Released in January this year, the mid-ranger Galaxy J3 is running on Lollipop out of the box and will receive the official Marshmallow support – on Verizon, the phone already comes featured with the Android 6.0 system. Overall the smartphone isn’t here to impress in terms of performance and design, though for a fair price you can get a decent device through which you will be able to complete basic tasks without dealing with problems.

Anyway, in order to smartly manage a mid-range phone, you first have to learn the basic Android operations. Through such processes you can afterwards customize, optimize, restore and maintain the Android system. Moreover, if you add a plus of initiative you can even choose to spice things up and improve the general performances by tweaking your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016. But, in order to become an advanced user you first have to apply the default / built-in processes. In that respect, today we will check on how to enter recovery mode on the Galaxy J3.

In case you are using the Android platform for the first time, or if you had never heard about the recovery mode menu, learn that this is a vital environment through which you can update, backup and restore your phone. Moreover, if properly used, this is the environment through which you can complete most of the custom operations that can ensure a better Android experience, even when running on entry level specifications. So, learning how to enter and use the recovery mode is more than recommended, especially in your case.

The recovery mode is pre-installed on your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016. Therefore, you can easily reach this environment, without using complex or risky procedures or without managing third party apps through which you can brick the Android core. Bottom line, putting your phone in recovery mode is an official operation and you won’t lose your phone’s warranty while completing this step by step guide.

All the guidelines from below will work in any situations, regardless the state in which your Galaxy J3 is or will be found on a certain moment – it can be rooted, locked, installed with a custom ROM, running on stock Android OS, flashed with the stock or with the custom recovery image and further more. So, bottom line, this is a general / universal tutorial through which you can easily, almost intuitively, access the recovery mode menu on the Samsung Galaxy J3.

As mentioned, there are two recovery image environments: the stock and the custom ones. By default your smartphone is running on the official / stock software. Through this feature you can apply only official operations (applying OTAs, clearing app data cache, making a hard reset, etc.) or else you will deal with factory restrictions.

On the other side, with a custom recovery image installed (such as CWM or TWRP recovery) you will be able to perform the unofficial procedures through which you can tweak the performance of your Galaxy J3 2016 – I am talking about processes such as gaining root access, removing bloatware and start-up programs, unlocking the bootloader, installing custom kernels, making a Nandroid backup, flash a custom ROM firmware like CyanogenMod, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and so on.

Anyway, since this tutorial will work in the same way for both stock and custom recovery environments, you can bookmark this page as maybe you will find it useful while trying to complete other additional operations.

As a general rule, if you plan to use the recovery mode for applying an unofficial process, first of all backup your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016.You never know what might go wrong and losing personal files, data, accounts and info is not something that you might wish for. Don’t worry, saving everything will only take a couple of minutes – in that respect you have different backup and restore methods at your disposal: you can sync your data with your account, you can download tested apps from Google Play or use other cloud storage software. On your way don’t forget to backup the EFS folder, internet settings and the IMEI / NVRAM data.

Also, each time you are about to complete a manual operation on your device, or any process that is a little bit more complex than the basis, you should first charge your Samsung Galaxy J3 2016. So, since reaching recovery can be done by completing a reboot sequence, I recommend you to consider the charging process in this case too – do it especially if the power left on your phone is currently lower than 50%.

How to enter Recovery Mode on the Samsung Galaxy J3 2016

First Method

  1. This method can be completed if your phone is turned off.
  2. So, first of all, power off your device.
  3. For switching it off: press and hold the Power key for a few moments, or press the Power button and select “power off”.
  4. Wait a few seconds.
  5. Then press and hold (at the same time and for a few seconds) the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons.
  6. Release the buttons only when the recovery environment is displayed.
  7. In recovery use Volume Up and Down buttons in order to scroll up and down and the Power key to select.
  8. Choose “reboot system now” when you want to go back to Android mode.

Second Method

The second method is a little bit more complicated than the previous one. Thus, in this case a computer is required. On this computer you have to install the Android SDK utility – so, first of all learn how to install Android SDK on a Windows powered computer, or on MAC OS X / Linux. Afterwards, use Samsung KIES, or any other tool, and install the Galaxy J3 USB drivers on your PC. Finally, on your phone enable Developer Options and check the USB Debugging feature: first, tap repeatedly on Built Number (from “menu – settings – about phone”) until you get the You are a Developer message; then access these settings -> “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB Debugging field. After doing so, follow the steps from below:

  1. Power on your smartphone.
  2. Connect your phone with your computer with the help of the USB cord.
  3. On the PC access the Android SDK folder.
  4. From that folder open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
  5. Good; now in the cmd window type: “adb reboot recovery”.
  6. Wait while your Galaxy J3 is automatically rebooted into recovery mode.

Third Method

In order for this third solution to work on your Galaxy J3 2016, you must first gain root access on your device. As you can already tell, you can use a dedicated app from Google Play in order to access the recovery mode menu. So, tap on the Google Play icon and on the search status bar type Quick Boot. Download the app (it’s free distributed, so you have nothing to worry about) and wait while the software is installed. When done, run the tool and just follow on screen prompts in order to boot into the desired mode.


Good; so these are the easiest methods to use when trying to access the recovery mode from your own Samsung Galaxy J3 2016. Enjoy and stay close as we will bring further tutorials for your device. If you have questions, don’t hesitate and contact our team by using the comments field from down below.

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