Are you trying to reboot your Samsung Galaxy S10 into recovery mode? If you cannot manage to open and use the recovery environment on your Samsung device, don’t panic. We are here to help you out by explaining and detailing the reboot sequence that must be initiated in order to switch from the Android mode to the recovery system.

If you used to know how to use the recovery settings on previous models of the Samsung S series, you will now find out that there are a few things different. The Galaxy S10 Android UI brings a new functionality, thus the ways in which the recovery mode menu can be accessed are slightly different from what used to work in the past.

Anyway, don’t worry, you will manage to open this environment quickly by following the steps which are being explained below. But, until explaining the actual reboot methods, let us review the general aspects that should be checked out first, especially if you plan to use this mode for changing default features and settings.

Using recovery mode on the Galaxy S10 – everything you need to know

Recovery is a mode pre-loaded on your Samsung Galaxy S10. So, you can anytime boot between Android to recovery mode, if you know how to do it. As you can tell, this functionality cannot be initiated from general Android settings.

Why? Well, mainly because the recovery mode menu will offer access to the Android core menu. Shortly, an inexperienced user who ends up in recovery mode by accident can perform modifications which will directly influence the overall Android functionality. And, with the wrong settings applied everything can be messed up quite easy.

Therefore, the recovery mode is hidden by default and can be opened on the Galaxy S10 only of the reboot sequence is completed in the correct way. By the way, this mode runs independently from the Android mode, meaning that your smartphone can be booted only on one of these environments – it can either show the Android UI or the recovery mode menu.

Since from recovery mode you can access the Android core system that powers your Samsung Galaxy S10, here are the main operations that can be applied once this mode is entered:

  • You can initiate a hard reset and you can also clear app data cache – so you can make a full wipe, for partially restoring your device to factory state.
  • You can apply a new OTA file, or a similar package that can be downloaded from online sources.
  • You can perform other similar maintenance processes along with certain optimizations and customizations solutions.
  • If a custom recovery image is used you can even complete tweaking operations including stuffs like: gaining root access by flashing a root exploit, removing bloatware, adding custom kernels and MODs, installing custom ROMs (such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), making Nandroid backups and so much more.

By the way, entering and using recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10 can be done without risks – your OEM is supporting this reboot solution as part of its pre-installed Android functionality. Thus, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped, unless you choose to replace the official recovery mode with a custom software such as CWM or TWRP recovery.

Anyway, even if a custom recovery image is flashed, the actual methods that can take you and your Galaxy S10 to this mode are the same ones – the methods explained below will work on both stock or custom recovery environments, so from this perspective you have nothing to be worried about.

Now, since from recovery you can complete various operations and some of the processes might modify features and files from your Galaxy S10, it’s recommended to protect your data before doing anything else. Shortly, a backup should be considered at this point, especially if you’re on your first experience with using the recovery environment.

On your Galaxy S10 you can already use Samsung’s cloud storage apps, though you can take care of this additional operation in different other ways: by syncing files with your account, by transferring certain packages on external storage devices, or by using dedicated backup and restore apps that are available on Google Play.

Also, charge your smartphone if you plan to tweak your smartphone from the recovery mode menu. As a general recommendation, check the power that’s left and plug in the charger if that value is lower than 50%. A sudden shut down that happens during certain operations can soft-brick the Android system and we know that you don’t want to mess things up on your Galaxy S10.

How to Enter / open Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy S10

Method 1 – open recovery mode using the classic solution

  1. Start this method by pressing and holding the Volume Down and Power buttons on your phone; keep doing that until your device gets turned off.
  2. Next, start holding down the Volume Up, Bixby and Power keys for a few moments.
  3. Keep pressing these buttons until the Upload Mode shows up – release the keys when it does.
  4. Now, press the Volume Down and Power buttons and keep them pressed for about 3 seconds – your phone will restart.
  5. Quickly start pushing the Volume Up, Bixby and Power keys again until the Samsung S10 logo is displayed on your handset.
  6. Good, next the recovery mode menu should appear.
  7. In recovery use the Volume rocker keys to navigate and the Power button to select your options.
  8. You can go back to Android mode by choosing ‘reboot system now’.
  9. That’s all – if you cannot do it from your first attempt, don’t panic; you just need some practice first.

Method 2 – access recovery mode by executing adb command

If you’re an experienced user and if you plan to use the recovery mode menu for completing more complex operations then a good idea is to execute an adb command. In that regard you will have to use a computer, where your Galaxy S10 drivers must be already installed – use Samsung KIES for downloading the drivers if you have problems in that matter.

Of course, on your computer Android SDK must be installed too – you can learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows by using this tutorial, or you can learn how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by using this guide.


Finally, you can follow:

  1. Switch on your smartphone and also power on your notebook.
  2. Connect your phone with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
  3. On your PC navigate towards the Android SDK folder.
  4. From there open a command prompt window.
  5. In this cmd window enter ‘adb reboot recovery’ and press Enter.
  6. Now, the recovery mode menu should be automatically accessed on your Galaxy S10.

Method 3 – reboot recovery mode from a third party app

On your Galaxy S10 you can use the recovery mode menu if you choose to access it from a third party app. There are different options available on Google Play – do note that some apps will require root access enabled on your phone.

For example, you can try the Quick Boot app. You just have to download and install the tool on your S10. Then, run the app and follow on-screen prompts for choosing in which mode you want to boot your Samsung branded handset.

Did you manage to access and use recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy S10? The guidelines explained above will help you understand how this environment can be entered on your smartphone and which types of operations can be initiated from it.

If you have questions, contact us through the comments field from below. Also, try to share your experience with the other users who might need a second opinion related with the methods that can put the Galaxy S10 into recovery mode. Enjoy and stay close for similar other Android related tips and tricks.

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