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Samsung Galaxy S9: How to Enter Recovery Mode

Here is a quick yet detailed guide on how to enter Samsung Galaxy S9 recovery mode. As the Galaxy S9 starts making its way to users and developers, many new users would be asking how to enter the recovery mode, which is built-in, on the new flagship? There are no physical navigation buttons on the front of the Galaxy S9 so in order to access the recovery mode, we need to make use of the side buttons. Further, even if your phone is brand new, learning how to access the recovery partition can come in handy later on, like when you want to factory reset the device or want to flash an update manually. Keep reading to find out how exactly can you access the built-in recovery mode on Samsung Galaxy S9.

Once the smartphone crosses a certain time-frame, developers will start building utilities for it like TWRP custom recovery. Till then, you can not play around as much with the stock recovery as you can with the custom one. You can not root your phone or flash third-party ZIPs. However, you can still wipe cache, flash an update package and even factory reset your phone through the stock recovery. Even after you install the custom recovery, the process of accessing it would remain exactly the same. Let’s see how you can access the recovery mode on Samsung Galaxy S9.

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 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.

Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode

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 S9 Recovery Mode

Samsung Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S9 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 Samsung Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode, applicable to all variants of the phone. The screenshots below are from another Samsung device, but they illustrate the buttons and functions correctly for the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode with Hardware Buttons on Samsung Galaxy S9

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 system update” (don’t worry, nothing gets installed).

Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode

Step 4 – Then after about 10 seconds, another blue screen will show up for a few seconds that will have the big ‘!’ logo and will say, “No command” as shown below.

Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode

Step 5 – Next, you will be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Samsung Galaxy S9.

Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode

You can now navigate around the recovery mode using your volume and power buttons!

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode with ADB on Windows

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy S9 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S9 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 S9 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.

Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode

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

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy S9 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S9 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 S9 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 S9 section for official updates, custom ROMs etc.

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