Hey Folks,

I was trying to root my phone (Samsung Galaxy S) and I got stuck in step that I was unable to reboot my phone in recovery mode. I tried many times and was wondering why is it not happening. I watched few videos and also followed the steps given on my friend’s blog but still no luck.

Then I decided to dig into the matter and find a solution. Upon investigating I realized that some Samsung phones do not support recovery modes, its their firmware issues. Lot many people got their handsets changed because of this issue. Hence the answer that my phone was not rebooting in recovery mode was simple. Before I tell you the other alternate method to reboot, let me tell you what is that 3button trick to reboot the phone in recovery mode :

Hold the Volume up key + Home key (middle one) + Power key while switching on your phone, if your firmware supports it, you will be able to see the recovery console.

However, I tried followed another method to reboot Samsung Galaxy S and that is via computer using Android SDK. So follow the steps below, if you want to reboot your Samsung Galaxy S in recovery mode.

1) Download and install the latest version of Android SDK.

2) Download the Samsung Galaxy S drivers and install it.

3) Connect the phone using USB wire. Make sure you tick the USB debugging mode. Goto Settings –> Applications –> Development and check the USB debugging option.


4) Now you are done with all the preparations, its time to do the real action. Open command line (dos prompt) in your computer.

5) Browse to the directory where you have installed/unzipped the Android SDK, which you downloaded in the Step 1.

6) When you are in the SDK directory the the following command.

tools\\adb reboot recovery

Apparently, if you followed the above steps correctly your phone should reboot, otherwise read again !

We rebooted the phone by using the adb.exe tools provided with the Android SDK. This is used while developing application for Android phones, but this acted as a life saver for me.

Hope that helps.

Stay Digified !!
Sachin Khosla

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