If you want to enter the recovery mode on your Xperia Z1 device easily and effortlessly, then you are at the right place. Follow me as I take you step by step on a guide about entering the recovery mode. We provide you two of the most easiest procedures so that you can follow the procedure that you prefer.

Your device mainly has two function modes: Android OS and recovery mode. Recovery mode is a Runtime environment and it gives the user access to the internal framework of the device. The stock recovery of the Xperia Z1 device has limited functionality as it can only be used for factory reset and installing official updates. But, if you chose to replace the stock recovery with a custom one (like that of CWM or TWRP) you can easily modify your Android device. A root access is required to flash a custom recovery image. This means that your warranty will be voided once the phone has been flashed.

Sony Xperia Z1

The custom recovery can be used for many unofficial procedures like installing unofficial updates, custom ROMs, kernels, clearing caches etc. It can also be used to boost the efficiency of your device to get the most out of it. BUT, these procedures should only be done by experienced Android developers as the device may get bricked. We are not responsible for that; try it at your own risk.


  • When your device enters the recovery mode, it erases all your data (contacts, messages, videos, music, photos, applications, etc) so, it is wise to back up all your important data on a computer.
  • Make sure that the battery of your device is  at least 60% charged
  • You need a PC which has all the Sony Xperia Z1 drivers and SDK. You can download the SDK here.

Using the hardware buttons

1. Press the power button and select the “Power Off” menu. Your device will be turned off.
2. Wait for your device to shut down. When it has completely turned off, turn on your Xperia Z1 device.
3. When the LED notification light turns pink, press the Volume Up and Down buttons for a few seconds until the recovery mode menu appears on your screen.
3. You are in the recovery mode now and the touch of your screen has been disabled. You can use the Volume Up or Down button to navigate through the recovery menu. Use the Power button to select your option.
4. To go back, use the ‘Reboot system now option’. Your device will reboot to the Android OS.

Using ABD Commands

ADB stands for Android Debugging Commands. It is a tool that is used to send commands on your Xperia Z1 device through your PC. It requires drivers and the Software Development Kit but it gets the job done quite quickly and effortlessly.

1. If you’ve tried entering the recovery mode using the above-mentioned steps but in vain, then you can do it the hard way. For this, you’ll be needing a computer on which all the Xperia Z1 drivers have been installed. You’ll also need to have the Android software development kit installed on your PC.
2. On your Xperia Z1 device, head to the Menu and click the Settings>Developers Options to check whether the USB debugging option is enabled or not. If not, then enable it.3. Use the USB cable to properly attached your device with your computer.

3. Use the USB cable to properly attached your device with your computer.
4. On your computer, open the ADB folder and click on the ” Boot into recovery mode .bat” to reboot your device into the recovery mode.

That’s it! You are now in the recovery mode. Do what you please and if you have any questions, you  can always drop them in the comment section below. I’ll try to solve whatever problem that you may encounter.