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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy A5 2016

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016); the second generation A series smartphone announced by Samsung for the year 2016. If you have one of these, you might want to know a few tricks all Samsung phones hold up their sleeves. Similar to different Samsung phones, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) also comes along with a stock recovery. In this post we would show you how to access stock, as well as custom recovery partitions. Recovery Partition comes in handy for various purposes, for instance it is used to wipe dalvik cache, wipe cache partitions, factory resetting your device and even installing OTA packages. Read below for a very simple and easy step by step tutorial for how to reach recovery partition in Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). Also this tutorial would apply to both; stock recovery and custom recovery installation.

Like we mentioned earlier, we have the Galaxy A5 (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 A5 (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 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 A5 (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 A5 (2016) (all variants).

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode using Hardware Buttons on Samsung Galaxy A5 (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 A5 (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 A5:

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode using ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy A5 (2016) have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A5 (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 A5 (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.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Recovery Mode

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

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy A5 (2016) have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A5 (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 A5 (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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