How to Boot Samsung Devices into Recovery Mode

by Sourabh

Hey, are you looking to boot your Samsung smartphone into recovery mode?

You can use Samsung Recovery Mode to perform a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy device to resolve overheating issues or performance lag. While no Samsung Recovery Mode tool is available, you can enter Recovery Mode on your Samsung phone or tablet by using a hardware key combination and the ADB command.

What exactly is Samsung’s Recovery Mode?

Recovery mode is a very useful feature that is available on all Android devices, including Samsung. You can use the Recovery Mode to perform a factory reset, wipe data, and delete cache partitions. These actions can assist you in resolving some issues with your device. You can also manually update your device’s software by installing the OTA update.zip package from Samsung.

Explained: Android Recovery Mode Options

Reboot to bootloader: On Samsung devices, you can use this option to enter Download Mode directly from the Recovery Menu.

Apply update via ADB: By selecting this option, you can flash the OTA update.zip file on your computer using the ‘adb sideload file name>’ command. You will, of course, need to connect your device to the computer using a USB cable. samsung adb sideload ota.zip adb sideload ota.zip

Apply the SD card update: If you have the OTA zip, you can install it by placing the update package file on the storage of your Samsung phone. Simply enter Recovery Mode, choose this option, navigate to the update file, and then select and confirm.

Wipe data/factory reset: As the name implies, you can use this option to erase all data on your Samsung device and reset it to its factory settings. Before performing a factory reset to resolve a minor issue on your phone, you should first attempt to diagnose the issue using Safe Mode on your Samsung Galaxy device.

Wipe cache partition: The cache partition stores all cache data, and by selecting this option, you can clear all of your phone’s cache.

Mount/system: Using this option, you can mount your Android’s System partition and modify anything on it using your computer.

Examine the recovery logs: On Android devices, the recovery logs keep a record of all activities performed in the recovery mode.
Run graphics test: You can use this option to test the GPU (graphics processing unit) on Android devices. Because this option is not intended for use by consumers. When I attempted to run a graphics test on my Galaxy Note 10 +, it began updating apps and erasing data. I expected it to wipe my phone, but it didn’t.

Run a locale test: This is not intended for normal users and is only for app developers. This test assists developers in “simulating language characteristics that cause UI, layout, and other translation-related problems.”

Restart the system now: You can restart your system in user mode by selecting this option.
Turn off the power: To turn off your Samsung phone or tablet, select this option.

Combinations of Samsung Recovery Mode Keys

If your Samsung phone has a Home button, you can enter Recovery Mode by doing the following.

  1. Turn your device off.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons at the same time for 5-7 seconds.
  3. When you see the Samsung logo, let go of the Power button but keep the other two buttons pressed until you see the screen with Android Recovery written on top.

Here’s how to enter Recovery Mode if your Samsung Galaxy phone only has the Power and Volume buttons.

  1. Switch off your device.
  2. For about 5 seconds, press and hold the Volume Up + Power keys together.

Here’s how to enter Recovery Mode if your Samsung Galaxy phone only has Power, Bixby, and Volume Keys

  1. Turn your Samsung Galaxy device off.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up + Bixby + Power keys at the same time for about 5 seconds.
  3. Hold down the buttons until the recovery menu appears.

Enter Recovery Mode Without Pressing Any Keys

On Android devices, ADB commands can be used to perform a variety of tasks, including rebooting into Recovery Mode. To enter Recovery Mode on any Android device, use the ‘adb reboot recovery command. Needless to say, you’ll need a computer or laptop to do this.

  1. Download and extract the latest SDK Platform-tools.zip for Windows, macOS, or Linux onto your desktop.
  2. Go to the platform-tools folder, which houses the ADB and Fastboot files.
  3. From this folder, open the command window by typing “cmd” in the folder address bar and pressing the Enter key.
  4. Ensure that the Samsung USB driver is installed on your computer and that USB debugging is enabled on the device.
  5. Use the USB cable that came with your device to connect your Samsung phone or tablet to the computer.
  6. Run the following command to ensure your device is properly connected to the ADB server.
    adb gadgets
  7. Now, on your keyboard, type the following command and press the Enter key. adb restart recovery
    Without pressing any hardware keys, your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet will reboot into Recovery Mode.

On Samsung devices, you can exit Recovery Mode by selecting the Reboot system now option.

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