What is Samsung Galaxy S7 recovery mode?
Like all other Android phones, Galaxy S7 also has its own Galaxy S7 recovery mode. When you boot your Galaxy S7, there are at least 3 possible boot up options:
- boot into normal Android system.
- boot into bootloader. For Samsung Galaxy S7, it is download mode. For most other Android phones or tablets, it is fastboot mode.
- boot into Galaxy S7 recovery.
By default, Galaxy S7 boots into Android system and you can use the device. Other modes require special button combinations when booting up.
Recovery mode is for Android device owners to reset the device, to apply updates from zip file or through ADB, to wipe cache partitions, to reboot into boot loader, or to mount file systems.
Each Android vendor may put slightly different features in recovery mode. There are also some third-party recoveries for Galaxy S7, for example, TWRP.
This guide is written for Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. But it also applies to other Samsung devices with Android Lollipop or later.
How to reboot into Galaxy S7 recovery mode?
By default, after you hold power button for a few seconds, Galaxy S7 should reboot normally into lock screen.
To reboot into Galaxy S7 recovery mode, you may follow these steps:
Step 1: Power off Galaxy S7
You need power off Galaxy S7 if you want to enter Samsung Galaxy S7 recovery mode.
To power off Galaxy S7, you can use power button options.
As shown below, when Galaxy S7 is on, hold power button for 1-3 seconds to get power button options.
Tap Power off, then confirm the action by tapping Power off again to power off Galaxy S7.
When Galaxy S7 is powered off
- hold volume up button;
- without releasing volume up button, hold Home button. Now you should hold two buttons.
- without releasing the two buttons, hold Power button. Now you should hold three buttons.
It should take less than 3 seconds for the screen to light up.
After the screen lights up, you may hold the three buttons for another 2-3 seconds. Then release all three buttons.
Before you reach the Galaxy S7 recovery menu, the phone screen may shows “applying updates….” and a splash of a dead Android.
You just wait a few seconds, and eventually, the phone will reboot into Galaxy S7 recovery mode with the following recovery menu screen.
How to use Galaxy S7 recovery mode?
In Galaxy S7 recovery mode, touchscreen gestures do not work. You have to use volume up and volume down buttons to navigate through entries.
Power button is for you to select and confirm the selection.
Do not do anything in recovery mode unless you fully understands what you are doing.
In Galaxy S7 recovery mode, you can:
- Reboot the system now. This will reboot Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 normally.
- Reboot to bootloader. This will reboot Galaxy S7 or S7 edge to download mode. But in most models, this may reboot the phone normally.
- Apply update from ADB. This will allow you to use ADB command (adb sideload) to update the phone.
- Apply update from SD card. This will let you apply update from the SD card.
- Wipe data/factory reset. This will wipe all your data, apps, settings in your phone. Please read this guide on how to wipe all your data on Galaxy S7 and Gaaxy S7 edge.
- Wipe cache partition. This will clean and re-format the cache partition. Please follow this guide on how to clear Galaxy S7 cache partition.
- Mount /system. This will mount /system partition.
- View recovery logs.
- Power off. This will just power off the phone.
Galaxy S7 will ask you for confirmation for any operations in recovery mode.
For example, as shown below, once you set to wipe data on the phone, you have to use volume down key to navigate to Yes, then use power button to confirm the selection.
This is to reduce inadvertent operations.
How to exit from Galaxy S7 recovery mode?
There are many ways to exit Galaxy S7 recovery mode.
You can simply hold power button for more than 7 seconds to reboot the phone normally.
You can also use the “Reboot system now” in the recovery menu as shown above to exit recovery mode and reboot normally.
What’s the difference between Galaxy S7 recovery mode and Galaxy S7 download mode?
For most Galaxy S7 owners, you probably will never use Galaxy S7 download mode.
Galaxy S7 download mode corresponds to fastboot mode in other Android devices. It is one of the three possible boot up options (normal, recovery and download).
The relationship between Galaxy S7 download mode and Galaxy S7 recovery mode is that you can flash custom recovery in Galaxy S7 download mode.
Of course, you must have a computer software (e.g., Odin) to use download mode.
Anyway, download mode is a totally different mode which allows many low-level operations. Any you may destroy you Galaxy S7 0r S7 edge easily in download mode.
What is the difference between Galaxy S7 recovery mode and Galaxy S7 safe mode?
Galaxy S7 safe mode is a special environment for Android. After booting normally into Android, special environment is setup in such a way that only pre-installed apps are allowed.
So, Galaxy S7 safe mode has nothing to do with recovery mode directly.
How to exit from “Apply update from ADB” in Galaxy S7 recovery mode?
If you accidentally chose “Apply update from ADB” in the recovery menu, you have to wait until it is timeout.
It is just about 2-3 mins.
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For other guides on using Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, please check Galaxy S7 online manual page.
For detailed Galaxy S7 how-to guides, please check Galaxy S7 how-to guides page.
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