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How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S9

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The Galaxy S9 might be the latest flagship from Samsung but that doesn’t mean things are changes when it comes to basic Android operations. Thus, if you are willing to learn how to perform the procedures that can help you smartly use, tweak, customize and personalize your device and its built-in Android firmware, you shouldn’t skip the guidelines from below. During these lines we will be checking how to enter and use the recovery mode menu on your brand new Galaxy S9.

The recovery mode is a special environment that adds a dedicated functionality to your smartphone. By using this environment you can access the core system that runs on your phone. So, in a few words, the recovery mode menu will help you perform different procedures on your Galaxy S9 – update operations, maintenance procedures, troubleshooting methods and so on.

Now, as you know, by default your Samsung Galaxy S9 is running on stock recovery. This built-in environment offers only limited access so you can perform only official operations such as making a hard reset, installing a new OTA, or clearing app data cache. However, you can extend your access by replacing the stock recovery with a custom platform such as CWM or TWRP recovery. In that case you will successfully manage to tweak your handset by initiating different custom procedures like: flashing root exploits, adding custom kernels, MODs and ROMs, installing apps from other sources than Google Play, remove bloatware, make Nandroid backups, overclock / undervolt CPU frequencies and more.

What’s important for us, at this point, is to know that reaching recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy S9 can be done in the same way whether we discuss about the stock or about the custom recovery platforms – so, using the steps from below can be done regardless of the state in which your device can be found in a certain moment.

The recovery mode menu is hidden by default and it cannot be accessed through regular settings on your Galaxy S9. That’s a precaution measure, as in some situations while using the recovery mode, if procedures that aren’t compatible with your device are applied, the Android system can get soft bricked. So, accessing this environment is possible only if a special reboot process is followed and applied – in that respect you can use one of the methods detailed below.

Using these methods will be safe and secured. You won’t have to use third party apps or risky tools and everything will be supported by your OEM. Thus, we discuss about official procedures – you won’t lose your phone’s warranty while applying this tutorial and you won’t lose access to built-in apps (that can happen only when unofficial operations are applied – for example, Samsung KNOX can get tripped when you decide to replace the stock recovery with a custom recovery image).

You can access the recovery mode menu without worrying that you are going to lose personal info. However, if you want to use the recovery environment for tweaking your Galaxy S9, you should first backup your phone – during certain custom operations your data might get corrupted or even wiped out. Thus, use your favorite backup and restore tools and secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and the rest of the files which might still be required afterwards. Note: as backup and restore devices you can – sync your files with your Google Account, use built-in Samsung’s cloud storage platforms or go online and download compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Charge your Samsung Galaxy S9 before accessing the recovery mode menu. Plug in the charger if the power that’s left on your smartphone is currently lower than 50% – when the power is low your Android device can get turned off in the middle of the reboot sequence and if that happen you will risk in soft bricking your phone. So, try to avoid any unpleasant situations and perform everything as explained in this tutorial.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S9

Method 1

  1. Switch off your Galaxy S9: press the Power button and hold it for a few moments; or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’ from the menu that’s displayed.
  2. Wait while the shut-down operation is completed.
  3. Next, press and also hold down the Volume Up, Power and Bixby buttons.
  4. Keep pressing these keys for a few seconds.
  5. When the Samsung logo shows up, release these buttons.
  6. In case the Android logo with ‘No command’ appears, tap on the screen.
  7. In recovery use Volume rocked keys to scroll up and down and the Power button to select.
  8. That should be all; the recovery mode menu should be displayed on your Galaxy S9.

Method 2

A computer is needed for this method as this is a manual and more complex process. However, it can be also more useful as it uses adb commands. Thus, on the computer you first have to install your Samsung Galaxy S9 drivers – you can use Samsung KIES in that respect. Also, on your PC you need to set up ADB: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Meanwhile, on your smartphone you have to enable Developer Options, which can be done by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (that field is located under About Phone – after 7 or 10 taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message). Finally, on your phone enable the USB Debugging feature – just access Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options).

  1. Switch on your computer.
  2. Navigate towards the Android SDK folder.
  3. Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
  4. On your computer, from Android SDK folder open a command prompt window – press and hold Shift keyboard key and while doing so right click on any blank space; then, from the list that’s displayed click on ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. In this cmd window type ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
  6. The recovery mode menu should be displayed automatically on your Galaxy S9.

Method 3

There is a third method that can be used for reaching recovery mode. This last method can be applied if root is ensured on your Samsung branded smartphone as it implies in using a third party app. This app will do everything for you, so this process is the most intuitive one. For example, you can download the Quick Boot app from Google Play. Install this software on your Galaxy S9 and run it; then follow on-screen prompts and choose to reboot into the desired mode.


These three methods that are described and detailed above can help you enter recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy S9. Try these solutions and share your experience with us by using the comments field from down below – only in that way you can help other users who might deal with issues or with problems. Also, stay close for learning further basic Android operations compatible with your Samsung Galaxy S9.