One important, yet seldom heard boot mode available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series is Recovery Mode. An average user will seldom use this option, but those that do will most likely use it to wipe cache partition, or to wipe data/ Factory Reset.
What is Galaxy Note 10 Recovery Mode?
Every smartphone (including iPhones) has a built-in recovery mode, independent of the operating system. On Android, the recovery mode on your phone may be used to clear cache, factory reset the phone, or even install update packages straight from the phone’s storage or sideloading from a computer using ADB.
If your Android smartphone is experiencing malfunctions, slowdowns, or other troubles, you’ll need to discover a way to restore it to working order. If virus scans and fixes don’t work, your next choice is to boot into recovery mode.
Recovery mode will allow you to reset your phone and start anew, free of any viruses or other issues that may have been giving you problems previously.
How to boot your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to Recovery Mode?
Samsung no longer allows you to boot into recovery without connecting your phone to a PC via a USB-C connection with the recent OneUI 3.0 update. This means that the old method of using the physical button combinations no longer work to access both stock and custom recovery in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. The same is true for download mode. You also need to connect the phone to your PC in order to access download mode.
To avoid bricking your phone in the middle of troubleshooting, or when it’s on safe mode, verify that it has a minimum of 50% battery power left. If not, charge it first before doing the steps below.
Check out the steps below on what to do:
- Before you begin to boot to Recovery Mode, make sure to connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to your computer using the USB-C cable that you use for charging. You can also use third party USB cable if you no longer have the original cable.
- Turn off the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 via the Power menu.
- Press and hold the Volume up and Power buttons for a few moments. Then, release the Power button once the Samsung logo appears.
- Do not release the Volume Up button until the Recovery screen is displayed. Once you’re in Recovery Mode, let go of the Volume Up button.
How to boot your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 to Recovery Mode using ADB Command?
The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a powerful tool in Android that lets your computer communicate with your phone using the command line utility. ADB is a multi-purpose tool being used by Android developers so it’s usually not a familiar tool for average Android users.
ABD is actually two applications: one runs on your computer, which may be running Windows 10, Linux, or even macOS, and the other runs on your phone. This means that you must download and install the necessary ADB drivers, Android SDK and other SDK platform tools package in order to access Recovery Mode via ADB.
Accessing Recovery Mode via ADB is essentially similar to the steps detailed above in this guide. Here are the general steps on how to do it:
- Go into your Samsung settings menu and ensure that USB debugging is enabled.
- Connect your phone to your PC via USB connection to enter Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Recovery Mode.
- On your PC, open the Command Prompt.
- Open the folder containing the Android SDK platform-tools . Then, while holding down the SHIFT key, right-click on an empty spot inside the folder and choose ‘Open PowerShell window here.’
- In the Command line utility, type the following command: adb devices.
- A prompt will show on your Note 10’s screen as soon as you type the command, asking you to permit USB debugging. So, press the “Allow” button.
- Then, on your Command line utility, enter the following ADB command: adb reboot recovery.
You can use Recovery Mode to perform a factory reset, sideload an OTA package, and much more once you boot Galaxy Note 10 to it. The method to boot into recovery mode remains the same even if you have a custom recovery installed on your Galaxy Note 10 device like TWRP.
How do you get your Samsung Galaxy Note 10 out of Recovery Mode?
If you’re using the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note 10+ stock Android Recovery Mode, you should see a list of options at the top of the screen, with a long blue bar indicating one of them. One of the options should say Reboot System Now.
You must ensure that the Reboot System Now option is marked in blue before pressing the Power button. This will choose this option and launch you into the “system” of Android (which is just the Android OS). The boot process is brief (unless you conducted a Factory Reset beforehand), and the Lock Screen should appear after a few seconds.
Is Download Mode same as Recovery Mode?
The Download mode is one of the booting modes on Android smartphones, and it allows you to download ROMs and Kernels and flash them to your device. It’s a good alternative to keep your system updated if you don’t want to wait for the latest software updates from your carrier or from manufacturers like Samsung.
Download mode is also used by specialists to recover an Android smartphone in the event of a soft brick.
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