Galaxy A8 might not be the most powerful Lollipop based device from the market, but if you know how to smartly use it, you can enjoy a great Android experience in both stability and performance aspects. And in addition to that, if you are also willing to apply a few tweaking procedures, you can even spice things up by optimizing and customizing the internal system of your phone. The goal is to bump the speeds, to upgrade the battery life and to improve the other general performances. So, how can you obtain all that? Well, as you will see, the first thing to do is to learn how to access and use the recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy A8.
The Android system is an open source project that can be easily tweaked. That’s why each Android version can be customized by third party devs and ported into custom ROMs. And also that’s why you can use features that cannot be found in the default Android system and finally that’s why you can unlock your Galaxy A8 for gaining full control over your Android device. But, as already pointed out, everything is possible only if you know how to enter the recovery mode.
The recovery environment is a hidden menu featured by default by your Samsung Galaxy A8. Through this menu you can access the internal system of your phone and perform different customization, optimization and restoration operations. Of course, your phone comes pre installed with the stock recovery software and by default you can only apply limited operations (like making a hard reset, clearing app data cache, updating with OTAs and so on) through this stock environment – different factory restrictions are implied.
However, the stock recovery can be then replaced with a custom recovery software like CWM or TWRP recovery. Such a software is free of restrictions which means you can then tweak your Galaxy A8 by your own taste. Here are some examples of operations that can be completed through a custom recovery image: ensuring root access by using SuperSU, flashing custom ROMs such as CM 13, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid, installing a custom kernel, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies for bumping speeds or for upgrading the battery life, removing bloatware, making Nandroid backups and lot more.
The best is that entering recovery mode can be done in the same way, whether you are using the stock or the custom recovery image. Thus, this step by step guide can be anytime used on your Samsung Galaxy A8. Moreover, the steps from below and the reboot sequence are official operations featured on your Android device. So, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty and you won’t risk anything while trying to understand and to apply all the guidelines from down below.
As you will notice, there are three different ways in which you can reboot recovery mode on your GalaxyA8. Try all the methods from there or choose only the one that you find it more appropriate for your needs.
Now, if you are thinking in using the recovery mode for completing another custom operation, before doing anything else you should backup your data – procedures such as gaining root access or installing a custom ROM might clear the internal system of your device. Thus, the best will be to sync your data with your account or to use any other backup and restore app from Google Play. In this way you can easily save your Samsung Galaxy A8 contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, EFS folder, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.
Charge your smartphone before resuming the reboot sequence. Usually the charging process is recommended if the battery power left is currently lower than 60% - you see, if your Galaxy A8 gets turned off while you try to access the recovery environment, your phone might get bricked (different software related problems can be issued) so it is better to try to avoid such unpleasant situations.
How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy A8
The Classic Method
- Power off your Galaxy A8; you can do so if you press the power button and select “power off” or if you press and hold the power key for a few moments.
- Wait a few seconds while your device is being turned off.
- Then, press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time.
- Keep pressing these keys until the recovery mode menu is being displayed.
- You can scroll up and down through the recovery menu by using the Volume Up and Down buttons and you can select by pressing the Power key.
- You can go back to Android OS by selecting the “reboot system now” option.
The third party app Method
If you can’t manage to enter recovery mode by using the hardware buttons, then you can try the Quick Boot app from Google Play. However, root access must be ensured first on your Galaxy A8 as this is a third party app. Anyway, go to Google Play, search and download the mentioned app. Then, run it on your phone and follow on screen prompts in order to resume the reboot sequence, which by the way will be automatically completed.
The Android SDK Method
The last method through which you can enter recovery mode on your Galaxy A8 implies in using the Android SDK utility. This is not a complex procedure, though it is applied mainly by developers. Anyway, here is what you need to do before actually getting into recovery: you must use a computer on which you have to install Android SDK – so learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux; you also have to install the Galaxy A8 USB drivers on the computer you are going to use; then on your smartphone you have to gain Developer Options by going to “menu – settings – about phone” and by tapping several times on Built Number; finally, you need to enable USB Debugging option, a field which can be found under “menu – settings – developer options”. Of course, in the end you must follow:
- Connect your Galaxy A8 with your computer with the help of your phone’s USB cable.
- On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
- From there open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
- In the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
- Just wait while your smartphone is being automatically rebooted into recovery mode.
So, there you have it. Those are the easiest ways in which you can put your Samsung Galaxy A8 into recovery mode. Test the steps from above and also try to use the recovery environment for the first time. Share your experience with us and if you have further questions don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below in order to contact our team – we will then assist you as soon as possible. Don’t forget to check out our how to section in order to find other useful Android tips and tricks for your GalaxyA8.