Today, let’s checkout some simple steps on how to Boot Samsung Galaxy S8 into Recovery Mode. Recovery Mode refers to a special bootable partition which is natively built into the Android source code. You can easily access this recovery and perform various functions like gaining root access, applying OTA (over the air) updates, wiping data or cache partitions, flashing third party custom ROMs over the stock Android image, performing Nandroid backups and communicating with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) for debugging. Booting into recovery partition is completely legal process and does not void your device warranty.
The universal method to boot your Galaxy S8 into Recovery mode is by pressing and holding the hard keys/buttons. But what if your button is not working or is broken. Don’t worry because it is still possible to boot your Galaxy S8 into Recovery mode.
How to Enter Samsung Galaxy S8 into Recovery Mode
Here we have mentioned 4 different ways to enter your Galaxy S8 into Recovery mode. You may refer any one of them. Note that the below mentioned methods are applicable on all variants of Samsung Galaxy S8 including SM-G950F, SM-G950FD, SM-G950U, SM-G950A, SM-G950P, SM-G950T, SM-G950V, SM-G950W, SM-G9500, SM-G950S, SM-G950K, SM-G950L and SM-G950R4.
Method 1: Using Hard Keys
Step 1: Switch off your Samsung Galaxy S8 device completely until it vibrates.
Step 2: Now Press and Hold Volume Up key + Bixby button + Power button simultaneously.
Step 3: Just in few seconds, you’ll see a blue screen with an Android bot and a message saying, ‘Installing system update..’ (don’t worry, nothing gets installed). Now you may leave all the pressed buttons.
Then you will be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Samsung Galaxy S8.
If you have NOT installed any custom recovery like CWM or TWRP then you’ll be presented with Android system recovery (Stock Recovery) as shown below:
If you have Clockworkmod custom recovery (CWM) installed then your phone will boot into CWM as shown below:
If you have TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) custom recovery installed then your phone will boot into TWRP as shown below:
That’s all! You’ve successfully booted your Galaxy S8 into Recovery Mode using hard keys.
Method 2: Using ADB commands
Step 1: Enable the USB debugging mode on your phone. For that, follow the path Menu->Settings->Developer options ->USB debugging. If you don’t see Developer option then go to Settings->About Phone and tap 7 times on the Build number. This will make the Developer option appear in the Settings menu.
Step 2: Also enable OEM unlocking and Advanced reboot mode from Developer options.
Step 3: Now, download and install ADB and Fastboot setup on your PC.
Step 4: Connect your Galaxy S8 to PC using standard USB cable.
Step 5: Launch Command window on your computer. For that, hold Shift button and right mouse click anywhere on your PC. You’ll see a list of options from which select Open command window here option. This will launch the command prompt window on your computer.
Step 6: To make sure that your Galaxy S8 is successfully connected to your PC or not, type the following commands in the command window and press enter key:
As soon as you press enter key, you’ll see a message saying ‘List of devices attached’ along with some random numbers. This will confirm that your Galaxy S8 has successfully connected to your PC.
Note: If such thing doesn’t happen, then re-install device drivers, enable USB debugging mode and try again. If the problem still persists, try changing USB cable or even the USB port.
Step 7: Now to boot your Samsung Galaxy S8 into Recovery mode, type the following command in the command window and hit enter key:
adb reboot recovery
As soon as you press enter key, your Galaxy S8 will boot into Recovery mode.
Method 3: Using Terminal Emulator (Requires ROOT)
Step 1: Download and install Terminal Emulator App from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Launch Terminal Emulator App.
Step 3: Type this command in it and press enter key:
Step 4: As soon as you hit enter key, a popup will appear to grant Superuser permissions. So click on Grant option.
Step 5: On the next line type the following command and press enter key:
As soon as you hit enter key, your Galaxy S8 will enter into Recovery mode.
Method 4: Using Quick Reboot App (Requires ROOT)
Step 1: Download and install Quick Reboot app from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Launch Quick Reboot app.
Step 3: Tick the ‘I have read and accept the terms’ and click on confirm.
Step 4: To boot into recovery mode, simply click on Recovery option.
Step 5: Then Tap on Yes to confirm.
Step 6: As soon as you hit Yes, a popup will appear to grant Superuser permissions. So click on Grant option.
This will boot your Samsung Galaxy S8 into Recovery mode.
How to Exit (get out of) Recovery Mode
- For Android System Recovery : Use Volume Up/ Down keys to highlight the ‘Reboot system now’ option. Then Press Power button to select it. This will restart your phone normally.
- For CWM/ TWRP recovery: Select the ‘Reboot system now’ option to restart your phone.