The new Galaxy Note is available, so it’s time to check how to apply default Android operations on your new Android featured smartphone. Well, the first thing to talk about is related to the recovery environment. So, as you can already tell, during the present step by step guide I am going to teach you how to enter recovery mode on Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and also how to use the recovery environment in order to properly use your device.

If you are using the Android system for the first time, or if this is the first time you are prompted to use the recovery image, you need to read all the lines from this tutorial before heading towards the reboot sequence from below. In this way you can learn everything that’s related to this default Android feature: why is it installed on your Galaxy Note 5, what can you do through recovery, when to use it and how to reboot your smartphone into this hidden menu.

Yes, that’s right; the recovery environment represents a hidden menu that can be anytime accessed on your Galaxy Note 5. In fact, this is an in built feature that comes pre installed on all the Android based devices out there. Therefore, reaching recovery can be done easily and without following risky procedures – rebooting your Note 5 into recovery mode is therefore an official operation, so you won’t lose your phone’s warranty by following and applying this dedicated step by step guide.

The recovery mode is there to offer access to the internal Android system of your handset. Thus, with the help of the recovery environment you will be able to apply important changes within the Android OS that runs by default on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Of course, through the stock feature you will be able to apply only limited changes – that’s why, if you are an advanced Android user and if you want to tweak your phablet, first you will have to replace the stock recovery with a custom software like CWM or TWRP recovery - learn how to install TWRP recovery on Galaxy Note 5.

Now, it’s important to know that the reboot sequence will work in the same way for both stock and custom recovery image. Moreover, this tutorial is compatible with rooted or with locked devices or with stock and custom ROMs.

Getting back on your problems, here is what you can do through the stock recovery: making a hard reset, applying an official Android update, flashing official .zip files and clearing app data cache. In addition to that, if you are using a custom recovery image on your Galaxy Note 5, you can choose to apply one of the following procedures: ensuring root access, flashing custom kernels, overclocking your Android device, removing bloatware, installing custom ROMs (like CyanogenMod, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid and more), making Nandroid backups and so on.

Anyhow, that’s what you need to know before learning how to enter and use recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Now, if you are planning to play with this environment in order to tweak the performances of your device, before doing anything else, backup your data – you can use apps from Google Play or cloud storage software in that matter. The best will be to temporarily save contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, EFS folder, internet settings, IMEI / NVRAM data and any other stuff you might need afterwards.

Finally, don’t forget to charge your Note 5 before doing anything else – I recommend you to plug in the charger especially if the power left is currently lower than 40%, because your phone might get turned off in the middle of the reboot process.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Galaxy Note 5

Use the Classic Android Method

Each Android device can be rebooted into recovery mode through the classic method. Of course, this solution will also work on your Galaxy Note 5. So, let’s see what you need to follow in order to resume this process:

  1. Power off your Note 5 – don’t reboot your phone, just turn it off: press power button and select “power off” or press and hold the power key for a few seconds.
  2. Wait a few moments and after that press and hold power, volume up and home buttons at the same time.
  3. Keep pressing these keys until the recovery mode menu is being displayed.
  4. In recovery use Volume Up and Down buttons to scroll up and down and Power key to select your option.
  5. You can go back to Android OS by choosing “reboot system now”.

Reach Recovery through a dedicated app

Another way in which you can put your Galaxy Note 5 into recovery mode is by downloading a dedicated software from Google Play. So, access the Market on your phone and search for the “Quick Boot” app. Download the software and wait while it is automatically installed on your device. Then, launch the app on your Note 5 and follow on screen prompts in order to access the recovery environment – basically, select the “Recovery” option.

Access Recovery through ADB commands

The last reboot solution implies in running Android SDK on a computer. So, first of all, install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Then, on your phone enable USB debugging option – go to “menu – settings – about phone” and tap a few times on Built Number until Developer Options are being ensured; finally, access “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB debugging field. After doing so, on your computer access the Android SDK folder and connect your Note 5 with your PC with the help of the USB cable. Next, from your computer open a command prompt window (press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space) where type “adb reboot recovery”. That’s it, your Note 5 will be automatically rebooted into recovery mode.


So, there you have it; that’s how you can enter and use the recovery mode menu on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Do note that all the steps from above will work on both stock and custom recovery environments. Also, if you want to enjoy a proper Android experience, don’t hesitate and install a custom recovery image, like TWRP recovery, on your phone and start to customize and optimize your smartphone. Well, that’s it; use the comments field from below if you have something to share with us or with other users.

Sakthi Mariappan · 1 year ago

My note 5 problem is display light goes off but mobile in on condition touchscreen also working fine. Every time I use power key and volume down method. I want a permanent solution. Please help

Mike S · 1 year ago

Is there a way to use adb to enable usb debugging on a phone with a Note 5 n920p with a completely dead LCD?

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