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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha has a very easy method needed to access the recovery partition (Recovery Mode) similar to other Samsung devices. If you haven’t installed a custom recovery this process will lead you to the in-built recovery. The stock recovery comes in handy when you need to wipe your device, wipe the cache, wipe Dalvik cache or flash a OTA package from Samsung. On the other hand, if you have a custom recovery installed then you can utilize all the extra features such as formatting key partitions, flashing custom ROMs and much more. You can get into the recovery mode on Galaxy Alpha using the simple steps we have given below.

Like we mentioned earlier, we have the Galaxy Alpha with us for a while and we will be doing several basic tutorials based on this Android device. Many of you might even have a custom recovery installed, like TWRP 2.8 Recovery or any other. This can come really handy because a custom recovery 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 Alpha.

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.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Recovery Mode

What is Recovery Mode?

Recovery Mode is a feature native to Android. You can find this mode on all Android devices – the way to access it on each phone, however, is different. There is no need of unlocking the bootloader in order to get to this mode. Hence, the functions provided by recovery are totally legal and would not void any sort of warranty.

Looking at what those functions are, firstly you get the option of applying an update. You can use this feature to install official OTA (Over-the-air) packages. This feature is very handy when you experience a delay in the update arriving to your device.  Recovery is also used by Samsung itself. You’ll notice your phone rebooting into a dead android logo and showing a progress bar while applying an OTA update, this is the recovery.

Then there are options of wiping data or wiping the cache partition. If you choose the wipe data option, the recovery will reset your device and erase all data to factory settings. This comes in handy when you experience a bootloop or your phone starts slowing down. On the other hand, wiping the cache partition only deletes temporary data accumulated by apps not your personal data. Usually this is recommended when you are experiencing app crashes or severe battery drainage.

Misuse of the recovery is very dangerous, until unless you know what you are doing don’t play around with this. However, security and verification procedures are in place to prevent this. If you do try flashing wrong files, the recovery will verify first and give you an error rather than going on with the process and potentially ruining your phone.

Custom recoveries are fundamentally the same, just that few extra functions are added. Custom recoveries like ClockworkMod (CWM) and TweamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) allow you to create system backups, give you ability to format every partition and allow custom ZIP files to be flashed. These features are not present in the stock recovery due to security restrictions. When you do install a custom recovery, the way to access it will remain same.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S4 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 Alpha (all variants).

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

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 + Home.

Step 3 – After a few seconds, you should see the Recovery Mode screen on your Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

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

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy Alpha 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 Alpha 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.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Recovery Mode

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

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

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy Alpha 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 Alpha will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys and select with the Power button.

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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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