What’s Galaxy S6 recovery mode?
Galaxy S6 is not an exception.
Recovery partition is bootable, i.e., it is a self-contained, although usually simple, system (aka recovery console). Different Android manufacturers may deploy different tools in recovery mode.
When you turn on Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, by default, Galaxy S6 is booted into Android and Android is ready to use on the phone.
But if you want, you can also boot into recovery partition and enter Galaxy S6 recovery mode to fix some issues or reset Galaxy S6 or S6 edge.
You can imagine Galaxy S6 recovery mode in this way: it can alter Android installation in Galaxy S6. Normally, if Galaxy S6 is booted into Android, you can only change the “settings”, but not the system files.
When you need boot into Galaxy S6 recovery mode?
There are many possible usages of Galaxy S6 recovery mode.
But for most Galaxy S6 owners, you may need boot into Galaxy S6 recovery mode for two scenarios.
Scenario 1. You need reset the phone, but you cannot access the Settings menu.
If your Galaxy S6 is not responsive even after rebooting, and therefore you cannot access the settings menu to reset the phone, you may use Galaxy S6 recovery mode to perform a factory reset for Galaxy S6.
Also, sometimes, the lock screen refuses to accept your password/PIN/fingerprints. You may swear what you entered is correct one, but Galaxy S6 does not nudge. In this case, if you have added a Samsung account to Galaxy S6, you may use Find My Mobile to unlock the phone as detailed in this guide.
But if you haven’t added a Samsung account, or if you disabled both WiFi and mobile data before you are locked out, you then have no choice but to reset the phone through Galaxy S6 recovery mode.
Please note, when you reset Galaxy S6, all of your data, settings and apps will be removed. Galaxy S6 will be simply in a state as you got it first time. This is why it is referred as factory reset.
Scenario 2. You want to clear cache partition.
Occasionally, Galaxy S6 may behave slowly, especially after an OS update.
If this happens to your Galaxy S6, you can try to clear cache partition to solve most of the problem related to updating.
Clearing Galaxy S6 cache partition does NOT affect your files or settings. So, it is normally safe to use. Actually the cache partition is a separate partition for the OS, not for user.
If you want to decide whether some problems are caused by third-party apps you installed, you should use Galaxy S6 safe mode, not recovery mode.
How to boot into Galaxy S6 recovery mode?
To boot into Galaxy S6 recovery mode, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Power off Galaxy S6
Press and hold power button to get the Galaxy S6 power options as shown below.
Please note, in most scenarios, Galaxy S6 or S6 edge should respond to the operation of holding power button because it is implemented at hardware level.
Tap Power off as shown below.
After tapping power off, you need confirm the operation by tapping Power off as shown below.
This is to avoid accidental tap of power off option.
Now Galaxy S6 should be off in a few seconds.
You may refer to Turn on/off Galaxy S6 page for this step.
Step 2: Wait 1-2 mins.
Please wait 1 or 2 mins after Galaxy S6 is powered off.
Don’t ask why. Just wait.
Step 3: Press and hold volume up +Home + Power buttons to enter recovery mode
You need keep holding these 3 buttons until you see the Android screen as shown in the left.
If Galaxy S6 reboots into normal lock screen, you have to power off the phone and start again.
Please note, if you use volume down button with Home and Power options, Galaxy S6 will boot into download mode. If this happens to you, try to reboot the phone and try again.
Step 4: Navigate through Galaxy S6 recovery mode
Once you are in Galaxy S6 recovery mode, you should get the recovery console as shown below.
In Galaxy S6 recovery console, touch screen is not responsive to touch. You have to use Galaxy S6 hardware buttons.
- Volume up to move the cursor up;
- Volume down to move the cursor down;
- Power button to apply.
For example, if you want to wipe cache partition, you move the cursor down to wipe cache partition, then press power button once.
If you want to reset Galaxy S6, move the cursor to wipe data/factory reset, then press power button once.
Step 5: Exit Galaxy S6 recovery mode.
Once you finish the operations in Galaxy S6 recovery console, you can choose reboot system now to reboot Galaxy S6 normally.
Of course, Galaxy S6 will then exit Galaxy S6 recovery mode.
You can also press and hold power button to reboot Galaxy S6 normally.
How about recovery mode for Galaxy S6 edge?
Galaxy S6 edge has an identical Galaxy S6 edge recovery mode as Galaxy S6.
This guide applies to Galaxy S6 edge equally, although in the guide I used Galaxy S6.
Can you use Galaxy S6 recovery mode for your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge?
If you have any questions or get any problems to use Galaxy S6 recovery mode for your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge to wipe cache partition or reset Galaxy S6, please let the community know in the comment box below.
We will try to help you.
For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.
For detailed guides on how to use Galaxy S6 camera, please check Galaxy S6 camera guide page.