lives. We put a costly screen-guard and cover the phone with a variety of cases and covers to save the display and phone’s body from scratch. But our concern for the hard keys is almost dismal. In the present article, I will be discussing with you on a solution to this problem.
Most of the tutorials on rooting and flashing a custom ROM tell you to enter the custom Recovery Mode by pressing a specific set of keys, but you can do this without touching any of the hard keys mentioned there. The play store has a number of free and paid apps that can save your phone’s hard keys from getting damaged and boot into recovery with less effort.
Here, I shall talk about the three apps, of course, there are many others, that make booting into recovery as easy as touching your phone’s display. All these apps work on a rooted Android phone.
ROM Manager (Free):
ROM Manager, developed by Koushik Dutta, is my favorite app when I need to boot in Recovery mode on my phone. The app is available for free at the Google Play Store. Just download and install it, open the app and select “Reboot into Recovery”.
Quick Boot is another nice application that allows you to reboot phone to recovery in a few touches. It is also a free app. It can be started from a long press “search” button menu.
Yet another free app from the Play Store is Rapid Reboot. It is a very small and simple app with four options. Just launch the app and select your purpose.
Download and install any of these apps and let your phone’s hard keys to relax a little.