If you have the new Galaxy Note 9 it will be really hard not to tweak its built-in Android system. We all know how much you can obtain from a rooted device and from dedicated ROMs that are lighter and faster than Samsung’s UI, so knowing how to apply certain customizations on your phone is not optional, especially if you are an experienced user who wants to use his ‘phablet’ on full power without dealing with any restrictions. So, we are here to help you by explaining even the easiest processes that might be required during custom tweaking operations. Well, in that respect today we will discuss about the recovery mode and the ways in which it can be entered on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Just like the download mode, the recovery environment can put your smartphone into a special state during which the Android core system can be accessed and further modified. If from download mode you can apply updates or perform downgrades, from recovery you can choose to customize, optimize and personalize built-in features, apps, capabilities and the overall Android functionality.

When you buy your device it will be delivered with different apps that are installed by default. Among the bloatware your smartphone is also pre-loaded with these mods that ensures a ‘virtual path’ towards the Android system. Now, the pre-loaded recovery environment can be accessed and used on your Galaxy Note 9 for applying official operations such as manually applying OTAs, making a hard reset or clearing app data cache.

However, if you choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom recovery image, you will be able to apply different tweaks through dedicated custom procedures including: flashing root exploits, removing bloatware, setting up custom kernels, installing custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, making Nandroid backups and lot more.

For us, it’s important to know that both the stock and the custom recovery environments can be accessed in the same way, by using the methods explained below. These methods will show you how to reboot your Galaxy Note 9 into recovery mode since this environment cannot be accessed from general Settings – because it cannot run in the same time with the Android mode (in recovery are loaded only certain processes and features from the ROM memory and the Android UI is not included).

You can follow the methods from below without worrying about tripping Samsung KNOX or losing access to built-in apps. Since the recovery mode is pre-loaded on your smartphone, going to recovery is a process supported by your OEM so you don’t have to use third-party apps or other risky programs. Additionally, the same steps can be successfully used even if your smartphone was already rooted, updated with a custom firmware, or tweaked in any other way.

If you plan to use the recovery mode menu for initiating custom operations on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9, you should first remember that personal data are saved on your device – during certain customizations your files might get corrupted or even wiped out. So, it’s our job to recommend a general backup first – don’t worry, Samsung already pre-loaded your device with cloud storage platforms and you can additionally choose to sync files with your Google Account or to use specialized backup and restore apps from Google Play. In that way you will be able to easily save personal files, images, videos, audio files, market apps, EFS folder, internet settings, calendar info, contacts, call logs, texts, IMEI/ NRVAM data and so much more.

A sudden shut down can happen on your Galaxy Note 9 while you try to reach and use the recovery mode menu, if the power left on your device is currently lower than 50%. If that happens you risk in soft-bricking your Android device – different malfunctions can be caused within the Android core system.

How to Quickly Access Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Method 1

  1. Turn off your Galaxy Note 9.
  2. Wait until the switch off process is completed.
  3. Then, press and hold (simultaneously) the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons.
  4. When the Samsung Logo shows up release the keys.
  5. If the ‘No command’ message is displayed tap on the screen once.
  6. That’s it; the recovery mode menu should be displayed on your smartphone.

Method 2

This method is a little bit more complicated and it’s recommended for those who are already using a computer for applying custom operations on their devices. So, a PC is required where Android SDK must be set up: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. On the same computer your Galaxy Note 9 drivers must be flashed – you can get the right drivers by using Samsung KIES. Your smartphone and its USB cable will be used and on your phone the USB Debugging option must be enabled (do that from Developer Options). If Developer Options cannot be accessed from general Settings, go to About Phone and tap (do it repeatedly for 7 or 10 times) on Built Number until the ‘you are a developer’ message is returned. Then, follow:

  • Power on your computer and go to the Android SDK folder.
  • There open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then select ‘open command prompt window here’.
  • Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer – plug in the USB cable for ensuring this connection.
  • Then, in the cmd window type ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
  • The recovery mode menu should be now automatically displayed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Method 3

A third party app from Google Play can help you access recovery mode on your Note 9. You can choose from different tools, but do note that some of these apps will require root access – for example, you can download the Quick Boot app. So, set up this software on your smartphone, run it and then follow on-screen prompts for reaching the desired mode.


The recovery mode menu should help you customize, optimize and personalize the Android system that runs on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Shortly, if the right tweaks are applied you can speed up your phone, upgrade its battery life and improve general performance. You can share your tweaking plans with us by using the comments field, where you can also tell us what else would you want to learn for your device – we will then try to bring the best tutorials along with the right tips and tricks that can make your life easier. Stay close and check out our ‘how to’ section for further step by step guides.

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