For the geeks out there, Samsung, like all other Android smartphone makers, provides you with a stock recovery in all of its Android devices hence you can find one in the Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 as well. What exactly is a recovery partition? Well, its an advance feature allowing you to have 100% control over your device. Recovery allows you to access features like; installing ZIP packages, wiping cache partitions, and also factory resetting your device. Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) also comes with a recovery partition and in this post, we will detail you on how to access this very mode. It might be a little confusing for some of you out there, but we make it sure that through our easy step to step guide everyone easily accesses the stock recovery. The below mentioned tutorial would take you straight to your phone’s recovery partition, doesn’t matter if its Samsung’s stock recovery or a custom installed one, method for both is identical.

Like we mentioned earlier, we have the Galaxy A3 (2016) 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 or ClockworkMod — the famous two. 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 A3 (2016).

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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 mode is not device specific, rather it’s a feature integrated in Android. All Android powered smartphones consist of this important part. Just that the way of accessing it will differ. Fortunately, you don’t need to do any unlocking if you want to access this part of your Galaxy A3 (2016). This also shows how the recovery is considered to be legal and wont void your warranty.

The functions provided by recovery are very discrete. Applying an update is the first option you’ll see in any stock recovery. This feature can be used to apply officially packed OTA(Over-the-air) update packages. Official OTA zips on some occassions appear on the internet before appearing on your phone hence showing the great importance of this feature. To further prove our point, this option leads Samsung to provide OTA updates straight to your phone. 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.

Following on, you’ll notice wipe options. Wiping data/factory reset will permanently delete everything stored on your phone except for the essential operating system files. You can use this feature when you sell out your phone or you give it away to someone else. It’s a one click solution to take care of everything. Wiping Cache is slightly less terrifying and helps to clear out temporary data accumulated by apps. It’s advised to use this after few weeks of usage, as a healthy habit.

All things good come with great responsibility. Unless you have experience or you are following a guide, misuse of recovery can lead to disastrous effects. 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.

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Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) 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 A3 (2016) (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

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 Android bot and a message saying, “Installing software update” (don’t worry, nothing gets installed).

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Step 4 – Then after about 10 seconds, another screen will show up for a second that will say, “No command” as shown below.

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Step 5 – Next, you will be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016).

You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons! For more information, watch the video below that details on how you can access the Recovery Mode on the Galaxy A3:


Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy A3 (2016) have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A3 (2016) 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 A3 (2016) 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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Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Mac OS X

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy A3 (2016) have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A3 (2016) 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 A3 (2016) 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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