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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy A7 2016

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) includes, like all other Samsung smartphones, a hidden recovery partition in it. Not all of you know about what this recovery partition is, and how to access it. The purpose of this post is to spread awareness of what a recovery partition is, and assist those who need to know how to access the recovery partition from their Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016). Well, a recovery partition is a specialized part of the phone with features that could come in hand every once in a while. It gives you options to, factory reset your phone, wipe dalvik cache from your phone, wipe the user cache partition, and even install OTA (over-the-air) updates to your phones. The below mentioned tutorial would work for both stock recovery and custom recoveries for Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Like we mentioned earlier, we have the Galaxy A7 (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 A7 (2016).

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.

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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.

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 A7 (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 A7 (2016) (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Samsung Galaxy A7 (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 blue screen with an 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 blue screen will show up for a second that will have the big ‘!’ logo as shown below.

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Step 5 – Next, you will be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016).

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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 A7:

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy A7 (2016) have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A7 (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 A7 (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 A7 (2016) have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A7 (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 A7 (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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Shamir Javed

Interested in all kinds of android products and love to write about them.
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