Samsung Recovery Mode : How to Boot and Use Recovery mode in Samsung

All Android phones including Samsung itself come with a built-in booting mode called recovery mode. This recovery mode booting is different from the default OS booting.

The main function of recovery mode on Samsung or any other Android phone is to fix any error that occurred on OS without allowing the phone to load it.

Here we have a detailed guide about Samsung recovery mode, how to boot your Samsung into recovery mode and how to use the recovery mode on Samsung to diagnose the errors and troubleshoot them.

If you also own a Samsung Android phone then it is suggested to read the article thoroughly and learn to access this mode and utilize it.

Entering or booting the Android in the recovery mode varies from model to model and the manufacturer of your Android phone. But the use of the recovery mode in Android phones is quite identical and similar.

What is Samsung Recovery Mode?

Android phones have different booting modes, safe mode, download mode, and recovery mode. These all modes have their own advantage and usages.

Recovery mode on Samsung Android is used to diagnose and troubleshoot various problems. Using recovery mode you can perform a factory reset, wipe cache data, wipe data and install OTA update packages to perform a manual update on Samsung.

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How to Boot in Samsung Recovery Mode

Boot in Samsung Recovery Mode(with Home key)

  1. Power off your device.
  2. Hold the Volume Up + Home + Power keys at the same time for 5-7 seconds.
  3. Release the Power key once you see the Samsung logo. But keep the other two buttons pressed until the screen with Android Recovery written on the top is displayed.

Boot in Samsung Recovery Mode(without Home key)

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up + Power keys together for about 5 seconds.
  3. Boot into Recovery Mode without Pressing Keys.

Boot into Samsung Recovery Mode without Pressing Keys

This process required some advanced skills and a PC of course. The process includes the ADB command ‘adb reboot recovery’ to reboot the Samsung android in recovery mode without the key. We are using Windows PC for the process.

  1. Download SDK for your PC(Windows, macOS, Linux) and extract the zip file.
  2. Launch the command window using ‘cmd‘ command and navigate to the folder(platform-tools).
  3. Make sure you have installed the Samsung USB Driver on your PC and enabled USB debugging mode.
  4. Now connect the Samsung android phone to pc using USB cable
  5. Execute the following command to verify if the device is connected properly to ADB server.
    adb devices
  6. Once connected, run the following command to boot your Samsung in recovery mode.
    adb reboot recovery
  7. This will reboot your Samsung in recovery mode without using any key on phone.
  8. Use the Reboot system now an option to exit the recovery mode.

How to Use Recovery mode on Samsung

Samsung recovery mode is used to diagnose, troubleshoot or recover the OS to the previous version to resolve the error on your Samsung android device. Here is the list of tasks you can perform using the recovery mode on Samsung.

  • Reboot system now: Using this option you can reboot the device.
  • Reboot to bootloader: This mode is used to reboot the device and enter download mode where you can download and install the OS update or troubleshoot OS update error.
  • Apply update from SD card: This mode on recovery mode is used to install the ADB update using SD card. All you need is to copy the OTA zip file to the phone’s storage. Reboot the Samsung in recovery mode and select ‘Apply update from SD card‘.
  • Apply update from ADB: A recovery mode is required to update the ADB on your Samsung device. You can update or flash OTA update using the ‘adb sideload <file name>‘ command once the device is connected to ADB server.
  • Mount/ system: This option on recovery mode allows you to mount the System partition on your Android and modify anything on this partition via your computer.
  • Wipe data/factory reset: Comes the situation when you need to reset your Samsung android. In such this option on recovery mode allows you to reset and wipe all data from the device on the go.
  • Wipe cache partition: A cache partition allows you to wipe the temporary data storage called cache. Cleaning the cache partition can help you to resolve common app and OS-related issues.
  • View recovery logs: The recovery logs on Android devices keep a record of all activities done via the recovery mode.
  • Run graphics test: This is the advanced option on recovery mode screen that allows you to run a GPU test on Android. However, you can also use IoT menu to run a graphics test on your Samsung.
  • Power off: Selecting this option on the recovery screen allows you to power off the Samsung device.

Samsung Recovery Mode: Final Words-

Recovery mode on Android devices including Samsung is used to troubleshoot, wipe partitions, clear cache and perform other tasks including manual updates. This mode boots the device to using the recovery screen without booting the device to actual OS software.


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