Boot Samsung Galaxy Tab A into Recovery Mode using our guide. Galaxy Tab A comes with a 8.00 inch TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels. It is powered by 1.2 GHz quad core processor and comes with 2 GB of RAM. The tablet packs 16 GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 128 GB via micro SD card. Galaxy Tab A also features a 5 megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2 megapixel front shooter for selfies. It comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and is powered by a 4200 mAh non removable battery.
Recovery Mode refers to a special bootable partition which is natively built into the Android source code. Almost all phones including Samsung comes with an unlocked stock recovery. You can easily access this stock recovery and perform various functions like gaining root access, applying OTA (over the air) updates, wiping data or cache partitions for factory reset purposes and implementing various system related tasks as well. Booting into recovery partition is completely legal process and it also does not void your device warranty.
Since Android is an open source, building a customized version of this stock recovery with more features is relatively easy. Such customized recoveries with extra functionalities are called as custom recoveries. ClockworkMod (CWM) and Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) are the most popularly used custom recoveries. Both of these recoveries have visually pleasing interface and comes loaded with tons of features.
Whenever you need to wipe data or flash any custom firmware, your device must be entered into recovery mode. It is therefore necessary that you know how to access the recovery mode. There are various methods to enter Galaxy Tab A into Recovery mode. The most common method 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 enter your Galaxy Tab A into Recovery mode. Entering Galaxy Tab A into Recovery mode is one of the easiest tasks that any Android user can implement, as you just need to follow any of the instructions mentioned below. Here in this step by step guide, we’ll discuss four important methods on how to easily enter Galaxy Tab A into recovery mode with/without keys.
How to Enter Samsung Galaxy Tab A into Recovery Mode
Here we have mentioned 4 different ways to enter your Galaxy Tab A into Recovery mode. You may refer any one of them.
Method 1: Using Hard Keys
Step 1: Power off your Samsung Galaxy Tab A.
Step 2: Press and Hold Volume Up key + Home button + Power button simultaneously.
Step 3: Just in few seconds, you’ll be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Galaxy Tab A.
If you have not installed any custom recovery like CWM or TWRP then you’ll be presented with Android system recovery as shown below:
If you have Clockworkmod custom recovery installed then your device will boot into CWM as shown below:
If you have TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) custom recovery installed then your device will boot into TWRP as shown below:
That’s all! You’ve successfully booted your Galaxy Tab A into Recovery Mode using hard buttons.
Method 2: Using ADB commands
ADB and Fastboot is a versatile command line tool which lets you communicate with your phone when connected to PC (Windows, Mac or Linux) using a USB cable. Lets use this ADB and Fastboot method to boot Samsung Galaxy Tab A into Recovery mode.
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: 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 Tab A 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 PC.
Step 6: Now to make sure that your Galaxy Tab A 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 Tab A 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 Tab A 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 Tab A will boot into Recovery mode.
Method 3: Using Terminal Emulator (Requires ROOT)
Terminal Emulator app helps you in accessing the Android’s built-in Linux command line shell.
This method requires Root access on your phone.
Step 1: Download and install Terminal Emulator App.
Step 2: Launch Terminal Emulator App.
Step 3: Type this command in it and press enter:
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:
As soon as you hit enter key, your Galaxy Tab A will enter into Recovery mode.
Method 4: Using Quick Reboot App (Requires ROOT)
Quick Reboot app provides advanced reboot options to boot your Samsung Galaxy Tab A into recovery mode, download mode, normal reboot, fast reboot, safe mode and much more.
This method also requires Root access on your phone.
Step 1: Download and install Quick Reboot app.
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 Tab A 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.