How To Fix Android TV Box Stuck In Recovery Mode

How To Fix Android TV Box Stuck In Recovery Mode

You want to put your Android TV box into recovery mode to fix some problems such TV box stuck in dead Android, want factory reset it and so on, but it gets stuck in recovery mode, and you are unable to get out of it?

Don’t Worry!

This guide will help you to fix Android TV box stuck in Recovery mode. So, you just need to keep following the below-mentioned solutions to solve the issue.

What Is Android TV Box?

Android TV box is a set-top box that let users to view desired videos, play games, video content sites, and see regular network show on a big screen. You just need is a TV that supports Android operating system and a stable internet connection.

It comes in different sizes and shapes and provides some common services with some extra ones.

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Tips To Fix Android TV Box Stuck In Recovery Mode

There are multiple tips discussed in this guide to fix Android TV (4K) Box stuck in Recovery mode. You should try each and check which method works best to solve your problem.

Tip 1: Force Restart Your Device

The first and most simple tip to fix TV box stuck in Recovery mode is by force restarting it. Though different Android TV boxes have different steps to force restart but one common step is by pressing and holding the Power key for a few seconds.

Doing this will reboot your device automatically. Now check if it starts normally or not.

Tip 2: Flash Android TV Box To Latest Firmware

Firmware is the software in your TV box that control its hardware. It is essential to upgrade your firmware to develop the performance of the device and keep it safe.

Hence, you can flash your TV box to the latest firmware to solve this issue using an external storage device like a USB drive or SD memory card. This will overwrite the existing firmware in your device with the latest one.

To flash your TV box using an external device, enable your external device into a bootable device by creating a bootable device by creating a bootable picture of the latest Android firmware (.img) on your external device. Many PC tools can do this. Here, we have selected PhonenixCard tool.

To flash it with the help of this tool, you will need SD memory card. Before you follow the steps, you need to switch off your Android TV box completely and remove it from the power cord.

Note: Create a backup of your SD card data and then erase the data completely because it will delete all its existing data.

Below follow the steps to do the same:

  • Firstly, you need to download and install PhoenixCard Tool on your PC.
  • Download the appropriate firmware on your computer.
  • Then, with the help of a card reader connect the empty SD memory card to your computer.
  • Check that no other external storage device is connected to your PC.
  • Now, open the PhoenixCard.
  • Click on “Image File” button and then choose the firmware file and hit on “Open”.

Flash your Android TV box

  • Next, hit on “Burn” button and then you need to wait for a few minutes until the firmware is burned to your memory card.
  • Then you will get a message “burning was successful”. Take out a card from your computer and then insert it into your Android TV box.

Flash your Android TV box To Fix Stuck In Recovery Mode

  • Now, turn on your TV Box. You will see the indicator light flashing which signifies that your TV box is being flashed.
  • Once the light stops flashing, switch off it unplug your box and then remove the memory card.
  • Switch on the box and wait until it begins with the latest update.

Note: Carefully, select the correct firmware for your Android TV box as an incompatible firmware might damage your box permanently. Always select the firmware that is manufactured for the model of your TV box.

Many times, older firmware might fix the issue. So, you can try the latest firmware.

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Tip 3: Format Your External Device To FAT32

Sometimes the flashing process might halt halfway through and you get your TV box stuck in the same recovery mode. In this situation, you can try formatting your external storage device to FAT32 and then try tip 2 again.

The FAT32 is the oldest file system. It is a widely used system file and supports all operating systems. Hence, when you format your external device to FAT32 and then go to flash your box, may not cause any issues.

Tip 4: Factory Reset

If the first 3 tips didn’t solve the problem then factory resetting the TV box might help you. But one thing you need to keep in mind is that this will wipe all your data and cache files to their default state.

Note: Before you move to the steps, you should first create a backup of your data because it will reset everything.

Now, go through the below steps to factory reset TV box:

Step 1: Switch off the Android TV and take out the power cables.

Step 2: After this, with the help of a fine, thin, and non-conductive object like a small screwdriver, or toothpick, insert it into the AV port or SPDIF that is situated at the back of the box.

Step 3: Once you insert it, you will feel a tiny button. You need to press the button gently till it gets fully pressed.

Step 4: Keep holding it and connect the power cable. Then switch on your TV box and keep holding the button unless the boot logo is displayed on the TV screen.

Step 5: Leave the button once the logo vanishes.

Step 6: There are 2 possibilities – one is you will find the setup menu or another is you will find the recovery screen.

Step 7: If it is the first case, then you need to continue with the startup menu and your issue is fixed. And if it is the second case, then navigate to bootloader menu and choose the Wipe data/factory reset option (the option depends on brand of your box).

Step 8: With the help of a wireless keyboard or mouse, choose the “Delete all user’s data” option.

Step 9: Now, you need to wait until it completes wiping all data and reset itself.

Step 10: Next, choose reboot system option and after a few seconds the TV box will restart to its default state.

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Tip 5: Contact The Manufacturer

If you have applied all the above tips but still your box is stuck on Recovery mode then lastly you need to take the box to its manufacturer to fix the issue.

Many Android TV boxes have one year warranty period, so if it is under the warranty period then you don’t need to pay any cost. So, you should first confirm it and then contact or visit its manufacturer.

People Also Ask

1. How To Fix Android TV Box Returning To Initial Setup Screen?

To fix this issue, you need to navigate to Settings > Backup & reset. And then you need to uncheck Automatic Restore. Now, again try to factory reset the box.

2. How To Fix TV Box Stuck On Dead Android?

You can fix it by doing a hard reset. If the hard reset didn’t fix the problem then you should go to the store from where you bought it and check if they solve it. If not then lastly, contact the manufacturer customer support.


When your Android TV box stuck in Recovery mode then you can’t watch your favorite videos or other content. But, now you don’t need to worry as the above listed 5 tips will help you to fix it.

So, try them one by one after checking them. If the first 4 tips didn’t help then lastly contact the manufacturer.