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    Default [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    This is your guide as to how to reboot into Recovery. I have noticed many users do not know how to do this, so I figured I would write a step by step guide with photos on how to do it.

    I will be using my Tab 2 as a demonstration unit, and for screen shots as visual aids.

    Rebooting into recovery or even knowing how to use it can be very helpful. Being stuck in a boot loop, apps crashing, or just a general clearing of problems can be fixed using this method.


    Step 1: Power down the device. Pulling the battery will work as well, especially if you are caught in a boot loop.

    Step 2: Allow the device to completely shut down. Waiting until your screen is off, or just giving it a full minute or two should suffice.

    Step 3a: For the Galaxy S2 and Tab 2, you will need to hold Volume Up and Power at the same time until you see the Samsung logo appear. Then release.

      3b: For the Galaxy S3, you will need to hold the volume up, home, and power button at the same time until you see the Samsung logo, and then release.

    Step 4: For all variants mentioned, you should now be looking at a menu list with a blue highlighted bar. Using the volume rockers will navigate through the menus, and generally power is your accept button. The S2 might have a little twist. Upon getting into recovery, you can push up, down, up to enable the back button. This also allows to use the power button as the accept button. See figure 1.

    Important note: When navigating around in recovery and you select something, you may be redirected to a page with about a dozen answers. Almost all will be no with yes buried in the middle. This is to prevent accidental accepting of an option.

    4b: To actually have you use this guide, you can clear your phone's cache. See figure 2. There are many cache clearing programs on Play, and while they may clear the cache as well as rebooting into recovery, this is merely an alternate method. Click power to accept.

    Step 5: When completed, you can navigate back, or usually after completing any action in Recovery, Reboot Now will be highlighted at the root menu. See figure 3. This is your gate back to running Android through the User Interface. Click power to accept.

    Congratulations! You have successfully entered, navigated, executed a command and rebooted all in Recovery. This is also a method to flash a ROM through a .zip file on an SD card, and a complete Factory Reset can be accomplished in this manner as well.
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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Inquiring minds want to know.....so I have thus informed them...

    The above Guide has been tested, and confirmed to work on the Sprint Galaxy S4

    Thanks to user Travis Gubernick, this has also been tested and confirmed to work on the Verizon Galaxy Note 2.
    Last edited by Golfdriver97; 12-01-2013 at 12:03 AM.

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    Looks good. Actually as silly as that sounds there are many that don't know initially how to boot into recovery and the big part, what it looks like when they get there...
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    I have been trying to reboot my samsung galaxy grand duos GT 19082 using this procedure (the phone actually shutdown and came back with this prompt) but the reboot system now command does not work. After showing the model number on the screen and a wait, the phone comes back to the reboot menu. What is the next step?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    Inquiring minds want to know.....so I have thus informed them...
    I just had to do this because I had a boot freeze. I unfrozen it by connecting to a computer but most of my apps didn't work right or were no longer installed and trying to reinstall resulted in an unknown error during the installing phase. Really hate the fact that I lost all SMS and call logs so I have installed an SMS and call log backup. Also totally hate the fact that my latest Nova layout wasn't backed up (my fault) so I am having to spend time getting everything back the way I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sastrysrikanth View Post
    I have been trying to reboot my samsung galaxy grand duos GT 19082 using this procedure (the phone actually shutdown and came back with this prompt) but the reboot system now command does not work. After showing the model number on the screen and a wait, the phone comes back to the reboot menu. What is the next step?
    I'm not sure about that model. As the first post says, this procedure is known to work on the S2 and S3. What other options appear in the recovery menu? If nothing else works, you might try a battery pull while on the recovery menu.
    PLEASE, when asking for help provide as much information as possible. We can't help unless we know what the symptoms are and what you did before they began.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by sastrysrikanth View Post
    I have been trying to reboot my samsung galaxy grand duos GT 19082 using this procedure (the phone actually shutdown and came back with this prompt) but the reboot system now command does not work. After showing the model number on the screen and a wait, the phone comes back to the reboot menu. What is the next step?
    I would suggest to find a stock recovery download and flash that to your device. It may be possible something is wrong on the OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishenFool View Post
    I just had to do this because I had a boot freeze. I unfrozen it by connecting to a computer but most of my apps didn't work right or were no longer installed and trying to reinstall resulted in an unknown error during the installing phase. Really hate the fact that I lost all SMS and call logs so I have installed an SMS and call log backup. Also totally hate the fact that my latest Nova layout wasn't backed up (my fault) so I am having to spend time getting everything back the way I like it.

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    What app did you use for your SMS and call log backup?
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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    You can use these:
    Helium: (does SMS but not MMS; unsure about Call Logs)
    MyBackup Pro: (there's a trial version; does SMS & MMS and Call Logs, but the MMS restore is iffy)
    SMS Backup and Restore: (doesn't do MMS)
    Call Logs Backup and Restore: (don't ask me why he split this functionality into a separate app)

    But I'd recommend using the Kies software on your PC - it does Contacts, pictures/videos, SMS/MMS, Call Logs, system settings, etc. You'll be hard pressed to find something that does MMS, and Kies is easy to use once you get the drivers set up. On top of that, you can use it to reload the firmware on your phone should the need arise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd0520 View Post
    What app did you use for your SMS and call log backup?
    I use SMS Backup +.



    Only works if you have IMAP enabled in Gmail.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    I tried doing this because it felt like my battery was draining much quicker than before after an update (that was the advice given here, and it seemed like it might be applicable). It said "Erasing" before coming up with an "Error" message and then rebooting into normal use mode. It still feels like the battery is draining faster than normal. Do you know of something that could be wrong?
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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by jennapi View Post
    I tried doing this because it felt like my battery was draining much quicker than before after an update (that was the advice given here, and it seemed like it might be applicable). It said "Erasing" before coming up with an "Error" message and then rebooting into normal use mode. It still feels like the battery is draining faster than normal. Do you know of something that could be wrong?
    If I had to guess, it may be an error in the recovery. If you are up for it, you can try flashing the stock recovery.

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    jennapi,
    You should try booting into Recovery mode again and clearing the cache. If you still get an error then I'd suggest performing a Factory Reset, particularly if you haven't done one since receiving an OTA update.

    Be sure to back up any important information - you can use the Kies software on your PC to backup your contacts, SMS/MMS, call logs, pictures/videos, etc.

    If you want to backup your apps and app data you can try the Google solution (in Settings -> Back up and reset, check the box that says "Back up my data" ) or you can try a proven solution like Helium:

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    9/28/13 Galaxy Tab2 10.1 updated it’s operating system I’m guessing to 4.2? It looked different, now won’t connect to internet, seems stuck in a boot loop.
    I read about these problems on this forum and tried to go through the steps to reboot into Recovery to clear the cache. I held the power button and up volume button til the Samsung logo appeared and released.
    And...opps! I must have done something wrong because I came to a screen that I ‘think’ said warning if I wanted to install/change the OS, push down volume to continue, up button to cancel....well I pushed down button thinking I would get to the recovery mode and now my tab is stuck with a screen that reads in red ODIN MODE, white PRODUCT NAME:GT-P5113, CUSTOM BINARY: NO, CURRANT BINARY: SAMSUNG_OFFICIAL. In the center of the screen is a large android symbol below it says: Downloading... Do not turn off target!!!
    Please where do I go from here?
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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by IYIBIZ View Post
    9/28/13 Galaxy Tab2 10.1 updated itís operating system Iím guessing to 4.2? It looked different, now wonít connect to internet, seems stuck in a boot loop.
    I read about these problems on this forum and tried to go through the steps to reboot into Recovery to clear the cache. I held the power button and up volume button til the Samsung logo appeared and released.
    And...opps! I must have done something wrong because I came to a screen that I Ďthinkí said warning if I wanted to install/change the OS, push down volume to continue, up button to cancel....well I pushed down button thinking I would get to the recovery mode and now my tab is stuck with a screen that reads in red ODIN MODE, white PRODUCT NAME:GT-P5113, CUSTOM BINARY: NO, CURRANT BINARY: SAMSUNG_OFFICIAL. In the center of the screen is a large android symbol below it says: Downloading... Do not turn off target!!!
    Please where do I go from here?
    Press and hold the power button. You accidentally went into download mode.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by IYIBIZ View Post
    9/28/13 Galaxy Tab2 10.1 updated itís operating system Iím guessing to 4.2? It looked different, now wonít connect to internet, seems stuck in a boot loop.
    I read about these problems on this forum and tried to go through the steps to reboot into Recovery to clear the cache. I held the power button and up volume button til the Samsung logo appeared and released.
    And...opps! I must have done something wrong because I came to a screen that I Ďthinkí said warning if I wanted to install/change the OS, push down volume to continue, up button to cancel....well I pushed down button thinking I would get to the recovery mode and now my tab is stuck with a screen that reads in red ODIN MODE, white PRODUCT NAME:GT-P5113, CUSTOM BINARY: NO, CURRANT BINARY: SAMSUNG_OFFICIAL. In the center of the screen is a large android symbol below it says: Downloading... Do not turn off target!!!
    Please where do I go from here?
    Press volume up to go into recovery.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by IYIBIZ View Post
    9/28/13 Galaxy Tab2 10.1 updated it’s operating system I’m guessing to 4.2? It looked different, now won’t connect to internet, seems stuck in a boot loop.
    I read about these problems on this forum and tried to go through the steps to reboot into Recovery to clear the cache. I held the power button and up volume button til the Samsung logo appeared and released.
    And...opps! I must have done something wrong because I came to a screen that I ‘think’ said warning if I wanted to install/change the OS, push down volume to continue, up button to cancel....well I pushed down button thinking I would get to the recovery mode and now my tab is stuck with a screen that reads in red ODIN MODE, white PRODUCT NAME:GT-P5113, CUSTOM BINARY: NO, CURRANT BINARY: SAMSUNG_OFFICIAL. In the center of the screen is a large android symbol below it says: Downloading... Do not turn off target!!!
    Please where do I go from here?
    Welcome to the forums, by the way...

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    If it's anything like the S3 you'll have to remove the battery to get it out of Download mode.

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    Hi, I can't seem to get this to work. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S2 and the battery suddenly started draining very fast. Finally it closed down and now it won't reboot, even when charging, getting stuck at the "Samsung" logo. I am trying to follow these instructions, but I have a couple of questions:

    a) is the "power button" the one on the RHS of the phone? Just checking because It does other things than simply turn on/off power.

    b) on which version of the Samsung logo should I stop holding the buttons down? The reboot cycle goes "Samsung Galaxy SII GT-9100", then a sort of explosion, then "Orange", then (much more quickly than normal) just "SAMSUNG". This latter is where it stops now. Should I release the buttons the first time I see "Samsung" or the second? I have tried both to no avail, but want to keep trying as it is 2 months before my contract runs out and I can get a new phone...

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by Racheinderbys View Post
    Hi, I can't seem to get this to work. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S2 and the battery suddenly started draining very fast. Finally it closed down and now it won't reboot, even when charging, getting stuck at the "Samsung" logo. I am trying to follow these instructions, but I have a couple of questions:

    a) is the "power button" the one on the RHS of the phone? Just checking because It does other things than simply turn on/off power.

    b) on which version of the Samsung logo should I stop holding the buttons down? The reboot cycle goes "Samsung Galaxy SII GT-9100", then a sort of explosion, then "Orange", then (much more quickly than normal) just "SAMSUNG". This latter is where it stops now. Should I release the buttons the first time I see "Samsung" or the second? I have tried both to no avail, but want to keep trying as it is 2 months before my contract runs out and I can get a new phone...

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Rachel
    Stop at the first Samsung logo. Follow directions above, and stop there.

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    Rachel,
    Isn't there a Galaxy S2 forum? That would be a much more appropriate place for your post - I honestly have no idea what the Recovery mode steps are on that phone - they may be the same, or they may be different.

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    Regarding the buttons to push, I found that I needed to press the power and volume DOWN to enter recovery mode. Power and volume UP got me into ODIN mode as mentioned above.

    When it did the ODIN mode download, I just plugged it in overnight and let it do it's thing. By morning, it completed whatever it was downloading and rebooted the tablet.

    When I did the recovery mode, and wiped the cache, it worked for a second or two, then said error with a dead Android robot icon. It then rebooted.

    This is on a unrooted Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    The heading of this thread implied that it applied to S2s as well, that is why I posted here. Will look for the S2 forum.

    Power + volume down just seems to briefly flash the "Samsung Galaxy SII GT-I9100" logo then revert to the charging icon. I think the battery is dying. I've ordered a new one.

    What is "rooted"?
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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by Racheinderbys View Post
    The heading of this thread implied that it applied to S2s as well, that is why I posted here. Will look for the S2 forum.

    Power + volume down just seems to briefly flash the "Samsung Galaxy SII GT-I9100" logo then revert to the charging icon. I think the battery is dying. I've ordered a new one.

    What is "rooted"?
    When I created this guide it was using the Sprint variants of the S2 and S3. I am sure the procedure is the same for all variants.
    You are probably correct that the battery needs to be replaced.

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    Default Re: [Guide] Rebooting into Recovery Mode for the Galaxy S2, S3, and Tab2.

    Quote Originally Posted by wm_hess View Post
    Hi

    Regarding the buttons to push, I found that I needed to press the power and volume DOWN to enter recovery mode. Power and volume UP got me into ODIN mode as mentioned above.

    When it did the ODIN mode download, I just plugged it in overnight and let it do it's thing. By morning, it completed whatever it was downloading and rebooted the tablet.

    When I did the recovery mode, and wiped the cache, it worked for a second or two, then said error with a dead Android robot icon. It then rebooted.

    This is on a unrooted Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

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    Typically volume UP is for recovery, and DOWN is for download or ODIN mode. Not saying yours doesn't act this way, but all the Samsung devices I have tried UP takes you to recovery.

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