How To Boot Samsung Devices Into Recovery

With the latest update of Samsung’s One UI 3.0 and 3.1 which are based on Android 11, Samsung made a security change on their devices. After this update, the way we used to boot into the device’s recovery system has now changed. So if you want to perform a factory reset or use any other tool from Recovery here is how you can boot into Recovery on Samsung devices.

What Is Recovery mode On Samsung Galaxy?

Just like Windows and macOS have a recovery drive through which you can recover your OS, the Recovery option on Samsung galaxy device is also something similar to that, with the help of recovery you can factory reset your phone even if your phone isn’t turning on, you can unlock bootloader and there are many other tools inside the recovery of Android devices. With the help of these actions, you might be able to fix the issues your device is having. Not only that, but you can also install OTA zip files manually on your phone if you have downloaded zip files that can be flashed on your Samsung Galaxy device.

Android Recovery mode Options Explained

  • Reboot Bootloader- This option is used to enter into download mode on Samsung Galaxy devices from the recovery menu.
  • Apply Update From ADB– Using this option you will be able to update your firmware or flash firmware files using ADB commands. All you have to do is connect your phone to the PC using ADB and then write the command adb sideload <filename> (Including extension of the file) on your computer.
  • Apply Update from SD card- If you have already downloaded the updated OTA file on your phone, simply move it to your sd card and then boot into recovery mode, select the apply update from the sd card option and that’s it you will be able to flash your firmware.
  • Wipe data/Factory reset- With the help of the command you can factory reset your phone or wipe the data off the phone completely and start afresh. Mostly, this is used when you are having some issues with your phone, resetting the phone always comes in handy while fixing the issues of your phone.
  • Mount/ system– Mounting your storage to the computer always helps in locating files or modifying any files, with the help of the mount system command you can mount the system partition on your Android and modify the files on this particular partition using a PC.
  • View Recovery logs- The recovery logs on Android devices keep a record of all the activities that took place for the entire duration. So with the help of view recovery logs, you can view all the details of all the events that took place.
  • Run graphics test- If you want to test the GPU(graphics processing unit) on Android devices then use the run graphics test. This test isn’t made up for consumers so use it with caution, some users have claimed that their device started to do weird things and erasing some data.
  • Run locale test- This test is meant for app developers, and cannot be used by normal consumers. The run locale test helps in simulating the characteristics of languages that make the UI, layout and other translation-related issues
  • Reboot system now- To directly reboot your phone from recovery to the system, then you can use this option.
  • Power off- This option will simply turn off your mobile device.
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Enter recovery mode on Samsung Devices

Different devices have different methods to boot into a recovery method. Most of the devices use the power and volume key combinations, while there are some devices like the Galaxy S10 series that have an extra Bixby button which is also used to enter into recovery mode. So below we have a tutorial on how to enter into recovery mode on different Samsung devices.

Samsung Recovery Mode

Samsung Recovery Mode Key Combinations

Below we have the different key combinations used to boot your Samsung device into recovery.

Samsung Devices With Home, Power and volume keys

So if your phone has a Power button, volume keys, a Home button and no Bixby button then follow this tutorial to enter into recovery mode.

How To Boot Samsung Devices Into Recovery
  • Power off your Device.
  • After the device is completely turned off wait for a few seconds and then press and hold the Volume UP + Homme + Power keys at the same time for up to 10 seconds.
  • The moment you see the Samsung logo, release the power button but keep the other two volume buttons pressed until you see the Recovery screen.

Samsung Devices With Power and Volume keys

How To Boot Samsung Devices Into Recovery
  • Turn Off your device.
  • Now, Press and hold the Volume UP + Power keys together for about 6-7 seconds.
  • That’s it wait for your device to boot into recovery.

Samsung Devices With Power, Bixby button and Volume keys

If your Samsung Galaxy device has an additional Bixby button like it is in the Galaxy S8, S9, S10, and others, then follow the method below to enter into the recovery of your device.

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How To Boot Samsung Devices Into Recovery
  • Firstly, turn off your device.
  • Now, hold the Volume Up + Bixby+ power keys altogether for around 6-8 seconds.
  • Keep all of the buttons pressed until your device boots into recovery.

Samsung Devices With Volume and Power/Bixby keys

Samsung’s latest flagship devices like the Galaxy S20 series, Note 20 series and the galaxy S21 series all have a power button that doubles as the Bixby button as well. So for those devices here is the tutorial on how to enter into recovery.

How To Boot Samsung Devices Into Recovery
  • Power off your Phone.
  • Now, Press and hold the Volume Up + Power button for 5 seconds.
  • Your phone will boot into recovery.

Booting Into Recovery Mode Without using any key combinations.

The ADB commands is a very powerful tool for Android devices, it helps in a lot of different scenarios, one such thing is that with the help of ADB commands you can enter into the recovery of your Android device, without touching your phone or pressing any different key combinations. The simple basic command to boot into the recovery of any Android device is adb reboot recovery entering this command on the ADB shell will make your Android device boot into recovery.

  • Download the latest Android SDK Platform Tools for your Windows PC and then extract it into a handy location.
  • Go inside the folder and find platform tools, inside which you will find ADB and Fastboot files.
  • Now inside that folder launch the command prompt, by pressing shift and right-clicking in an empty area inside the folder, in the context menu, you will see the command prompt option click on it.
  • make sure you have the latest Samsung USB driver installed on your PC, if not then install it right now, and don’t forget to restart your PC once you are done installing the drivers.
  • Also, make sure that you have enabled USB debugging on your Samsung device. You can find this setting in the developer’s option of your device.
  • Now, connect your Samsung device to the computer using a USB cable.
  • Type adb devices with the help of this command you will be sure that your device is connected properly.How To Boot Samsung Devices Into Recovery
  • If you see something similar to the above screenshot then your device is properly connected to the ADB.
  • Now type adb reboot recovery and your device should reboot into the recovery.
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To exit from recovery simply select the reboot system now and click on it with the help of the power button, to navigate through the menu of the recovery you will need to press volume buttons, use volume down to scroll down and volume up to scroll up, to select an option press the power button once.

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