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Enter Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 Recovery Mode

To access and enter the Samsung Galaxy A8 recovery mode, we have written a guide on it to make it easy for new users. As Samsung starts shipping Galaxy A8 2018 to more customers and developers, new users would now be looking towards how to enter the recovery mode. To enter the recovery mode, we have to utilize the side buttons as there aren’t any physical buttons on the front of the Galaxy A8 2018 not even the main home button in the middle just like on older A series phones. Further, regardless of whether your phone is brand new, finding out how to access the recovery mode can prove to be useful when you need to reset the phone or to flash a custom firmware.

Samsung lovers were waiting for the successor of the popular Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A3 (2017), and the Samsung Galaxy A8 is, finally, here. Infinity Display, is the biggest feature picked directly from the S8. It has a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED panel supports 1080 x 2220 resolution and has slimmer bezels. However, Galaxy A8 screen doesn’t feature the curved edge design as it does on the Galaxy S8, but it looks great and is the perfect size if you don’t want to carry around a really big phone.

Enter Galaxy A8 2018 Recovery Mode

Like Sony Xperia series, Android smartphones 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. Samsung Android phones, however, 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?

The recovery partition is something which is built natively into Android. As Galaxy A8 from Samsung also runs Android, it ships with the said partition. This mode on the phone is directed towards maintenance and allows users to access features otherwise unavailable through stock recovery.

Functions available in this mode are primarily maintenance oriented. The 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 A8 2018 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy A8 using the following three methods:

  • by hardware buttons
  • by ADB on Mac OS X
  • by ADB on Windows

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode with Hardware Buttons on Samsung Galaxy A8

Here are the steps to enter recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 by using hardware buttons:

Step 1 – Turn off the device

Step 2 – Press and hold Volume Up key along with Bixby button, while pressing these keys then press and hold Power button for a while

Step 3 – Release all key when Android or Samsung logo appears (You will see Android logo with “No command” text, wait a moment and you don’t need press any keys) then you will see Android System Recovery

Galaxy S9 Recovery Mode

Step 4 – Use Volume keys to select Menu

Step 5 –Use Power key to Confirm

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

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.

Method 2 – Enter Recovery Mode with ADB on Mac OS X

Here are the steps to enter recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 by ADB on Mac OS X- you will need to connect your Galaxy A8 to the computer:

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy A8 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A8 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 A8 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.

Method 3 – Enter Recovery Mode with ADB on Windows

Here are the steps to enter recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 by ADB on Windows – you will need to connect your Galaxy A8 to the computer:

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy A8 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy A8 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 A8 will turn OFF and then boot into the Recovery Mode. Navigate up and down using the volume keys and select with the Power button.

The above pictures may not be of the Samsung Galaxy A8, but they clarify the steps to recovery mode.

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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