Samsung Galaxy S8: How to Enter Recovery Mode

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This tutorial is on how to enter Samsung Galaxy S8 recovery mode on the device. The newly announced Samsung Galaxy S8 is just about to hit the markets, find out how to access the recovery mode on the phone through this guide. The brand has arguably released a very powerful yet beautiful smartphone. However, as it is running Android, there are some legacy features which will carry on. One of these features include the built-in recovery partition. Whether you are trying to simply wipe the phone clean or are trying to install a ROM through a custom recovery, it is necessary you know how to access it. The Galaxy S8 also leaves out physical front buttons making the procedure of accessing recovery mode a little bit different. Don’t worry as we have the whole procedure written below so that you can easily implement it on your device. Keep in mind, whether it is the stock recovery or custom, accessing it on the Galaxy S8 will remain the same. Right below we have all the individual steps listed in order to access the recovery partition on your Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be arriving in the hands of developers quite soon which means a custom recovery would be released in the near future. Till then, you can access the stock recovery and once you have the custom one installed, remember, the process is exactly the same. A custom recovery like TWRP can let you load a custom ROM, create a system wide backup or even format specific partitions — pretty advance stuff can be done to your phone. Let’s move down further and see how can you enter this Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Some Android phones, like the Sony Xperia series do not come with a stock Android recovery at all, and in that case, we would have to load a custom recovery first to that phone and then enter it. However, Samsung Android phones do come with a stock recovery and some Android specific functions i.e. installing a software update, doing a full hard reset etc. are only performed through a Recovery Mode. Whenever you do them, the phone first takes you to the stock Android recovery and then performs that specific function.

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery is something built natively into the Android source code. Almost all phones ship with the stock recovery unlocked and open to the user. Samsung in this case is also very open. You can easily access the recovery partition and there won’t be no damage to your warranty.

Functions available in this mode are primarily maintenance oriented. First function you are able to utilize is the ability to apply an update. Very handy feature indeed. Once a firmware is released by Samsung, it is pushed to all devices. After getting downloaded, phone boots into recovery and flashes the update. Also, if you don’t get the update straight from Samsung, you can download the update zip from the internet and apply that as well. This helps when you are experiencing long delays in updates.

Recovery Mode on Galaxy A7 2017

Afterwards, you would notice wipe data or factory reset option along with wipe cache. These are used when you are short on internal space or just want to reset your device. Deleting cache only deletes temporary files while wiping data resets whole of the device leaving no user data behind. If you face some force closes or slow-downs, using these will surely help.

Alongside the benefits it’s our duty to also provide warnings. As this is a crucial partition which has advanced capabilities otherwise not available in the stock system, it can cause prolonged problems. If you are not sure what you are doing, don’t select or implement any of the options. However, measures are in place to reduce errors as much as possible. Validation checks are used before flashing any file so that fatal problems can be avoided.

Custom recoveries are built on top of the stock ones. This means the stock functions will all be there. The difference is the capabilities are enhanced. A popular Custom recovery like ClockWorkMod (CWM) or TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project) give you the ability to create system wide backups, manually format each partition, fix permissions and much more. Even if you install a custom recovery, accessing it will remain exactly the same.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8 using the following three methods:

  • by hardware buttons
  • by ADB on Windows
  • by ADB on Mac OS X

Let’s have a look at each method below. You can use whichever way you find the easiest.

NOTE: The following steps can be used to enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8 (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Samsung Galaxy S8

Step 1 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 2 – Now press and hold the following buttons for a few seconds, all at the same time: Power + Volume Up + Bixby button.

Step 3 – After a few seconds, you should see the blue screen with an Android bot and a message saying, “Installing software update” (don’t worry, nothing gets installed).

Galaxy A7 2017 Recovery Mode

Step 4 – Then after about 10 seconds, another blue screen will show up for a second that will have the big ‘!’ logo as shown below.

Galaxy A7 2017 Recovery Mode

Step 5 – Next, you will be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Samsung Galaxy S8.

Galaxy A7 2017 Recovery Mode

You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons!

 

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy S8 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S8 to your PC with a USB cable and install ADB drivers (if needed).

Step 3 – Navigate to android-sdk-windows\platform-tools directory and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click anywhere in the folder > Open Command Prompt).

Step 4 – Type in the following command and press Enter.

adb reboot recovery

Step 5 – Your Galaxy S8 will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys and select with the Power button.

If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

Recovery Mode on Galaxy A7 2017

Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy S8 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S8 to your Mac with a USB cable.

Step 3 – Now open Terminal app on your Mac and enter the following command and press Enter:

/<PATH>/android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb reboot recovery

NOTE: <path> should be the location where your Android SDK is stored. If android-sdk-macosx is in your main user directory, you can skip the /<PATH>/ part from the line given above.

Step 4 – Your Galaxy S8 will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys and select with the Power button.

If you need any help regarding this, feel free to drop us a comment below or read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Device.

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You may also like to check out our Galaxy S8 section for official updates, custom ROMs etc.