In this guide, we will show you how to fix The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed issue. Unlocking the bootloader and stepping into the custom development has its own set of perks. From the ability to flash custom ROMs to installing custom recovery or gaining administrative privileges via Magisk, there’s a lot to try out.
But at the same time, things aren’t always so good in this domain. If you end up flashing an incorrect or outdated custom binary or flash the correct file to the incorrect partition, then issues are bound to happen. For Realme and Oppo devices, this more often than not, translates to:
“The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed and can not boot. Please flash the correct image or contact customer service to fix it”.
So what is this error message all about, and more importnalty how to fix this “The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed” issue once and for all? Let’s check it out.
Reason for the The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed Error
This happens when the boot or recovery partition of your deivce has been corrupted. One of the most common reasons for the boot partition getting corrupted is when users are trying to root their device without TWRP. For that, they need to extract the stock boot.i mg from OZIP, patch it via Magisk and flash it via Fastboot Commands.
Between all this, there is a very important point that you need to keep in mind. The boot image that you are patching and flashing should be of he same firmware version that ius currently installed on your device. However, not many keeps a note of the same and flashes the boot.img by juist verifying the device name.
We can’t really blame the users becuase most of the tutorials don’t mention this in the first place either. Anyways, this would straightaway lead to the The Current Boot Image have been destroyed error.
As far as the recovery partition gettign corrupted is concerend, it could be attirbuted to the A/B Partiton thing. Device having dual slots doesn’t usually have a recovery partition. As a result, you would have to first boot it to the boot partiton and then flash it via Recovery Ramdisk.
But if you aren’t into geeky corners of Android, it might be difficult for you to find out your deivce’s partition scheme. Again, it should be clearly mentioned in the guidelines of the blog posts regaign the same, which unfortunately not many seems to be doing as of now. This incorrect flashing leads to The Current Recovery Image have been destroyed error.
So with this, you would have got a decent idea rergarding why this issue occurs in the first place. Let’s now make you aware of the steps to fix The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed issue on Realme devices.
- How to Extract OZIP Realme Stock ROM (Firmware)
- Guide to Extract Fastboot Images from Realme/Oppo OZIP Firmware
- How to Unbrick Realme Device via Fastboot Commands
- Guide to Root any Realme Device via Magisk without TWRP
How to Fix The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed
The fix for this issue is fortunately quite easy to execute. Now, there are two different methods to do the same. The second method requires you to wipe all the data on your device, but will surely fix this issue. On the other hand, the first method doesn’t require a data wipe but the success rate isn’t as good as the second method.
So if you aren’t concerned about the data loss, then directly head over to the second method. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps to fix The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed issue.
Install Android SDK
To begin with, install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.
Boot Bricked Realme to Fastboot Mode
Likewise, you will also have to boot your Realme device to Fastboot Mode. As of now, it is in a semi-bricked state, so you cannot use the adb reboot bootloader command. So you will have to take the help of hardware keys. Power off your device and then press and hold the Power and Volume Down keys for a few seconds and your device shall be booted to Fastboot Mode.
Extract IMG Files from OZIP Firmware
As you might be aware, Realme and Oppo provides their firmware in OZIP package and hence you cannot directly extract or flash them. For that, you need to first get hold of the firmware’s IMG files that could be flashed to their respective partitions. So refer to our guide to Extract Fastboot Images from Realme/Oppo OZIP Firmware.
Once you have followed the instructions, you shall get the boot.img, system.img, vbmeta.img and vendor.img. We will be using these four files across both the methods to fix the The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed issue. Follow along.
FIX 1: Flash VBMeta
This fix requries you to flash the vbmeta.img file to the vbmeta partition and disable the verification check. Here’s how it could be carried out:
- To begin with, place the vbmeta.img file to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
- Now go to this (platform-tools) folder’s address bar, type in CMD and hit Enter.
- This shall launch the Command Prompt with the ADB directory.
- Finally, type in the below command to flash the vbmeta file and disable verity check:
fastboot flash --disable-verity --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
- If that command doesn’t gives out any success, then you may also try out the following command:
fastboot --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
- Once done, you may now reboot the device to the OS via the below command:
See if this fixes The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed issue on Realme and Oppo devices. If it worked out for you, well and good. Otherwise, its time to turn your attention towards the next fix.
FIX 2: Flash OZIP Stock Firmware via Fastboot Commands
In this second fix, we will be flashing all the four partiton files extracted from OZIP to the respective device partitions. Here’s how:
- First off, transfer the extracted boot.img, system.img, vbmeta.img and vendor.img files to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
- Now go to this folder’s address bar, type in CMD in the address bar and hit Enter. This will launch the CMD window.
- Then flash the boot.img to the boot partition:
fastboot flash boot boot.img
- After this, flash the system.img to the system partition:
fastboot flash system system.img
- Next up, flash vbmeta.img file:
fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
- Finally, flash the vendor.img file to the vendor partition:
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
- Once done, you may now reboot your device to the OS via the below command:
That’s it. These were the two different methods to fix The current image (boot/recovery) have been destroyed issue. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest. Likewise, keep us informed via the comments section which method spelled out success in your case.