The recovery mode menu offers useful options through which you can perform maintenance and restoration operations on your new Samsung Galaxy Note 7. And if a custom recovery is involved you can extend your access and you can start to tweak the performance of your smartphone. Thus, since the recovery mode is a basic Android feature, today, during this dedicated tutorial, I am going to show you how to reboot your Note 7 into the same environment.

The recovery mode is however hidden by default on the Android system. It is hidden as a precaution measure as an inexperienced user can mess things up if he isn’t using a dedicated tutorial – for example, you can erase everything, or you can soft brick the Android system. That’s why you should be careful when thinking in using the recovery built-in settings. But, overall, using this environment is official – the feature is pre-loaded on the Galaxy Note 7 and your OEM is supporting all the operations that you can perform through the stock recovery system.

If you choose to replace the stock recovery with a custom software, like CWM or TWRP recovery we won’t discuss about official procedures but about custom tweaking operations. In that case the warranty of your Galaxy Note 7 will get void and you won’t be able to reclaim the warranty even if you will take your phone back to service. So, why to replace the stock Android recovery with a custom app? Well, the advantages are more than numerous as in the end you will be able to use the new environment in order to complete further custom operations such as: flashing .zip files, gaining root access, installing custom ROMs, adding custom kernels, making Nandroid backups, overclocking / undervolting CPU frequencies and more.

Regardless the recovery image that runs on your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (the stock or the custom ones) the reboot process is the same. The methods which are being explained during the guidelines from down below are universal ones and can be easily completed even by a newbie. What is important is to know when to use the recovery image in order to resolve your problems.

While through the custom recovery you can tweak your Android device, by using the stock software you can perform only official procedures such as managing new OTAs, making a hard reset or clear app data cache. Anyway, do not use this environment without consulting a dedicated tutorial first or without knowing what you are doing as you can end up in experiencing various software related issues such as bugs, lags, screen freeze, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, alerts, boot loops or total blackouts.

As a general precaution measures, before applying any operation through the recovery mode menu, backup your Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It’s important to save the internet settings, the EFS folder and the IMEI / NVRAM data along with any other personal info, data, accounts and files as otherwise you can lose everything – during certain procedures your data can get corrupted or even wiped out. On the Note 7 the backup can be applied in various methods: you can use Samsung’s own cloud storage solutions, you can download compatible apps from Google Play or you can just sync your data with your account.

One last thing to consider before reaching the recovery mode: it is recommended to check the battery status on your device. If somehow the power left is too low (lower than 30%) you have to charge your Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Otherwise, your smartphone might remain out of juice situation in which it might get turned off right in the middle of the reboot sequence. It is a good idea to avoid these situations as during them your device might get soft bricked.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy Note 7

First solution

  1. You can easily try to enter recovery mode by using the hardware buttons of your phone.
  2. First of all you have to shut down your Note 7 – do so and also wait while the shut down operation is completed.
  3. Then, press and hold the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons at the same time.
  4. Keep pressing these keys for a few moments.
  5. Eventually, the recovery mode menu should be automatically displayed on your smartphone.
  6. In recovery use the Volume rocker keys in order to scroll up or down and the Power button to select.
  7. You can go back to Android Mode by selecting the “Reboot system now” option.

Second solution

If you are an advanced user and if you have to complete other dedicated operations on your smartphone, the best is to use a terminal in order to go into recovery. Here is what you need to follow in that respect:

  1. Make sure you can use a computer; also your Note 7 and its USB cable must be near this device.
  2. On your computer install the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 USB drivers – you can use the Samsung KIES utility.
  3. On your computer the Android SDK tool must be installed – for Windows you can use this tutorial while for MAC OS X / Linux you can use this guide instead.
  4. Now, power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  5. On your computer go to the Android SDK folder – press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space.
  6. In the cmd window type “adb reboot recovery”.
  7. For MAC OS X / Linux, on the terminal enter: “//android-sdk-macosx/platform-tools/adb reboot recovery”.
  8. That’s it; you can now use the recovery menu.

Third method

This last solution is for the users who rooted their Samsung branded device. This method can bring recovery within second via a dedicated app from the Market. So, if your Galaxy Note 7 is rooted, go to Google Play and download the Quick Boot app. Flash the app and then run it on your smartphone. Next, by using on screen prompts resume the reboot sequence.


Those were the best three reboot methods to use when trying to enter recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. So, test these reboot sequences and don’t hesitate in sharing your experience with us and with other Galaxy Note 7 users – you can do that by using the comments field from down below.

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