Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best Android powered smartphones that are currently available on the market. However, since we are talking about the Android system, Lollipop in particular, you can also choose to customize and optimize your phone for being able to spice things up in term of performances and user experience. Thus, in a few words, you can tweak your Galaxy S6 with ease. But, before doing so you might want to learn some basic Android related operation. In that matter, during the following lines from below I will show you how to easily enter and use recovery mode on your SGS6.
Like any other Android powered smartphone, the Galaxy S6 comes pre installed with the stock recovery image. The recovery image represents a default feature that can be used for completing different official and unofficial operations – for example, you can apply official updates, you can make Nandroid backups, perform maintenance procedures, or gain root access, remove bloatware, install custom ROMs and so on (we will discuss more about these aspects in a few seconds, so be patient).
So, bottom line, your Galaxy S6 is running on a recovery image, a hidden menu or environment that can be anytime accessed and used on your device. This stock recovery is however pre installed with some factory and default restrictions which means that you will be able to use it only for applying official procedures - the recovery environment establish a link between you and your phone’s internal system, so learning how to use this feature is a must. That’s why, if you are thinking in tweaking your device, first you should replace the stock recovery with a custom recovery image, like CWM or TWRP recovery.
With the custom recovery image you will then be able to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S6 and to use your handset on full power without dealing with any other restrictions. Thus, overclocking your Android device will be possible while any other custom and unofficial operation will become available for your phone.
Now, what’s important is that you can use this tutorial for rebooting your Samsung Galaxy S6 in recovery mode, whether we are talking about stock or custom feature. The reboot sequence is the same in both situations, so you have nothing to worry about. Moreover, reaching recovery is an operation featured by default by the Android system, so you won’t lose the warranty of your smartphone when applying the steps from this tutorial – however, the warranty will get lost if you will choose to install a custom recovery environment.
As you will see below, there are three ways in which you can enter recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy S6 – check all the lines and then choose the method that you prefer the most. Do note that you should first charge your smartphone, as if it will get turned off while you are trying to reach recovery, your S6 might get bricked – plug in the charger if the battery power is currently lower than 50%.
Also, if you are planning in using the recovery mode menu for completing an unofficial or custom Android operation, first of all you should backup your Samsung Galaxy S6. Just use compatible backup and restore apps or cloud storage platforms and save what’s important for you – contacts, call logs, text messages, internet settings, EFS folder, images, videos, audio files and so on. In addition, remember, that in the end, after learning how to enter the recovery environment you will also be able to make a Nandroid backup for saving the current ROM that powers your SGS6.
How to Enter and Use Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S6
This first solution is the default variant that can be used on any Samsung branded device. Thus, reaching recovery by using this method will definitely work on your Samsung Galaxy S6; here is what you need to do:
- Take your phone and press power button and select “power off”, or press and hold power key for a few seconds – complete a full shut down sequence.
- Then, press and hold – at the same time – the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons for a few seconds.
- The recovery mode will be soon displayed; release the buttons.
- In recovery mode use volume up and down buttons to scroll up and down and power key to select.
- Choose “reboot system now” if you want to go back to Android OS.
This solution is more intuitive as you can complete the reboot sequence by using a dedicated app from Google Play. So, access the Market on your Galaxy S6 and search for the Quick Boot app. Download the tool and open it in the end. Follow on screen prompts and choose the “Recovery” option. Then, just wait while your Galaxy S6 is being automatically rebooted into recovery mode.
This final method is recommended for experienced Android users as it is implying in initiating adb commands. Thus, for this solution, a computer will have to be used, while on your smartphone USB debugging option must be ensured – first, gain developer rights by taping several times on built number and then navigate towards “menu – settings – developer options”. Of course, Android SDK must be installed on your PC: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows, or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. After doing so, follow:
- Connect your Samsung Galaxy S6 with your computer via USB cable.
- On your PC navigate towards the folder where you have installed Android SDK.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
- Wait while your SGS5 reboots into recovery mode.
Well, there you have it; that’s how you can anytime reboot your Samsung Galaxy S6 into recovery mode. If you have questions or if you want to talk with us, don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below.