Recovery Mode

How to Boot Galaxy Tab A into Recovery Mode

Boot Samsung Galaxy Tab A into Recovery Mode using our guide. Galaxy Tab A comes with an 8.00 inch TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels. It is powered by a 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.

Recovery Mode refers to a special bootable partition that 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.

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. 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 to any one of them.

Method 1: Using Hard Keys

  • Power off your Samsung Galaxy Tab A.
  • Press and Hold Volume Up key + Home button + Power button simultaneously.
  • Just in a few seconds, you’ll be presented with the Recovery Mode menu on your Galaxy Tab A.
  • 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 that lets you communicate with your phone when connected to PC (Windows, Mac, or Linux) using a USB cable. Let’s use this ADB and Fastboot method to boot Samsung Galaxy Tab A into Recovery mode.

  • Enable the USB debugging mode on your phone.
  • Also, enable OEM unlocking and Advance reboot mode from Developer options.
  • Now, download and install ADB and Fastboot setup on your PC.
  • Connect your Galaxy Tab A to PC using a standard USB cable.
  • Launch Command window on your computer.
  • For that, hold the 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.
  • 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:

adb devices

  • 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.
  • If such a thing doesn’t happen, then re-install device drivers, enable USB debugging mode, and try again.
  • If the problem persists, try changing USB cable or even the USB port.

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.

  • Download and install Terminal Emulator App.
  • Launch Terminal Emulator App.
  • Type this command in it and press enter:

su

  • As soon as you hit enter key, a popup will appear to grant Superuser permissions.
  • So click on Grant option.
  • On the next line type the following command and press enter:

reboot recovery

  • 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.

  • Download and install the Quick Reboot app.
  • Launch the Quick Reboot app.
  • Tick the ‘I have read and accept the terms’ and click on confirm.
  • To boot into recovery mode, simply click on the Recovery option.
  • Then Tap on Yes to confirm.
  • 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 the 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.

I hope that this clears things up on how to enter and exit your Samsung Galaxy Tab A into Recovery Mode. For any issues related to this tutorial, kindly contact me through the comments section given below.

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