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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e

For users who just got their new Samsung Galaxy S10, here is how to enter the recovery mode on it. The following steps are written to work with Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus as well as Galaxy S10e. All three phones come with a stock recovery built-in and accessing it is quite easy — using our step-by-step guide below. Rather than just adding a simple option to reboot to recovery mode within the standard UI, Samsung, just like other manufacturers, keeps it hidden away. This is to prevent accidental access which can then lead to malfunction, if not dealt with correctly. However, as we have experienced in other Android phones, recovery partition is quite helpful and here is how to boot into it on Samsung Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10+ / Galaxy S10e.

Google intended the recovery mode to be a maintenance oriented back-door into Android OS. Similar to what a BIOS utility would be on a computer, recovery mode is pre-built into each Galaxy S10. However, users need to know the exact procedure to access it. For features and functions, recovery mode can be used to factory reset your phone, install update ZIP files, wipe cache. Further, if you have a custom recovery like TWRP installed, the functionality is extended quite a bit. To note, procedure for accessing recovery remains the same regardless if you are running stock recovery or not. To make it easier to implement we have listed the complete process of entering Galaxy S10 recovery mode right ahead broken down into simpler steps.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

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 S10 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 S10 Recovery Mode

You can enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10 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 S10 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 S10.

Method 1 – Enter Recovery Mode with Hardware Buttons on Samsung Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10+ / Galaxy S10e

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 S10 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 S10+ Recovery Mode

Step 5 – Next, you will be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Samsung Galaxy S10.

Galaxy S10e 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 S10 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S10 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 S10 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 Recovery Mode

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

Step 1 – Make sure USB drivers / ADB drivers for Galaxy S10 have been installed and ADB is configured on your computer.

Step 2 – Connect your Galaxy S10 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 S10 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 S10 section for official updates, custom ROMs etc.

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