The Galaxy Note 8 is the latest Samsung branded flagship released this year. Now, if you want to learn how to apply the basic Android operations on your new smartphone, stay close to us. During dedicated tutorials we will try to describe the most common processes that can be initiated and completed on the Samsung Galaxy Note8. And in that respect, today we will be talking about the recovery mode and how to easily and quickly access this environment on your smartphone.

The recovery mode menu can help you initiate maintenance, restoration and troubleshooting solutions for your Samsung Galaxy Note8. Additionally, depending on the recovery image you are using (stock or custom) you can choose to tweak your smartphone in order to gain full control over its Android system. So, knowing how to enter this environment is a big deal especially if you are an advanced Android user who will want to use his device on full power without dealing with default / factory restrictions.

Since through recovery mode you can change default settings, this environment is hidden within the Android core system – shortly, it cannot be accessed through regular settings but through dedicated reboot sequences. So, during this tutorial I will show you the easiest ways in which the recovery mode menu can be brought to the Samsung Galaxy Note8.

The stock recovery image can help you initiate only official operations such as making a hard reset, adb sideloading new OTAs, clearing app data cache and so on. Now, if you choose to replace the stock software with TWRP recovery or with any other custom recovery image you can add new tweaking opportunities. For example, if your Galaxy Note8 is running in TWRP recovery you can choose to install a custom ROM firmware (Lineage OS, AOKP, Paranoid Android and so on), you can remove bloatware, you can gain root access, you can add new features, flash custom MODs and kernels, overclock your Android device and lot more.

Now, what’s relevant for us at this point is the following aspect: you will be able to complete the reboot process for bringing recovery mode on your Galaxy Note8 in the same way whether you use the stock or the custom recovery platform. Moreover, the steps from below will work in the same way if your device is rooted, locked, running on a locked or unlocked bootloader and further more.

Of course, entering recovery mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is an official operation – the recovery feature is coming pre-installed on your smartphone. Thus, Samsung KNOX won’t get tripped if you apply the steps from down below. Moreover, the following guidelines can be applied without using third party apps or other risky or complex programs.

One thing must be verified before you choose to resume the next lines: the battery power left on your phone should show more than 50% power left. If the power is too low your device can get turned off during the reboot process from this guide. And if a sudden shut down process occurs you can end up in soft-bricking your Samsung Galaxy Note8 – that’s why you should charge your handset before doing anything else, if that’s required of course.

How to Reboot Recovery Mode on Samsung Galaxy Note8

Use hardware keys

The first way in which you can bring recovery mode is by using the Volume rocker keys and the Home and Power buttons. Here is how it can be done:

  1. Begin by switching off your Note8 – press and hold the Power key for a few seconds or press the Power key once and pick “power off”. Hint: wait while the power off process is completed.
  2. Aferwards, press and hold – at the same time – the Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons.
  3. Keep pressing these keys for a while.
  4. Eventually the recovery mode menu should be displayed on your phone.
  5. In recovery use Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and Power button to select.
  6. Note: this method might require some practice so don’t panic if you cannot initiate it correctly from your first attempt.

Use adb command

If you can use a computer and if you are a more experienced user, then this method is recommended. Anyway, start by ensuring that a computer can be used; there install Android SDK: learn how to install Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Finally, on your computer install the Galaxy Note8 drivers – you can use Samsung KIES in that respect. Next, on your phone enable Developer Options and then check the USB Debugging feature: for Developer Options tap repeatedly in Built Number until you notice the ‘you are a developer’ prompt displayed; the USB Debugging field is located under “menu - > settings - > developer options”. Good; now follow:

  1. Power on your smartphone and your computer.
  2. Connect your phone with your PC via USB cable.
  3. On your computer access the Android SDK folder.
  4. From that place open a cmd window – press and hold the Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space; then select ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. In this cmd window type: adb reboot recovery.
  6. Press Enter and wait while the recovery mode menu will be automatically rebooted on your Samsung Galaxy Note8.
  7. Done.

Use a third party app

Another intuitive solution refers to a third party app from Google Play – in fact, you can choose from different tools that can complete this reboot process for you. An example is the Quick Boot software. All you need to do is to download and install the tool on your phone. Then, run the app and just follow on screen prompts for accessing the desired environment. Note: root access might be required by the app.


Good job. You should be using recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note8 now. You can reboot into Android mode easily by choosing “reboot system now” from main menu of recovery. Stay close as we will show you how to use the recovery environment for completing further tweaks on your device. Also, use the comments field from below if you want to get in touch with us – don’t forget to share how the steps from above worked for you.

corner-left-up dots-three-vertical