Android Recovery

How to Enter Recovery/Download Mode on Samsung

--Rachel Green March 3, 2017

If your Android phone doesn't operate well or has virus, what you need to do is enter the recovery mode first. Maybe you just begin to learn about flashing Samsung device, you might be confused about the terms like recovery mode, download mode. Here we show you the solution for you to this issue. And help you to know how to enter Samsung recovery/download mode.

Android phone recovery environment

What is Recovery/ Download Mode
How to Enter Recovery/ Download Mode

What is Recovery/ Download Mode in Android?

Firstly, let’s know what is recovery/ download Mode.
Recovery is an independent, lightweight runtime environment that's included on a separate partition from the main Android OS on all Android devices. By entering recovery mode, you can factory reset the device, delete the cache partition, or apply software updates. If your Samsung phone comes across some serious problems, such as having a virus, software being corrupted, the screen being frozen, recovery mode can help to fix these problems. In total, Recovery Mode on Android can help you fix your device.

Download mode, also known as Odin mode, is a mode that is more often seen in Samsung devices.  After entering download mode, users can connect their Samsung phone with PC and flash ROMs and kernels using software like Odin download tool or any other software. These ROMs and kernels might be official firmware builds, ROMs, rooting files and more.

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Both recovery mode and download mode allow users to flash ROM on Samsung phone, but are performed in different ways. Flashing ROM via recovery mode needs ROM in zip format and don't need to connect to computer. On the other hand, if flashing ROM by entering download mode, you have to connect the Samsung phone to computer and use Odin to perform the flashing with ROM file *tar or *.tar.md5 format.

How to Enter Recovery/ Download Mode

To enter recovery mode, following these steps:
Power off your Samsung phone.
Press and hold "Volume UP + Power + Home" button at the same time, and as soon as the phone reboot, release all three buttons and wait to enter the recovery mode.
You can then choose different options offered in recovery mode by clicking Volume Up/Down button or verify your choice by clicking Power button.
Samsung Enter Recovery Mode

Samsung Enter Recovery Mode

The operations available on recovery mode:

Reboot system now: This will exit the recovery mode and get your Samsung back to normal state.
Apply update from ADB: It's designed for developers and often used to fix applications bugs.
Wide data/factory reset: This will wipe all of your data (photos, videos, music, apps, everything) and return the phone to factory conditions ready to be setup all over again.

 wipe data

Apply Update from External Storage: the option allows you to detect update information from external storage.
Wipe cache partition: This is will delete temporary system data, mostly cache data of apps. But your personal data or settings will be fine.

Enter Samsung Recovery Mode

To enter download mode, following these steps:
Power off your Samsung phone, press and hold Volume Down, Home and Power keys at the same time.
Release all three buttons when Samsung phone reboot and you see a warning sign.
Press Volume Up to enter the main screen of Recovery mode.


Samsung Download Mode

To flash Samsung using odin on download mode, please click here to see the instruction. Also, you might want to pay more attention to these tricks to reduce the risk of flashrom.

How to boot into recovery mode on other Android Phones?

Devices: HTC One M9, M8
The HTC One M9 is a little different:
Go to Settings > Battery and uncheck Fastboot.
Turn the device off by holding the Power key.
Press and hold the Volume down key and the Power key.

You should see a bootloader screen where you can use Volume down to highlight RECOVERY and then the Power key to select it.

For LG G4, G3, V10
Press and hold the Power key>turn off the LG G4>Press &hold the power key and Volume down key at the same time.
When you get the LG logo, release the Power key, then press it again, during this time, the Volume down key is being pressed the whole time.
The menu will show and you will use the Volume keys to highlight an option and the Power key to select it.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2, Moto G, Moto X Style
Hold down the Power button and turn your phone off.
Press and hold the Volume down and Power buttons simultaneously until the device turns on.
You can use Volume down to highlight Recovery mode and the Power button to select it.

What to Choose from Recovery Mode Options

Now that you have enter the Recovery Environment, and it is time to choose the Recovery Mode options.
Difference Android devices may appear difference options, but the certain standards keep the same. You can choose from:
Option of “Reboot system now”: this for restarting the device normally.
Option of “Wipe data/factory reset”: This will deleted all of your phone data and return the phone to factory reset. 
Option of “Wipe cache partition”: Choose this one, you can deleted the temporary system data without losing any personal data or settings.
Option of “Apply update from ADB”: The Android Debug Bridge allows you to plug your device into your PC and issue commands from there. It’s designed for developers and requires you to install the Android SDK (software development kit).

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