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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The shipment of Galaxy S8 Plus has started in few regions while others to follow suit during this week, to get users acquainted with their new smartphones we will be showing them how to enter recovery mode on Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Many people who are upgrading to the Galaxy S8 Plus have a background with Samsung which means they have owned a Galaxy device before. As with the Galaxy S8 Plus, the brand seeks to shake things up and start off with something completely new. This is evident with the fact that the new phone doesn’t come with front buttons. For keen readers, this means the old recovery mode procedure found on all Galaxy devices wont work with this. Don’t worry as we have the new and updated one written below for your ease. Keep in mind, whether it is the stock recovery or custom, accessing it on the Galaxy S8 Plus will remain the same. Right below we have all the individual steps listed in order to access the recovery partition on your Galaxy S8 Plus.

As mentioned earlier, the phone has just started shipping which means developers are yet to have their hands on a device. This means there is no custom recovery available at the time of writing this article but that would change pretty soon. Once the custom recoveries are released, we will publish installation guides. Remember, whether you have the stock recovery installed or a custom one, the method to access is pretty much the same. Let’s move down further and see how can you enter this Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.

The recovery partition on every Android phone acts as a backdoor to maintainence and also allows to fixe certain problems. Thankfully, Samsung has always allowed users to access the built-in recovery on each of their Galaxy phones and the Galaxy S8 is no exception. Once in the recovery mode, you would have access to multiple different features from installing updates to reverting back to stock.

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery mode is an Android feature rather than a manufacturer feature. This mode ships in all phones running Android. However, the method of gaining access to it is different on each iteration. Further, the stock recovery mode has a set of fixed features you can use.

All the functions of recovery mode revolve around maintainence, the first being an option to apply update. This key feature is very handy as all OTA(Over-the-air) updates you download on the phone use this option to install themselves. Furthermore, you can attain these updates manually and then use this function to apply them manually as well therefore skipping the wait associated with the update arriving through the system.

Recovery Mode on Galaxy A7 2017

Moving on, there are wipe options. Wipe data/factor reset basically wipes your phone completely except for the system. Once you perform this, the phone will boot into the setup wizard. This wizard also greets you when you boot the phone for the very first time. Hence the name, factory reset. The wipe cache feature allows you to remove system temporary files that might be chewing up your internal storage space but aren’t actually needed.

As with all things, there are risks associated with this mode. The recovery partition has some functions like wipe which remove data completely and have no revert option. Further, other options might also lead to malfunction if not dealt with properly. You should always consult a guide to perform a certain thing rather than experimenting yourself. However, recovery mode also has safety measures in place. 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 Plus Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 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 Plus (all variants).

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

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 Plus.

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 Plus have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S8 Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S8 Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus section for official updates, custom ROMs etc.