Galaxy A represents a new smartphone lineup released by Samsung in 2014. Thus, now, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are available on the market, the first phone being more affordable than the second one, though both are quite similar in hardware performances. However, if you own the Samsung Galaxy A3 and if you want to learn how to properly use your new Android device, then you should check the guidelines from below. During this tutorial I will teach you how to enter recovery mode on your A3, this being one of the first operations to learn when using the Android system.
Why should you perform this operation? Well, reaching recovery might become a must in various situations. For example, using recovery mode is needed when you want to hard reset your Galaxy A3, or when you will want to make a Nandroid backup (save the current ROM that runs on your device). Moreover, the recovery environment must be used if you want to apply an update, to install a .zip file or to perform many other optimization and customization procedures.
Of course, depending on the recovery software you are using you can choose to perform basic or complex operations. In order to make everything clear, here is what you should know: as you might already found out, your Galaxy A3 is being pre installed with the stock recovery image. This is a hidden environment featured by default on any Android devices. Well, the stock recovery offers only limited access, which means that you can apply only basic operations through this default environment.
But, if you choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom recovery image, such as CWM or TWRP recovery, then you will definitely be able to spice things up for your Samsung Galaxy A3. For example, with a custom recovery installed you can update your A3 with CM12, AOKP, ParanoidAndroid or with any other custom ROM firmware. Also, you can apply different manual troubleshoot solutions, or you can install a custom kernel for overclocking or undervolting your Android smartphone. Basically, you will then be able to customize, optimize and power up your Samsung Galaxy A3 by your own taste.
As I have pointed out, recovery mode is a hidden environment that establishes a link between you and your phone’s internal system. That’s why, when talking about a custom recovery image you must also consider in gaining root access, but that’s another topic, which will be detailed in a different tutorial.
Anyway, reaching recovery is easy and also safe – for both stock and custom recovery images (the reboot sequence, as you will notice below, is the same whether you are using the stock or a custom recovery environment). This operation is official which means you don’t have to use complex and risky tools for being able to complete it. Moreover, you will not lose the warranty of your Samsung Galaxy A3 if you choose to use the steps from below.
Now, do note that if you are planning in entering and using recovery mode on your Galaxy A3 for performing a custom operation (such as installing a custom ROM for example) before doing so you should backup your data. It is important to save everything that’s important for you or else you might end up in losing your contacts, call logs, texts, internet settings, EFS folder and so on.
Also, before starting the reboot sequence, charge your Samsung Galaxy A3. If your phone gets turned off while you are trying to enter recovery mode, your device might get damaged or bricked. So, try not to mess things up, read all the lines from below and then choose the reboot sequence that you prefer the most.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy A3
Use the Hardware method
- First of all you need to turn off your phone: press power button and select “power off”, or just press and hold power key for a few seconds.
- Next, press and hold (at the same time and for a few seconds) Power, Volume UP and Home buttons.
- Release these keys when the recovery mode menu will be displayed on your Galaxy A3.
- You can use Volume Up and Down buttons to scroll up and down and Power key to select.
- You can return to Android OS by choosing “reboot system now”.
Use a dedicated tool from Google Play
- If the above explained method is too hard for you, then access Google Play from your Galaxy A3.
- From the market search, download and install the Quick Boot app.
- Launch the tool on your phone.
- Follow on screen prompts and select “Recovery”.
- Wait while your smartphone is being automatically rebooted into recovery mode.
Use ADB Commands
- A computer is being required for this method.
- On your computer Android SDK must be installed; thus learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAX OS X / Linux.
- Navigate towards the folder where you have installed Android SDK and from there open a command prompt window: press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- Connect your Galaxy A3 with your computer via USB cable.
- On the cmd window type “adb reboot recovery”.
- That’s it, your smartphone will now boot into recovery mode.
Well, that’s how you can put your Samsung Galaxy A3 in recovery mode. If you have questions or if you can’t manage to reach recovery, don’t hesitate and contact us by using the comments field from below.