Boot Samsung Galaxy S9 into Recovery Mode using our step by step guide. 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. Booting into recovery partition is a completely legal process 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. Compared to custom recovery, the stock recoveries are pretty limited. With custom recovery you can perform some additional tasks which include flashing third-party custom ROMs over the stock Android image, performing Nandroid backups, communicating with the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) for debugging, selectively deleting data so you don’t have to wipe everything, ability to mount various partitions so that you can copy files to the SD card without unmounting.
Whenever you need to wipe data or flash a custom ROM, your Galaxy S9 must be booted into recovery mode. It is therefore necessary that you know how to access the recovery mode. Normally the recovery mode can be entered by a combination of volume, home, and power buttons. But nowadays, most of the phones do not have the physical front buttons which makes the procedure of accessing the recovery mode a little bit different. But don’t worry as we’ll explain a detailed step by step procedure for accessing recovery mode on your smartphone.
Recently Samsung unveiled the most awaited Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus smartphones. This all-new Galaxy S9 comes with a beautiful design, top-rated specs and features, an amazing camera, and has all the capabilities which make it 2018’s phone of the year. It is considered as the modified version of Samsung Galaxy S8 which was released last year. The major difference is that the fingerprint sensor in Galaxy S9 is located under the rear camera which makes it easier to use the option of opening the notification bar from the sensor itself. Some of its more specs includes 5.8 inches Super AMOLED screen with 1440 x 2960 pixels of resolution, 256 GB of internal memory with 4 GB RAM, 12 megapixel of primary camera and 8 megapixel of front camera for selfies, 3000 mAh of battery and much more.
There are different methods to boot your Galaxy S9 into Recovery mode. The universal 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 boot your Galaxy S9 into Recovery mode. Entering Galaxy S9 into Recovery mode is one of the easiest tasks that any Android user can perform, 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 S9 into recovery mode with/without keys.
How to Enter Samsung Galaxy S9 into Recovery Mode
Here we have mentioned 4 different ways to enter your Galaxy S9 into Recovery mode. You may refer to any one of them.
Method 1: Using Hard Keys
Step 1: Switch off your Samsung Galaxy S9 device completely until it vibrates.
Step 2: Now Press and Hold Volume Up key + Bixby button + Power button simultaneously.
Step 3: Just in a 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 S9.
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 S9 into Recovery Mode using hard keys.
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. With these commands, you can perform various actions such as installing and debugging apps, backing up partitions and much more. Let’s use this ADB and Fastboot method to boot Samsung Galaxy S9 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: Also enable OEM unlocking and Advance reboot mode from Developer options.
Step 3: Now, download and install ADB and Fastboot setup on your PC.
Step 4: Connect your Galaxy S9 to PC using a standard USB cable.
Step 5: 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 computer.
Step 6: To make sure that your Galaxy S9 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 S9 has successfully connected to your PC.
Note: 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.
Step 7: Now to boot your Samsung Galaxy S9 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 S9 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 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 S9 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 S9 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 the Quick Reboot app from Google Play Store.
Step 2: Launch the 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 the 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 S9 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.