Modifying your #GalaxyS6 software, whether intentionally or not, can sometimes lead to problems. One of such problems that can happen is the persistent Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing error. Today, we provide the ways how to address it. We hope you’ll find this material helpful.
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Problem 1: Steps to do to recover files from a Galaxy S6 that won’t power on
My Galaxy S6 is just over 2 years old. Yesterday, my phone’s screen randomly went black and none of the buttons work now. It was simply laying on the table — no water damage, no overheating, wasn’t dropped. The notification light worked for about 2 hours and then stopped. I plugged it in over night, but it did not show the red charging light in the corner, and it did not vibrate like it normally does when I plug it in (the charging cable is not bad — works with other phone). I even had my husband call me, and it didn’t vibrate. I tried to do a soft reset, and it did not respond. I held down the lock button and volume down button for 60 seconds and tried this multiple times. Nothing. It doesn’t respond or even show up on my computer when I plug it in. I have irreplaceable photos on this phone so I can’t do a hard reset. Verizon was no help, they just tried to sell me a new phone. Can I get this phone worked on and keep all the memory? If I get a new phone, could they transfer everything? — Hannah N.
Solution: Hi Hannah. We understand your concern and you’re not the first time to throw the same question at us. Generally, any smartphone needs to have a working hardware and software in order to allow access to its memory (eMMC NAND flash memory). If your phone does not power on (hopefully due to other hardware malfunction and not because of an eMMC NAND flash memory failure), you must fix this issue first before you can hope to recover your data. Since you’ve already tried all the basic things that you can do on your end to try to make your phone power back on again, we suggest that you do the next logical troubleshooting step of sending the phone in.
Battery must be checked
The main reason for sending the phone in is to determine if battery failure is the cause. We’ve seen a lot of cases wherein bad battery is the primary reason for similar symptoms. The best way to know if your phone’s battery has conked out is to replace it. Replacing the battery in your Galaxy S6 is not easy so you’ll want to let a professional do it for you. While the job can be done by an average Android user, it requires certain tools such as:
- a spudger tool
- a form of heating device like a hair dryer
- a micro Phillips head screwdriver
- a new compatible Galaxy S6 battery
Just like when doing any basic electronics maintenance or repair, you also need to have some electronics knowledge relevant for the task.
Once you meet all these basic requirements, you can then attempt to replace the battery on your own. In case you haven’t noticed, replacing the battery is not entirely free, even if you do it yourself. You still have to buy the tools as well as the new replacement piece. On top of the tool and battery replacement expenses, there’s also no guarantee that you’ll be able to fix the phone afterwards. Remember, battery replacement is only one of troubleshooting steps that needs to be done. If a new battery won’t change anything, other hardware failure might be to blame.
Let a professional handle the rest of hardware troubleshooting and diagnostics
Another commonplace reason for an issue like the one you’re experiencing can be a bad power management integrated circuit (IC). This tiny chip is a critical component in making sure that all parts in the motherboard receive the necessary power in order to work. If this chip was damaged for whatever reason, even one failing component can make the entire system to fail. Just like a battery check, the best way to know if this chip is working properly or not is to replace it with a known working one. Since identifying and removing an IC is extremely delicate, we recommend that you let someone who does it for a living do it for you.
Should power IC replacement won’t still fix the problem, the entire repair job may end up with a motherboard replacement (if you want to continue using the phone). This, of course, will make the entire exercise pointless since you want to recover your data first.
Always create a backup
To prevent losing irreplaceable data in the future, always make it a habit of backing up files from time to time. If you have files you can’t afford to lose, back them up as soon as you can since digital storage devices and electronic devices can fail anytime. You can’t always count on repair if your device malfunctions.
Problem 2: Galaxy S6 Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing error after using Dr. Fone software to unlock screen
I had lost my screen lock password. Used Dr. Fone software to unlock the phone and now my Samsung Galaxy S6 Model SM-G920W8 is stuck on the Recovering screen with a green Android in the center of the display. When I press the Volume Down and Power buttons, the phone goes off and comes back up with first the message “Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing,” followed by the green android icon with Recovering written below it. This keeps happening in a loop when I press the volume down and power buttons. Please help!!! — Ramesh Amin
Solution: Hi Ramesh. Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing error usually comes up when trying to root a device unsuccessfully, or when using third party software to try and make changes to the software, just like what you did. Basically, Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing error is an indication that Android has been corrupted or not working as expected. Since you can’t simply undo the steps that led to this error, you need to do drastic solutions to fix it. Below are the possible solutions that you can try to fix it.
Perform a master reset
Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing error fix involves addressing an operating system glitch so basic software troubleshooting won’t help. Unfortunately, this also means reverting all software settings back to their defaults by doing a factory reset, which results to data loss. If you haven’t created a backup of your files in your phone before locking yourself out, you’re not in luck. All the solutions we recommend in this case will erase them. If you haven’t tried doing it yet, here’s how:
- Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
- Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys together.
- When the device powers on and displays ‘Power on logo’, release all keys and the Android icon will appear on the screen.
- Wait until the Android Recovery Screen appears after about 30 seconds.
- Using the Volume Down key, highlight the option, ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and press the Power key to select it.
- Press the Vol Down button again until the option Yes — delete all user data is highlighted and then press the Power key to select it.
- After the reset is complete, highlight ‘Reboot system now’ and hit the Power key to restart the phone.
How to flash Galaxy S6 firmware back to stock
Should master reset fails to fix the problem, the only other solution for Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing error is flashing the stock firmware. This means re-installing the original Android version that came with the phone when you unboxed it.
Flashing steps can slightly vary for some devices so we can’t provide the exact steps. You have to look for a good guide on how to flash the firmware in your particular phone model.
The general steps don’t change much though so here they are:
- In your computer, download Odin program and the correct firmware for your device.
- If both files come in zip files, extract them.
- For your downloaded Odin file, you need to click it so it starts to install in your computer.
- After that, you want to launch Odin program.
- Select AP and select the .tar file from the firmware
- Start the phone to Odin Mode by pressing and holding Power, Home, and Volume keys simultaneously. Once mobile warning screen appears, release all the buttons.
- Once the phone has booted to Odin Mode, connect it to your computer via USB cable.
- Then, click the Start button to begin flashing the firmware.
Problem 3: Galaxy S6 won’t charge, won’t turn on
Hi guys! So i own a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge plus that i bought 2 years ago. After 6 months use, it was diagnosed with a motherboard problem and i got my phone fixed from an authorized samsung retailer. after another 9 months use, it suddenly shut down and stopped charging. Today, when i plugged it in, it lit up with the symbol of lightning on a battery (:battery:) but it won’t change. i unplugged and plugged it in again, but there is no development. Can you tell what’s wrong? Thanks! — Nuren Alahee
Solution: Hi Nuren. Have you tried checking if it’s a charging cable or adapter issue? Some No Charge S6 problems are caused by a faulty USB cable or charger so make sure to try another set to see if that’s where the issue lie.
If you’ve already used a different set of charging cable and adapter, you can also try to check the charging port to see if there’s any dirt or lint that may be preventing the charging cable from making good contact with pins inside. If possible, try using some form of magnification so you’ll see clearly inside the charging port. Do not stick anything inside the port to avoid damaging the metal pins. If you think the port is dirty, use a can of compressed air to clean it.
This clearly is not a screen problem since the charging icon (battery with lightning) is showing up so if the basic suggestions won’t work, send the phone in so Samsung can check the hardware.
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